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6 Reasons to join the GCABC!

The GCABC is the leading organisation for parents, educators and other professionals who support giftedness in British Columbia.  

Here is why you should join us!

1. Starting your family’s giftedness journey

It doesn’t matter in what stage your family is on the giftedness journey. Maybe you only have started to suspect that your children are highly able learners, maybe you already have had them tested or maybe your children even go in a Multi Age Cluster Class or GOLD class for gifted and 2E children; the GCABC has activities for families in all stages. This journey never ends, but is easier to start and manage with our organisation!

2. We’re all about YOU!

We know giftedness. We either have experience from being parents of gifted children and/or having a specialized profession where we have worked with them. We understand what being a highly able child entails and can therefore create specialized information through articles or educational events that will help your family and your child.

3. Your knowledge about giftedness will improve

You will quickly start to see the benefits of increasing your knowledge about giftedness. To be the ultimate advocate for your child, you will be helped by knowing the buzz words, new research data, and whom to talk to about certain matters. Knowledge is power. We educate you through blog posts, social media, newsletters, conferences and workshops.

4. It will not ruin you financially

Did we mention that membership is free during the school year 2017-2018? Yes, we did, but we say it again; we currently have an incredibly generous deal that you and your family should take advantage of. Even with the new fee system, which will be introduced sometime during 2018, our annual membership fees will remain low.

5. Joining our pack will make you empowered!

Cognitive function works differently in gifted children, which can be incredibly hard for teachers, family and friends around you to understand or even accept. Our events can be a safe haven for members, where you truly can feel like one of the pack. Most of our members find it incredibly uplifting to network with other parents and educators at our events. Being understood and non-judged has an incredible empowering value and will make you feel stronger and more able take on the role as the advocate for your child.

6. Together we are stronger!

Advocacy isn’t always about influencing public officials, it is also about spreading awareness. If you feel strongly about how giftedness is dealt with today, stand up for it!  Lend your voice to us! Share our programs and successes with the community. It can be as simple as sharing a tweet or Facebook post in support of a giftedness issue that matters to you. Together we are stronger!

The GCABC is happy to announce that membership in our organization is free during the school year 2017-2018! ANYONE who wants to become a member can become one by filling in the form below.


Please fill in the GCABC membership application form to join! By filling in the application, you automatically become a member and accept receiving our e-Newsletter.

If you have questions about GCABC membership, please contact us at commGCAB@gmail.com.

Priorities of the GCABC 2017-2018

The new GCABC board, elected in May 2017, has this far already had two board meetings, as well as created a preliminary work schedule for 2017-2018.

Currently, the board is busy deciding on what activities should be prioritized. Among the planned activities are conferences, workshops and advocacy work. We would like to start the work by asking for YOUR feedback on what the priorities should be for the GCABC this coming year.

What matter is the most important and pressing one for gifted children in BC?

From Scary Mommy: “7 Things I Want You to Know About My Gifted Kid”

This posting contains a message from a mother who asks for greater understanding of her child by sharing seven things about gifted children.

by Maureen McDermid

As parents, not only do we find ourselves on a steep learning curve about our children, but we find we need to help others understand their delights and quirks.  We cannot count on finding general understanding of the many diverse ways children show their high potential/high ability and the challenges they face in interfacing with their world.  This posting contains a message from a mother who asks for greater understanding of her child by sharing seven things about gifted children that she hopes will create a more accepting and informed attitude for those that don’t have gifted children and some insight for those that are parenting one (or more).

http://www.scarymommy.com/know-about-gifted-children/

Anxiety and Adolescents – The Davidson Institute

This month the GCABC recommends articles on anxiety and adolescents from the Davidson Institute . 

by Debbie Clelland

The Davidson Institute is an organization that supports the education and sharing of information for gifted and profoundly gifted students and their families.  This organization has resources that I have found to be reliable, well-researched and wide-ranging. They include resources that teachers and parents often find very practical and helpful.

Learn more at http://www.davidsongifted.org/About-Us/Programs

They have many programs for young scholars (online and summer events), and a high school program at the University of Nevada, Reno. They also offer resources for parents, such as an online community, webinars, books and articles on many valuable topics.

The Davidson Institute also has an e-newsletter that includes recent resources or articles of interest to educators and parents.  This month we recommend their articles on anxiety and adolescents.  The links provided in the Davidson Institute newsletter are below.
Tips for Parents: Anxiety, Sensitivities and Social Struggles among Profoundly Gifted Kids

http://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database/entry/A10750
Tips for Parents: Adolescence and the HG/PG Individual

http://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database/entry/A10372


BC’s New Curriculum

Maureen McDermid presents the new BC curriculum.

By Maureen McDermid

The new BC curriculum, what’s in it for gifted learners, their teachers and families?
When considering the new curriculum with respect to gifted learners, it’s fair to ask, “What’s in it for these learners?” and “What’s in it for us as their teachers and parents?”.

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From Edutopia: 15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?”

How can you get your kids to talk about what happened in school? Find out here.

By Maureen McDermid

Each day we send our children off to school and trust that they will have learned something of interest, been intrigued by something they heard, had an experience that gave them insight or just plain had a good day! The question for us as parents is, how can we find out about our children’s’ perceptions of their day if they don’t rush in the door shouting, “guess what we did today” or dominate the dinner table conversation with a run down of the day’s events?

If you are like my family, it is rare that the above event occurs, but I’d really like to have it happen more often. One thing I have learned is that asking the question, “What did you do today?” rarely elicits much response. As a result, I look for different ways to ask the question and found this post from an educational organization, Edutopia, that gave me some better alternatives. As an educator, I often visit this website and have found it helpful in many ways. So, have a read, try this out, and see what you can shake loose from your children!
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/parents-fifteen-questions-replace-how-was-school-today-elena-aguilar?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=cpc

MACC (Multi Age Cluster Class)

Lucia Saito shares information about Multi Age Clusters (MACC) – a special school model for gifted children in BC.

By Lucila Saito

The Multi-Age Cluster Class is a gifted program within the public school system, originated in the 90’s in Vancouver, and currently offered in slightly different format in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and Burnaby. The classes combine highly gifted kids in grades that can vary from 4 to 8. It is a choice program and children need to be referred by a teacher, principal or parent and go through a screening process that might include cognitive tests, interview and/or on-site experience, before offers of admission.

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