What is giftedness?
Why is it important to understand?
Tuesday, April 20th @6:30pm (PST)
Guest Speaker - Sharon Duncan
Giftedness is greatly misunderstood in American society. Often confused with achievement, the social and emotional needs of this population can go unrecognized.
The innate traits and behaviors of giftedness can sometimes look like or become areas of concern. The ability to learn rapidly may look like impatience or contribute to apathy; high intellectual drive may mimic hyperactivity or cause others to shy away; a strong need for fairness and justice can lead to contempt or even depression; the need for autonomy and independence may look like defiance; creativity may look like deviance or disdain; perfectionism can mimic laziness or lead to anxiety. While the potential for challenges can be intimidating, these traits are also part of what makes this population amazing! Gifted children are not “better than,” they are not “worse-than,” but they are “different than”, and feeling different in any way can be an isolating and lonely experience, unless you have an understanding support system.
We are thrilled to invite Sharon Duncan, Co-Founder of Gifted Identity, and Gifted Research and Outreach Inc., to speak and share her insights on “giftedness”.
This talk will provide a whole person perspective of what giftedness is, how it impacts every facet of an individual’s life, common challenges gifted students and their families face both at home and in the classroom, and how parents and teachers can meet the needs of these complex children.
Sharon Duncan is an independent consultant. She works with parents, educators, schools, psychologists and pediatricians to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and educational needs of gifted and twice exceptional (2e) children. Sharon works with parents and educators to help them better understand the common traits and behaviors of gifted children, provides guidance to parents about educational decisions and options (including setting up and managing homeschool), advocates for the needs of these children at public and private schools, provides training to educators so that they can practice their craft more effectively, and teams with parents and educators to find solutions to the often counter-intuitive challenges encountered by these very complex children.
Prior to her work with Gifted Identity, Sharon spent 26 years working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has served on the governing boards of both public and private schools and is an internationally recognized speaker on a wide variety of topics about gifted children. She and a partner are completing a research study of identify formation in the parents of gifted children. Sharon is also a co-founder of both Gifted Identity, and Gifted Research and Outreach, a non-profit entity with the mission to promote a comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.
Co-Founder Gifted Identity, and Gifted Research and Outreach Inc.