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     May 23, 2014

     June 8 - 20, 2014

June 22 - July 12, 2014

     June 23 - 27, 2014

     July 14 - 18, 2014

     October 3 - 12, 2014

   November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014

   February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015

 2014 Berta Excellence in Education Workshop


Join The Center for Gifted Studies for this incredible and free opportunity to learn about gifted students and gifted education from Dr. Sylvia Rimm, psychologist, Director of the Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Read more about Dr. Rimm below, and check back for updates on 2014 Berta topics.

Dr. Sylvia Rimm's nine years as a contributing correspondent to NBC's Today Show and as a favorite personality on public radio make her a familiar child psychologist to many audiences.  She has authored many books including How to Parent So Children Will Learn and Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades, both 2008 National Best Books award winners from USA Book News. In addition, Dr. Rimm has written Growing Up Too Fast: The Rimm Report on the secret Lives of America's Middle Schoolers, Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child, Raising Preschoolers, See Jane Win®, How Jane Won, and See Jane Win for Girls.

bookSee Jane Win®, a New York Times Bestseller, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Today shows and in People Magazine. Her book, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award. Many parents and educators seek Dr. Rimm's help through her books, tapes, q-cards, and newsletters.

In her parenting column, Dr. Rimm answers hundreds of letters each year from parents and grandparents in her nationally syndicated column with Creators Syndicate.

Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on family and school approaches to guiding children toward achievement, parenting, and the lives of teenagers. She is a dynamic speaker who fascinates audiences, speaking on many topics, tailoring her educational talks to the special themes of the audience.

Dr. Rimm draws experience and inspiration from her wonderful husband; her very successful children: two daughters and two sons, and their spouses; and nine vivacious grandchildren.

Berta 2014 Information

Registration:  Registration has now closed for this event.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dates: March 6-7, 2014

March 6, 2014 - Parent Session
           7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
           Parenting Your Gifted Child for Achievement and Fulfillment

March 7, 2014 - Educator Session
           8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
           Understanding the Social Emotional Issues That Lead to Gifted Achievement

Place: Knicely Conference Center

Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Rimm


Donor Spotlight

Vince and Kathleen Berta

It is thanks to the generosity of Vince and Kathleen Berta that this event is free and open to the public. In 2001, the Bertas of Bowling Green, KY made a generous donation to The Center for Gifted Studies to establish The Berta Fund for Excellence. The Bertas realized that gifted children had needs that came from their strengths and meeting those needs required both parents and teachers. The Berta Fund for Excellence brings in experts in the field of education to conduct seminars and presentations designed specifically for the parents of gifted children. And because educating gifted students requires teachers as well as parents, The Berta Fund for Excellence also sponsors a professional development seminar for educators to learn how to better meet the needs of gifted young people in the classroom.

 Last Modified 3/7/14