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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • January 28, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Book Club Discussion
    & Upcoming Author's Talk with Michelle Kane 

    You’re invited to join hosts Violeta Balan, a CGCC parent along with Katherine Peterson, a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, in an online book club conversation and an upcoming author's talk with a local renowned author and gifted advocate. 

    Considering the difficult times parents are still facing, we have decided to focus our next discussion on the topic of mindfulness, a practice for children but also self-care for adults.  On January 28, 2021, we will start discussing this book by a renowned local author: Planting Seeds of Mindfulness: Creating the Conditions to Help Gifted Kids to Flourish and Bloom Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually by Michele Kane & Dorothy A. Sisk. However, if you have read or prefer other mindfulness books, please feel free to revise those and share with us your thoughts on the topic.  

    Next meeting  will occur two weeks later, on February 11, 2021, and we have the great pleasure and privilege to host Prof. Kane, the author of the aforementioned book, a well-known local gifted advocate and mentor to our community, and engage with her in a very lively discussion about mindfulness, self-care and other burning issues on your mind.   

    Log in details are sent in a confirmation email after you register.  Please register for each discussion individually (one is not required for the other) and let us know if your plans change later. Register here for the January 28 meeting and here for the February 11 meeting. 

    Welcome to you all, with whatever time you have to partake in building our gifted community through reading, understanding and conversation.  Please reach out with any questions to Katherine Peterson or Violeta Balan.  Katherine has shared a mindfulness practice recording for us to consider using, if needed. 

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

    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.


    • February 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     

    The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for  Liberating Everyday Genius
    Mary-Elaine Jacobsen 


    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!

    • February 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    2e Thursday

    Guest speaker Maria Wheeler presents
    Deciphering the Secret Code of Social Language Success for 2e Children

    Most social skills are multi-element skills that require our children to engage simultaneously in several different and distinct tasks.  Unfortunately our 2e children struggles with these important social skills and in return may feel left out with their peers.  

    Ms. Wheeler will help us understand why our children struggles and more importantly will explore solutions for our complex learners.  Social skill savvy is often like a multi-course meal where each temperature, texture, and presentation is well thought out far ahead of time and carefully executed by an accomplished chef.  For many learners whose brains work remarkably well for academic tasks, this social skill expertise is simply not on the menu.  Navigating a minefield of different perspectives, cultures, and needs that others bring to the social experience can create so much anxiety that this metaphorical "meal" can unfortunately end with our kids feeling like they have endured a bad case of food poisoning!  We will discuss the current body of research and information from both the medical and educational fields that can help make you an expert in addressing social skills acquisition successfully with your learner.

    Maria Wheeler earned her master's degree in education/speech-language pathology from Valdosta State University (Georgia) in 1998.  Maria has 22 years of experience evaluating and treating students ages 3-21 with communication disorders and providing various training and staff development for colleagues that enables students to benefit from research-based techniques to improve communication and behavior.  Pragmatic (social) language skills is a specialty area for Ms. Wheeler as well as Alternative and Augmentative Communication.  Maria's philosophy is that when we help our kids improve their language skills, we help them improve their worlds.

    • February 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 14
    Register



    Join Katherine Peterson and Newenka DuMont, two SENG model parent group facilitators, as they engage you in a monthly, informal discussion about parenting gifted children. Now scheduled at lunch time on Wednesdays.  

    We will meet online using Zoom.

    • February 11, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Book Club Discussion
    & Author's Talk

    You’re invited to join hosts Violeta Balan, a CGCC board member along with Katherine Peterson, a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, and board member in an online book club conversation created to support your journey as parents of gifted children.  

    This week, we will continue discussing the topic of mindfulness, a practice for children but also self-care for adults. We are suggesting this book by a local teacher and renowned  author: Planting Seeds of Mindfulness: Creating the Conditions to Help Gifted Kids to Flourish and Bloom Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually by Michele Kane & Dorothy A. Sisk. However, if you have read or prefer other mindfulness books, please feel free to revise those and share with us your thoughts on the topic.  Katherine has shared a mindfulness practice recording for us to consider using, if needed. 

    Prof. Kane, the author of the book, a well-known local gifted advocate and CGCC's friend and mentor to our community, has kindly accepted the invitation to join us for this discussion. Please bring your burning questions and enjoy a lively discussion about self care and mindful practices. 

    Log in details are sent in a confirmation email after you register.  If your plans change, please let us know prior to the meeting.  Next meeting  will occur in two weeks on February 25, 2021 and we will most likely continue discussing the topic of mindfulness with an emphasis on self-care.  

    Welcome to you all, with whatever time you have to partake in building our gifted community through reading, understanding and conversation.  Please reach out with any questions to Katherine Peterson or Violeta Balan.  


    • February 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Book Club Discussion
    & Virtual Coffee 

    You’re invited to join hosts Violeta Balan, a CGCC board member along with Katherine Peterson, a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, and board member in an online book club conversation created to support your journey as parents of gifted children.  

    This week, we will continue discussing the topic of mindfulness and focus our chat on various self-care practices for parents. We are suggesting this book by a local teacher and renowned  author: Planting Seeds of Mindfulness: Creating the Conditions to Help Gifted Kids to Flourish and Bloom Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually by Michele Kane & Dorothy A. Sisk. However, if you have read or prefer other mindfulness books, please feel free to revise those and share with us your thoughts on the topic.  

    Log in details are sent in a confirmation email after you register.  Katherine has shared a mindfulness practice recording for us to consider using, if needed. 

    Next meeting  will occur in two weeks on March 11, 2021. 

    Welcome to you all, with whatever time you have to partake in building our gifted community through reading, understanding and conversation.  Please reach out with any questions to Katherine Peterson or Violeta Balan.  


    • March 01, 2021
    • 12:00 AM (CST)
    Register


    Be a Kids Climate Summit Panelist!  
    Nominations are required before March 1, 2021.

    The Kids Climate Summit 2021: Focus on Community will take the form of two town hall meetings, one for upper elementary students and one for middle school students, held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in the afternoon and evening. All interested students in third through eighth grades will be invited to attend their town hall. (Registration for attendees will open in March.) At the meetings a panel of students will pose questions to a group of experts. 

    Would your student like to be one of our panelists? Panelists will meet for 6 weeks leading up to Summit, so March 4 - April 8, at 4 pm, for 50 minutes a week. They will research the experts in their town hall and the experts' areas of expertise, additionally they will learn the dynamics of a town hall meeting, how to pose meaningful and insightful questions, and how to work together on a panel. This course is offered free of charge, but attendance is expected.

    Nominate a student now to receive an email explaining how our panelists will be selected. Each child will be asked to explain why they would like to be on the panel and what actions they have taken or would like to take in their community to be a more climate-aware citizen. There may also be a phone interview.

    You may nominate multiple children, but please submit a separate registration for each one.  

    • March 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont or possibly online using Zoom
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     

    The Power of Self Advocacy for Gifted Learners
    Deb Douglas 


    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 or peruse Deb's website: www.gtcarpediem.com!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    • March 04, 2021
    • (CST)
    • April 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Kids Climate Summit Panelist Training  

    Invitation required!

    Get ready to participate as a panelist in the Kids Climate Summit. A select group of students will be invited to participate as panelists and given a registration code. This weekly 50 minute course will cover topics related to climate as well as topics how to function as a cohesive panel and how to ask good questions.  

    If you would like to nominate a student, please go to the nomination event.

    If you have lost your registration code, please contact the organizers.


    • April 13, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 100
    Registration is closed

    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 computer please. 

    If you would like to nominate a student to be on the student panel, please go to the nomination event before March 1, 2021.

    • April 13, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
    • 100
    Registration is closed

    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 computer please. 

    If you would like to nominate a student to be on the student panel, please go to the nomination event before March 1, 2021.

    • 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. 




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. 

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info@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

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