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 Seminar 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 Seminar brings in experts in the field of gifted education to help educators and the parents of gifted children 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.
Although sessions are designated as being targeted toward either parents or educators, all are welcome at both sessions.
Speaker: Dr. Steven Pfeiffer
Parent Session: The Wellbeing of Gifted Students
Educator Session: Strengths of the Heart: Building Positive Psychological Functioning and Wellbeing of Gifted Students
Speaker:Dr. Ed Amend
Parent Session: The Social and Emotional Aspects of Growing Up Gifted
Educator Session: Addressing the Affective Needs of Gifted Learners
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
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
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
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
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
Speaker:Dr. Bonnie Cramond
Parent Session: Creativity: Glorious Gift or Awful Affliction?
Educator Session: Infusing Creativity and Critical Thinking into the Content
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
Speaker:Dr. Del Siegle
Parent Session: Understanding and Talking with Your Children about Their Giftedness
Educator Session: Understanding Motivation and Gifted Children Who Underachieve
Speaker:Dr. Syliva Rimm
Parent Session: Underachievement in Gifted Children
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
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.
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.