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1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Phone: 270-745-6323
Fax: 270-745-6279
Email: gifted@wku.edu

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Berta Excellence in Education Lecture Series

The social and emotional development of children who are gifted and talented is just as important as their cognitive development. Often times, both parents and educators of gifted children lack the information needed to address the issues these young people face.

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) published a Position Statement called Nurturing Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children:

Gifted youth deserve attention to their well-being and to their universal and unique developmental experiences—beyond academic and/or talent performance or non-performance. Gifted education programs, teachers, administrators, and school counselors can and should intentionally, purposefully, and proactively nurture socio-emotional development in these students. Gifted children and adolescents are not only developing cognitively; they are also developing socially and emotionally and in career awareness. Even cognitive development and academic experiences have social and emotional implications.

Fully supporting this Position Statement, The Center for Gifted Studies offers the Berta Excellence in Education Workshop to empower parents and educators with tools needed to better meet the social and emotional needs of these students. 

In late 2001, Bowling Green residents Vince and Kathleen Berta made a generous donation to The Center for Gifted Studies to establish The Berta Fund for Excellence. The Bertas realized that the social and emotional needs of gifted children often went unaddressed. The Bertas explained their gift: “It is often said but easily forgotten that the future is our youth. The Center for Gifted Studies provides the gifted youth the training, education, and environment with which to maximize their skills. By establishing the Berta Fund for Excellence in Gifted Studies, we are doing our small part of investing in the future of our youth, Western Kentucky University, and our community.”

The Berta Fund for Excellence brings in experts in the field of gifted 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 address the social and emotional needs of gifted young people in and out of the classroom. EILA credit is typically available for those needing it.

2016 Berta Excellence in Education Workshop

The Wellbeing of Gifted Students
Evening Session
, October 17, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CDT

Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green, KY
How to raise bright and successful children is on the minds of most parents. This session will discuss two parenting concepts that lead to well-adjusted gifted young adults: establishing balance and focusing on heart strengths.

Strengths of the Heart: Building Positive Psychological Functioning and Wellbeing of Gifted Students
All-Day Workshop, October 18 , 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT
Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green, KY
This workshop will focus on ways to increase the likelihood that gifted students grow up to be well-adjusted, psychologically happy, and successful. Participants will be exposed to research-based ideas that promote what Dr. Steven Pfeiffer calls “strengths of the heart.” According to Pfeiffer, strengths of the heart consist of an amalgam of three constructs that, together, make a real difference in the lives of gifted youth: social competence, emotional intelligence, and character strengths.
*EILA credit is available.

Presenter: Dr. Steven Pfeiffer
Dr. Steven PfeifferDr. Steven Pfeiffer is a professor in the College of Education at Florida State University where he serves as director of clinical training. He previously served as executive director of Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. His career has included teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, and Tulane University; serving as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. Naval Medical Service Corps; and Executive Director of Devereux Foundation’s Institute of Clinical Training & Research. Dr. Pfeiffer is a licensed psychologist, fellow of APA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has authored or coauthored eight books, 20 book chapters and almost 150 articles in peer-review journals.

Past Workshops

2015

Speaker: Dr. Ed Amend

Parent Session: The Social and Emotional Aspects of Growing Up Gifted

Educator Session: Addressing the Affective Needs of Gifted Learners

2014

Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Rimm

Parent Session: Understanding the Social Emotional Issues that Lead to Gifted Achievement

Educator Session: Understanding the Social Emotional Issues that Lead to Gifted Achievement

2012

Speaker: Dr. Tracy Cross

Parent/Educator Session: Maximizing Outcomes for Twice-Exceptional Children: What Educators and Parents Need to Understand and Be Able To Do

2011

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Hébert

Parent Session: Parents Celebrating the Social and Emotional Lives of Their Gifted Children

Educator Session: Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students

2010

Speaker: Dr. Jean Peterson

Parent Session: Giftedness as Both Asset and Burden: A Parent’s Perspective

Educator Session: Giftedness as Both Asset and Burden: An Educator’s Perspective

2009

Speaker: Dr. Virginia H. Burney and Dr. Kristie Speirs Neumeister

Parent Session: Social and Emotional Characteristics and Issues of High Ability Children

Educator Session: Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted in School

2008

Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Cramond

Parent Session: Creativity: Glorious Gift or Awful Affliction?

Educator Session: Infusing Creativity and Critical Thinking into the Content

2007

Speaker: Dr. George Betts

Parent Session: Learning to Fly: The Facilitation of Our Gifted at Home

Educator Session: Autonomous Learner Model for Teaching and Learning

2006

Speaker: Dr. Del Siegle

Parent Session: Understanding and Talking with Your Children about Their Giftedness

Educator Session: Understanding Motivation and Gifted Children Who Underachieve

2005

Speaker: Dr. Syliva Rimm

Parent Session: Underachievement in Gifted Children

Educator Session:  Growing Up Too Fast: The Rimm Report on the Secret Lives of America’s Middle Schoolers

2004

Speaker: Ms. Jill VonGruben

Parent Session: College Countdown: The Parent’s and Student’s Survival Kit for the College Application Process

Educator Session:  Strategies to Assist the College-Bound Gifted Student

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The annual Berta Seminar brings in a national expert to discuss the social-emotional needs of gifted youth. The seminar is offered at no cost to participants thanks to the generosity of Vince and Kathleen Berta. Join our mailing list by clicking the link above to receive information when the next Berta Seminar is scheduled.

 

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 Bowling Green residents 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.

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