SENG’s 34th Annual Conference

August 3-6, 2017 Chicago Marriott Naperville 

SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population.

Join us for a spectacular event dedicated to education, support and and community. Learn from world renown experts across a variety of disciplines who will share their stories and expertise including Dina Brulles, Jaime Castellano, Susan Daniels, Jim Delisle, Sharon Duncan, Joanna Haase, Scott Barry Kaufman, Nicole Tetreault, and Carol Anne Tomlinson.

Activities Include:

  • Continuing Education Sessions
  • SMPG Facilitator Training
  • Welcome Reception and Cocktail Party
  • 6 Keynote Presentations
  • 8 session strands
  • 80 + General Sessions
  • Voices Live! New in 2017
  • Children’s Enrichment Program (Ages 6-14)
  • Children’s Program Welcome Reception
  • Discussion Groups
  • Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • The SENG Sanctuary ~ The SENGtuary is a dedicated space located in the general session hall affording conference participants a quiet space away from the bustle of breakout sessions. Featuring comfortable seating and natural light, the SENGtuary is the perfect place for conference participants to relax and recharge.
  • More!

Take advantage of Earlybird Registration and SAVE, Click Here. For a copy of our Sponsors and Exhibitors prospectus Click HERE!.

Questions concerning conference production or submissions should be directed via email to the SENG Office at [email protected].

Pre-Conference Workshops

You won’t want to miss our dynamic pre-conference, continuing education sessions:

1. How to be an Advocate for the Gifted in Your Community: The Gifted Advocacy Toolkit (Sharon Duncan & Joanna Haase)

2. Ayschronous Development: A Concept Born from Experience and Nurtured by Research (The Columbus Group)

3. The Theory of Positive Disintegration: A Paradigm Who’s Time has Come (Elizabeth Mika)

4. My Child is Different. My Child has a Learning Disability (Rose Blackett)

5. Realizing the Remarkable Potential of the Exceptionally Gifted Visual Artist: Insights for Parents, Psychologists, and Educators (P. Susan Jackson)

6. Introducing the Gifted Index: A New WISC-V Composite Score (Linda Silverman)

7. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children (James Webb, Rosina Gallagher, & Stephen Chou)

8. The Gifted Student and Underachievement (Jean Peterson)

9. The Gifted and Trauma (Christine Turo-Shields)

Introducing Our 2017 Keynote Speakers

scott-barry-kauffmanScott Barry Kaufmann is deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– all kinds of minds— live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He is the scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and he conducts research in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania on intelligence, creativity, and well-being. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review.

In 2013, he published Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, which reviewed the latest science of intelligence and also detailed his experiences as a child growing up with a learning disability. In the book, he outlined his Theory of Personal Intelligence, which goes beyond traditional metrics of intelligence (e.g., IQ, standardized tests), and takes into account each person’s unique abilities, passions, personal goals, and developmental trajectory.

carol-anne-tomlinsonCarol Anne Tomlinson Ed.D. career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974. More recently, she has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. Also at UVa., she is Co-Director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.

jim-deslilseDr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. Jim retired from Kent State University recently after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots,” volunteering as a fourth-, fifth-, and eighth-grade teacher in 1991, 1997, and 2006. Jim also taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998–2008 in the Twinsburg, OH, public schools.

The author of more than 250 articles and 16 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media such as The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

dina brullesDina Brulles, Ph.D., is a school administrator and the gifted-education director for Arizona’s Paradise Valley Unified School District. Recognized for her expertise in creating and supervising schoolwide cluster grouping, she also assists districts throughout the United States in developing gifted-education programs, including those districts serving culturally and linguistically diverse gifted students. She holds a Ph.D. in gifted education and an M.S. in curriculum and instruction and serves on the faculty of the Graduate College of Education at Arizona State University. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dina was an elementary classroom teacher, a bilingual teacher, an ESL teacher, and a gifted-cluster teacher.

jaime-castellanoJaime A. Castellano is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the identification, recruitment, and retention of low-income, culturally, and linguistically diverse gifted students. Dr. Castellano has particular expertise and success in working with school districts across the nation to increase the number of Hispanic/Latino students, as well as English language learners, in gifted education programs. With more than 20 years in the field, he has served as a teacher of the gifted, school-based assistant principal and principal supervising gifted education programs; district-level administrator, coordinator, specialist, and director; state department of education specialist; and adjunct and/or visiting graduate school professor in gifted education, educational leadership, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), and special education. Castellano has edited three books on understanding our most able students from diverse backgrounds; and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Advanced Academics (JAA), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG); and Roeper Review.

Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of the Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University – San Bernardino. At the Summit Center, Dr. Daniels provides Differentiated Educational Plans for children and adolescents as part of the Gifted Comprehensive and Gifted Complex Assessments. She analyses and synthesizes the data for each individual, making recommendations for appropriate academic differentiation, enrichment, acceleration, and more. She is also available for consultation with families and schools. Dr. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert in the field of gifted education and creativity, with numerous publications and presentations at educational and psychological conferences. She specializes in the social and emotional development of gifted children and adolescents, intensity and sensitivity of gifted individuals across the lifespan, and the development of creative potential.

joanna-hasseJoanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who
have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, Dr. Haase is also certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator. She is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.

nicole-tetreaultDr. Nicole A. Tetreault is a neuroscientist who specializes in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. She received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in biology, her master’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles in physiology, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis in neurobiology, physiology and behavior. Dr. Tetreault’s broad field of study includes leading projects on inflammation in autism, neuroanatomical and genetic studies of autistic and control individuals, sensory impairments in Parkinson’s, neuronal degeneration in autism and Parkinson’s, brain evolution and neuroanatomy in primates, retinal development in many species. In her most recent study at Caltech, Dr. Tetreault found an increase in microglial densities throughout the cerebral and cerebellar cortices in autistic individuals. She has also been part of a team involved in developing techniques for investigating gene expression in individual laser microdissected neurons. Dr. Tetreault has authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers on the topics of brain evolution, neuroanatomy, neuroinflammation, brain development and neuronal cell function.

Sharon Duncan is the co-founder of Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO) and Gifted Identity.  She is an independent consultant who works with parents and educators to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and educational needs of gifted children.  Prior to her current work, Sharon spent 26 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an environment where innovative problem solving is the everyday norm. She utilizes her background in project management and experience with the highly/profoundly gifted population to design creative solutions for a wide variety of challenges faced by her clients.  She hopes that through her staff training at schools and as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities, she is able to provide existing and emerging professionals information about giftedness such that these challenges may be avoided altogether.  The mother of two gifted children, Sharon has served on the governing bodies of both public and private schools.  She is a regular presenter at gifted conferences and is a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator.  She and a partner are completing a research study on identify formation in the parents of gifted children entitled The Gifted Identity Project.

Gilman Whiting is Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and Director of Graduate Studies. His areas of research include: race, sports, and American culture; educational disparity; welfare reform and fatherhood initiatives; special and gifted education. Whiting has authored over forty scholarly articles in journals such as Roeper Review, Journal for Secondary Gifted Education, and The International Journal of Sport and Society, and book chapters. Whiting is the creator of the Scholar Identity Model™ and consults with school districts nationally and internationally. He is also the founding chair of the Achievement Gap Institute for the George W. Peabody College of Education.

 Conference Pricing

Registration Type Earlybird Standard Late
November 15- May 31 June 1 – July 15 July 16 – Onsite
SENG Member $375 $405 $435
SENG Non-Member $405 $445 $490
Children’s Program $350 $350  —
* Groups discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

Registration is Open.

To register for SENG’s 34th Annual Conference, click here.

Location & Travel Assistance

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 North Naper Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 505 4900
Special Rate of $114 per night through June 27, 2017

Call in Reservation: 1 800.514.4684; Booking ID- SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Member’s may seek assistance with flight travel and ground transportation services from travel agent Michael McCabe at Advantage Travel.


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