Presented by Mark Hess

Date, Time, Cost

Thursday, August 16, 2018
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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It’s time to focus the lens on another “first day of school” photo—hair combed nicely, smiles wide and eyes aglow with an expectant gleam for the promise of a fantastic year.  Whether you are a teacher or a parent or both, let’s go ahead and make this new year fantastic!  Although gifted learners approach the school year much the same way as all students, the world of the gifted kid is always a bit . . . well . . . exceptional.  How else can we say it?  Mark Hess has experienced more than 45 years of first days as a teacher of gifted kids, a parent of gifted kids, and a gifted kid himself.  Come join him in a conversation about the special needs and best expectations for gifted learners.

Topics Include the Following:

  • Intellectual Characteristics of Gifted Learners
  • Social-Emotional Considerations
  • Intellectual and Social-Emotional Supports for Gifted Learners
  • Characteristics of Effective Teachers
  • Building Relationships
  • Starting Off Strong for Children and their Families
  • Starting Off Strong for Teachers
  • Resources for Parents
  • Lessons and Units for Teachers


About the Presenter

A gifted resource teacher in Colorado Springs, Mark Hess just finished his 30th year teaching in Colorado K-12 public schools.  He is the Pikes Peak Association for Gifted Students president and a state board member of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented.  As Portable Gifted and Talented, Mark leads professional teacher’s development classes and has published more than 200 units specifically designed for gifted learners as well as two STEM lesson guides for the National Math and Science Initiative.  In addition, Mark is a Scholarship Ambassador and Leadership Coach for the Colorado Boettcher Foundation.


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