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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • May 27, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online Submissions


    We are inviting your children in third through twelfth grades to engage with their peers and share impressions on relevant ideas and issues in this one hour extra-curricular writing challenge.   

    Prompts will be sent out at approximately 9 a.m. to the parent of each registered participant.  We believe that participants should spend no more than an hour on their writing, but they can choose which hour between 9 am and 6 pm.  Students will receive instructions on how to submit finished pieces. 

    Please register each of your children individually, so they will each receive the prompt. 

    Need accommodations or have questions? Contact Rhonda Stern.
    • May 28, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    The Twice Exceptional Child in
    the Age of Virtual School

    - Extreme Times = Extreme 2e = Extreme Parenting -

    Dr. Michele Kane, long time gifted educator, advocate and counselor will join us to discuss  the current experiences families are living through with the new environment caused by the  restrictions with COVID 19 and parenting a 2e child.  We will:

        • Discuss how parents/caregivers respond effectively :
          • Demands of managing learning, social, emotional and physical needs of their kids
          • Balancing family times
          • Maintaining personal self- care

    We will meet online using the Zoom meeting software, which will allow you to join the meeting on your computer, via an app on your phone, or by calling in on a dedicated phone number.  

    • May 29, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom
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    Join Katherine Peterson and Newenka DuMont, two SENG model parent group facilitators, as they engage you in an informal discussion about parenting gifted children.

    We will meet online using the Zoom meeting software, which will allow you to join the meeting on your computer, via an app on your phone, or by calling in on a dedicated phone number.  

    • May 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Various

           Sign Me Up! 

    I get it - CGCC is a member run organization and since I am a member, I would like to help. Sign Me Up! 

    Please register as a way to let us know what you might like to assist with.  Thank you! 

    • June 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    Differently Wired

    by Deborah Reber

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us 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!

    • June 04, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Book Club Discussion
    & Virtual Coffee 

    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 created to support your journey as parents of gifted children.  

    This week's  book is: GIFTEDNESS 101 by Linda Kreger Silverman.  

    We have started discussing this book at our May 21, 2020 meeting, but decided to continue the conversation stemming from this book for at least another session.  This will give the chance to some parents to finish it and the rest to reflect more on the wonderful writing and advice included in this book. 

    There are lots of ways to get books these days and this title, while a bit pricier at $29.92, is also available to rent or purchase on Kindle. The book may also be available from your local library with download service. If you have trouble getting the book, please email Katherine.  

    No pressure to read the book in its entirety, choose the sections that speak to your needs.  Once you register, the confirmation email will include some discussion questions to keep in mind while reading the book and the Zoom info you need to connect. 

    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.  

    Next book discussion: June 18, 2020.
    • June 14, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom, CGCC & Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    Parent Education Series

    Gifted and ADHD

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    This event has been moved online. Registrants will be notified of log in information prior to the event.

    Does my child have ADHD? How do you tease out the Dabrowski psychomotor excitabilities vs. ADHD? How do you know if they are energetic, or engrossed in their favorite things, or if it’s medical? At what point do you need to look for support, and what kind of support is out there for your family? Does it actually work? Who can help? Medication is scary but has been brought up to you, how do you learn more? What are strategies to help your child? Gifted characteristic traits overlap with ADHD. How do you know what side of the line you’re on?

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • August 16, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM (CDT)
    • 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie

    THIS EVENT, originally on 17 April, HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

    we hope to reschedule it after the crisis passes. IF YOU WANT TO BE INFORMED OF THE NEW DATE, PLEASE REGISTER and we will contact you.


    Come spend a day visiting the LOGYC Co-op! Come and meet people, observe classes, ask questions, and see what we're all about. Come for one block or several, and bring a (nut-free) lunch.

    LOGYC is a coop for gifted homeschooling students aged 5 through 18. To learn more about the coop, see our coop FAQs.

    Please register, and someone will contact you with more details.  

    • August 30, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • Online or Hinsdale

    CGCC Board Meeting

    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. This meeting will be held hopefully in person and will have an online option for members who are unable to travel.  

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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. 

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