Gifted Community Enrichment: A Class for Grown Ups

Parents and guardians are always welcome and encouraged to attend classes with their child/children to make the most of this wonderful experience.  Alternately, join other grown-ups for Gifted Community Enrichment (GCE).  Each Saturday through our GCE sessions, The Super Saturday Program offers presenters and discussion topics to provide you with insights into life with gifted children, resources, and contacts.

  • Anyone with an interest in gifted education is welcome to come attend GCE.
  • There is no cost and no registration required to attend.
  • Sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., 15 minutes after students begin morning and afternoon classes.

TSSP is a rare haven for parents and guardians of gifted children where we can talk with one another to compare notes about joys and challenges, make connections, learn what other schools are doing regarding gifted services, and simply relate in ways that others cannot. Through GCE, we actively foster this supportive communication.

For parents and guardians with a student attending class, we require attendance for the first 15 minutes of the morning or afternoon session the first week.  We need this time to communicate key information about the term.

For questions on GCE, please contact messagecenter@supersaturday.org.

We look forward to collaborating with you to help our community face the challenges of educating our children.

2023-2024 Schedule

Fall Term

 

Week 1, January 13th
AM: Gina Baldwin
PM: Maggie Gunnerson
1) Welcome & Orientation
2) Ohio Gifted Rule Changes

 
After signing children into their classrooms, we ask everyone to stay for the first 15 minutes as we cover the most up-to-date policies including safety and security measures.  Following that, speakers for the term will be announced. The remainder of the time will be opened up for Q&A.  Because there is a wealth of knowledge among us, we encourage both new and returning parents and guardians to stay for the duration.  Our program is enriched with the diversity of every person attending.
 

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3) FIRST LEGO Inspires Robot Missions Summary

 
 
 

Week 2, January 20th
Scott McCormick
Spencer Center for Gifted Children

Amy Darpel
Academic Acceleration and Covington Latin School

We had not one but two TSSP parents who were able to jump in last minute to present when our scheduled speaker had to cancel.

In the morning, Scott McCormick shared his experience as a father of two gifted children currently attending Cincinnati Public’s Spencer Center for Gifted Children.  Scott serves on the Spencer Center PTSO Board.  He and his wife have been happy to answer questions about the school from TSSP families.

Amy Darpel spoke about academic acceleration from her experience as a mother of gifted children, consumer of gifted education research, and educator of gifted children. She offered comparison and contrast of the approaches toward providing advanced content to gifted children, highlighting Covington Latin’s approach and the reasons behind it.

Amy Darpel is the Director of Advancement and Dean of Studies of Covington Latin School.  She is a lifelong Northern Kentuckian.  She graduated from Villa Madonna Academy and then pursued degrees at Thomas More College.  She has spent her entire teaching career advocating for gifted students and working with students who struggle with Executive Functioning Disorder.  Amy has had various roles at Covington Latin School including admissions, marketing, Executive Director of ExploreMore!, and Director of Advancement. She also runs the Academic Success Program.

Quick links to these schools are at supersaturday.org/resources/other-organizations.
 
 

Week 3, January 27th
Anne Flick, M.Ed.
Tackling Tough Topics with Gifted Children

 
There are those topics that can be difficult to explain to any child, but the nature of gifted children calls for an informed approach to help them process — both intellectually and emotionally — particularly weighty subjects.  On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holocaust will serve as an example of difficult truths that have to be approached with special care as they are explained at the right ages to gifted youths.  Come discuss the various characteristics of gifted learners that call for a different approach and ways to meet their needs with understanding, care, support, and compassion.  Share your wisdom with other adults caring for the gifted.

Anne Flick, M.Ed., is an adjunct professor at Xavier University, teaching graduate courses to practicing teachers earning the gifted endorsement.  She also works as a gifted instructional specialist, teaching enrichment and accelerated courses to middle schoolers.  She has presented at numerous national, state, and regional education conferences and regularly presents to parent organizations.  She has contributed to the Review, the quarterly journal of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children.  Working at the state and local level, her volunteer efforts have involved advocacy on behalf of gifted children, offering testimony to legislators and state agency administrators as well as consultation to educators at all levels.  Her Holocaust education training is extensive, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Belfer conference for four years, along with scores of courses and trainings with other leading national Holocaust education organizations.  Additionally, she was honored to be chosen as a scholar for the selective National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Grappling with Genocide.  She is a lifelong learner herself, as well as mom to her two adult gifted daughters.

Ms. Flick will be on-site for both morning and afternoon sessions.
 
 

 

Week 4, February 3rd
Stephanie Bruner
What Did I Do to Deserve This?  The Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens of Raising Gifted Kids

Maggie Gunnerson
Update on Ohio Gifted Rule Changes

 
Stephanie is a parent of a Super Saturday alumnus and taught Zoology 101 to TSSP students inspiring future veterinarians.  Stephanie is a member of Cincinnati Area Mensa.  Stephanie is active in the Sycamore GEAR group for gifted students where she has coordinated clubs for gifted youth.  She is also a member of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children and the Nation Association for Gifted Children.

Maggie Gunnerson will share the latest information on the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce’s Gifted Rule revision process.  We’re compiling information and important dates at supersaturday.org/resources/ohio-gifted-rule.

View Maggie’s presentation in Powerpoint or in PDF format and the OAGC position she cited.
 
 

 

Week 5, February 10th
Ann Anzalone
High Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Managing Stress, Worry, and Anxiety

 
In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, safety and belonging form the foundation for growth.  Learn how the foundational brain develops.  Do three essential movements the body needs to do to form the foundation for high emotional intelligence.  Understand the importance of brain derived neurotropic factor, balanced neurotransmitters, sleep, nutrition, face-to-face interactions, movement and routines in a child’s ability to develop and control his/her emotions.  Stress, worry and anxiety are a fact of life.  How children handle them are up to the child.  Give your children the tools to develop high emotional intelligence.

Ann Anzalone is a nationally known dynamic speaker and experienced trainer.  For the past 30 years she has conducted workshops for K-12 teachers, administrators, and parents, as well as for businesses and corporations.  She teaches graduate classes at Wright State University and has taught at Antioch Midwest University.  She serves as a consultant for adult students, parents, and their children regarding learning styles, educational plans, and academic performance.

Ms. Anzalone taught special needs middle and junior high school students, was honored as an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America, and listed in the Who’s Who in American Education.  Ann specializes in communication skills, community building, learning styles, cooperative learning, study skills, and stress management.  She models what she teaches in her sessions.

Ms. Anzalone will attend the morning session via Zoom. A recording will be made for one-time use at the afternoon session.

***Between morning and afternoon classes, Le Jeune Dance will perform an excerpt from their upcoming production and interact with those in attendance.***
 
 

 

Week 6, February 17th
AM: Gina Baldwin
PM: Maggie Gunnerson
Annual Summer Camp Discussion

 
It may still be February, but camp registration is just around the corner.  This session is a mainstay of the GCE.  Join us to share and hear camp experiences from parents and guardians of other like-natured children.  Get a start on figuring out how to select programs.  Find the 2023 list, which will be updated with input from this session, at supersaturday.org/resouces/summer-camps-and-programs

In the lobby: Book Swap

The last session of every term, The Program facilitates a book exchange.  Is your home overflowing with books?  Do you have a voracious reader that you can’t keep up with?  Bring those children’s books you would like to pass along and pick up new-to-your-child books, whether or not you brought any.

Note: On the last day of the term, some classes invite parents and guardians to view students’ work or a presentation.
 
 

While great effort is made to ensure attendees can count on the schedule as published, unforeseen problems may occur which make it necessary to reschedule or replace a speaker.


In addition to being posted above, dates and speakers are also posted as Facebook events and are posted to a Google Calendar.

  • If you use Google Calendar, the calendar ID needed to “subscribe” is
    617e548525539eb62fcec45b3580075c279d7df631f55539ad9c52bce51a71e8@group.calendar.google.com
  • If you use another web based calendar, the address in iCal format is
    https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/617e548525539eb62fcec45b3580075c279d7df631f55539ad9c52bce51a71e8%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

See some of the Past Speakers and Topics »