Helping Your Children Survive and Thrive

October Webinar Series for Parents

Thursdays in October

7:00–8:00PM Central

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The $100 registration includes participation in 5 Webinars, access to the recorded Webinars through the end of 2020. Up to 2 parents/primary caregivers may participate with one registration.  Complimentary Parent Membership in ITAG, a $35 value, is included with the registration.

Webinars are Thursdays in October: October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, and October 29. Each session is from 7:00-8:00PM Central. Sessions will be held on Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided with the registration confirmation.

Education and “doing school” in Fall 2020 has presented parents and gifted and talented students with circumstances that are unique and potentially overwhelming.

ITAG’s October Webinar Series gives parents time to hear from and interact with experts in social-emotional development, learning, and gifted education during COVID-19.  The sessions will provide parents with strategies for helping their gifted learners survive and thrive. Questions for the presenters can be submitted in the space provided in this registration form or at any time by emailing

Presenters & Sessions

October 1

Dr. Debra Mishak, The Shelter of Each Other: COVID-19 and Gifted Families

COVID-19 has infiltrated every facet of global society — including the world’s families.   In the current reality of Covid-19, gifted families face some challenges that are universal to the human experience, and others that are unique to them.  During this presentation the social and emotional needs of gifted children/adolescents and their families will be discussed in light of the pandemic, with remaining time for questions and comments from the audience.  Come share with each other, learn from each other, and support each other through this truly unprecedented and extraordinary time.

October 8

Dr. Shaun Vecera, Mindset, Metacognition, and Memory: The Three Ms of Effective Learning and Academic Success

Education often focuses on learning “what,” or the content or names, dates, and other factual knowledge. In addition to content, students also need support in learning “how,” or the skills required for effective learning. This session will address the question: What is the best way to learn? Psychological science has a wealth of knowledge about cognition, learning, memory, and motivation that can point to best practices to benefit students’ academic success. The session will discuss the psychological science of mindset, metacognition, and memory–the Three Ms–with a focus on empirical findings and practical use of those findings. We will discuss techniques that parents and students can use to support more effective learning, in both face-to-face and on-line contexts.

October 15

Evan Abbey, The Promise and Pitfalls of Online Education for Gifted and Talented Students

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  For years, online education has posed to gifted-and-talented students promising opportunities for individualized education, acceleration, passion-based learning, and the ability to connect with peers from around the world.  But before those could be fully reached, the COVID crisis has pushed all students back into a one-size-fits-all education, this time online.  Still, there is hope.  This session will focus on how parents can best advocate for their children to receive personalized, challenging learning opportunities in the online space.  We’ll look at what the online environment can offer students and what resources are available for you at home.

October 22

Linda Linn, Brea Burrack, and Hollie Weber, Advocacy- A Journey Not a Destination

Healthy and timely school and home communications are so important for children’s academic and social/emotional growth. Reciprocal communications need to be based upon trust and respect.  Especially now, we know communication may be complicated.  This session will provide learning and discussions based upon how to be an advocate for your child in the school setting.  We will also offer strategies to assist you in your child’s self-advocacy journey.

October 29

Lora Duffy Danker, Susan Wouters, & Amanda Freese, The State of Gifted: The Power of Parent Groups

The session with ITAG President Lora Danker, ITAG Past-President Susan Wouters, and ITAG parent volunteer Amanda Freese focuses on the power of parent groups to grow partnerships with home, school, and community to bring change for gifted children. Forming a parent group does not have to be overwhelming. This presentation will share how parent groups can be organized and sustained through engagement, communication, and networking.