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).  This is a great opportunity to connect with people who have been in your shoes while listening to professionals involved with the gifted community.  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. There is no cost to attend.

TSSP is a rare haven for parents and guardians of gifted children where we can talk with one another to compare notes about the joys and challenges, 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.

We require all parents and guardians attend the first 15 minutes of a morning or afternoon session for weeks one and two.  We need this time to communicate key information about the term.

Sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., 15 minutes after students begin morning and afternoon classes.  All community members are welcome to come attend GCE.  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 during these difficult times.

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 and Gaven Gunnerson

 

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

Gaven Gunnerson, 7th-grade gifted student and Mensa Youth Master of Fun, with Maggie Gunnerson, a twice-exceptional adult with a passion for gifted understanding and advocacy, will share details about our local Mensa chapter and local Mensa youth chapter and their tips for navigating being gifted.

Our young speaker is only available for the morning session due to a prior commitment to afternoon classes.  His mother will attempt to faithfully recall his opinions for the afternoon session.

 

 

Week 4, November 5th
Understanding the Gifted Operating Standards

Every half-decade, the law that controls gifted public education is revised, and this is that time. Come hear from members of the Office for Exceptional Children what the law is, how it is changing, and how the public can comment on it.  Those in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed revision and give input ahead of the public comment period.

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.

 

Erica S. Baer

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

Erica S. Baer 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 by video conference for the morning session.  A recording will be made for limited use 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.