Category: Poster

56 - Parenting Gifted Children: Making Choices and Decisions that Support Optimal Development

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

After being informed that their child is gifted, many parents have questions. How can I best support my gifted child? What services and supports can the school provide? Where can I get help? Fortunately, many supports exist that can help parents make choices and decisions that help their gifted children strive toward their full potential. This session examines the characteristics and needs of gifted children, family dynamics and how these affect the gifted child, programming options available at schools and elsewhere, and the social and emotional needs of gifted learners. The session is appropriate for families new to gifted education as well as those well-versed in the field.

Jason A. Helfer

Deputy Superintendent of Education
Illinois State Board of Education
Springfield, Illinois

Stephen T. Schroth

Professor of Early Childhood Education
Towson University
Towson, Maryland

Stephen T. Schroth holds a PhD in Educational Psychology/Gifted Education from the University of Virginia, where he studied with Carolyn M. Callahan and Carol Ann Tomlinson. Past-Chair of the NAGC Arts Network, Dr. Schroth is a Professor of Early Childhood Education and serves as Graduate Program Director at Towson University. The author of over 375 books, monographs, chapters, articles, and other publications, he served as a classroom teacher, gifted coordinator, and arts prototype school coordinator for a decade in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His research interests include the development of artistically talented students, differentiated instruction, effective instructional and leadership practices, and working with English language learners.