Social and Emotional Development

Combined Concurrent

Boosting Resiliency Through Social and Emotional Discussion Groups

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: 210 A

Small group discussion moves students from a competitive, evaluative environment into an atmosphere in which no one dominates or judges. Bringing students together allows them to be heard, be supported, and learn coping strategies. Developing trust allows students to remove protective facades and become vulnerable, complex, and “human” with each other. This session will cover strategies used with Herberger Young Scholars Academy students during weekly discussion groups. Participants will acquire resources, discussion topics, ideas for scheduling, and actual examples of our personal experiences while implementing this program. This is based on work done by Jean Sunde Peterson in her book "The Essential Guide to Talking With Gifted Teens."

Kimberly A. Lansdowne

Executive Director
Herberger Young Scholars Academy/Arizona State University

Kimberly Lansdowne, Ph.D., is the founding Executive Director of the Herberger Young Scholars Academy, a secondary school for highly gifted students at Arizona State University. She received her doctorate at Arizona State University (ASU) in 2008 and has a lengthy career in teaching and administration at universities, colleges, public and private schools. At ASU she develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate level education classes for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. At Scottsdale School District (2000-2010), Kimberly was the Director of Gifted Services and served as a district level administrator overseeing several programs with over forty faculty and staff members. Kim has been a productive scholar, authoring articles, a book, and book chapters, along with being featured in multiple media events focusing on her work at the Herberger Academy.


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Rebecca L. Baker

Herberger Young Scholars Academy

I have spent 30 years in the field of education focusing on my passion, helping every student reach their potential. During my career I have taught a wide variety of subjects and grade levels including special education, elementary education, high school English, middle school Language Arts and Social Studies, gifted pull-out and gifted self-contained. I helped to implement the gifted self-contained program in the Scottsdale Unified School District, being the first teacher. I also worked as a counselor for the same program. Along with teaching I do professional development for school districts in metropolitan Phoenix in the areas of writing and gifted education.

At the Herberger Academy my job as counselor covers a wide range of responsibilities including, “What’s Young Passion”, administration of the Kolbe Index, identifying and implementing special assistance for individual students, organizing camp at Saguaro Lake, and sponsoring the National Honor Society.

I earned a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, an MS as a Reading Specialist from the University of Arizona and an Education Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix.


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