Social and Emotional Development


Intellects Gone Awry: Mass Murderers among Gifted Youth

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 213 A

Some places are forever etched into our collective memories by mere mention of their names: Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, Virginia Tech. In each instance, the perpetrators of horrendous crimes were individuals remembered by those who knew them with this description: "troubled...but brilliant." In this session, common characteristics of these troubled young men are shared, along with a specific call to action for gifted child educators to coalesce around the theme of "preventive counseling" to address issues of social and emotional concern for our brightest, yet vulnerable, gifted youth.

James R. Delisle

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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