A Class for Grown-Ups: GCE

Presentation At Scarlet Oaks Location

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.

  • All community members are welcome to come attend GCE.
  • There is no cost 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.

2022-2023 Gifted Community Enrichment Schedule

Week 1, October 15th
Welcome & Orientation

Join us to learn more about The Super Saturday Program, share your experiences, and benefit from others’ experiences with gifted students.  After signing children into their classrooms, we ask everyone to stay for the first 15 minutes.  Because we continuously update our offerings, and 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.

 

Po-Shen Loh

Eddie Kong

Week 2, October 22nd
Math, Invention & Life

Want to learn how to invent both inside and outside of math?  Professor Po-Shen Loh will weave together a variety of topics, starting from some math questions which demonstrate the power of mathematical creativity.  The talk will rapidly expand to stories from his own experiences applying mathematical thinking to implement new solutions to real world problems.

Po-Shen Loh is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the national coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team.  His innovations have made headlines in national newspapers, across a breadth of topics from pandemic control to education and talent development.  His academic distinctions range from an International Math Olympiad silver medal, to the USA Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He shares his experience with the public through YouTube videos, which have totaled over 15 million views, and through his online math school, Daily Challenge with Po-Shen Loh.

Eddie Kong is currently an intern for Po-Shen Loh’s live online math classes.  He was the inaugural teaching assistant and has inspired the current look of the program.  While in middle school, Eddie was the Ohio State MATHCOUNTS Champion, and has been coaching the middle school MATHCOUNTS team for two years.  In his free time, Eddie enjoys biking, watching esports, and learning languages.

Professor Loh is only available by video conference for the morning session.  A recording will be made for limited use during the afternoon session. Eddie Kong will speak at the afternoon session.

 

Maggie Gunnerson

 

Week 3, October 29th
Getting YOU Involved in Mensa Gifted YOUth

Maggie Gunnerson will provide a brief overview of the national and local American Mensa programs and the opportunities they present for highly gifted youth in the Greater Cincinnati area.  We will discuss admissions criteria, activities, and networking opportunities for both gifted children and their parents/guardians.  We will also discuss a few “insider tips” we have learned through connections with other families involved in this program.

Maggie is a married mother of two children: Gaven who is also a Mensan and “Master of Fun” for the Gifted Youth program and Elaina who is in 1st grade.  Maggie has been attending The Super Saturday Program for the last four years.  She is highly involved in the gifted community as a board member and active volunteer to The Super Saturday Program, a parent member of the Ohio Gifted Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the gifted advocacy group in her school district, and the parent leader of the Cincinnati Area Mensa Gifted Youth Program.  Maggie’s gifted advocacy journey started at The Super Saturday Program which helped her understand both her child and her own twice-exceptional nature.  Since then, Maggie has successfully advocated for her own children as well as many other students in her school district.

October 29th GCE Presentation Slides

 

 

Week 4, November 5th
Understanding the Gifted Operating Standards

Maria Lohr, Michael Demczyk, and Jeffrey Shoemaker of the Ohio DoE Office for Exceptional Children will present an overview of the current laws and rules, their purpose, and how parents and guardians can keep themselves informed to ensure their students are being appropriately educated.  Presenters will also talk about the rule revision process occurring every five years, where they are in the current timeline for this process, and how we as parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, employers and other community members can participate in public comment when that opportunity is available.  Finally, presenters will describe the work that the Gifted Advisory Council is doing regarding the development of the state plan for gifted education and how the plan ties into the rules.

From the ODE’s website: The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

Among its responsibilities, the office administers state and federal funds; coordinates and administers programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and gifted students; implements a statewide monitoring and complaint-resolution system designed to assess district/educational agency compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; and provides technical assistance to districts and educational agencies around issues of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

This speaker is only available by video conference for the morning session.  A recording will be made for limited use during the afternoon session.

Link to sign up for DoE news for gifted education 

 

Erica S. Baer

Week 5, November 12th
Guiding the Gifted: Nurturing and Challenging

Erica S. Baer will talk about the fundamentals of gifted students from her extensive knowledge base.  Erica is the Director of Student Achievement and Gifted Learning at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, an organization serving the Ohio counties of Hardin, Shelby and Logan.  At the Midwest Regional ESC she works alongside districts, teachers, and families to explore and experience the joys and challenges inherent in gifted education.

Erica is also a member of the governing board of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) as 2nd Vice President.  OAGC is a gifted education advocacy group.  She previously served as the Coordinator Division’s Region 4 Representative.  In that role during COVID, Erica worked alongside gifted colleagues to collaboratively navigate the challenges and changes sparked by the pandemic.  Erica received OAGC’s 2022 Coordinator of the Year award.

Prior to formally working in gifted education, Erica taught freshman, honors, College Credit Plus, and AP literature and writing.  She holds a B.A. in English and M.Ed in elementary education from OSU and attended gifted education classes at Wright State.

This speaker is only available to visit the morning session.  Her presentation will be recapped by the GCE Moderator during the afternoon session.

 

Week 6, November 19th
Community Building and Book Donation/Give Away

On the last day of the term, some classes invite parents and guardians to view students’ work or a presentation.  To accommodate this, the GCE is a less structured session.  This session is often the one we see the most value of gathering together to crowdsource answers to your gifted kid questions.  Session leads will encourage introductions among parents and guardians from the same districts, if you have not met already.  It can be very helpful to talk with others in your district because gifted services are controlled at the district level.  This session is also a good time to provide TSSP with greatly valued feedback.

Is your home overflowing with books?  Got a voracious reader that you can’t get enough books to?  The Super Saturday Program has you covered.  Any book that you are happy to donate, please bring it today.  Everyone is then encouraged to pick up a book even if you didn’t bring anything in.

 

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.