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  August/September 2012 Issue 94  
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New SENG Ebook!
Director's Corner
Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity
News & Events
New SENGinar by Dianne Allen
Linda Neumann's 100 Words of Wisdom
Liaison of the Month
Sheri Stewart
Sheri Stewart
"Being a SENG board member (2006-09), a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, and now a state liaison has given me an even deeper insight into the comprehensive mission of SENG. Every bit of work from the national level to the community parent group has provided an even deeper perspective about meeting the social-emotional needs of gifted children...." Read More

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Dear SENG Friends & Family, 


I am honored to welcome our new Executive Director, Elizabeth (Liz) Campbell, to SENG. Ms. Campbell was most recently the Director of Development for Family Promise, a national non-profit that helps homeless families. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of the Montclair Public Library Foundation, in Montclair, New Jersey.


Ms. Campbell, who assumed her new role on September 1, is the third Executive Director of SENG.  Ms. Campbell's qualifications and experience position her to lead SENG to a greater capacity to achieve our mission.  Ms. Campbell comes to us with experience in non-profit management, fundraising, public relations and communications. We are looking forward to putting her skills to use for SENG's growth and benefit.

Ms. Campbell is also a dedicated volunteer in her community in Cub Scouts, the schools and her church.  She lives with her sons and her husband in River Edge, New Jersey. 


We give our thanks and appreciation to Sheri Plybon, who has served as Interim Executive Director since February, 2012.  Under Ms. Plybon's leadership, SENG experienced one of its most successful annual conferences yet.  Ms. Plybon will return to the office of President Elect after having taken a leave of absence to assume the role of Interim Executive Director. 

Please take a moment to welcome Liz at [email protected] 



Lori Comallie-Caplan
SENG President
New SENG Ebook!

SENG 30 Year EbookSENG is celebrating 30 years of supporting the needs of the gifted by offering an ebook collection of 30 of our most popular and powerful essays and articles, all in one place for reading and re-reading. The ebook sells for only $3.99, is a perfect introduction to and overview of the social and emotional needs of the gifted, and is available at these major online outlets:
  • Amazon (Kindle)
  • Smashwords (pdf & more)
  • Coming soon to Barnes & Noble (Nook)! You can also purchase an epub file, compatible with Nook and iPad, from Smashwords.
Director's Corner

Kathleen Casper

Don't Always Choose Academics! Why Sports Participation May Be Just as Important

by Kathleen Casper

Year after year, educators debate whether parents should be "wasting their time" taking their children to afterschool sports activities. Some argue that children who are tested show very little academic improvement, if any, from participation in sports. Some say that the social and task commitment skills learned in sports positively impact children's development. And others argue it is good for children to be active for physical health reasons. But very few acknowledge that some children excel in sports because sports is their gifted talent area and that nurturing this interest will bring about success equal to or perhaps even greater than what they could ever achieve in academics... Read More


Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity

Joy Navan

Touching the Mystery: Spiritually Gifted Children

by Joy Navan


Annemarie Roeper often commented that many gifted children have a greater sensitivity to, and awareness of, that which lies beyond what we perceive and know. Dr. Roeper called this the mystery, and felt that many gifted children see themselves as travelers on a more profound journey... Read More 


SpellNews & Events  
  • SENG will be exhibiting at the National Association of the Gifted Convention November 15-18, 2012 in Denver. Please stop by Booth 414 to say hello and meet members of the SENG board and staff. 
  • SMPG Facilitator Training will take place in San Diego from October 26-27, 2012 at the Hilton Harbor Island. To learn more or to register, visit our San Diego information page. Early registration fee, through September 30, is $275; after October 1, registration is $325.
  • Save the Date: Our 2013 Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from July 19-21, 2013. More details will be available shortly.
  • Has SENG made a difference in your life? If so, please share your story on our Web site. We'd love to hear from you.
Featured SENGinar

SENGinar LogoJoyful Living in Six Easy Steps Presented by Diane Allen, MA, CAP
September 20, 2012


Gifted individuals can take live very seriously and often miss the power of living joy filled. This presentation discusses joy as a vital part of life; the importance of joy; and the six easy steps to living a joyful life. 


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100 Words of Wisdom: Linda Neumann 
(In approximately 100 words, experts from around the world offer their perspective on some aspect of giftedness. View and share the  online version.)

Linda Neumann

"A message to parents of twice-exceptional children: It's OK to be out of step. Your kids already are. Their amazing strengths and great challenges put them on a different path from most friends and classmates. That means you as parents must find your own direction as well. Be willing to throw out timelines and measurements of success that mark the progress of other bright kids. Accept that yours will be on their own schedule and have struggles and needs that others won't have. Be open to finding unique, creative ways to meet those needs.

     Support, encourage, strive to understand who they are and what they need. Let them know you're their biggest fans." ~ Linda Neumann


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Past SENG Director Linda C. Neumann is the editor of  2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, a bi-monthly print and electronic publication that focuses on twice-exceptional children - those who have high abilities and LDs, either learning differences or learning disabilities. Written for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and others who work with these children, issues feature articles by experts in the field plus reviews of books, websites, and other resources.
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