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 renowned experts across a variety of disciplines who will share their stories and expertise including Dina Brulles, Jaime Castellano, Susan Daniels, Jim Delisle, Joanna Haase, Scott Barry Kaufman, Nicole Tetreault, and Carol Anne Tomlinson.

Attention Conference Attendees: The Chicago Marriott Naperville will be releasing all its rooms reserved for the conference on June 27th. If you need to book a room, please do so before then.

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Children’s Program: Creating New Possibilities Through Creative and Critical Thinking
August 3-5, 2017

“I first learned about this strange, new, ‘gifted world’ through SENG, and it was at a SENG conference that I first met people who felt like me, people who seemed to understand me and with whom I connected in a whole, new way.” — Joseph Hughes, teen program attendee

The SENG Conference is such a place where connections are made. If gifted adults feel as if they’re on island in a sea of misunderstanding, gifted children can feel even more isolated without intense and passionate classmates, playmates, peers! Children and teens meet, sometimes for the first time, others on their ‘wave length.’

Produced ​in ​collaboration ​with ​Northeastern ​Illinois ​University ​Masters ​Program ​in ​Gifted ​& ​Talented.

Registration for the Children’s Program closes July 21st. 


Conference Highlights

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!

To Register, 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 (choose from among five each in the morning and afternoon):

  1. Asynchronous Development: A Concept Born from Experience and Nurtured by Research (The Columbus Group) (PM)
  2. The Theory of Positive Disintegration: A Paradigm Which Time has Come (Elizabeth Mika, M.A., LCPC) (AM)
  3. My Child is Different. My Child has a Learning Disability (Dr. Rose Blackett) (PM)
  4. Realizing the Remarkable Potential of the Exceptionally Gifted Visual Artist: Insights for Parents, Psychologists, and Educators (Dr. P. Susan Jackson) (PM)
  5. Introducing the Gifted Index: A New WISC-V Composite Score (Dr. Linda Silverman) (AM)
  6. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children (Dr. James Webb, Dr. Rosina Gallagher, & Dr. Stephen Chou) (AM)
  7. The Gifted Student and Underachievement (Dr. Jean Peterson) (PM)
  8. The Gifted and Trauma (Dr. Christine Turo-Shields) (AM)
  9. The Fit: A model for counseling the gifted and talented (Andrew Mahoney, M.S., L.C.P.C.) (PM)
  10. The GERI Instrument Repository (Dr. Marcia Gentry and the GERI Team) (AM)

Each pre-conference workshop is $100 to attend. Select “Continuing Education Courses” when registering. 

Introducing Our 2017 Keynote Speakers

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.

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. Scott received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review.  He also writes a regular column at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds, and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which was recently named by Business Insider as a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior”.

Scott wrote the popular book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative MindIn 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.

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, writer, and speaker who specializes in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. She received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in biology, a master’s in course work from University of California, Los Angeles in physiology, and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior. She is dedicated to translating the promise of neuroscience and positive psychology for individuals to live the best quality of life. Dr. Tetreault focuses on enhancing lives through a holistic approach that integrates development of positive thought processes, cultivation of self-compassion, and awareness of bodily sensations with our environment.  Dr. Tetreault’s broad range of studies include leading projects on the gifted experience, 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, and retinal development in many species. In her most recent study at Caltech, Dr. Tetreault found an increase in inflammatory cells throughout the brain 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.  Most recently, she has focused her efforts on studying the gifted experience, which encompasses the brain and body connection by investigating the latest neuroscience and physiology research.

jaime-castellanoJaime A. Castellano is a nationally recognized and award-winning principal, award-winning author, scholar, and researcher; a published author with four books in the field of gifted education, including dozens of articles and chapters written for multiple publications. His 2011 book, Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds was awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Gifted Education. Published in March of 2014, his latest book is titled Talent Development for English Language Learners: Identifying and Developing Potential. A Rationale for Connecting Gifted Education with Dual Language Programs is another one of his popular publications.

Dr. Castellano is recognized as one of our nation’s leading authorities in the education of Hispanic/Latino students and in identifying and serving low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse gifted students with particular expertise on identifying gifted Hispanic/Latino students, African American students, Native American students, gifted English language learners, students from poverty, and gifted preschoolers, ages 3-5.

Castellano has served as a graduate school professor for Arizona State University (gifted education), Florida Atlantic University (educational leadership, special education, and English to speakers of other languages), Lynn University in Florida (educational leadership, special education, English to speakers of other languages), NOVA Southeastern University in Florida (educational leadership, special education), and National Louis University in Illinois (bilingual education, special education).

He has served as the Co-Chair of the Diversity/Equity Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in 2007 and 2014. He also served on their board of directors from 2008-2012. He served on the international board of directors for ASCD from 2006-2009. He is currently president of Florida ASCD. He also founded the Gifted Education Special Interest Group (SIG) with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and the Professional Interest Community (PIC) on Gifted and Advanced Learners for ASCD.

With more than 30 years as an educator advocating for the educational rights of Hispanic/Latino students, he has served as a teacher of the gifted, assistant principal and principal supervising gifted education programs, district-level gifted education coordinator and director, and state department of education specialist/expert in the field.  He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Academics (JAA), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG), Gifted Child Today (GCT), and Roeper Review.

Castellano is a nationally recognized speaker and professional development trainer and has served as the key note speaker for eight state gifted associations and continues to consult with school districts across the country on the education of Hispanic/Latino students and the inclusion of low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students in gifted education programming. He currently resides in Lake Worth, FL and is the Assistant Director of the Luciano Martinez Child Development Center, Adjunct Professor for Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Exceptional Student Education, and is a principal trainer and consultant specialist for Maverik Education, an independent professional development corporation.

Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of the Summit Center, a psycho-educational clinic in the Bay Area specializing in the needs of gifted, creative, and 2e students – as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University, San Bernardino. At the Summit Center, Dr. Daniels provides personality, learning preference, and creativity assessments 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 annual 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. Dr. Daniels is co-author of Raising Creative Kids (Great Potential Press, 2013), and co-editor and co-author of Living with Intensity (Great Potential Press, 2008). Her most recent book on visual teaching and learning is soon to be published by Free Spirit Publishing. Dr. Daniels is also a Co-founder of Camp Summit a residential summer camp for gifted youth.

carol-anne-tomlinsonCarol Anne Tomlinson Ed.D. is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education where she is also Co-Director of the University’s Institutes on Academic Diversity.  Prior to joining the faculty at UVa, she was a public school teacher for 21 years.  During that time, she taught students in high school, preschool, and middle school and also administered programs for struggling and advanced learners.  She was Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974.

Carol is author of over 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including: How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd Ed.), The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (2nd Ed.), Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom, (with Jay McTighe) Differentiating Instruction and Understanding by Design, (with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez) The Differentiated School, (with Marcia Imbeau) Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom, (with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom, (with Tonya Moon) Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide for Student Success, and (with Mike Murphy) Leading for Differentiation: Growing Teachers who Grow kids. Her books on differentiation are available in 14 languages.

Carol was named Outstanding Professor at Curry in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008.  In 2017, she was ranked #13 in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings for “University-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling,” and as the #4 voice in Educational Psychology. She works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

jim-deslilseDr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 39 years.  Jim retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service there as a Distinguished Professor of special education.  Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots”, volunteering as a 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade teacher in 1991, 1997 and 2006.  Too, Jim taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998-2008 in the Twinsburg, Ohio Public Schools.  For the past five years, Jim has worked part-time with highly-gifted 9th and 10th graders at the Scholars’ Academy in Conway, South Carolina.

The author of more than 250 articles and 19 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, People Magazine, and on Oprah!  Jim’s newest book, Dumbing Down America: The War on our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (and what we can do to fight back), was published in 2014.  His next book, Doing poorly on purpose: Underachievement and the quest for dignity, will be published in 2017. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Greece, China, Oman, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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.

 Conference Pricing

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

Registration is Open.

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

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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

Attention Conference Attendees: The Chicago Marriott Naperville will be releasing all its rooms reserved for the conference on June 27th. If you need to book a room, please do so before then. Thank you.

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

For any information about handicap access, please call the hotel directly at 630-505-4900

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