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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • October 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    CGCC and Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE), are happy to partner again for Parent Education Workshops. Additional workshops to be offered in the coming months.

    Topic: Social-Emotional Learning Strategies for the Gifted

    Presented by: Sarah Ahim and Emily Clarke. This presentation will discuss the challenges students experience during times of transition, and provide useful strategies/tools for preventing anticipatory anxiety and managing anxiety and stress in the classroom, as well as at home.

    • October 21, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 47
    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 24, 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 16
    Register

    Families Write about Climate Change 

    Everyone writes

    Gather your family together and join Rhonda Stern in some writing time!  Our one hour class is designed to give writers the opportunity to creatively present their experiences and perspectives. 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.

    Those interested may submit their piece for possible publication in the CGCC 2022 Kids Climate Summit Making Noise magazine.

    All ages are welcome.

    • November 01, 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Submissions
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    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 - including parents - 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, narrative, fiction, non-fiction.

    If you want a coach to review your work, please send it to Writing Coach before October 25, 2021.   

    Submission instructions will be provided upon registration.  

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    Those of you who are more visual or more auditory we are sponsoring an Art Challenge in November and an Alternate Media Challenge in December!

    • November 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom or Hinsdale
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:     


    When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers

    by Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.


    Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it’s sometimes difficult to see past the potential to the child who may be anxious, lonely, confused, or unsure of what the future might bring. This book, now fully revised with updated information and new survey quotes, offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. 


    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, will meet both in person outside at a member's home in Hinsdale and via Zoom - you choose. Address and connection instructions available upon registration.

    • November 04, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 40
    Register

    Photographing with a Point of View 

    Learn how to use your camera to tell a story

    Sarah Matheson uses her camera not just to take pretty pictures, but also to tell a story. She will tell us how she goes about composing a picture and presenting it in the most effective way.   

    Perhaps this will inspire your kids to submit a photograph to the Kids Climate Summit MAKE SOME NOISE! Art Challenge!  Link  

    Learn more about Sarah and see some of her work here

    All ages are welcome.

    • 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 08, 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 40
    Register

    Thoughtful Art  

    When art makes you think it can be very powerful!

    This session is designed to motivate kids to submit art to the Kids Climate Summit MAKE SOME NOISE! Art Challenge Link. We will discuss why art makes us think and feel. We will look at some climate change art and discuss why it is effective. And we will talk about getting started on a work of art. 

    This session will be led by Darcy Zoells, a children's book illustrator and lifelong artist.   Link  

    All ages are welcome.

    • 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:  drawings, paintings, graphic arts, photography... We recommend your piece be square.  

    Submission instruction will be provided upon registration.  

    All pieces will be reviewed with comments provided. Original or revised pieces will be considered for inclusion on the Kids Climate Summit webpage and the Making Noise magazine. 

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    Those of you who are more into writing, we have a Writing Challenge in October. Those more interested in music, soundscapes, video and animation may enjoy the Alternate Media 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 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.

    • 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:     


    Gifted Lives:  What Happens when Gifted Children Grow Up

    By Joan Freeman


    This book is not in my local library system. You can find it available used in a variety of places, if you would like to read it. It is interesting as it  gives us a glimpse of what gifted children grow up to be! 

    If you are interested, there is a paper on a similar subject published by Joan Freeman available here:  link

    And an interview of her here: link

    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!


About cgcc

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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We  are an all volunteer-based organization that relies on annual memberships from parents, professionals, and supporters to provide organizers with web site operations, a registration system, event insurance, background checks, etc. 

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