Category: Poster

69 - Shining the Light on the Tall Poppy Syndrome

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when gifted children experience an “underdog” status through others who resent or envy their giftedness. The phenomenon dates to ancient Rome and persists today when others misunderstand the nature of gifted children. Taking the form of covert aggression or bullying, the Tall Poppy Syndrome puts gifted children at risk. Parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators need proactive steps to gain allies and advocate for gifted children. This session examines psychological perspectives, therapeutic strategies, and online resources to support the affective, social, and psychological development and concerns of PK-12 gifted children in home, school, and community settings.

Ashley Beason-Manes

Gifted Facilitator
South Middle School/Lawrence Public Schools
Lawrence, Kansas

Connie Phelps

Director of Gifted Education and Professor
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas

Connie Phelps directs the Gifted Program and teaches graduate coursework in Gifted Education as Professor at Emporia State University in Kansas. She also serves as Director of the Great Plains Center for Gifted Studies, Historian for the Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creative, Past-Chair of the National Association of Gifted Children Professional Development Network, editorial board member of Teaching for High Potential, and Coordinator for the Inventions dimension of the International Torrance Legacy Creativity Award. Her research areas include the assessment of creativity, gifted girls, underachievement, differentiating language arts curriculum and addressing the affective needs of gifted children. In Fall 2012, she conducted sabbatical research on high ability children with the LATI group at Paris Descartes University. She is co-editor for the Emporia State Research Studies journal and her recent publications include Parenting for High Potential, Torrance Journal for Applied Creativity, Gifted and Talented International and International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity. She holds memberships in the World Council for Gifted and Talented and Research on Gifted, Creative, and Talented SIG of AERA.