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The Modern 2e Family SENGinar

  • January 28, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Webinar

$20 SENG Members | $40 Non-members

Deadline to register: 1/28, 5:00PM


All registrants will have access to the recorded SENGinar.

About The Presenters

Dr. Postma is a teacher, administrator, consultant, speaker, and, author dedicated to the holistic development of both gifted and twice-exceptional

children through his new company Gifted & Thriving, LLC. Over the last two decades, Dr. Postma has worked in the field of gifted/talented education as both a teacher and administrator in the public and charter school system in Minnesota and North Carolina, and, was the architect of the Minnetonka Navigator Program, a magnet school specifically designed for highly gifted and twice-exceptional students. Dr. Postma has published a number of articles and two books, the latest titled The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice Exceptional Students. He travels and speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of topics such as: the social/emotional development of the gifted, understanding twice-exceptional learners, gifted/talented programming, neuroscience and the gifted/2e brain, and school related topics from understanding assessment to quality instruction for gifted/2e learners. Dr. Postma holds a B. A. from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON; a M.A. in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education from the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities, and a Ed. D. in Educational Leadership

(Critical Pedagogy) also from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Michael Postma is also the former Executive Director of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted) and currently, Director of Programming for SENG, a non-profit organization dedicated to the social and emotional development of the gifted. He currently lives in Bellingham, WA and is the father of four children, three of whom are twice-exceptional.

Julie Postma is an advocate, speaker, writer and co-founder and Chief Marketing and Operating Officer at Gifted and Thriving, LLC, an organization that provides education, consulting and services to the gifted and twice exceptional (2e) communities. Together with her husband, Dr. Michael Postma, an educator and leader in the gifted and 2e education community for over two

decades, they have raised four gifted children, three of whom are twice exceptional. They

know first-hand the daily challenges and complexities of navigating and advocating for four unique and complex children within an education system that has little knowledge and/or training around the social, emotional and academic needs of this gifted population. It is because of this lack of knowledge, support and understanding that Julie joins Michael to serve, advocate and educate within this community, in order to help others in the battle for their children’s success in the classroom, at home and in life so that can realize their full potential.

Julie is a former business/sales executive who worked in the fast-paced technology and software industry for over 20 years, providing mission-critical software and solutions to Fortune 500 companies around the world. She personally knows the enormous stress and challenges of trying to balance the responsibilities of home, work and life and has learned the hard lesson of having to “put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others”, and the importance of taking care of yourself as one of the most critical moments in her journey. She is now happily enjoying this new chapter in life by focusing on the things that matter most to her – being mom,

advocate and friend to her now 4 adult children in their new phase of “launching in life”, working with other families to educate, support and advocate in their own journey’s in fighting this battle to find the right fit and place for their gifted children, and just enjoying life in climbing mountains, debating important topics, reading and being present in life enjoying every moment to the fullest together with her family. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota), is a certified SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group (SMPG) facilitator, and also holds a current real estate broker license.

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