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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • November 07, 2020
    • (CST)
    • November 28, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
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    Writing Club

    November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) when people who enjoy writing commit to write a certain number of words each day of the month and attempt to finish a first draft of a novel by the end of month. 

    Our community has a few adult members who are joining this worldwide creative writing phenomenon and we plan to meet weekly for a check-in on Saturday at 2 pm for the month of November.  You do not need to have the lofty goal to write a first draft of a novel or even write every day.  If you simply enjoy writing and you would like to share and support other "wrimos" this month, please join us. If you cannot attend this meeting but are interested in participating in future meetings, please let the organizer know. 

    • December 02, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online via Zoom
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    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     

    The Gifted School: A Novel
    Bruce Holsinger


    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!

    • December 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    2e Thursday

    Guest speaker Dr. Matthew Zakreski presents
    Riding Out the Storm:
    Managing Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students

    Emotions are the cause of many disruptive and problematic behaviors that our gifted children face.  The “Gifted Brain” is marked by structural and functional differences that manifest in increased emotionality, from vocal expression to behavioral activation.  Understanding these differences allow for the gifted individual and their support team to take meaningful steps towards adapting more functional and prosocial behaviors to manage their emotional intensity.  Drawing on years of psychological experience, Dr. Zakreski will walk participants through several different trouble areas (i.e., peer relations, failure, social outings) and give concrete strategies on how to manage those feelings and behaviors.  

    Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodiverse clients.  He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations.  He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his specialty, Giftedness.  Dr. Zakreski is a member of Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC).  He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) Board of Directors.  He has given professional talks, trainings, and keynote addresses at these organizations and others.  Dr. Zakreski is the founder and lead clinician at The Neurodiversity Collective, where he provides therapy, coaching, training, and psychological assessment.

    • January 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont or possibly online using Zoom
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    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is breathing a sigh of relief as there is no book this month. It is our annual

    "Phew, We Survived the Holidays" Coffee!       

    Next book group will be on February 3, 2021.  

    • January 13, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 16
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    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.

    • January 14, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    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, after a December break, the focus of our discussion will be social in nature. We will take the time to reconnect and discuss what weighs on your mind or share the little triumphs or challenges we've had over the holidays. 

    Log in details are sent in a confirmation email after you register. 

    Next meeting  will occur in 2 weeks, on January 28, 2021 and we plan to continue our book club meetings every 2 weeks thereafter. Next topic will be mindfulness and please check the description of next meeting if you want to get a head start on your readings. 

    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.  

    • January 28, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    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, we will start 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.  

    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 February 11, 2021 and we will most likely continue discussing the topic of mindfulness. 

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


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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