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CGA Symposium Highlights

November 11, 2011

February 4th, 2012

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Coppell Middle School East

Please join us for this all day event with sessions on parenting and education; plus enrichment activities for students K-5th grades.

Keynote Speaker:  Kathleen Fischer 9:00 am-10:30 am

“Red, Purple But Never Pastel: The Nature and Needs of Gifted Kids”

Do you notice that  your child exhibits intensity, boredom, and is continually seeking equitableness?  Ms. Fisher will help you gain insights on the social/emotional traits of giftedness, video clips offering common misconceptions, considerations of how social/emotional traits affect high ability kids, and strategies for working with kids to fulfill their personal needs along with their talents.

Kathleen, a longtime resident of Dallas and mother of three, is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in education.  She worked in public education and public health settings, presented professional seminars, taught at the university level, and has written two books.  You can read more about Ms. Fischer at

Kathleen will also present during one of the morning break out sessions:

‘Putting the “Gift” Back in Giftedness’

Are you running your kids in too many different directions with lessons, practices and coaching?   Ms. Fischer will help busy parents discover their child’s true ‘gifts’ with her Talent Development Model.

Our second speaker of the day is Kay Neuse, who comes from our very own district in her fourth year as  the K-12 Director of Mathematics.  Her topic is:

Math Games: What you see is not what you get!” 

A common misconception about the mathematically gifted student is their ability to perform calculations fluently.    And while we all agree that is a good skill to have, it is not the definition of mathematical giftedness.   Experts describe mathematical giftedness as a combination of the following abilities: “spontaneous formation of problems, flexibility in handling data, mental agility of fluency of ideas, data organization ability, originality of interpretation, ability to transfer ideas, and ability to generalize (Greenes, 1981).”

Through appropriate mathematical games, students can develop calculation fluency while also nurturing the unique skills of mathematical giftedness.    Games will also assist the mathematically gifted in becoming mathematicians, not arithmeticians.

These are only some of the sessions for the CGA Symposium. Click HERE to read about our Thursday night event (for families of 7th-10th grade), the other Saturday Breakout Sessions and student enrichment opportunities available.

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