Middle Grades


Turning Gifted Gripes into Great Possibilities Through Self-Advocacy

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 219 B

While many gifted middle school students feel frustrated at school, they often fail to speak up and ask for the support they need. They are uncomfortable claiming their right to an education that meets their needs, and they feel that school is something done to them, not with them. But with our help, gifted students can overcome their frustrations and take charge of their education. Session attendees learn proven ways to create a gifted-friendly classroom and concrete strategies for teaching gifted kids to advocate for themselves and turn their legitimate gripes about school into opportunities for challenge and growth.

Judy Galbraith

President & Founder
Free Spirit Publishing

Judy Galbraith, M.A., is an award-winning author and publisher. She has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling of the gifted. A former classroom teacher, Judy has worked with and taught gifted children and teens, their parents, and their teachers for many years. In 1983, she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® material as well as resources for educators. Judy is the author of The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids, The Gifted Teen Survival Guide and When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers (with Jim Delisle), You Know Your Child Is Gifted When . . . , and What Kids Need to Succeed (with Peter Benson and Pamela Espeland). In 1996, Galbraith received the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award; in 2011, she was presented with the California Association for the Gifted Ruth A. Martinson Award; and in 2012, she received the Friend of the Gifted award by the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented for her sustained advocacy on behalf of gifted children.


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Deborah O. Douglas

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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