Presented by Femke Hovinga and Tijl Koenderink

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7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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Dropping out of high school or college is a serious concern for gifted adolescents or young adults, particularly those who are twice exceptional. These creatively gifted people just won’t fit in the regular system, and all too often the result is a depressed teenager with low self-esteem who drops out of school. A successful program for those drop-out students, the ‘Feniks Talent Center’, was founded in the Netherlands. During this SENGinar we will focus on what you can do tomorrow to support these adolescents and young adults. We will also share some insights on the drop-out center and the program we work with there.


About the Presenters

Femke Hovinga is a gifted specialist from Utrecht, The Netherlands. She knows first-hand what kind of struggles extreme giftedness can cause whilst finding a way through the educational system. Dealing with being bullied, bored and lonely she felt like an outcast and became an underachiever. Despite these struggles she managed to graduate as an MSc in management from Nyenrode Business University. Driven by the ambition to help gifted children to experience a better childhood she then studied to be a talent counselor. She works with Tijl at Take on Talents and is currently setting up SENG in Europe.

Tijl Koenderink is a textbook case of gifted education gone wrong. He had tremendously bad school results despite an IQ-test score of over 150. He left three different high schools due to underachievement and was severely depressed. He barely made it through the final exams, whilst on the other hand working as a software programmer and architect at age 16. By now, Tijl (1982) has become a major force in education in The Netherlands. His main focus is the underachieving bright students, many of whom have dropped out of school and society. An entrepreneur as well as an educator, Tijl is the founder and CEO of drop-out center ‘Feniks Talent’, the founding board member of the ‘School of Understanding’, and the Co-founder and Head Trainer of

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