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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • January 29, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 14 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Register

    Due to precautions required because of COVID-19 and limited classes available, for the Winter-Spring 2021 semester we are limiting enrollment to existing families.
    We hope to return to a full schedule for the Fall session, 
    and look forward to welcoming new families at that time
    .

    LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment. But please keep in mind that this is a co-op, not a school, and parents are expected to fully contribute/participate.

    This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.

    Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 

    Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at logyc@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.


    • March 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 13 sessions
    • Various parks
    Register

    It's finally warm out, and we're all stir-crazy (and lonely!) Let's head to the park for some socially distanced playtime!

    Masks are required for everyone, and parents are expected to enforce 6' distancing between children.

    We will meet at a different playground each month. April's park will be Lyon Park in Skokie, and in May we will meet at Oakton Park in Skokie. Hope to see you there!

    • April 13, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 72
    Register

    Kids Climate Summit: Focus on Community


    A Town Hall Meeting: 

    Elementary School Panel asks the Experts
    about Climate Change

    You and your elementary-school-aged children are invited to attend the second annual Kids Climate Summit, brought to you by the Chicago Gifted Community Center and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. This town hall will be brought to you online.  

    One registration per screen please. 

    Adults registering as special guest should register here: Invite Guest Registration. Registration code is required.  (Contact organizer for code.)

    • April 13, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 73
    Register

    Kids Climate Summit: Focus on Community


    A Town Hall Meeting: 

    Middle School Panel asks the Experts
    about Climate Change

    You and your middle-school-aged children are invited to attend the second annual Kids Climate Summit, brought to you by the Chicago Gifted Community Center and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. This town hall will be brought to you online.  

    One registration per screen please. 

    Adults registering as special guest should register here: Invite Guest Registration. Registration code is required.  (Contact organizer for code.)

    • April 25, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online
    Register

    CGCC Board Meeting - Virtual

    The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a 501(c)(3) specifically created to allow the gifted community in the greater Chicago area to organize activities and events for parents, children and families. Your board does not aspire to create the next great kids club or parent speaker series, we aspire to help you create that club and that series.  Won't you jump in the pool with us?  

    Your board meets 3 - 4 times per year.  We welcome members at our meetings. 



    • April 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Self-Empathy How do we actually “do it”? 

    or  
    Staying Centered Under Pressure



    We hear how important Empathy and Self-Empathy are to our wellbeing, and that of our children. We may understand that it contributes to the social and emotional growth of our children and their ability to navigate the world on their own some day. 

    But what does Empathy look like? How do we actually “do it”?

    Together we will explore how to do this Self-Empathy that everyone is talking about. Using the tools of Compassionate Communication (also called Nonviolent Communication), we will explore specific practices for strengthening your resilience as parents, providing you with tools for navigating challenging interactions with the children in your life, and nurturing trusting relationships in your family. 

    Jennifer Warnick is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication. She is a host and trainer with One Big Circle’s Family HEART Camp, bringing children and adults together to learn relationship and communication skills. Jennifer is a trainer with the NVC Educators Institute, teaching hands-on processes for facilitating vibrant and compassionate classrooms—places where students, teachers and parents thrive.

    Based in Madison Wisconsin, Jennifer works throughout the country as a trainer, mediator, and empathic coach with families, schools, communities, and nonprofits seeking tools for peace and sustainability.



    • April 28, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 13
    Register

    Zero Waste Living: 
    How would you do that and why would you want to?  

    Join Ian Heraty and Queenie Peng, founders of Z-Index, the website for those aspiring to the Zero Waste Lifestyle, in this online exploration of our society's use of plastic. They will cover: 

      • Why single use plastic is a problem
      • How they got started reducing single use plastic
      • How you can help

    If you would like to learn more before this discussion, check out these:

    • May 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Register


    Back to Basics: Boundaries and Self-Care

     

    Jessica Brown-McBroom the owner of Gifted Key Counseling will tackle this topic.  In this presentation, we will be addressing  the overall needs of a family under stress.  In addition, Jessica will cover the best nutrition and sleep patterns for executive functioning as well as how to set effective limits within the family.....including setting limits with children on screen time.

    Jessica Brown-McBroom bio

    Jessica Brown-McBroom is a licensed clinical professional counselor who is passionate about providing quality individual and family coaching for children, adolescents, and adults using a positive strength-based approach. Jessica embraces laughter and lightheartedness as an essential part of her work with children and families.  She specializes in twice-exceptional children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits.  This includes AD/HD children, children on the spectrum and children with learning disorders.  Diagnosed with AD/HD as a child, Jessica carries her own personal story of struggle and success in both her educational presentations and in her coaching, providing encouragement for families in the midst of their own struggles with executive functioning deficits.

    Jessica provides in-home and online coaching sessions offering hands-on interventions focused on improving an individual’s executive functioning skills.  She focuses on utilizing existing environmental supports while adapting new strategies to better structure an individual’s environment for success.  Using creative and research-based techniques, Jessica also assists individuals with further developing the brain’s ability to perform executive functioning independently of external supports.  Jessica’s approach is to identify and use an individual’s giftedness and assist them in flourishing in  current and future environments.


    • May 05, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is lightening things up and is reading:     


     How to Raise Your IQ by Eating Gifted Children

    by Lewis B. Frumkes



    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us on Zoom for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door! The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


About cgcc

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

Become a member

We  are an all volunteer-based organization that relies on annual memberships from parents, professionals, and supporters to provide organizers with web site operations, a registration system, event insurance, background checks, etc. 

Contact us

info@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

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