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SENG expert Windhorst urges parents to help students find an authentic way to engage in the climate crisis

  • November 25, 2019 11:05 AM
    Message # 8138425
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Is your middle school or upper elementary student concerned about the climate crisis?  Is your student looking for an opportunity to weigh in on this crisis?   Are you interested in finding a way for your student to network and collaborate with those involved in solving climate change? 

    Look no further.  CGCC and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (and various sponsors) are hosting the first Kids Climate Summit on May 2, 2020.  The Summit is designed to give students, ages 9-14, a meaningful way to dialogue and participate with their peers on climate change.  With the support of a coach (parent, teacher, scout leader, etc.), students are invited to prepare a proposal outlining a 20-minute presentation on the climate crisis.  There are no restrictions--we want students to choose a topic that is meaningful to them.  Our youth will inherit the climate crisis, and they ought to have a stake in solving it.   To help students devise authentic pathways for participation and future action, we will be bringing in international and local experts in the field of climate change.  Want more information?  Take a look at the link to the Summit on our website.  chicagogiftedcommunity.org/kids-climate-summit.  Questions?  Write to KidsSummit@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

    Why are the Summit and its opportunity for participation particularly important for gifted students?  Every child wonders about the impact of climate change, but experts believe that gifted students process planetary pain more profoundly.  If you haven’t already, listen to SENG presenter Eric Windhorst’s SENGinar on “Coping with the Climate Crisis, Insights & Tools for the Gifted.”  Or, take a look at Dr. Windhorst’s  website:  https://www.ericwindhorst.ca.  Dr. Windhorst has some terrific ideas on how to encourage your student to engage authentically with the climate crisis, including steps to help your student relax in nature, create new narratives on the climate issue, and contribute in a sustainable way.

    We look forward to collaborating with interested families, teachers, and students.  Participation in this Summit will not only be engaging, but will lead to a powerful environmental network and community directed action on the climate crisis.

    In this existential crisis, gifted and talented students need opportunities to connect with like-minded peers!

    Last modified: November 25, 2019 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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