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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • July 05, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Parent Conversations:  Exploring Best Practices for Gifted Children

    We are morphing our summer book discussion into gifted topics based on your requests. For each session we will provide links to articles to inspire your questions and ideas for discussion. Everyone is welcome to join us to listen, participate, collect resources, shares idea and fill up on encouraging approaches to the challenges and joys of gifted parenting. Topics suggestions welcome! No time to read the articles? Don't let that stop you from joining the discussion.

    This week's topic is socialization and gifted:

    http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources-parents/social-emotional-issues

    https://educationaladvancement.org/blog-social-self-esteem-gifted-kids/

    https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/helping-gt-kids-understand-their-emotions-through-effective-emotional-coaching/

    Feel free to talk over lunch, and even if you don’t have time to read the articles, join us for what is always an intentional conversation of support that will hearten your parenting efforts. CGCC board members Linda Zanieski & Katherine Peterson will be facilitating the conversation, and welcome absolutely everyone!

    Please join us bi-weekly on Zoom on Tuesdays from 12 pm to 1:15 pm. We’ll socialize for 15 minutes, then dive into discussion. Reach out now or anytime with questions and mark your calendar for future dates:  July 19 and August 2, 16, and 30. Then stay tuned for monthly meet-up lunches and dinners!

    • July 10, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Gillson Park, Wilmette
    Register

    Gillson Gifted Gathering #2
    Sunday, July 10, 12-2 PM, Gillson Park, Wilmette

    Join us for a Beach BBQ! The host, a CGCC member, will provide hot dogs and veggie burgers for lunch. Bring your swimsuit if you’d like to take a dip in the lake afterwards. Target age is 10-13; siblings of other ages are welcome.

    This is not a drop-off event. Parents should plan to stay. The adults can socialize while the kids play! Meet at Picnic Area 1A.

    Please note that by attending this event, you confirm that you will assume all the risk to yourself and your family related to coronavirus.


    • July 17, 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Fair Game, Downers Grove
    • 9
    Register

    Our board game club is back in a new location! Meetings will take place at the Downers Grove location of Fair Game, 1015 Curtiss Street. Geared for ages 8-15 and younger siblings. All levels are welcome, whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started.

    There is a charge of $2.50 for each attendee, adults and children, payable on site to Fair Game. This ensures that there is space for our group. Fee waivers are available, please contact us if needed.

    We usually meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Registration required. Please register for each date separately. Space is limited. Upcoming dates:

    August 21 Registration

    Please note: This is not a drop off event. A parent/caregiver must stay on site and is welcome to join in the fun.

    • July 19, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    There are as many things to talk about in gifted families as there are people in our world of giftedness, and there’s no place like the CGCC to have such conversations. We’re organizing a Summer Book Club starting with “Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness” by Stephanie S. Tolan, offering a variety of essays from identifying giftedness, spirituality, imagination and intuition and much more. This CGCC community aims to help you frame your gifted child in strengths and support the trajectory of your family’s aspirations.

    Feel free to talk over lunch, and even if you don’t have time to read or buy the book, join us for what is always an intentional conversation of support that will hearten your parenting efforts. CGCC board members Linda Zanieski & Katherine Peterson will be facilitating the conversation, and welcome absolutely everyone!

    Please join us bi-weekly on Zoom starting Tuesday, June 7 at 12 pm to 1:15 pm. We’ll socialize for 15 minutes, then dive into discussion. Reach out now or anytime with questions and mark your calendar for future Summer Book Club dates: June 7, 21, July 5, 19 and August 2, 16, and 30. Then stay tuned for monthly meet-up dinners!

    • July 19, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series for the 4th season, this is still via zoom due to the pandemic. The format of each event in the series is an expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions for the panelists.

    GIFTED+VISION: 

    She is so bright, but she can't find anything! Mathematically gifted kid hates reading and writing! Clumsy? Come learn about the difference between vision and sight. How do gifted kids mask vision problems? How do vision problems mask giftedness? The difference between central/peripheral vision. How discrepancy between visual spatial processing and other skills causes frustration and avoidance. How binocular vision conditions affect visual attention and tracking accuracy. This will be a very deep dive appropriate not just for parents, but also for educators and health professionals working with the gifted population. It is especially applicable to highly and profoundly gifted children and adults as well as those who are twice exceptional. It will be 1-2 hours long. A more detailed description will be published, but we will start with this placeholder. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers from the audience. We may try to record the presentation, but not the Q and A.

    About our presenter:

    Neil Margolis, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO is a Developmental and Rehabilitation Optometrist practicing in the Chicago metro area. He has specialized his practice over the last 28 years towards the evaluation and treatment of patients with binocular, oculomotor, visual/vestibular integration and visual field defects, as well as visual processing difficulties. Dr. Margolis is a recipient of the Advancement of Sciences Award for his contribution to the science of neuro-optometric rehabilitation and is one of the contributing authors on a collaborative textbook on multidisciplinary care of the patient following brain injury, which has become the standard reference for student doctors and clinicians. Dr. Margolis is passionate about helping his patients achieve their goals, and studying functional neurology. He says, “In my clinical practice, I personally have evaluated many gifted students who have relatively poor visual spatial skills, or tracking skills, but are sophisticated at using contextual cues or other strategies to mask their weakness. This ultimately leads to inefficiency, underachievement, avoidance, and frustration. These students’ grades are typically too high to qualify for educational support or even appropriate accommodations in the public schools. Private schools often do not have teachers sufficiently specialized in recognizing this profile, or who are able to address this need. A private school with the specific mandate of providing an optimum, customizable education for their gifted students is needed. This will not only allow each student to achieve their maximum potential academically, but to also feel more confident and happy emotionally.”


    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    • August 02, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    There are as many things to talk about in gifted families as there are people in our world of giftedness, and there’s no place like the CGCC to have such conversations. We’re organizing a Summer Book Club starting with “Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness” by Stephanie S. Tolan, offering a variety of essays from identifying giftedness, spirituality, imagination and intuition and much more. This CGCC community aims to help you frame your gifted child in strengths and support the trajectory of your family’s aspirations.

    Feel free to talk over lunch, and even if you don’t have time to read or buy the book, join us for what is always an intentional conversation of support that will hearten your parenting efforts. CGCC board members Linda Zanieski & Katherine Peterson will be facilitating the conversation, and welcome absolutely everyone!

    Please join us bi-weekly on Zoom starting Tuesday, June 7 at 12 pm to 1:15 pm. We’ll socialize for 15 minutes, then dive into discussion. Reach out now or anytime with questions and mark your calendar for future Summer Book Club dates: June 7, 21, July 5, 19 and August 2, 16, and 30. Then stay tuned for monthly meet-up dinners!

    • August 09, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series for the 4th season, this is still via zoom due to the pandemic. The format of each event in the series is an expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions for the panelists.

    We have 2-part Series on ADHD.

    GIFTED+TEEN ADHD, TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2022, 7-9PM

    GIFTED+ADULT ADHD, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022, 7-9PM Details

    GIFTED+TEEN ADHD

    This is an advanced ADHD+Teen workshop for parents.

    This workshop is by special community request! The focus is specifically those tricky gifted teens.

    This program most appropriate for those whose child is either already diagnosed or at this point is basically under the assumption that this is what it is based on traits and challenges.

    You may have gotten some rudimentary recommendations from the neuropsychologist but some of them are impossible either at school and or at home, or they plain don’t work. Let’s say you tried medication but it’s touch and go or didn’t even work, or doesn’t take care of everything. A magic pill isn’t for 100% of the cases. Now what? Time to find out exactly what is possible. A lot is possible! Do not give up! Help is here. Learn about how the brain learns differently and functions in ADHD as the most powerful intervention for many parents to learn about. Educators welcome (but there will be a special educator workshop soon). This is a 2-hour workshop.

    About our Presenter:

    Jessica Brown-McBroom is a licensed clinical professional counselor who is passionate about providing quality individual and family coaching to children, adolescents, and adults using a positive strength-based approach. Jessica is a strong believer in laughter and lightheartedness as an essential part of her work with children and families. Jessica specializes in twice-exceptional children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits. This includes AD/HD children, children on the spectrum and children with learning disorders. Diagnosed with AD/HD as a child, Jessica carries her own personal story of struggle and success in both her educational presentations and in her coaching in order to provide encouragement for families in the midst of their own struggles with executive functioning deficits. 


    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    • August 16, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    There are as many things to talk about in gifted families as there are people in our world of giftedness, and there’s no place like the CGCC to have such conversations. We’re organizing a Summer Book Club starting with “Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness” by Stephanie S. Tolan, offering a variety of essays from identifying giftedness, spirituality, imagination and intuition and much more. This CGCC community aims to help you frame your gifted child in strengths and support the trajectory of your family’s aspirations.

    Feel free to talk over lunch, and even if you don’t have time to read or buy the book, join us for what is always an intentional conversation of support that will hearten your parenting efforts. CGCC board members Linda Zanieski & Katherine Peterson will be facilitating the conversation, and welcome absolutely everyone!

    Please join us bi-weekly on Zoom starting Tuesday, June 7 at 12 pm to 1:15 pm. We’ll socialize for 15 minutes, then dive into discussion. Reach out now or anytime with questions and mark your calendar for future Summer Book Club dates: June 7, 21, July 5, 19 and August 2, 16, and 30. Then stay tuned for monthly meet-up dinners!

    • August 21, 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Fair Game, Downers Grove
    • 10
    Register

    Our board game club is back in a new location! Meetings will take place at the Downers Grove location of Fair Game, 1015 Curtiss Street. Geared for ages 8-15 and younger siblings. All levels are welcome, whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started.

    There is a charge of $2.50 for each attendee, adults and children, payable on site to Fair Game. This ensures that there is space for our group. Fee waivers are available, please contact us if needed.

    We usually meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Registration required.

    Please note: This is not a drop off event. A parent/caregiver must stay on site and is welcome to join in the fun.

    • August 30, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    There are as many things to talk about in gifted families as there are people in our world of giftedness, and there’s no place like the CGCC to have such conversations. We’re organizing a Summer Book Club starting with “Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness” by Stephanie S. Tolan, offering a variety of essays from identifying giftedness, spirituality, imagination and intuition and much more. This CGCC community aims to help you frame your gifted child in strengths and support the trajectory of your family’s aspirations.

    Feel free to talk over lunch, and even if you don’t have time to read or buy the book, join us for what is always an intentional conversation of support that will hearten your parenting efforts. CGCC board members Linda Zanieski & Katherine Peterson will be facilitating the conversation, and welcome absolutely everyone!

    Please join us bi-weekly on Zoom starting Tuesday, June 7 at 12 pm to 1:15 pm. We’ll socialize for 15 minutes, then dive into discussion. Reach out now or anytime with questions and mark your calendar for future Summer Book Club dates: June 7, 21, July 5, 19 and August 2, 16, and 30. Then stay tuned for monthly meet-up dinners!

    • September 06, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series for the 4th season, this is still via zoom due to the pandemic. The format of each event in the series is an expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions for the panelists.

    We have 2-part Series on ADHD.

    GIFTED+TEEN ADHD, TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2022, 7-9PM Details

    GIFTED+ADULT ADHD, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022, 7-9PM

    GIFTED+ADULT ADHD

    This is an advanced ADHD+Adult workshop for gifted adults with ADHD, as well as parents and professionals supporting those individuals.

    This workshop is by special community request! Many gifted individuals end up masking their ADHD with their cognitive strengths, and live a life full of debilitating difficulties. Some can’t launch into the adult world due to the challenges of living with ADHD and are stuck. Others make it, only to crash. Others live with adversity which creates constant strain, stress, and anxiety. There will be a follow up workshop on Adult Gifted ADHD.

    This program most appropriate for Adults with ADHD and their supporters, who are either already diagnosed or at this point are basically under the assumption that this is what it is based on traits and challenges.

    You may have gotten some rudimentary recommendations from the neuropsychologist but some of them are impossible either at work and or at home, or they plain don’t work. Let’s say you tried medication but it’s touch and go or didn’t even work, or doesn’t take care of everything. A magic pill isn’t for 100% of the cases. Now what? Time to find out exactly what is possible. A lot is possible! Do not give up! Help is here. Learn about how the brain learns differently and functions in ADHD as the most powerful intervention for many ADHD individuals and caregivers to learn about. Educators welcome. This is a 2-hour workshop.

    About our Presenter:

    Jessica Brown-McBroom is a licensed clinical professional counselor who is passionate about providing quality individual and family coaching to children, adolescents, and adults using a positive strength-based approach. Jessica is a strong believer in laughter and lightheartedness as an essential part of her work with children and families. Jessica specializes in twice-exceptional children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits. This includes AD/HD children, children on the spectrum and children with learning disorders. Diagnosed with AD/HD as a child, Jessica carries her own personal story of struggle and success in both her educational presentations and in her coaching in order to provide encouragement for families in the midst of their own struggles with executive functioning deficits. 


    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.


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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