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This calendar lists CGCC events plus community events in Chicago and the local suburbs that might be of interest for our members.  A few select national events and webinars are included also.  

Contact us if you have an event to share. For information on organizations that offer ongoing programs, see the Resources page.  

All times are quoted in Central time.


 CGCC events are highlighted in green.     Events sponsored by professional members are highlighted in yellow.


Upcoming events

    • September 21, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    College Counselor Barbara Hettle presents
    College Admissions for Homeschoolers

    College admissions are complicated, and the many recent changes make it even more daunting. Getting the right information to plan strategically can make all the difference for homeschoolers! 

    What do we, as homeschool parents, need to know to plan for the middle and high school years in order to maximize college options that are a good fit academically, philosophically, socially, and financially? How do colleges evaluate homeschool students? How do we balance individualized and unique homeschool experiences with more traditional metrics that college admissions are used to seeing? What additional administrative requirements are required from applications of homeschoolers?

    Barbara Hettle will discuss the college admissions timeline and special considerations for homeschoolers such as homeschool documents for admissions including transcript, school profile, course descriptions and counselor letters.

    Highly recommend looking through the plethora of information Barbara provides for homeschoolers at https://homeschoolsuccess.com/ and bring any questions for after her presentation.

    Barbara Hettle has been a full time professional college consultant for ten years with experience guiding hundreds of families through the college admissions process. Having been a homeschool parent from Kindergarten through college admissions, Barbara has a passion for gifted and 2e homeschool families. She holds a Graduate Certificate in College Admissions Counseling earned with highest distinction from UCLA. As a member of professional organizations including Higher Education Consultants Association, she is experienced in all aspects of the college admissions process, including college search, testing, research, applications, scholarships and financial aid, and special needs.

    • September 22, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Brierwoods Nature Preserve, Hawthorn Woods

    Green Sprouts

    Join our Green Sprouts class for a hands-on exploration through nature with your young child! Together, we will listen to a story, explore the woods on a guided hike, and put your child’s fine motor skills to work with a nature-themed craft. The stories and crafts will coincide with the current season.

    Session One: Wednesdays, Sept. 22 - Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Brierwoods Nature Preserve

    Fees: $45/resident; $52/non-resident

    Register here.

    • September 22, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online, ADDItude Magazine
    ADHD Ages & Stages Part 2: Common Challenges and Practical Strategies for Children with ADHD

    ADHD is a chronic, life-long condition, one that impacts individuals through school years and into their adult lives — often even into retirement. The challenges ADHD presents in one’s life are forever changing. Here ADHD expert Meg Leahy brings her 20+ years of clinical experience to provide understanding and insight into the lifelong ADHD continuum. To Meg, the best strategies are practical, the best therapy or coaching is solution based, and the best way to help clients find the motivation to invest in their treatment is to help them understand how their particular ADHD brain works (or sometimes struggles) in the real world.

    In this webinar, Meg offers practical strategies for each of the very different stages of life, from elementary school through adulthood. She will discuss some common challenges during each major life stage, and provide insights, skills, strategies, and resources that deliver results.

    Webinar listeners will learn how to:

    • Identify how ADHD manifests itself at home, school, work, and in relationships throughout the course of a lifetime
    • Determine how self-concept and familial relationships are enhanced through clarification of the challenges ADHD can present in real life
    • Examine the life stages and the impact that ADHD exhibits regularly throughout those stages for individuals with ADHD and their families. The webinar addresses such issues as “What it means to have ADHD, really” or “What ADHD really looks like beyond diagnosis and medication”
    • Discover research-based strategies and resources that provide the building blocks necessary to move forward through each stage
    • Understand how and when interventions (medical, therapeutic, coaching) are best applied and most beneficial

    For more details how to register for this free, expert webinar, please see here.  For a list of future or past expert talks by the same provider, check out this index.  


    • September 22, 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs

    Join us for an evening hike to celebrate the equinox while listening to a folktale recited by a librarian from LaGrange Park Library.

    All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a mask indoors at all times. Unvaccinated visitors should also wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing (six feet from other people) is not possible.

    Free. Registration required. Click here for complete details.


    • September 23, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online, GPS - Glenbard Parent Series
    Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Our Teens

    New York Times best selling author Lisa Damour, Ph.D. returns to the Glenbard Parent Series to examine the science of stress and anxiety, and offer practical tools to best manage emotional overload. Here are insights and an approach that allows each of us to keep pressure manageable during these difficult times.

    Dr. Damour writes a monthly column for the New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, and has been recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association She is the author of the award- winning New York Times bestseller “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” and “Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls”, published in February 2019.

    For more details and registration, please see here.  All Glenbard Parent Series programs are free and open to the public.  For more information and their calendar, please see here




    • September 24, 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Lindberg Park, Oak Park

    Click here for complete details.


    • September 24, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions

    Kids Climate Summit
    Sky Day Project

    Because we only have one sky!

    In honor of our sky, please participate in this CGCC art project. Submit one or more photos of the sky for inclusion in our very own Illinois Kids Climate Summit Sky Day Project! Here are the rules for posting to our page: 

    1. It is all about the sky and only the sky. All photos must be all sky. For a better understanding, please see this Golden Rule video.
    2. Original work only 
    3. Jpeg files only 


    Posting is easy:

    • Go to SkyDayProject.org
    • click on the ‘Upload Photos’ button (top right)
    • Choose Illinois Kids Climate Summit
    • Choose your images, click submit and you're done!

    Learn more about Sky Day:  link

    Next project: SkyKus! Learn more here:  link

    • September 25, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights

    Fishing and fun for the whole family at Lake Katherine. Catch and Release.

    June 26, July 24, August 21, September 25, October 9
    8:00 am to 10:00am
    $15 per person

    Click here for complete details.

    • September 25, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago

    Reserve your place today in the gaming experience you won’t find anywhere else. Play one of six featured historical wargames, plus chess and Go.

    Strategy games stress decision making choices. Players learn the impact technology has on tactics and get hands-on experience in making decisions constrained by time, terrain, weather, logistics, the enemy situation, and the limits of command and control. No need to feel intimidated if you have never played. We will provide access to rules and offer game tips.

    Game Descriptions

    In Their Quiet Fields II: Antietam and Glory III: Antietam are two-player operational brigade-level war games featuring scenarios covering the first eight hours of the Civil War battle fought near Sharpsburg, MD, September 17,1862 which determined the fate of Lee’s first invasion of the North.

    Arnhem: Defiant Stand and Arnhem: Grabner’s Charge are two-player tactical-level war games which feature scenarios covering day two of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN, September 18, 1944. Elements of the British 1st Airborne Division defend a perimeter at the north end of Arnhem’s main highway bridge over the Lower Rhine River from assaults by elements of two German Waffen SS armored divisions. The Germans intended to crush the British so reinforcements could be sent south to German forces fighting the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.

    Inchon: MacArthur’s Gambit is a two-player operational-level game featuring the 1st Marine Division and U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division’s daring assault landing at Inchon, west of Seoul, South Korea, that stormed ashore September 15,1950 with supporting fires from the U.S. Navy and assisted by Republic of Korea marines. The United Nations forces’ daring amphibious assault intended to quickly liberate Seoul which was a key North Korean logistics and communications hub.

    Silent Victory: U.S. Submarines in the Pacific, 1941-1945 is a solitaire tactical war game in which the player commands a U.S. submarine conducting patrols against Japanese merchant shipping and warships during World War II. The narrative-rich story which evolves is filled with tense action.

    Reservations are required. Free.

    Dates:

    Saturday, September 4, 2021 10:00am

    Saturday, September 11, 2021 10:00am

    Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00am

    Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00am

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • September 25, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

    What do pirates and spies have in common? They both have something to hide, whether “X” marks the spot on a treasure map or a top-secret message needs to be protected. How can they keep this information hidden until they are ready to reveal it? Invisible ink! Come join us to learn the special ingredients needed to create secret messages, and practice writing some of your own.

    Grades 3-4. $20. Limited scholarships available.

    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • September 25, 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton

    During World War II, American soldiers marched off to battle, rallied their courage and reflected on life back home through songs. Americans on the home front kept their perspective and solidarity with the troops through music. Radio, records, and even movies were used to stir up and maintain patriotic fervor. Part of this program was repeatedly performed for World War II veterans (via Pillars of Honor) who gave our song selection an enthusiastic thumbs up!

    All ages. Museuem Auditoriom. Free. Click here for complete details and registration.


    • September 27, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Kids Climate Summit
    Logo Design Competition

    Every summit needs a strong representative image.

    All students in 3rd through 8th grades are invited to design an original logo to be used for the Kids Climate Summit 2022: Make Some Noise. The Logo will be used on our website, on our printed materials and also printed on t-shirts for our participants. Submissions accepted until September 27, 2022.

    Last year’s logo was designed by Brynne O'Hare.  See It

      • Create an image that reflects our current climate situation and how you feel about it. Use either a computer graphics program, or ink (markers will do) to make your image. Take this year's focus into consideration: Make Some Noise!  
      • Do NOT use white as a color in your design. (Commercial printing operations assume white is the absence of ink, and thus whatever color is below will show through. So if we print on blue all the white areas will actually be blue!)
      • Limit yourself to 4 colors. 
      • No need to include the words "Kids Climate Summit" or any other words - these can be included separately. 
      • If you are doing a collage, be sure to only use images that you have created or that are royalty-free.
      • Create your image to be at least 6 inches by 6 inches and not more than 12 inches by 12 inches. 
      • Render your image at a resolution of 300 dots per inch.  You can either set your graphics program to this resolution, or you can scan your image at this resolution.  In many cases you can even take a photograph with a phone and achieve this resolution.  
      • Limit of one entry per student, please. 

    Logo submission instruction will be provided upon registration.  

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    • September 28, 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • Virtual brought to you by the Shedd Aquarium

    Shedd Aquarium invites you to attend
    Immersion 2021: A deep dive with 
    Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
    Tuesday, September 28 

    Join us for an evening of stimulating ideas and living world connections. Leave ready to pursue a sustainable and equitable future together as a community. Immersion is our new annual event that connects you with leading voices in the climate movement. 

    The inaugural event will feature a virtual, live-streamed conversation between Shedd President and CEO Dr. Bridget C. Coughlin and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab & co-founder of the All We Can Save Project.

    Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer and Brooklyn native. She is co-founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab, co-director of the climate initiative The All We Can Save Project and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet. Her mission is to build community around climate solutions. Find her @ayanaeliza.

    GET TICKETS

    This event is free, though there is a $3 processing fee for non-members.

    • September 28, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online, GPS - Glenbard Parent Series
    Behind Happy Faces: Depression and Suicide, Lets’ Talk About It

    How does mental health disorders and trauma impact a person from a young age and the consequences those issues have throughout every phase of life?  Ross Szabo talks about being born into a family with a history of mental health disorders/addiction, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 16 and attempting to take his own life in his senior year of high school.

    Ross’s struggles continued into his 20’s and the damage experienced during that time is something he is still processing today. During his most difficult times, he tried to hide what he was feeling to convince everyone that everything was ok, but that can only last for so long. Ross’s story resonates with the millions of people who are putting on a happy face to hide their true emotions.

    Mental health challenges are one of the largest problems facing our society. Twenty to twenty-five percent of people experience a mental health disorder each year. Suicide is a leading cause of death. Outside of diagnosable disorders people are dealing with a lack of sleep, stress, and substance abuse.

    During these difficult times, it is imperative for people to express what they are going through, know that they are not alone, and feel comfortable while seeking help. It is ok to not be ok.

    Ross Szabo is NOW the CEO of the Human Power Project. He is an award-winning mental health speaker, writer, trainer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Ross has spoken to more than 1 million students about the importance of mental health and provided a positive example to empower them to seek help. He received the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award, 2012 Changing Minds Award and had his advocacy work entered into the Congressional Record. He is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health and a blogger for The Huffington Post.

    For more details and registration, please see here.  All Glenbard Parent Series programs are free and open to the public.  For more information and their calendar, please see here




    • September 30, 2021
    • October 14, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 12
    Register

    Writing About the Climate: A Primer 

    A three week course to help students make some (literary) noise

    Join Violeta Balan and Rhonda Stern as we seek to make some deafening (literary) noise about hazards to our planet!  Our class is designed to give students the opportunity to creatively represent their experiences and perspectives on climate change.  Topics covered in the three sessions are aimed to guide students as they prepare their submissions for publication in the CGCC 2022 Kids Climate Summit Making Noise magazine. Topics will cut across all genres and include:
    • how to craft a lead sentence that will engage readers and drive your piece;
    • why it is important to "write small" and narrow your topic; and
    • ways to enhance your writing by using symbolism and literary devices.

    Students who participate in this class will have the opportunity to share some of their work with their peers--and give and receive feedback.

    All ages are welcome.



    • September 30, 2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Park, Hawthorn Woods
    Hawthorn Woods At Night Stargazing Class

    As a designated International Dark Sky Community, the Village of Hawthorn Woods invites you to enjoy the amazing night sky while exploring the joys of stargazing.

    All ages and families are welcome! In this program, you will learn how to operate a telescope, about night sky navigation and preservation, how to identify the constellations, and the impact of light pollution. This class will be held outside just after sunset at Community Park. Handouts will accompany each class to reinforce information discussed. In order to participate, face coverings and physical distancing are mandatory. One registration fee per family. Instructed by Jim Stewart, Hawthorn Woods resident and astronomical enthusiast. Please feel free to bring along your binoculars!

    Thursdays, Sept. 30- Oct. 21, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Community Park
    Fees: $25/resident; $35/non-resident

    Register here.
    • October 01, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • Online, Science & Arts Academy

    Are you considering learning more about educational options for your gifted student? We invite prospective families to join us for a virtual coffee chat with Head of School Tim Costello. Hear about the SAA experience, ask questions, and learn more about how gifted children thrive at Science & Arts Academy. This is an online event. Click here for complete details and registration.

    • October 02, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Oak Park River Forest Museum, Oak Park
    • October 03, 2021
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

    Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

    Schedule of Upcoming Admissions Coffees:

    11/07/2021

    12/05/2021

    01/02/2022 

    02/06/2022

    03/06/2022

    04/03/2022

    05/01/2022

    06/05/2022

    • October 03, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Naper Settlement Museum, Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville IL
    Goode Rebeka, Trial by Fire – “The Salem Witch Trials”

    It was a new world. The settlers from England had gained a foothold in the verdant land called “Amerika”. Old traditions would be laid aside, new ones instituted. Greed, jealousy, suspicion would still persist. Were these at the root of “The Salem Witch Trials”? Innocent residents of Salem, Massachusetts were tried and many were executed in perhaps the most infamous chapter in early American history. Meet Goode Rebeka, an elderly woman hanged as a witch in 1692, but was she one? Perhaps by the end of the program, you will be able to answer that question.

    For more details and $10 registration, please see here


    • October 04, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Brierwoods Nature Preserve, Hawthorn Woods

    Green Sprouts

    Join our Green Sprouts class for a hands-on exploration through nature with your young child! Together, we will listen to a story, explore the woods on a guided hike, and put your child’s fine motor skills to work with a nature-themed craft. The stories and crafts will coincide with the current season.

    Session Two: Mondays, Oct. 4 - Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Brierwoods Nature Preserve
    Fees: $45/resident; $52/non-resident

    Register here.

    • October 05, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Online course facilitated by Environmental Educators Association of Illinois

    Educator Online Workshop 

    October 5th and 7th 
    (both days required)

    4:00 - 6:30 PM CST





    Become fully trained in the Earth Force process and gain access to the Implementation Funding opportunities. Participants will have some asynchronous pre-work and assignments between sessions.
    ​Cost - Free/EEAI Members; $15/Non-Members; Free/RISE Educators

    Learn more and register:  https://www.eeai.net/earth-force-illinois.html


    • October 06, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Hinsdale
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading: 

    Insight Into A Bright Mind by Nicole A Tetreault

    Explores groundbreaking research examining experiences of unique, creative, and intense brains through interviews, storytelling, and literary science, while advocating for new directions of human diversity and neurodiversity.



    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door.  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    Weather permitting, we will meet outside at a member's house in Hinsdale. If the weather does not cooperate, we will meet on Zoom. Specific details will be provided two days before the event.

    • October 06, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Des Plaines History Center

    Hands on History "Old Fashioned Toys & Games"

    Programs for Families with Children

    Wednesday, October 6, 1:30-3pm & Sunday, October 10, 1:30-3pm

    Try out some toys and games that are from way, way back! What would it have been like growing up hundreds of years ago? Try some historic games, and make your own toys!  

    FREE thanks to a sponsorship by the Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines!

    Click here for complete details.

    • October 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online, GPS - Glenbard Parent Series
    Who Gets In And Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

    New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo author of “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions”  joins us for a revealing conversation on the SAT and college admission. These disclosures from inside the admissions office identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search.

    New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Selingo has written a revealing look from inside the admissions office—one that identifies surprising strategies that will aid in the college search. Jeff will discuss his book Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Selingo, who was embedded in three different admissions offices—a selective private university, a leading liberal arts college, and a flagship public campus—closely observed gatekeepers as they made their often agonizing and sometimes life-changing decisions. He also followed select students and their parents, and he traveled around the country meeting with high school counselors, marketers, behind-the-scenes consultants, and college rankers.

    For more details and registration, please see here.  All Glenbard Parent Series programs are free and open to the public.  For more information and their calendar, please see here




    • October 09, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights

    Fishing and fun for the whole family at Lake Katherine. Catch and Release. $15 per personClick here for complete details.

    • October 10, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Des Plaines History Center

    Hands on History "Old Fashioned Toys & Games"

    Programs for Families with Children

    Wednesday, October 6, 1:30-3pm & Sunday, October 10, 1:30-3pm

    Try out some toys and games that are from way, way back! What would it have been like growing up hundreds of years ago? Try some historic games, and make your own toys!  

    FREE thanks to a sponsorship by the Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines!

    Click here for complete details.

    • October 10, 2021
    • 2:00 PM
    • Virtual, Anderson's Bookshop

    Join Anderson's Bookshops for a virtual event with the one and only Rick Riordan to celebrate the release of his new book, Daughter of the Deep!  Each ticket will include a special virtual tour t-shirt!

    New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

    Click here for complete details and registration. $23 if book is picked up at store, $33 if book is shipped.

    More about the book:

    Rick Riordan's trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.

    Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

    But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

    About the author:

    Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies, and the contributor to an RRP short story anthology, The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.


    • October 14, 2021
    • October 15, 2021
    • IAGC, Virtual

    IAGC 26th Annual Conference

    A VIRTUAL Gathering - Join us from where you are!

    ...together we lift advanced learners!

    The Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) welcomes teachers, administrators, parents, social workers/school psychologists, educational specialists, and advocates for children with advanced learning needs to register for our 26th Annual Conference. Join national leaders in the field of gifted education and experts throughout Illinois to explore new ways to enhance professional practice, support equity and access, and collaborate to make advanced learning opportunities a reality for all children.

    Thursday and Friday will feature a dynamic program with varied sessions for both veteran and novice educators in all roles and across all grade levels. On Saturday, our Parent Forum will offer a variety of sessions focused on strategies for supporting children with advanced learning needs, building positive school-home partnerships, and advocating on the school, district, and state/federal levels.

    Conference strands include Evidence-Based Curriculum and Instruction (content and strategies); Effective Program Leadership; Addressing the Excellence Gap Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Acceleration; and Social-Emotional Support.

    Registration fee (includes Thursday, Friday, and Parent Saturday Forum):

    Early Bird (on or before Sept. 1, 2021) - $290.00

    Regular Rate (after September 1, 2021) - $325.00

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • October 16, 2021
    • October 24, 2021
    • Online: Brought to you by the Climate Reality Project

    CLIMATE REALITY LEADERSHIP CORPS:
    VIRTUAL GLOBAL TRAINING

    You’ve seen the climate crisis transform the Earth. You’ve seen rising temperatures fuel rising injustice across the planet. You know we have to act. 

    Join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps community of changemakers leading the fight for just climate solutions around the world this October  by attending the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Virtual Global Training along with several Kids Climate Summit organizers! 

    You’ll learn what’s at stake in the climate crisis  - for our planet and our future – and develop the practical skills to fight for a more just, sustainable, and healthy world. 

    HOW THE TRAINING WORKS:

    The training will take place over 11 days, requiring a minimum of 12 hours.

    • On-demand video sessions will be available from October 16-24.
    • Interactive Zoom sessions will take place from October 18-24.
    • Four required two-hour broadcast sessions will air on October 16, 17, 23, and 24. You will be able to choose from two broadcast schedules.  Each two hour session includes presentations and Zoom small group meet-ups.

    This virtual training utilizes a unique model, combining the best of online events, online education, and digital media.

      • Compelling Content. Participate in live and on-demand sessions on the science and solutions of the climate crisis and the skills to inspire climate action.
      • Customization. Complete training requirements with the flexibility to design an agenda based on your interests and availability. Want to know more about the fight for environmental justice or focus on solutions? It’s easy to customize your experience with our platform.
      • Community Building. Network with attendees from around the world in similar industries and with shared interests. Build deeper relationships through a small group of participants based on your region led by a previously trained Climate Reality Leader.

    MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION  

    • October 16, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • IAGC, Virtual

      IAGC 26th Annual Conference

    Parent Saturday Forum

    A VIRTUAL Gathering - Join us from where you are!

    ...together we lift advanced learners!

    The Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) Saturday Parent Forum will offer a variety of sessions focused on strategies for supporting children with advanced learning needs, building positive school-home partnerships, and advocating on the school, district, and state/federal levels.

    IAGC Members $40, Non-members $50

    Click here for complete details including schedule of presentations and registration.

    • October 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online, ADDItude Magazine
    ADHD Ages & Stages Part 3: Common Challenges and Practical Strategies for Children with ADHD

    ADHD is a chronic, life-long condition, one that impacts individuals through school years and into their adult lives — often even into retirement. The challenges ADHD presents in one’s life are forever changing. Here ADHD expert Meg Leahy brings her 20+ years of clinical experience to provide understanding and insight into the lifelong ADHD continuum. To Meg, the best strategies are practical, the best therapy or coaching is solution based, and the best way to help clients find the motivation to invest in their treatment is to help them understand how their particular ADHD brain works (or sometimes struggles) in the real world.

    In this webinar, Meg offers practical strategies for each of the very different stages of life, from elementary school through adulthood. She will discuss some common challenges during each major life stage, and provide insights, skills, strategies, and resources that deliver results.

    Webinar listeners will learn how to:

    • Identify how ADHD manifests itself at home, school, work, and in relationships throughout the course of a lifetime
    • Determine how self-concept and familial relationships are enhanced through clarification of the challenges ADHD can present in real life
    • Examine the life stages and the impact that ADHD exhibits regularly throughout those stages for individuals with ADHD and their families. The webinar addresses such issues as “What it means to have ADHD, really” or “What ADHD really looks like beyond diagnosis and medication”
    • Discover research-based strategies and resources that provide the building blocks necessary to move forward through each stage
    • Understand how and when interventions (medical, therapeutic, coaching) are best applied and most beneficial

    For more details how to register for this free, expert webinar, please see here.  For a list of future or past expert talks by the same provider, check out this index.  


    • October 20, 2021
    • 8:00 PM
    • Barrie Park, Oak Park

    Click here for complete details.


    • October 21, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    Illinois Climate Action
    Workshop 

    Become empowered to operate locally

    Guided by the 2021 Climate Action Plan released July  13, 2021 for the Chicago Region, this workshop will engage participants in exploring both what is being done and how they can get involved with local efforts underway to mitigate the effects of climate change and work towards building resilience within the Chicago area. 

    Over 136 communities in the Chicago area have committed to making a difference by adopting the Greenest Region Compact by formal resolution. Following this adoption process, an individual municipality then takes the next step to develop a custom plan to address goals to work towards developing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies that fit with their community needs.  For example, Wilmette created the VILLAGE OF WILMETTE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES STRATEGIC PLAN 2021. Aurora has a sustainability plan as does Highland Park and Geneva.  Within Chicago, there are a few initiatives under way.

    The consensus goals of the Compact address ten areas, including

      • climate, 
      • economic development, 
      • energy, 
      • land, 
      • leadership, 
      • mobility, 
      • municipal operations, 
      • sustainable communities, 
      • water, and 
      • waste & recycling.  

    We will review each of these ten areas and then discuss sample plans. The goal is to uncover and/or help create local opportunities to "Make Some Noise" in support of  community efforts to build climate resilience.

    This workshop is designed for adults. Interested students in middle grades and up are also invited to participate. Families are encouraged to participate. One registration per zoom login please.


    • October 23, 2021
    • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

    Save the date! The 2021 STEM Fest Celebration is in person at the NIU DeKalb Campus on Saturday, October 23! We’re also planning special STEM Fest virtual events throughout October. Sign up for our newsletter for detailed updates.

    Click here for complete details.

    • October 23, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Anderson's Bookshop, Online

    Anderson's Bookshop annual Young Adult Literature Conference is BACK in an all new format!

    Anderson's Bookshops 17th annual Young Adult Literature Conference will be virtual so you can enjoy the same quality programming from the comfort of your couch! In previous years we have had both an educator's conference and a special day just for fans, but this year we are combining them into one day celebrating everything YA! (reading level and content 12+)

    We have an AMAZING line up of authors this year! Each participating author will deliver a keynote speech AND join us for panel discussions!

    In addition to keynote speeches and panel discussions, attendees will enjoy:

    • YA book talk from Anderson's beloved Children's expert Kathleen March, highlighting our favorites from the upcoming season!
    • 20% off coupon to our virtual event store, including SIGNED books from all our participating authors!
    • 6.5 professional development hours are available.

    REGISTER BEFORE SEPTEMBER 22nd FOR THE EARLY BIRD PRICE: $30 (Tickets are non-refundable) Regular price: $40.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • October 25, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Climate Change Writing Challenge

    No one is too small [or too young] to make a difference (Greta Thunberg)

    In anticipation of our third annual Kids Climate Summit we are inviting students  of all ages to submit pieces for inclusion in the 2022 Kids Climate Summit Making Noise Magazine.  Please address: What does climate change mean to you.

    All forms of writing will be considered - poetry, prose, 

    If you want a coach to review your work, please send it to Writing Coach before October 15, 2021.   

    Submission instructions will be provide upon registration.  

    All emails will be shared on the Kids Climate Summit webpage, unless you request anonymity. 

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    Those of you who are more visual or more auditory we are sponsoring an Sound Design or Video Challenge in December and an Art Challenge in November!  

    • November 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom or Westmont Commons, 117 N. Cass, Westmont, depending...
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     

    Something fabulous - check back soon! 

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us on Zoom for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door.  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    • November 05, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions

    Kids Climate Summit
    Write a SkyKu

    Because we only have one sky!

    This SkyDay Project is a SkyKu. Learn more about them here:  skyku-guide 

    Learn more about Sky Day:  link

    • November 06, 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton

    Eleanor Roosevelt, A living history portrayal by Leslie Goddard

    Award winning actress and scholar Leslie Goddard portrays one of the most fascinating and influential public figures of the twentieth century.

    Born into wealth during the Gilded Age, Eleanor grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman who championed progressive causes and the rights of man. Drawn from Eleanor’s own letters, diaries, newspaper columns, and other writings, this engaging performance captures the warm, honest, and passionate American stateswoman.

    Inspired by the book The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt. Also recommended: Eleanor Roosevelt: Vols. 1 and 2 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

    About the Presenter: Leslie Goddard is an award winning actress and scholar who has been performing living history programs in the Chicago area for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history as well as a master’s degree in theater. Leslie is a former museum director and educator, and the author of two books on Chicago history. Her nationally recognized presentations have been presented at sites around the country.

    All ages. Museum auditorium. Free. Click here for complete details and registration.

    • November 07, 2021
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

    Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

    Schedule of Upcoming Admissions Coffees:

    12/05/2021

    01/02/2022 

    02/06/2022

    03/06/2022

    04/03/2022

    05/01/2022

    06/05/2022

    • November 12, 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Mills Park, Oak Park

    Click here for complete details.


    • November 22, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Climate Change Art Challenge

    No one is too small [or too young] to make a difference (Greta Thunberg)

    In anticipation of our third annual Kids Climate Challenge we are inviting students  to submit pieces for inclusion in the 2022 Kids Climate Summit Making Noise Magazine to be published in May 2022.

    Students of all ages are welcome to participate, no need to participate in the Summit!  

    All printable art forms will be considered. 

    Submission instruction will be provide upon registration.  

    All written work will be shared on the Kids Climate Summit webpage, unless you request anonymity. 

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    Those of you who are more into writing, we have a Writing Challenge in October. The more visual or more auditory will enjoy the Multimedia Design Challenge in December.  

    • December 01, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom or Westmont Commons, 117 N. Cass, Westmont, depending...
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     

    Something fabulous - check back soon! 

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us on Zoom for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door.  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    • December 05, 2021
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

    Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

    Schedule of Upcoming Admissions Coffees:

    01/02/2022 

    02/06/2022

    03/06/2022

    04/03/2022

    05/01/2022

    06/05/2022

    • December 20, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    Climate Change
    Alternate Media Challenge

    No one is too small [or too young] to make a difference (Greta Thunberg)

    In anticipation of our third annual Kids Climate Challenge we are inviting students of all ages to submit video, audio and other online media pieces. These could take many forms from audio-only music, spoken word or otherwise sound designed pieces, to full scale video documentaries, animations, or fictional representations. The sky is the limit. We recommend that you keep your pieces to under 5 minutes, though that is not a hard and fast rule. 

    For those interested in producing a video, the One Earth Film Festival has developed an online self-paced course on movie creation. The course contains 3 hours of instruction broken into many short videos assuming students have only smart phones of tablets available to them. It covers Scriptwriting & Storyboards through Props, Costumes, Lighting & Shadows to Publishing, Privacy, & Digital CitizenshipLearn more about it hereThose considering a video submission may also want to familiarize themselves with the One Earth Film Festival guidelines, as they could potentially submit their piece there in January after receiving feedback and comment from our judges. 

    All submissions meeting the challenge will be considered for posting on the Kids Climate Change webpage, or for inclusion in a Climate Change viewing/listening party in Winter 2022.

    All students  are invited to participate. 

    Submission instructions will be provide to all who register once they have been finalized.  

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    • January 02, 2022
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

    Please join Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    MAGE is located at: 1164 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

    Schedule of Upcoming Admissions Coffees:

    02/06/2022

    03/06/2022

    04/03/2022

    05/01/2022

    06/05/2022

    • February 02, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom or Westmont Commons, 117 N. Cass, Westmont, depending...
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading: