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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • September 20, 2019
    • November 22, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Register

    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.

    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.


    • November 14, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Schaumburg Central Library, 130 South Roselle Road
    • 13
    Register

    Understanding the Gifted Preschooler

    Gifted preschool children are like sponges! They want to know everything, now. They learn and retain the craziest things. Living with a gifted preschooler can be amazing and exhausting and mystifying. Join us as we hear from a experts and learn more about how to live with and to educate these children.  

    Krista Genovese's approach to gifted education has been shaped over 10 years in the early learners classroom. Through her approach to integrate creativity with concrete learning acquisition, Krista has fostered the gifted child's desire to understand the world around them in ways unlike the typical learner.

    Diane Tovar's 30 years of teaching career has spanned across three schools, with two decades spent in mission-specific schools designed to support the gifted learner. Her passionate understanding of the gifted mind continues to impact the children in her classroom as they seek depth, meaning, and connection to ideas not seen in other children as consistently or intensely.

    Both Krista and Diane look forward to interacting with parents as panelists at the upcoming Parent Education event co-sponsored with Quest Academy and Chicago Gifted Community Center.


    • November 17, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Pandemic, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassone, SET, Quirkle, Chess, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up. There are many library activities available to keep younger siblings busy.

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the library or are welcome to join in the fun.

    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library
    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    We have a NEW Start Time of 2pm!

    • November 24, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    • Private Home, Forest Park
    • 8
    Register
    For the bulk of recent history many boys have been made to hide their emotions, define their strength by domination, and revel in whatever piece(s) of the intersectional power pie they were served at birth. But with each passing generation they are looking for a more complete humanity that lets them feel fully, communicate vulnerably, find strength in mutual honor, and participate in a world premised on justice for all. To meet these needs, this discussion group for teen boys will explore together with an experienced facilitator, what it means to be a man today. While dads are awesome role models, sometimes it's nice to come together with teens your own age and a facilitator who's younger than your dad and has a better understanding of what you're going through.

    Using books and films as a jumping-off point, this group is for thoughtful young men who want to explore what it means to become a man, how to be true to yourself and how to be when you reject traditional masculinity. In order to maintain our collective focus, boys will be required to read/watch the assigned book/movie before each meeting.

    This is way more than a book club, this is a discussion group and safe space. This kind of group is common for girls, but much harder to find for boys. As socially acceptable modes of expression for boys have shrunk over the years, even as they have grown for girls, this kind of group is needed more than ever.

    Meets once per month in a private home in Forest Park, address sent upon registration.

    Group limited to 10.

    Ages: 13-18 years old.

    Starting in November. (Tentative dates are: 11/24, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/22, 4/26)

    Facilitator bio: Raised in the South of the United States and educated in the North, Walker Parrish is familiar with the trials of youth, the bigotry of the world, the wisdom of feminism, and the self-love it takes to find your own identity as a man in the new era. For the past four years he has tutored a number of subjects, building relationships with the many tweens and teens that make up the Chicago homeschooling community. He leads private tours through Japan for his students and their families. Most recently he was invited to join a group of moms, and in October he co-led a retreat (Being In Your Moon) in the Michigan woods for young girls reaching puberty. See his work at: www.frogwalkerworld.com.

    Sensitive Issues Permission:

    Dear Parents/Guardians: Please be aware that the topics which will be covered in this series of discussions could be considered to be of a sensitive nature. Activities are designed to assist boys in improving self-esteem,  enhancing decision making skills,  and improving boys’ abilities to communicate effectively with others. The all-boy format of the discussion group provides a safe environment for boys to discuss sensitive issues. While of course we will share the titles of books and films utilized, we cannot predict every topic the boys themselves may raise.  By registering your child in this discussion group series, you give permission for your child to participate in these discussions. During the registration process, you will be asked to confirm your acceptance.


    • November 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2206 S. Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

    Dinner this month will be held at:

    Fatpour Tap Works McCormick

    2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. These suppers will generally be scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.  

    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 

    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact Newenka.

    • December 01, 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • online
    Register

    Pre-registration 

    For planning purposes we are asking adults who are considering bringing a group of students to the Kids Climate Summit at the Illinois Math and Science Academy on May 2, 2020 to register their intention.

    Pre-registration allows us to plan the event and to keep you informed. It will also allow coaches to collaborate. 

    This does not cost anything, and is not a commitment to submit a proposal.

    You will be notified when Kids Climate Summit proposals are being accepted.

    • December 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         

     The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connect World by Jordan Shapiro.


    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!


    Next book discussion: TBD



    • December 04, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Ct, Palatine
    Register

    Weighing the Options:
    How to Educate a Gifted Child

    Please join us for a panel discussion featuring a reflection on the advantages and disadvantages of mainstream public school versus gifted school versus homeschooling.  

    • December 08, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Pandemic, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassone, SET, Quirkle, Chess, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up. There are many library activities available to keep younger siblings busy.

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the library or are welcome to join in the fun.

    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library
    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    We have a NEW Start Time of 2pm!

    • December 13, 2019
    • 11:00 PM
    • online
    Registration is closed

    Call for Proposal

    The Kids Climate Summit will take place on May 2, 2020 at the Illinois Math and Science Academy.  Student teams are given the opportunity to make a 20 minute presentation and then field questions on a topic related to our global climate. 

    Please submit your team's proposal here. The proposal evaluation committee will issue invitations to teams in January.  

    • December 15, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 17
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Rights and Services for Gifted Education

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

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


    If you have a gifted or a twice exceptional student, you may be wondering, what are your legal rights when it comes to education, including both academics and services. Maybe you are half way through the school year and the first half didn’t go so well. What can be done now to save the school year? How can you get off to a fresh start with the teacher and with the administration? Who can help? We will cover options for private and public schools and try to help you come up with a game-changer plan. Can any differentiation be put into place? What are your options for next year? All this, and more.

    Matt Cohen, J.D. founder of Matt Cohen & Associates, LLC and Irene Gottlieb will lead the panel. Matt Cohen & Associates is a law firm specializing in special education, disability rights, and human services law. Irene is a founder of MAGE and the parent of three gifted children.

    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, January 12, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Testing and identification

    Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Anxiety in the gifted

    Sunday, March 1, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Executive functioning in the gifted

    Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    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.

    • December 31, 2019
    • Various
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           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! 



    • January 12, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center bring you a

    Gifted Resource Fair

    The fair is free, but please register so we can make the proper crowd preparations and so that we can notify you in case of weather related issues.

    Learn about local education, enrichment, and services options

    Family-friendly event, however no child-care provided for workshops, should you wish to attend them. There will be kids’ activities.

    There will be several speaker tracks. Currently one is confirmed:

    • Testing and Identification, with Dr. Jerry Schecter. This speaker series is a part of our Free Parent Education Workshop Series. Please register here separately for this talk

    Confirmed participants (list updated weekly):

    • Chicago Gifted Community Center
    • Davidson, including Young Scholars, DYS; Davidson Online, DAO
    • Aileen Kelleher, LCSW Bloom Child and Teen Therapy

    Confirmed presentations (list updated weekly):

    • 12PM Testing and Identification

    Confirmed Kids’ activities (list updated weekly):

    • Mini Math-circle table
    • Odyssey of the Mind spontaneous problem games
    • There is a play area for preschoolers on site with a limited number of activities such as blocks, trains, and books.

    Interested in speaking, sponsoring, or having a table to highlight your organization’s services?  We have a limited number of spaces and opportunities. You can also be listed in our service directory even if you do not attend. Contact info@mage.education for more information.

    The Fair is centrally located in the City of Chicago at Milwaukee and Division at 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60642. Parking Info: please use public transportation or SpotHero to secure a spot. There are some local street parking options including free and metered spots but be prepared to walk a few blocks. There is residential zoning on many of the surrounding streets.

    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. Please consider becoming a member of CGCC . 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.

    • January 12, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Testing and Identification

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

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.,

    Chicago, IL 60642

    Do you suspect that your child might be gifted? Do you suspect that your child is 2e? Is your child gifted or are they just academically talented and anyway, what is the difference between the two? Is your child an underachiever, or do they have a learning difference? What kind of testing is there and how to pick? What is a test ceiling? How reliable is the testing? What should you do before the testing? What should you expect during testing? How to talk to your child about testing? All this, and more. Speaker list coming soon.

    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Anxiety in the gifted

    Sunday, March 1, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Executive functioning in the gifted

    Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    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.

    • January 26, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Hinsdale or online
    Register

    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, which usually occur in private homes.  If you are interested in attending, please register here and the host of this meeting will contact you with the address.  

    • February 02, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 19
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Anxiety and the Gifted

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

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


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    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, March 1, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Executive functioning in the gifted

    Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    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.

    • February 08, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Jason's Deli, Naperville
    Register


    Parents Luncheon 


    1735 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL 60563

    We will enjoy lunch and conversation about gifted children and the challenges of parenting and educating them immediately following the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention Parent Saturday presentations. 

    Attendance at the IAGC session is not required.

    This event is "free," as all participants will pay for their own lunch. Please register so we can save enough seats!   

    • March 01, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Executive Functioning and the Gifted

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

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


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    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    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.

    • April 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Gifted and ADHD

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

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    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    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.

    • May 03, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Planning Ahead for Collage

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

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


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    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.


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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