Middle Grades

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From Risk-Taking to Risk-Making: Encouraging Gifted Students to Step Out of Their Comfort Zones

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 207 A

Self-advocacy is one of the best ways for gifted students to ensure that their intellectual needs are met as they transition from elementary to middle school. But self-advocacy requires taking and making positive risks, and some of our brightest kids fear stepping outside their comfort zones. This session describes both risk-taking and risk-making and offers several ideas for helping gifted teens accept and create their own academic challenges, opening up a world of possibilities that will lead them in exciting new directions.

Deborah O. Douglas

Consultant
GT Carpe Diem

Deb Douglas advocates for gifted children in the US Midwest and beyond, empowering our brightest young people to assess their needs, speak up for themselves, take positive risks, and effectively self-advocate. She was a board member of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) for nine years and President from 2011-13. A former high school teacher and director of gifted education for over 20 years, she now consults around the country, delivering GT Carpe Diem workshops for gifted youth as well as professional development for educators and support for parents.

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James R. Delisle

President
Growing Good Kids, Inc.

Jim Delisle has has worked with and for gifted students and those who work on their behalf for 40 years, as a teacher, counselor, professor and dad. The author of 20 books, including the best-selling "Gifted Teen Survival Guide" (with Judy Galbraith), JIm's most recent book is titled "Doing poorly on purpose: Underachievement and the quest for dignity", copublished by ASCD and Free Spirit Publishing. A frequent conference speaker, Jim has addressed audiences in more than 45 states and eleven nations. Currently, Jim teaches highly-gifted students part-time at the Scholars Academy in Conway, South Carolina, a school where students are dual-enrolled in high school and college.

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