On Books

atbookshelf“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.”

- Gilbert  Highet

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Talk on Counseling and the Gifted this Thursday at Frisco, TX Symposium

counselingaI’ll be giving a talk this Thursday, April 10th, at the University of North Texas Gifted Symposium, sponsored by the Frisco Gifted Association. In my talk I will discuss the unique challenges gifted children face when seeking counseling services, including the problem of misdiagnosis. I will also discuss what parents should look for when seeking a counseling professional.

Additional information can be found at the official site: UNT Gifted Education Symposium

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Gifted and Talented Academy Students become Future Problem Solvers


To help students prepare for an upcoming Future Problem Solving competition, law enforcement officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection visited students at Fort Bend Independent School District’s Gifted and Talented Academy to discuss their role in surveillance of U.S. borders.

The students welcomed Supervisory Program Manager for Border Security Denise Blackwell and Public Affairs Liaison David Patino, who explained how they track and stop threats to the U.S. They also spoke of how the tragedy of 9-11 has shaped the current trends in border security, the difference between Border Protection and Border Patrol, and the role social media can play in the investigation of threats against U.S. borders.

The discussion allowed students to received first-hand knowledge that they can use when entering the upcoming Future Problem Solving competition, where their topic will be “Surveillance Society.” This will be the sixth year for the GT Academy students to participate in the Future Problem Solving Program, and they represent the only FBISD school to do so. Sixth-grade teachers Nicole Frazier, Doreen Lee, Larry Romero and David Sebek teach the Academy students the creative problem solving process during their English Language Arts classes.

The late Dr. E. Paul Torrance, an expert in creative thinking, developed the Future Problem Solving Program in 1974. Since its inception in Georgia, participation in the program has increased dramatically across the globe. This year, approximately 50,000 students will participate in the Future Problem Solving activities.

Photo: Shown (from left) are: Tyler C., Maya B., Evan B., Gabriel H., Emma B., and (back row) Program Manager for Border Security Denise Blackwell and Public Affairs Liaison David Patino.


Press release courtesy of Fort Bend ISD Community Relations.

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On Time

220px-Thomas_Moore_from_NPG“When time, who steals our years away,
Shall steal our pleasures, too,
The memory of the past will stay
And half our joys renew.”

- Thomas Moore

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On Christmas

gk-chesterton“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”

- G. K. Chesterton

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Intelligence Assessments: Preparing your Child to Score Their Best

intel_childAs someone who has been in the field of educational placement for over 20 years, I am asked every week the same question: “What steps can I take to make sure my child scores highly on their upcoming IQ assessment?

This is not an easy question to answer succinctly.  For starters, IQ tests are in general something you cannot study for.  I often explain to parents how IQ tests are designed to measure one’s ability to think and reason, commonly both with and without the use of words.  This is why puzzle solving, memory items, picture or pattern matching, and both verbal and visual analogies are common to IQ tests.  Short of sitting down and memorizing the dictionary from front to back for vocabulary items, there really is no way to study for an IQ test.

That being said, there are some tips I do offer parents who want to ensure their child performs well.  My personal observation is that IQ scores tend to vary widely, especially among younger children who may lack the maturity to sit still for the examination or lack the motivation to perform well. Read more »

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On Education

sir_ken_robinson_photo“Education is the system that’s supposed to develop our natural abilities and enable us to make our way in the world. Instead, it is stifling the individual talents and abilities of too many students and killing their motivation to learn.”

- Sir Ken Robinson

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Baylor Director of Gifted Programs Susan Johnsen named TAGT State Advocate for the Gifted

johnsenWorking with gifted and talented students is nothing new for Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., director of gifted programs in the School of Education at Baylor University. In addition to her day job, she is editor of “Gifted Child Today,” coauthor of more than 200 articles, monographs, technical reports and dozens of books related to gifted education, and author of three tests used in identifying gifted students.

So it’s no surprise Johnsen has been recognized as the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) State Advocate for the Gifted. This honor is given in recognition of outstanding service, contribution and commitment to gifted and talented education and students in Texas. Read more »

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The National Endowment for the Arts Announces $25.8 Million in Grants for the First Round of FY 2014 Funding

Washington, DC—NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced this past week that 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country for grants in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States,” said Shigekawa. “Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts.” Read more »

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Posting to Resume Next Week

Due to a particularly busy semester of doctoral classes, I haven’t made any posts in the past month or so. Now that the semester is over, I will begin posting again in the next few days.

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