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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • January 24, 2020
    • May 01, 2020
    • 14 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Registration is closed

    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.


    • 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.  

    • January 28, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2206 S. Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
    Register

    Dinner this quarter 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 quarterly on  the fourth Tuesday of the month.  (In 2020: January 28, April 28, July 28, October 27.)

    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.

    • February 01, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Naperville Municipal Building Room A, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville
    Register

    Have you ever wondered:                     

    What is inside a Black Hole?

    What the universe is made of?

    Chicago Gifted Community Center brings you

    Star Gazers Astronomy Club

    Come and join the group for our first meeting on February 1st 11:00 am till noon at the Naperville Municipal Building Room A.

      • This is a student led organization
      • Grades 5 and up
      • Will meet once a month to explore the mysteries of space and complete a project
      • no fees

    Bring your curiosity and be a part of this exciting new group.    

    • February 02, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 10
    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


    Depression and anxiety are common in gifted children. The onset can be very early, and the adolescent years can be profoundly difficult. How much anxiety is normal? At what point does this become a medical issue? What does anxiety look like at different ages, at home and in school? And of course, the most important thing is what are the best strategies to help my family?


    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!   

    • February 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Naperville Municipal Building


             deep dive into accommodations and supports for children with learning differences and challenges

    Naperville Municipal Building – Room B

    An IEP and 504 are working documents that the school and staff are legally required to follow and execute.  One of the ways in which you can ensure academic and personal growth in your child is creating quality accommodations and goals that are clear, measurable and strength-base in nature. These important documents will follow your child and establish not only current, but their future supports for ACT/SAT testing and used in college as examples.

    On February 10th, Carol Dimas, Director of national advocacy firm Educational Advocacy and Consulting, will share specific, factual information all parents should know about developing accommodations and tracking/measuring results including:

    ·        The importance of Accommodations, for our 2e students!

    ·        The difference between Accommodations and Modifications

    ·        Accommodations in college

    ·        Adding Accommodations to an IEP or Section 504 plan

    ·        What is needed before Accommodations can be removed

    ·        And MORE!

    The format of the meeting is interactive and to ensure productivity we are requesting questions to be sent prior to meeting.  In addition, your questions can be submitted at the meeting. 

    Please RSVP at sosfor2e@gmail.com

    Carol Dimas – Founder and Director of Educational Advocacy and Consulting

    Carol Dimas is an Illinois State-Certified Highly Qualified Teacher in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12. She is a Reading Specialist and Learning Behavior Specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Masters of Science in Special Education.

    During her twenty-five plus years experience in education, Carol began teaching children with special needs in the public school system. She helped pilot a program that involved a collaboration between the school district and Loyola University Department of Psychiatry to better serve culturally disadvantaged youth in the area of mental health. She was also the chair of the Special Education committee to develop a district-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Program.

    Carol worked as a reading specialist in both public school districts and private practice. She started a private practice as a specialized tutor supporting students with Specific Learning Disabilities, as well as preparing students for ACT and SAT exams, while also supporting families through the Special Education Process.

    She then focused her efforts in assisting students and families through her firm, Educational Advocacy and Consulting. This successful practice partners with families, parent groups, clinicians, private therapeutic schools and public school districts to serve families and children by advocating for their needs.

    Carol is a member of the Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates, the International Dyslexia Association, the International Literacy Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and is a listed provider in the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids.


    • February 12, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:   

    Whichever of these speaks to your needs:

    How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen And Listen So Your Kids Will Talk 
    OR 
    How to Talk So Your Teens Will Listen And Listen So Your Teens Will Talk
    Both by Adele Faber, and Elaine Mazlish 



    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: March 4, 2020
    • February 18, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Emmett's Brewing Co., 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine
    Register

    Join us for casual conversation about gifted kids, parenting and whatever else comes up!  

    Logo

    Emmett's Brewing Co.

    110 N. Brockway St.
    Palatine


    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.

    • March 01, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 18
    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


    Your brilliant child can’t remember to turn in work, finish work, or break the work down into manageable parts that are not overwhelming. Maybe they flunked their executive functioning task on the neuropsych assessment or, paradoxically, they are multiple standard deviations above the norm in that area and yet… and yet it’s not online in real life. What to do? Maybe transitions are a mess. Maybe you either have to provide pacing or nothing gets done, and you don’t know if they’ll grow into it or if they will need help. Study habits and skills have varying quality. Maybe, getting going is hard, or staying on tasks, or remembering. Your child needs help - learn about options about how to support your child the best.

    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.

    • March 04, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading something about living with and raising gifted children. Perhaps one of these:  

         

    Vote for your favorite when you register!

    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: April 8, 2020
    • March 12, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Palatine Public Library, 700 N North Ct, Palatine
    • 25
    Register

    Understanding Gifted Middle School Students



    • March 19, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lucky Platter, 514 Main St, Evanston, IL
    Register


    Come and meet other parents for a casual dinner to share stories about raising gifted children, laugh, lament, or provide/receive support on your parenting journey. We will get our palate excited by a creative take on comfort classics at a conveniently located restaurant in downtown Evanston. 

    This is the first of a series of parent supper on the north and northwest side of the city. If you live on the north side and cannot make this date, but have been watching jealously on all the parent supper action on the south side, please watch the CGCC calendar for updates and contact the host with your general availability and preferences to meet in the future.   

    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register and make changes to your RSVP, if needed, so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 

    • March 31, 2020
    • Various
    Register
     

           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! 



    • April 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
    • 18
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Gifted and ADHD

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

    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?

    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.

    • April 08, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is discussing mentoring relationships - their importance, and how to establish them.  

    This is such an important topic, and yet it is difficult to find advice to finding mentoring relationship. Here is a pretty basic first reading:   https://raisinglifelonglearners.com/gifted-kids-mentors/ 

    There is a guidebook produced by Davidson that is available online here: http://www.davidsongifted.org/young-scholars/free-guidebooks.    

    And then out of Kentucky from Roberts and Inman Mentoring And Your Child, an article published in some magazine, and photocopied for this link. 

    These will get us started on a discussion focused on finding mentors for our kids.

    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!  Reading the above is not required. The objective is to use the reading to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do, but bring what you have and what you know and we'll go from there.  


    Next book discussion: May 6, 2020



    • April 17, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM
    • 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie
    Register

    LOGYC 

    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.  

    • 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


    If your child is ahead, way ahead… the time to start planning for college is in elementary school, before it sneaks up on you. What do we mean, planning for college in elementary school? Well, if your child may be headed to early college, there are all sorts of challenges. If your child is headed toward taking AP and community college courses before they are in high school or early in high school, this talk is for you! Considering grade acceleration? Once again, you need this talk, especially if your child is likely to play college sports. We are not talking college applications - we are talking things that you will wish you knew a few years ahead of that process.

    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 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         

     an as yet undetermined book! Stay tuned for more information! No matter what the book, you know the discussion will be good, so sign up now!

    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: June 3, 2020



    • June 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         

     an as yet undetermined book! Stay tuned for more information! No matter what the book, you know the discussion will be good, so sign up now!

    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!






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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