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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • March 06, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 6
    Register

    Parent Conversations:  Twice-Exceptionality (2E)

    Many parents are familiar with the complexities of twice-exceptional learners or (2E),  which is slowly beginning to gain more traction in academic settings.  Gifted in math with a learning issue in reading, intellectually gifted with autism or ADHD, or a high level student who struggles to stay organized due to executive functioning issues.  There are many other examples that make accessing education tricky for parents, and create misunderstanding for their child.   Why are 2E learners overlooked?   How do we collaborate with our teachers and schools to support these learners?   When and how do we intervene?   Here's a few articles to fuel our discussion:

    The Goldilocks Question:  How to Support your 2E Child and Get it "Just Right", Davidson Institute;  https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/the-goldilocks-question-how-to-support-your-2e-child-and-get-it-just-right/ 

    How to Support Your Twice Exceptional Child:  US New & World Report; https://www.usnews.com/education/k12/articles/how-to-support-your-twice-exceptional-child 

    Twice-Exceptional Kids; Both Gifted & Challenged; Child Mind Institute;  https://childmind.org/article/twice-exceptional-kids-both-gifted-and-challenged/ 

    We aspire to welcome everyone and address gifted topics that are accessible and relevant to busy parents.  Join us to listen, participate, collect resources, share ideas and create community that supports and understands gifted parenting. Topic suggestions welcome and will change each session, and resources will be provided to inform and fuel the conversation.  It's OK if you don't have time to read, just join us for inspiring conversation with other gifted parents and Katherine Peterson, parent,  CGCC Board Member / Facilitator.   Other CGCC Board Members including Carole Jones, CGCC President, and Aileen Kelleher, LCSW, CGCC Board Member and Professional Member, and Esther Tarkieltaub, Professional Member will join as they are able. Please feel free to reach out to Katherine Peterson, CGCC Board Member & Parent Discussion Facilitator with questions, ideas or to share your comments.  

    Please note:  Due to the popularity of this discussion there is a $5 charge for non-members.  Consider joining as a member for a $25 annual fee to attend all member events for FREE, or please ask for a sliding scale. we are open to all requests.

    We cap this group at 10 participants, so please sign up to save your place, and cancel if you're unable to attend so others on the waiting list may enjoy this offering.  


    • March 06, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • No Manches Mexican Grill, Vernon Hills Town Center, 1240 US-45 Ste 100, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    Register

    Come meet with other parents of bright, complex kids to share your parenting journeys and provide support to each other. Join us at No Manches Mexican Grill in Vernon Hills for dinner, snacks, or just have something to drink while we connect and enjoy our time together.

    Please register so that we can reserve adequate space for the group. This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. If your plans change after registration, please kindly respond to the confirmation email so we can adjust our arrangements.

    Please note that by attending this event, you confirm that you will assume all the risk to yourself and your family related to coronavirus.


    • March 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Fair Game, Downers Grove
    • 10
    Register


    Gatherings take place at the Downers Grove location of Fair Game, 1015 Curtiss Street. Geared for ages 8-16 and younger siblings. All levels are welcome, whether you are a cubing aficionado or just getting started.

    There is a charge of $2.50 for each attendee, adults and children, payable on site to Fair Game. This ensures that there is space for our group. Fee waivers are available, please contact us if needed.

    We usually meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Registration required. Please register for each date separately. Space is limited. 

    Please note: This is not a drop off event. A parent/caregiver must stay on site and is welcome to join in the fun.

    • March 20, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 9
    Register

    Parent Conversations:  Gifted LGBTQ+ Youth

    Gifted LGBTQ+ youth have challenging needs that complexly affect them as individuals and their social and emotional development.  How do we support these very real needs?  How can parents better understand these needs?  How do we ensure that each young person is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression?  Here are some articles to inform and support our discussion;  

    LGBTQ Diversity Toolbox for Parents,  National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC);  https://nagc.org/page/LGBTQ-Diversity-Toolbox-for-Parents-Resources

    Gifted and Gay: When GT Meets LGBT, Ft. Bend Independent School District;  https://www.fortbendisd.com/cms/lib/TX01917858/Centricity/Domain/66/2020-21%20GT%20Parent%20Symposium%20Files/Gifted%20and%20Gay%20Powerpoint.pdf 

    5 Articles from Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG); https://www.sengifted.org/allarticles/categories/lgbtq 

    We aspire to welcome everyone and address gifted topics that are accessible and relevant to busy parents.  Join us to listen, participate, collect resources, share ideas and create community that supports and understands gifted parenting. Topic suggestions welcome and will change each session, and resources will be provided to inform and fuel the conversation.  It's OK if you don't have time to read, just join us for inspiring conversation with other gifted parents and Katherine Peterson, parent,  CGCC Board Member / Facilitator.   Other CGCC Board Members including Carole Jones, CGCC President, and Aileen Kelleher, LCSW, CGCC Board Member and Professional Member will join as they are able. Please feel free to reach out to Katherine Peterson, CGCC Board Member & Parent Discussion Facilitator with questions or ideas.   

    Please note:  Due to the popularity of this discussion there is a $5 charge for non-members.  Consider joining as a member for a $25 annual fee to attend all member events for FREE, or please ask for a sliding scale. we are open to all requests.

    We cap this group at 10 participants, so please sign up to save your place, and cancel if you're unable to attend so others on the waiting list may enjoy this offering.  


    • April 07, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • In-person at MAGE (900 N Franklin St, Chicago) and online
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in its 6th season. We will provide this both virtually and in-person. The format of each event in the series is a 30 minute presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience and a 15-30 minutes mingle. 

    Gifted 102: Testing and Identification (the basics) 

    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? Is your child an underachiever, or do they have a learning difference? When should I test my child? Why should I test my child? What kind of testing is there for all these different things, 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.

    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    Cannot make this event? Please check out the future events in the series. 

    May 5, 11:30AM-12:45PM Gifted 105: Girls 

    June 2, 11:30AM-12:45PM Gifted 265: Generational Trauma 

    • April 14, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Fair Game, Downers Grove
    • 20
    Register


    Gatherings take place at the Downers Grove location of Fair Game, 1015 Curtiss Street. Geared for ages 8-16 and younger siblings. All levels are welcome, whether you are a cubing aficionado or just getting started.

    There is a charge of $2.50 for each attendee, adults and children, payable on site to Fair Game. This ensures that there is space for our group. Fee waivers are available, please contact us if needed.

    We usually meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Registration required. Please register for each date separately. Space is limited. 

    Please note: This is not a drop off event. A parent/caregiver must stay on site and is welcome to join in the fun.

    • April 14, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Portillo & Barnelli's Schaumburg
    Register

    CGCC Board Meeting - In Person

    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.  If you have an idea for an event or just want to come and learn more about our organization please join us.  

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

    Portillo's & Barnelli's  - 611 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg 






    • May 05, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • In-person at MAGE (900 N Franklin St, Chicago) and online
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in its 6th season. We will provide this both virtually and in-person. The format of each event in the series is a 30 minute presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience and a 15-30 minutes mingle. 

    Gifted 105: Girls 

    I got a call from the teacher about my daughter... I wish my daughter could do what my son does... she's just smart.... right? My daughter won't do anything academic, everything is too easy but she won't apply herself. My daughter has big feelings. My daughter is not like my friends' kids. My daughter is not like her classmates. Who are the gifted girls? What are their traits and characteristics, and how do I raise them?

    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    Cannot make this event? Please check out this future event in the series. 

    June 2, 11:30AM-12:45PM Gifted 265: Generational Trauma 

    • June 02, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • In-person at MAGE (900 N Franklin St, Chicago) and online
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in its 6th season. We will provide this both virtually and in-person. The format of each event in the series is a 30 minute presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience and a 15-30 minutes mingle. 

    Gifted 265: 2e and Generational Trauma 

    What happens if your child is gifted and you just found out and because you didn't know this or didn't get the help you need, there's now trauma? What if you are finding out that you are also gifted or 2e just now as a grown up, and you are hurting? Now you have to understand your own story through a different lens, and the story of those that came before you? How do you survive generational trauma and overcome this adversity and help yourself and your child?

    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.


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. 

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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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