Middle Grades


Who Are These Kids, and Why Are They Acting This Way?

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 9

The internet meme calling for people to “care less about whether our children are academically gifted and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria” doesn’t consider that the lonely child in the cafeteria is quite possibly a gifted child who is misunderstood by the other children and the adults in their school.
Participants in this session engage in activities to help them better understand the cognitive and affective characteristics (intellectual, social, and emotional) of gifted and talented students and the impact these traits may have on their educational experiences.

Kathy L. Green

Adjunct lecturer/ music & arts teacher
University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center/Montessori Academy of Glen Ellyn

Kathy Green holds a Masters of Educational Psychology in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College. Kathy is currently an Adjunct Lecturer on perfectionism for the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa, maintains a private music studio, teaches music and creative exploration at Montessori Academy of Glen Ellyn in Illinois, and is the Education Liaison for the Artist Series at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She spent the first 25 years of her career as a middle school band director.

Kathy addresses isssues in gifted education from the perspective of a parent of a highly gifted child, gifted underachiever, perfectionist, teacher and teacher educator. She is a veteran speaker at the local, state and national level on topics related to gifted and arts education.


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Jeanine Buishas

Coordinator of Gifted Services
DuPage Regional Office of Education

Jeanine Buishas is a Gifted Education Specialist whose background encompasses over 30 years of teaching and supporting gifted children, as well as their parents and teachers. As the Coordinator of Gifted Services for the DuPage Regional Office of Education, she shares current research and evidence-based practices with administrators and teachers to enhance the educational experiences of gifted learners. A graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Master in Educational Psychology/Gifted Education, Jeanine enjoys facilitating professional learning experiences through workshops, conference presentations, and graduate courses. She currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.


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