SENG Toronto Mini Conference

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Conference Registration
SENG & ABC Ontario Members: $95.20 USD
Non-Members: $119 USD
SMPG Training (October 13)
$375 USD
ABC Ontario Members: $288.18 USD*

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joanne Foster

Dr. Joanne Foster holds a doctoral degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology, and a master’s degree in Special Education and Adaptive Instruction. She has worked in the field of gifted education for over 30 years, focusing on ways to encourage and support high-level development. She writes extensively about intelligence, creativity, productivity, and procrastination. She is co-author (with Dona Matthews) of the multi award-winning book Being Smart about Gifted Education, and Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids. Dr. Foster is also the sole author of Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination and Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens who Procrastinate (winner of a 2018 Silver Benjamin Franklin Award).

Dr. Foster taught Educational Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto for many years, and she continues to provide leadership and facilitate community networking in gifted education across Canada and beyond. She conducts teacher-training workshops, serves on advisory committees, and gives presentations to educators and parent organizations in local, national, online, and international forums. She addresses the complexities of child development including high-ability learning, motivational concerns, gifted-related issues, and more. Dr. Foster also writes the column “Fostering Kids’ Success” at The Creativity Post.


Brandie Weikle

Brandie Weikle is Editor & Publisher and host of The New Family Podcast. She is a former editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. A single mother of two in Toronto, Brandie writes a column called Modern Family for the Toronto Star, and is a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. She also provides one-on-one divorce coaching and is the leader of a lively international Facebook Community called Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce.

Brandie gives an empowering presentation that puts some of the challenges of raising gifted and twice-exceptional children into context of the modern family, identifying tools that can buttress parents and other caregivers through challenging times. Brandie offers validation, hope and evidence-based guidance on the factors that help families thrive.     


Conference Program Schedule
(Subject to change)
Registration, Check-in, Children’s Program Drop-off
8:00-8:20 AM
Opening Remarks & Keynote: 8:30-9:50 AM
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Michael Postma
KEYNOTE: Supporting Well-Being and Happy Productivity in the Context of Giftedness
Dr. Joanne Foster
Session #1: 10:00-10:50AM
Gifted Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders, Adult Responsibilities, Adult Bullies, and Parent Advocacy: What Should We Understand?
Dr. Jean Peterson
Catching Them Doing Things Right
Lisa Sansom
Be Mindful of the Absent Minded
Carol Malueg
Bring on the Cringe: Teaching Sex Education to Gifted Students
Dr. Matt Zakreski
Session #2: 11:00 AM-11:50 AM
Evolved Emotional Intelligence of Gifted Diverse Students in Distressed Communities
Dr. Alonzo Kelly
Pathological Demand Avoidance
Evelyn Metcalf
Procrastination and Gifted Learners: Realities, Remedies, and Resources
Dr. Joanne Foster
The Importance of Social and Emotional Development in Gifted Students
Dr. Michael Postma
LUNCH BREAK (lunch not provided)
11:50 AM-12:50 PM
KEYNOTE: 1:00-1:50 PM
Family Dynamics
Brandie Wiekle
Session #3: 2:00-2:50 PM
High Achievers and Underachievers Together-For Mutual Benefit
Dr. Jean Peterson
PERMA-V Self-Care for the Gifted Child and Adult
Lisa Sansom
The Road to Positive Advocacy for Your Gifted Child
Carol Malueg
Session #4: 3:00-3:50 PM
Finding the Appropriate Educational Environment for your Gifted Child: The Search for Shangri-La
Dr. Michael Postma
Using IMPROV to Teach Social-Emotional Skills (T, C)
Dr. Matt Zakreski
Feeding the Gift and Relieving the Trauma (A)
Dr. Alonzo Kelly
Pick up @ Children’s Programme
4 PM

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