SENG Columbus Mini Conference

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Discussion Groups

SMPG Facilitator Training 

and more! 


SMPG – $375 includes 1 year membership
Non-member conference registration – $119
Member conference registration – $92.50
Seniors & student members – $75
Exhibitor – $150

Keynote Speakers and Program Schedule



Dr. Joy Lawson Davis – The urgency of now: Nurturing and Supporting Gifted Students of Color (or Culturally Diverse Gifted)

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis has over 30 years of experience in gifted education as a teacher, administrator, writer, researcher & consultant to schools nationwide. Davis is presently an Associate Professor of Education and Chair, Dept of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University in Richmond VA. Dr. Davis previously taught courses in Gifted Education and Diversity Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Davis is a native of Virginia. As a practitioner, scholar and writer she has focused her work in advocating for increased attention to the needs of diverse gifted students, in particular African American students and their families. Davis has published widely in books and is host of a, the only blog dedicated to sharing resources and information re: Culturally & Linguistically gifted students. A graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia Davis is now serving a Second Term as Chair of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Diversity & Equity Committee, is a member of the Advisory Board of Gifted Child Today, a practitioner oriented peer-reviewed journal with the largest subscription base of any gifted journal nationwide. Davis is also a member of the International Gifted Education Teacher Development network (Iget-Network) providing training for teachers interested in meeting the needs of underserved gifted children in the Caribbean and South Africa.


Dr. Edward R. Amend, Psy.D – Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis of Gifted Individuals

Misdiagnosis of gifted individuals most frequently occurs when professionals mistakenly view specific social and emotional characteristics of gifted individuals as signs of pathology.  Missed diagnosis occurs when factors of giftedness obscure weaknesses, or problematic behaviors are minimized because one is gifted. The presenter will discuss the most common disorders that lead to either misdiagnosis or missed diagnoses and explore the relation between giftedness and clinical syndromes.

Dr. Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., a Clinical Psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, PSC in Lexington, KY, is licensed to provide psychological services in Kentucky and Ohio. Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted youth, adults, and their families.  He co-authored two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults. Dr. Amend has authored many articles, book chapters, and columns about gifted children.  He presents locally and nationally on topics related to the needs of gifted children, and he is actively involved with NAGC, SENG, and KAGE.



Dr. Michael Postma – Understanding the Essence of Developing Social and Emotional Needs in Gifted Students

Developing social and emotional intelligence in gifted children is the foundation to a successful life. Explore what it is like to be a gifted student in school and the social/emotional impact of stress, anxiety, and relationships on the social/emotional well-being of the gifted student. Examine these challenges and discover strategies to help.

Dr. Michael Postma, Ph.D.  is the Executive Director of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted). A former consultant, speaker, and author, Dr. Postma has dedicated his career to the holistic development of both gifted and twice-exceptional children. Dr. Postma has worked in the field of gifted/talented education as both a teacher and administrator in the public school system and was the architect of the Minnetonka Navigator Program, a magnet school for highly and profoundly gifted students. You can check out his latest book “The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students” on Amazon. He currently lives in Surf City, NC and is the father of four children, three of whom are twice-exceptional.


 Program Schedule 


Morning Keynote
9:00-9:50 AM Keynote Room 140 Joy Lawson Davis, Ph.D.
Title: Advancing Equity in Gifted Education
Session #1
Time Room # Speaker and Title
10:00-10:50 Session Room 101 Amy Rogers:
STEAMmakers and Growth mindsets in the classroom
10:00-10:50 Session Room 111 Pat Farrenkopf, Ed.D.:
The Mirror of Erised: Understanding and Supporting Gifted Children Identity Development
10:00-10:50 Session Room 113 Karen Qualls and Kim Gordon:
How University Gifted Education Courses can Support SEL
10:00-10:50 Session Room 139 Carol Sparber, Ph.D.:
Supporting 2e Students with Strength Based Instruction
10:00-10:50 Session Room 145 Tracy Alley, Ph.D. and Beth Moore, Ph.D.:
Connections to Book Characters: Bibliotherapy for the Gifted
10:00-10:50 Session Room 164 Amy Coleman, LISW-S:
Gifted Students and Suicide
10:00-10:50 Session Room 165 Brandi Lust:
Building Gratitude
Session #2
Time Room Speaker and Title
11:00-11:50 AM Session Room 101 Stefanie Hall:
When Children Grieve: The Myths and the Strategies to Deal with Loss
11:00-11:50 Session Room 111 Jennifer Groman, Ph.D.:
Using Creativity as a Window
11:00-11:50 Session Room 113 Beth Hahn, Karen Qualls, and Diane Witt:
Empathy in Action: A Toolkit for the Classroom
11:00-11:50 Session Room 139 Todd Stanley:
Using Advisory Groups & Town Hall Meetings to Meet the Social/ Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
11:00-11:50 Session Room 145 Beth Moore, Ph.D.:
Chair Yoga
11:00-11:50 Session Room 164 Nicole Dietrich, Ph.D.:
Relinquishing Dreams: A Study of Gifted Adults
11:00-11:50 Session Room 165 Sarah Scott, RN:
Gifted Individuals and Mental Health
Afternoon Keynote
1:30 PM Keynote Room 140 Edward R. Amend, Psy.D
Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis of Gifted Individuals
Session #3
Time Room # Speaker and Title
2:30-3:20 PM Session Room 101 Amy Rogers:
STEAMmakers and Growth mindsets in the classroom
2:30-3:20 Session Room 111 Jennifer Groman, Ph.D.:
“Can we Talk?” Facilitating Dialogues with Gifted Students
2:30-3:20 Session Room 113 Amber Nickels:
Positive Mental Health and the 2e Child
2:30-3:20 Session Room 139 Todd Stanley:
The Social/ Emotional Causes of Underachievement
2:30-3:20 Session Room 145 Tiffany Ott:
When Gifted Kids Fall Apart in Mastery Learning
2:30-3:20 Session Room 164 Joy Navan:
The Be-Attitudes of Gifted Elders
2:30-3:20 Session Room 165 Brandi Lust:
Creating Growth
Closing Keynote with
additional sessions
3:30-4:20 PM Session Room 145 Michael Postma, Ph.D.
Title: Understanding the Essence of Developing Social and Emotional Needs in Gifted Students
3:30-4:20 Session Room 139 Nathan Levy:
Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted Students
3:30-4:20 Session Room 164 Christina Turo-Shields, LCSW, LCAC:
Reinforcing Resilience: Navigating Trauma thru the Eyes of the Gifted
3:30-4:20 Session Room 165 Jean Peterson:
4:30-5:30 PM Keynote Room 140 2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional, by Filmmaker Tom Ropelewski








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