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 February 2012 Issue 89  
In This Issue
Director's Corner
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG
New Diversity Column
News & Events: SMPG Training Comes to Baton Rouge
New SENGinar by Dr. Dan Peters
Judy Galbraith: 100 Words of Wisdom
Pam Sudzina
Liaison of the Month
Pamela Sudzina

"SENG has allowed me, a lifelong learner and educator, to  advocate awareness for gifted students to feel valued, both mentally and socially, when exploring, creating and discovering through their individual interest level, ability level and learning style so they may completely maximize their gifts. I would like to thank SENG for their efforts and dedication to the Gifted Community."

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Milwaukee 2012 Conference

Dear SENG Friends & Family, 
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2012 SENG Conference, Shining Light on Giftedness: Empowering Families and Communities, to be held July 13-14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Our program includes keynote speakers Joy Lawson Davis, Rosina Gallagher, and Micheal Piechowski, and, as always, we will offer SMPG training, CE courses, full and vibrant children's and teen programs, and an exciting schedule of international speakers, including a strand for gifted adults.
Be sure to register early to take advantage of our early bird rate and check our website often for updates on program details. We look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee this summer!


Warm wishes,

Lisa Rivero
SENG Director & 2012 Conference Co-Chair
Director's Corner

Wenda SheardEducation Technology For Our Children
by Wenda Sheard

The SENG Director's Corner column gives board members opportunities to share passions and insights that relate to supporting gifted, talented, and creative individuals. What is my passion du jour? Because I am currently teaching children, I enjoy exploring emerging education technologies. I love learning how new technologies can best help a wide range of students...

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SMPGs: The Heart of SENG

Carol RaymondSMPG: My Gifted Education
by Carol Raymond

Several years ago, I enrolled in my first graduate course in gifted education - "The Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners." At that point, I did not have plans to continue an advanced degree in gifted education; I simply sought to understand my eldest stepdaughter better... Read More

Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity

Tiombe-Bisa KendrickIntroducing "Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity"
by Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick

SENG is excited to introduce a new column to the SENGVine entitled "Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity." This column is dedicated to discussing issues and educating readers about the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented children and adults from diverse backgrounds. Many people are unaware of the many challenges gifted and talented individuals from diverse backgrounds experience on a day-to-day basis and throughout their lives in general. Therefore, it is extremely important that these children and adults have a sounding board that will educate people about their unique needs and challenges related to their social and emotional development. The Diversity Committee looks forward to providing readers of this column with a wealth of valuable information.

SpellNews & Events  
  • SMPG Facilitator Training comes to Baton Rouge, LA! April 20-21, 2012. Register now, space is limited! Read More
  • Register now for the 2012 SENG Conference, Shining Light on Giftedness: Empowering Families and Communities, July 13-14, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read More
  • SENG recently switched email servers. If you have sent email to a board or staff member at their email address and did not receive a reply in recent weeks, we apologize. Please re-send your email, and we will respond promptly. 
  • Submit articles and essays for consideration before March 1 for our May/June 2012 newsletter theme, "School's Out for Summer." Read More
  • SENG Director Rose Blackett will speak at a one-day conference on Gifted Teens, Their Social and Emotional Needs, March 17, 2012, in Auckland, New Zealand. Read More
  • See SENG and other speakers at the the 10th International Dabrowski Congress to be held July 19th through July 21st, 2012 at the Curtis Doubletree Hotel in Denver. The theme of the conference is "From conflict to peace: Personally and globally." Read More
 Featured SENGinar

Dr. Dan PetersTaming the Worry Monster: Anxiety in Gifted and Twice-Exceptional (2e) Youth by Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D.
February 16, 2012


In this SENGinar, teachers, parents, and counselors will learn to identify the warning signs of anxiety, the process that anxiety uses to become powerful, and, practical and effective techniques for managing and overcoming anxiety.

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100 Words of Wisdom 
(In approximately 100 words, experts from around the world offer their perspective on some aspect of giftedness.)

Judy Galbraith

"If I have any wisdom about giftedness, most of it has come from gifted kids themselves. Their questions, opinions, insights, and challenges have kept me on my toes as an educator, author, and publisher for over 30 years. One of the wisest lessons gifted children have taught me is this: In order to lead happy and meaningful lives, all people - and especially gifted people - must spend at least as much time developing socially and emotionally as a person as they do focusing on their intellects. So often giftedness is equated with the knowledge or artifacts that people produce - be it a theorem or computer design. But what's equally as important, I believe, is the memory they leave behind of what kind of person they were."



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Judy Galbraith is President and Founder of Free Spirit Publishing. She's also the author or coauthor of books, most notably The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide. Judy has been surveying gifted children and teens from around the world since 1980.
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