Carolyn Kottmeyer of hoagiesgifted.org and SENG (Social Emotional Needs of Gifted, sengifted.org) will be speaking on the social emotional needs of the gifted. See flyer for details!!
DAGEN welcomes Tanya Morret, from the Capitol City Intermediate Unit, and State Wide Gifted Liaison from the PDE to talk about PLEP and it’s importance. Please see the flyer for details!!
Please see the meeting flyer!
Please see flyer for details.
Monthly Meeting will be on October 19th, 2015
Please see the flyer link for details.
“Study Skills and the Gifted and High-Ability Learner: What Parents and Educators can do to help their Smart but Scattered Child” by Kyle Worrell of Learn to Connect, LLC.
Monday, September 21st, 2015
DASD Trestle Building, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
540 Trestle Place, Downingtown, PA 19335
Regina McClure, Special Education Supervisor over Gifted Education will also be on hand to provide a new year update.
We are welcoming Cindy Kruse to speak about Carol Dweck’s work on the fixed v. growth mindset and the high ability/gifted learner.
It’s 6:30 to 8:30, Tuesday, March 10th at the DASD Administration Offices, 540 Trestle Place, Downingtown, PA. Please see flyer for complete details.
Monday, February 9th, 2015 Monthly Meeting
DASD Trestle Building
540 Trestle Place, Downingtown, PA 19335
DAGEN will be presenting the following previously-recorded webinar:
Data: What Districts Can Use to Determine Present Levels of Performance by Tonya Morret, Statewide Gifted Liaison for the PA Department of Education
This webinar is the second in a series of 4 webinars created for parents to help them understand how districts are working partners in gifted education, and to also educate them on how to be a better partner on their child’s GIEP team. This particular session will answer three questions, as related to the PLEP section of your child’s GIEP : What types of data are there? How is that data included in the GIEP? How does the GIEP team know to recommend enrichment, acceleration, or a combination of both? Please note that the data in the PLEP (Present Level of Educational Peformance) is what drives your child’s GIEP. Come learn how you as a parent or an educator can improve a GIEP by understanding the answers to the above three questions. DASD’s gifted education administrator, Regina McClure, will be on hand to answer questions about the use of data in the PLEPs of GIEPs for DASD students.
Please also join us for a introduction to DAGEN’s new board, and a brief announcement of future plans.
Nominations are Open for Board for Downingtown Area Gifted Education Network, emailed on 11/23/2014…please email Deanie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the nomination link
Hi, all! I’m sure this might come as a surprising email, but it is time! To work more effectively with the district, it time to fully form the chapter as it should be, with a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Why, you ask? To be recognized as an official parent organization with the school district, one must have a board with a treasurer and budget (000 Policy 915 out for review)**. Of course, at this time, the budget is a big zero, but putting all of this in place is just the first step in being recognized as the voice of parents for gifted education in the district. Where do you come in? Sharon Gill (Sharon is a mom of a gifted child in the district and is working with me, and attended the PAGE Affiliate Leaders conference with me recently) and I need you to nominate yourself, or someone you know to occupy the office of either the President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer. To serve in the office, later on, you must be a current member with PAGE (Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education,( giftedpage.org). Descriptions of the offices can be found via the by-laws link below.
A little history – originally, I formed the chapter and just submitted draft by-laws to PAGE (our parent organization) back in February 2013 and paid the minimum chapter fee (link). PAGE requires 10 folks to be listed on that initial form, with the requirement that they be paid PAGE members. I formed the chapter because I was originally interested in the education of parents in the district about gifted education, for I felt I had to learn so much, and wanted to pass on my hard-earned knowledge. PAGE covers the cost of one free speaker a year, and I thought, why not? Since, then, it has just been me working with the gifted education administrator to bring in speakers. However, as time has passed, I have come to the conclusion that we can work with the district more effectively if we are recognized as an official parent organization and formed a board. If we join together, we can work collaboratively with our district to make some improvements on the behalf of our children. There are several well established chapters of PAGE in nearby school districts (link), and the history is there with these organizations; that they have made improvements, and also have been able to support educators in very positive ways, like sourcing training for teachers. They also continue with a mission to educate parents about raising gifted children. It is not about an “us versus them” approach, but a “how we can work on this together” approach. As an affiliate chapter of PAGE, we have access to the other PAGE affiliates for advice, and also the PAGE board members as well.
Nominations will be taken via the following link and will be open through December 8th, after which you will see another email to vote for the folks who are nominated. Ideally, we would like to announce the formation of the board by the end of December. In January, I hope to schedule some training with PAGE for board members, and they will be introduced in February at the next scheduled meeting. It is also my goal to make the time commitment as minimal as possible, so please don’t let that hold you back. Sharon and I think we have reachable goals, but we can’t do it by ourselves.
*You should be able to see previous nominations after you submit the form, fyi. You may submit more than one nomination for each office, feel free to fill the form out more than once.
Draft Affiliate Bylaws for DAGEN November 17 2014 (this includes the descriptions of the offices)
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com
**This policy isn’t on the new DASD website, I have a copy from from a school board member; it is currently out for review (which is why you see the edits), and will be finalized at the next meeting of the board.
School starts Monday! Here are some important dates:
Thursday, September 11th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Trestle Building
Please join us for an informal meet and greet for parents and gifted education staff. Have questions? Bring them for a short Q & A. Meet other parents in the district who also have gifted children, and hear about DAGEN plans for the year.
Monday, October 6th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Trestle Building
Keeping Parents in the Loop, as presented by Cheryl Everett, Gifted Education Liaison with the Chester County Intermediate Unit
Are you a parent who just received a copy of your child’s GIEP and you wonder what it all means? Cheryl does an awesome job of answering your GIEP questions as related to Chapter 16, our state’s gifted education law. Her presentation style is very fluid and fun, and you will walk away with knowledge that will enable you to be a true partner on your child’s GIEP team. The GIEP is your main tool to assure your child’s needs are being met, so come learn how to understand it and what your role should be.
Thursday, October 16th, 7 pm, Location to be Determined (but at DASD).
PAGE is presenting a Leadership Summit in the area, and the parent presentation will be in our own backyard! Linked below is the brochure, and save the date. Pre-registration is not required, and you can pay at the door ($20).
Gifted Students And Their Learning Needs: Parent Workshop On Differentiated Instruction
What does diﬀerentiated instruction look like in the general education setting? How can the general education setting be a critical component of the continuum of services? Join Dr. Dina Brulles, co-author of the Cluster Grouping Handbook, and Ms. Karen Brown, Gifted Coordinator at Paradise Valley Consolidated in Arizona, for a conversation about how gifted services are evolving in Pennsylvania and across the nation!
DAGEN contact info: Deanie Gauntlett, DAGEN Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
PAGE website: giftedpage.org