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ISSN 1209-5583
                  Newsletter of the Centre for Gifted Education • Winter/Spring 2004 Issue

  From the Director...                                       Curriculum Development Projects
                                                                    The Centre has been involved in three unique
  Michael C. Pyryt, Ph. D.                                   curriculum projects this year. With the support of
                                                             Computest Research LTD and co-investigators,
                                                             Marilyn Samuels (Applied Psychology), Larry Katz
                          GO FLAMES GO!!! This has           (Kinesiology) and Tish Doyle-Baker (Kinesiology),
                          been Calgary’s mantra for the      we are working with the administration and staff at
                          past two months. This is the       Akiva Academy to implement Personalized Educa-
                          most alive I’ve seen Calgary in    tional Plans PEPs) on a schoolwide basis in the
                          my 15 years here. The success      academic, social, and physical domains. Selected
                          of the Flames provides several     Alberta educators are also participating in a project
                          lessons for those interested in    funded by the Calgary Community Lottery Board
                          talent development. First and      Grant Program entitled “Developing Canadian Cur-
foremost is the recognition that it’s the combination of     riculum for Gifted Students,” which involves the
effort and talent that leads to success. Other teams with    development of curriculum units based on the William
more superstars and higher payrolls are playing golf         & Mary Language Arts framework developed by Dr.
while the magical playoff run continues for the Flames.      Joyce VanTassel-Baska and her colleagues at the
They also exemplify the importance of characteristics        College of William & Mary. The Centre is a partner
such as focus on outcomes, resilience, collaboration, and    with the Alberta Online Consortium and five school
self-confidence. It’s great to see Calgary and Canada        jurisdictions (Calgary Board of Education, Foothills
celebrate the athletic excellence achieved by the Flames.    School Division, Medicine Hat Catholic, Red Deer
Ideally, we would automatically celebrate academic           Catholic, St. Albert Catholic) in Project START
accomplishments as well. This column and newsletters         (Supporting Teaching in Alberta through Resources in
celebrates some of our work this year. Please visit the      Technology). The purpose of this project is develop
Centre or explore our website to learn more about the        curriculm units for gifted students that can be accessed
activities and initiatives of the Centre.                    online in traditional and virtual environments that are
                                                             appropriate for gifted learners.
Kahanoff Foundation Grant
       The work of the Centre has been greatly enhanced
                                                             Talent Search
through the vision and generosity of the Kahanoff
                                                                    In February, 2004, the Centre for Gifted Educa-
Foundation. Their grant of $100,000 will enable the
                                                             tion at the University of Calgary and the Belin-Blank
Centre to support the expansion of the Talent Search
                                                             International Center for Gifted Education and Talent
identification and educational development model. This
                                                             Development at The University of Iowa conducted the
generous support will enable us to subsidize the costs of
                                                             sixth annual Talent Search in Alberta called BESTS
our programs for eligible gifted students from traditional
                                                             (Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search), for
and non-traditional settings such as Hull Home. It also
                                                             high achieving fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. A total
reaffirms are commitment to nurture talent wherever it
                                                             of 88 students in Alberta took part in the BESTS
may occur. We are grateful to the efforts of Nancy Laird
                                                             testing. Once again, testing was conducted in Calgary,
of our Fund Development Committee, who spearheaded
                                                             Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge. Eighty-
this initiative and to Jim Hume of the Kahanoff Founda-
                                                             One of the 88 participants scored better than the
tion for his receptivity to our proposal. A more formal
recognition of this significant contribution by the          average eighth grader in the US on a least one of
Kahanoff Foundation is being planned.                        the four subtests (English, Mathematics, Reading,
                                 CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 2




  Science Reasoning) or composite. In conjunction          with M.A. degrees. Two other students Victoria
  with the Talent Search, we will offer summer courses     Plouffe and Eriko Fukuda completed theses related to
  as part of our ReasonSUCCESS 2004 summer                 gifted education as part of their M Sc. Degrees in the
  program (See page 8 of the newsletter for details of     school psychology specialization in the Division of
  this year’s planned offerings). These courses were       Applied Psychology. Two of the courses in our
  chosen from proposals solicited in a Calgary-wide        program Conceptual Issues in Gifted Education and
  competition this past February.                          Social and Emotional Development in Gifted Students
                                                           were offered for graduate credit via distance delivery.
  Research Profile                                         Course offerings for the Fall and Winter 2004-2005
         The research profile of the Centre for Gifted     terms are shown on page 12 of this newsletter.
  Education continues to expand. Works of Centre
  staff have recently appeared in the Gifted and           Community Liaison
  Talented International, Journal for the Education of              Since its inception the Centre for Gifted
  the Gifted and The Journal for Secondary Gifted          Education has been an integral contributing partner of
  Education. We have edited two issues of AGATE            the Society for the Advancement of Gifted Education
  (Journal of the Gifted and Talented Education            (SAGE). The goal of SAGE is to increase awareness
  Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association) and        of the educational and affective needs of the gifted.
  co-edited two special issues of the Journal for the      SAGE is an umbrella organization of the primary
  Education of the Gifted on qualitative and quantita-     stakeholders in gifted education in Alberta -The
  tive research methodology. Centre Staff have made        Alberta Associations for Bright Children (AABC),
  presentations at national/international conferences in   the Gifted and Talented Education Council (GTEC)
  Adelaide, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Iowa City, and      of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta Learn-
  Winnipeg. Details of these presentations are high-       ing and the Centre for Gifted Education. This year’s
  lighted on page 3 of this newsletter. We are also        SAGE conference will take place at the University of
  happy to be a sponsor of the The Sixth Interna-          Calgary on November 19-20, 2004 The keynote
  tional Congress of the Institute For Positive            speaker will be Dr. Richard Olenchak, Professor and
  Disintegration in Human Development entitled             Director of the Urban Talent Research Institute at The
  Developmental Potential: From Theory to Practice –       University of Houston and current President of the
  Educational and Therapeutic Perspectives which           National Association for Gifted Children. The Call
  will be held in Calgary from June 24-26, 2004.           for Presentations appears in this issue.
                                                                    Twice each year, the Centre for Gifted
  Graduate Program in Gifted Education                     Education offers a series of lectures developed for
          Our graduate program in gifted education         parents of gifted students. This year’s Fall 2003
  offered through the Curriculum, Teaching, and            Parent Program featured sessions on understanding
  Learning specialization in the Graduate Division of      giftedness, intelligence testing, and social-emotional
  Education Research at the University of Calgary          development. The Winter 2004 series focused on
  continues to develop. Shirley Pepper convocated in       underachievement, creativity development, and
  November with an M.Ed. degree. Ann Dood and              advocacy. The Fall 2004 series has been scheduled
  Richard Michelle-Pentelbury will convocate in June       and information can be found on page 4.

We are pleased to announce the following Graduate students:
       Eriko Fukuda, M. Sc, Division of Applied Psychology. Examining the Self-Concept of Groups of Students
(Gifted, Gifted Learning Disabled, Learning Disabled, and Regular Classroom). (Supervisor: Michael C. Pyryt).
       Victoria Lynn Plouffe, M. Sc, Division of Applied Psychology. Use of the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test
(CCAT) Administered Off-Level to Predict Future Achievement of Gifted Students. (Supervisor: Michael C. Pyryt).
       Ann Dodd, M. A., Graduate Division of Educational Research. Heightened Sensitivity of Gifted Students: An
Exploratory Multiple Case Study. (Supervisor: Sal Mendaglio).
       Richard F. Michelle-Pentelbury, M. A, Graduate Division of Educational Research. Gifted Students' Percep-
tions of Multipotentiality Among Gifted Students: A Grounded Theory Analysis. (Supervisor: Sal Mendaglio).
                                CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 3


Spreading the Word
The Centre for Gifted Education has shared its expertise in a variety of ways including: parent and teacher consulta-
tion, parent information sessions, and professional development workshops. Centre staff have been active participants
in important local, provincial and international conferences. Highlights include the following:
  Dabrowski Symposium                       Mendaglio, S., & Pyryt, M.C.          The role of intelligence in the
  Calgary, Alberta                                                                theory of positive disintegration
  June, 2004
  Canadian Society for the                  Pyryt, M.C. & Richwien, M.            The self concepts of gifted
  Studies of Education (CSSE)                                                     females and males: A meta-
  Winnipeg, Manitoba                                                              analytic review
  May, 2004
  Wallace National Research                 Pyryt, M.C.                           Academic talent: General or
  Symposium on Talent                                                             domain specific
  Development
  University of Iowa, Iowa
  May, 2004
  Council for Exceptional                   Pyryt, M.C.                           Adventures in curriculum
  Children (CEC)                                                                  differentiation for gifted
  New Orleans, Louisiana                                                          students: Using the Pyryt
  April, 2004                                                                     enrichment matrix
  Scottish Network for Able                 Bosetti, B.L., & Pyryt. M.C.          Accommodating Gifted Learners
  Pupils (SNAP)
  Glasgow, Scotland
  March, 2004
  National Association for                  Pyryt, M.C.                           Pegnato revisited: A
  Gifted Children (NAGC)                                                          multivariate analysis
  Indianapolis, Indiana
  November, 2003
                                            Mendaglio, S., & Pyryt, M.C.          Heightened sensitivity and
                                                                                  giftedness: Examining TDP and
                                                                                  HMS
                                            Mendaglio, S.                         Empathic gifted children:
                                                                                  Handling their emotionality
  Society for the Advancement               Pyryt, M.C.                           Developing creativity:
  of Gifted Education (SAGE)                                                      Intimacy, passion and
  Edmonton, Alberta                                                               commitment
  November, 2003



              "SUCCESS” AT SUMMER CAMP 2003
Which two planets spin in the opposite direction to the others?
Can theatre be used to create reality from a thought or idea?
Why would a Tour de France racer want NOT to be head of the pack?
What techniques can be used to give life to an image on paper?

       These are among the many questions answered by students attending Success
2003, the fifth annual summer camp offered on campus by the Centre for Gifted
Education during the last two weeks of July.
       110 children from grades 3 through 9 chose to spend ten full days of summer
vacation studying in depth an area of passion with other similar minded students.
Disciplines offered at Success 2003 included theatre, history, primates, astronomy,
First Nations culture, art and animation, and the science of sport. Nine days of
classroom activities, supplemented by field trips on and off campus, culminated in a
Friday showcase attended by parents and community members.
       Registration fees covered the costs of the camp and allowed ten young people
to attend at a subsidized rate. Jane Saunders, Success 2003 Camp Coordinator
                                CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 4




             Parent Program Series – Fall 2004
1. THE MANY FACES OF GIFTEDNESS
Giftedness is more than just doing well at school. How do you recognize the gifts in your child? What are the most
effective educational practices to nurture these gifts?
       Wednesday • September 22, 2004
       Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
       Location: Education Classroom Block, Room 179
       Speaker: Dr. Michael Pyryt

2. ASSESSMENT OF GIFTED CHILDREN
This interactive session will provide information about various aspects of assessment including: assessment activities
to determine if children can be identified as gifted and talented; the relationship between the purpose of assessment
and the relevance of information obtained. Also discussed will be the essential role of parents in the assessment
process.
       Wednesday • October 6, 2004
       Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
       Location: Education Classroom Block, Room 179
       Speaker: Dr. Patricia Petrie

3. GUIDING THE EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR GIFTED CHILD
Gifted children are known to be particularly sensitive and intense. How can parents help their children live with their
differences?
       Wednesday • October 20, 2004
       Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
       Location: Education Classroom Block, Room 179
       Speaker: Dr. Sal Mendaglio

The Centre for Gifted Education is offering these three programs for parents, which can be registered for individually,
or as a package:
 * Cost per session is $25/person or $40/couple.
 * Package rate for all three sessions is $65/person or $100/couple.
 * Staff/student rate: $12/person per session or $35/person for all three.

You can register by visiting our web-site to print a registration page at http://www.ucalgary.ca/~gifteduc (click on
Parent Programs) or call the Centre at (403) 220-7799 for additional information.

We are inviting schools to nominate gifted students in grades 6-9 whose ability and inter-
est in the performing arts make them suitable candidates to attend a program, Theatre in
Motion, which the Centre will run on Saturdays from October 16 through November 20th. The
program will be from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and is intended to provide enrichment for gifted
students. Our Instructor Grisell Amaro-Galvan, is a teacher, director, actor and coach.

To nominate a student you can find a form on the web at www.ucalgary.ca/~gifteduc/
children.html, or call the Centre at 220-7799. We would be happy to fax a form to your
school. Other Saturday programs are being planned for this fall so watch our web-site for
more updates and information or call us at 220-7799, to see what else we will be offering.
                            CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 5




                           Notas...
                                     by Kathryn Watson
                                     Library Assistant
                                     Centre for Gifted Education


               Parents, Teachers, Students and Administrators!
Did you know that the Centre Library has the following
resources related to gifted education that you can use on site
or borrow*:

•    hundreds of books, including handbooks and activity books     *Borrowing privileges are available:
•    over 50 journals**, magazines and newsletters
                                                                      A personal membership is only
•    videos, CD-ROM’s, computer programs and kits                     $20 a year.
•    article files on topics from parenting gifted children to
     mentorship, from teacher preparation to how to develop           A school membership is only
     creative thinking skills
                                                                      $40 a year.
•    local and regional community resources and contact
     information for them                                             For information on the benefits of
                                                                      a Membership -
Drop by the Centre anytime between 8:30-12:00 and
1:00-4:30 Monday to Friday to use the collection OR for                       call Kathryn at 220-7797
more information contact Kathryn at 220-7797 (mornings)
                        or at watsonk@ucalgary.ca


                          Visit our web-site and library catalogue at www.ucalgary.ca/~gifteduc

                          I recommend this web-site — ww.askanexpert.com




    ** PROFILE - Spring 2003 issue of Gifted Education Communicator: a Journal for
    Educators and Parents:

    This issue is dedicated to Visual-Special Learners (VSL). Ten feature articles cover the special
    characteristics of visual-spatial learners, their needs, teaching and counseling support, web
    resources and ADHD web- sites. There are also columns, book and software reviews, and arti-
    cles on other topics of interest to parents and teachers. The Library has other resources on this
    topic. For example: Upside-down brilliance: the visual spatial learner”, “Visual perceptual skill
    building”, and Underachievement among spatially gifted students”.
                                 CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 6



By the Book… Barbara Brydges
Librarian, Centre for Gifted Education
One of my challenges in building a collection of curriculum resources for use with gifted students has been to find
appropriate materials for Social Studies. Therefore, I have been delighted to recently discover a series of books that
not only includes a number of Social Studies titles but which is also Canadian. This is the “Critical Challenges
Across the Curriculum” series produced The Critical Thinking Cooperative, a non-profit society consisting of 21
school districts, 3 universities and several provincial associations in British Columbia.

Although the books align with the British Columbia Social Studies curriculum, so different topics may be taught in
different grades here in Alberta, most of the units could be easily adapted for use in this province’s classrooms. Dr.
Richard Paul, one of the preeminent American leaders in the field of critical thinking, wrote of the work of the
cooperative: “In a world of pseudo-critical thinking, this approach stands out as remarkable, refreshing and exciting.
It is a well-thought through, substantive approach. Anyone using it will be encouraging critical thinking in deep and
important ways.”

There are currently nineteen titles available in the series, ranging from books for primary school to high school, and
seventeen of the volumes focus on Social Studies. This column will discuss three of these titles, to give a flavour of
the series. There is a bibliography of all the titles available on the Consortium’s webpage at https://
public.sd38.bc.ca/RTRWeb/ProductsPage. Each book costs under $25.00.

                     Celebrating Families. Karen Bates et al. Richmond, B.C: Critical Thinking Cooperative, 2002.
                         (119 pp, ISBN 0-84691-246-3)

                          Designed for Kindergarten and Grade 1, this unit focuses on recognizing and valuing the
                          similarities and differences among families. The eight critical challenges include creating
                         and presenting clues about family members to other students who try to guess the identity of
                         the mystery family member; deciding which of their family memories are the most power-
                         ful; exploring the benefits of different-sized families; and planning key aspects of a culmi-
nating event to celebrate with their families what they have learned.

Legacies of Ancient Egypt. David Scott, Cliff Falk and Jenny Kierstead. Richmond, B.C.: Critical Thinking
Cooperative, 2002 (158 pp, ISBN 0-84691-238-2)

In the nine critical challenges in this unit, students explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt by creating a museum
exhibition. The activities include deciphering drawings of various aspects of Egyptian civilization; deciding upon
the most significant similarities and differences between Ancient Egypt and present-day Canada; researching and
designing exhibits about the wonders of Ancient Egypt; developing ads in media of the students’ choice to promote
the exhibition; and deciding on the most impressive legacy of Ancient Egypt. Designed for Grade 7 Social Studies in
British Columbia.

Early Contact and Settlement in New France. Ruth Sandwell et al. Richmond, B.C.: Critical Thinking Coopera-
tive, 2002 (162 pp, ISBN 0-84691-242-0)
Designed for Grade 9 Social Studies this collection deals with New France from early contact to the late 17th cen-
tury. Students examine drawings depicting early contact between Aboriginal peoples and Europeans, assess the
stereotyping and cultural relativism in various primary accounts of New France, examine the roles of fur traders and
Church missionaries in colonizing New France, assess the factors affecting four fictional French families’ decision to
immigrate to New France, interpret colonial conditions using data available from Statistics Canada on the first census
taken in 1665, and assume the persona of a historical figure nominated for the “Greatest Citizen of New France.”
                                   CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 7




                         H       omework: A Potential Minefield
                                 Sal Mendaglio, PhD, University of Calgary
         Now that the new school year is well               dependency. Among the goals of parenting is develop-
underway, some parents may have experienced the             ment of children’s sense of personal responsibility. We
minefield that homework can represent. Helping some         want our children to take responsibilities for things that
gifted students with their homework, a simple sound-        are part of their world; school and its related activities
ing task, can develop into an emotion-laden (and not in     are a major part of this. We expect that children, once
a good way!) interaction for both parents and children.     they are capable so doing, take the initiative to do the
Common questions asked by parents in such circum-           routine things of life such as getting dressed, brushing
stances are: “Why doesn’t he [it’s usually a “he”] just     their teeth, combing their hair, making their beds, and
realize that if he spends the time doing his homework       so forth. Going to school and doing homework are not
he’ll have the rest of the evening to himself?” and “I      different in principle from these daily tasks. When we
don’t get it!! Why does he argue for an hour when his       cue them to do homework, sit with them throughout, or
homework could be completed in 15 minutes?”                 do it for them we are teaching them that they do not
Questions such as these are said in tones that reflect a    need to exert effort to do it themselves. When we
mixture of puzzlement, frustration, and helplessness.       accommodate them when they complain and resist our
                                                            guidance, we are reinforcing their avoidance tactics.
       Implementation of the phrase “helping children       Gifted children have excellent memories; they will
with their homework” ends up meaning                        remember what has worked in their attempts to avoid
micromanagement: they must signal the start time, sit       work and what hasn’t. Whatever behaviours we see in
with their children while they are doing their home-        gifted children when resisting doing their homework
work, coach them by using some variant of the So-           are often historical artifacts: they are behaviors that
cratic method (they won’t just give them the answers        have been successful, if only on a few occasions, in
until the indirect methods fail), and correct any errors,   avoiding the work.
and drop everything when a child needs a book to
meet a deadline (often on Sunday afternoon with the                By micromanaging their homework, we encour-
deadline being Monday). This may also include               age their dependency on us to complete tasks that
teaching the child how the parent learned to perform        require effort. Parents often put a “psychological spin”
the task at hand.                                           on this: “My child works best one on one.” In my
                                                            experience, all children work best one on one!! This is
         Meanwhile, the gifted student who resists          especially evident when they find the task distasteful
doing anything that she or he does not want to do (and      (usually one that requires effort).
gifted children bring a great deal of resources to mount
and sustain such resistances) whines and challenge the             A first step in assisting your child and in avoid-
parent every step of the way (That’s wrong! Ms Smith        ing stepping into the minefield is to examine what we
doesn’t want us to do it that way!). Some parents, in       are doing and why. My concern is the emotional well-
desperation, end up by doing the homework for their         being of gifted children. So it should surprise you to
children (this has led some schools to make a school        learn that if it is a choice between surrounding a child
policy that parents are not to help children with their     with recurring negative emotionality from parents, and
homework). Parents who begin with a relatively calm         children’s lack of productivity with no homework
approach to “helping” with homework often end up            minefield, I give the latter a resounding vote.
feeling worn out and demoralized by the end of the
nightly ritual. Homework may get done but at what
cost to the parent-child relationship?

       In such an approach to helping children with              Teachers open the door, but you
their homework, there are some powerful undesirable                  must enter by yourself -
                                                                        Chinese Proverb
by-products for children: avoidance tactics, and
                               CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 8




      SUCCESS SUMMER PROGRAM 2004

                               July 12 - July 23, 2004
                               MONDAY - FRIDAY
                                9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHAT IS SUCCESS?
SUCCESS is an academic summer program for gifted students conducted by the Centre for Gifted Education at
the University of Calgary. This program is designed for students who have scored in the top 5% in language arts
(90/100) or mathematics (42/43) on the Grade three Provincial examinations, or other performance indicators.
Any gifted student entering grades four - nine is eligible to participate. Priority is given to those students who
have participated in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) testing. SUCCESS is a pro-
gram designed to challenge gifted students in their area of strength. Ten classes have been organized to provide
elementary and junior high students exposure to advanced academic experiences typically not available in their
schools.

ABOUT THE CENTRE FOR GIFTED EDUCATION
Based at the University of Calgary, the Centre for Gifted Education began operation in the fall of 1988. The
Centre has a provincial mandate to advance the teaching of gifted and talented students; to carry out research and
development; and to serve as a resource to stakeholders in gifted education throughout Alberta.

APPLICATION FORM
Student who have completed Grades 3, 4, 5, or 6 may choose one of the 5 elementary courses. Those students
who have completed Grades 6, 7, 8, or 9 may choose one of the 5 junior high courses. Courses run concurrently.
Students register for one course only at either the elementary or junior high level.

The cost for each course is $300. We reserve the right to cancel a course if less than 10 students are registered.
The following two pages provide a description of the courses being offered and biographical information about
the instructors. We will offer after care (until 5:00 pm daily) as part of the program at an additional cost of $3.00
per day. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you are planning to utilize this service.

Limited subsidies will be available for students based on demonstrated financial need.

Note: Refunds will be made, less a $25 administration fee, if cancellation notice is received by July 1st. A full
refund will be issued if a course is cancelled.

Please register early. Spaces are reserved for BESTS participants until
April 9th, 2004. Starting April 12th registrations will be accepted from other
qualified students.



                   Visit us at www.ucalgary.ca/~gifteduc
                                                           CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 9

                              The Hero Within                                                                Instructor: Connie Carolan
                              The Heroic Journey is a particularly engaging recurrent theme in literature. In this course, students will be intro-
                              duced to such diverse fictional Heroes as Odysseus, Beowulf and Luke Skywalker and will learn to recognize the
                              unique characteristics of the Heroic Journey. Students will also study ‘real-life’ heroes such as Martin Luther King
                              Jr., Rosa Parks, Laura Secord and Terry Fox to determine qualities of heroism they can recognize in themselves.
                              This course will focus on reading and writing about a variety of texts and will culminate in students authoring their
                              own Heroic Journey.
                                   Connie Carolan is an Assistant Principal with the Calgary Separate School District, and is currently finishing her
                                   Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Calgary. She is an active member of the English Language Arts
                                   Council Executive. Connie has presented workshops on teaching the heroic journey a tthe regional and provincial
                                   level.
                              The Race for MARS is On! --FULL--                                                      Instructor: Graeme Finlay
                              The race for MARS is on! Within the next generation we will be walking on another planet. Become engaged in the
                              looking at the challenges, issues and technology of space travel and planetary exploration. Have you ever wondered
at the Elementary Level ...




                              how to create an environment suitable for humans to live in? Can you imagine how to deal with the extraordinary
                              distances to be covered? Explore these questions and more and apply your knowledge in designing your own station
                              for Mars and other devices needed to ensure the safety of yourself and your crew. Here’s your chance to learn how
                              science fiction can be turned into science!
                                  Graeme Finlay has both a Geography and an Education degree from the University o f Calgary. A teacher for three
                                  years, he currently works in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at Ranchlands Community School.
                                  He is also a member of the executive of the Gifted and Talented Education Council of the Alberta Teachers Associa-
                                  tion. Graeme also has nine years of experience with summer camps both in Alberta and Ontario.
                              Exploring Classic Fables, Myths & Legends                                     Instructor: Michele Jacobsen
                              Through Digital Filmmaking -- FULL --
                              You are a member of a film team. Your team’s current assignment is to create a modern version of a fairly well
                              known story (i.e., legend, myth, fable, folktale, rhyme) using digital filmmaking techniques. Your film team will
                              design and develop a storyboard of your movie, write scripts, develop costumes and sets, and film and edit a five
                              minute film to present at our Summer Film Festival. Possible storytelling topics: Hans Christian Andersen Fables,
                              Greek myths, Chinese folktales and Mother Goose Rhymes.
                                  Michele Jacobsen is an assistant professor specializing in educational technology in the Faculty of Education at the
                                  University of Calgary. Michele has designed meaningful learning opportunities with technology for student teachers
                                  and graduate students for more than a decade. Part of Michele’s research focuses on the ways that children develop
                                  multiple literacies using digital and networked technologies. She has two cats, a baby and a husband.
                              Words To Live By - A Creative Writing Workshop                         Instructor: Jennifer Aldred
                              During this creative writing and literary analysis course, we will explore the enchanting works of poets, artists, and
                              creators that “make-up” our imaginative world. Through writing circles, publishing projects, creative journals,
                              poetry workshops, and self-reflection, students will develop and become deeply aware of their own creative powers
                              and process. Students will be creating their own personal “anthologies of imagination”, integrating the visual images
                              that speak to their creative minds an d their own words of wonder, reflection and discovery. Students will also be
                              taking some of their most compelling writing through the intensive crafting, editing, and polishing process, and
                              creating a class anthology of publishable work.
                                  Jennifer is a former GATE Humanities teacher, who is passionate about literature and has great rapport with
                                  students. She is currently working in her Master’s Degree in Gifted Education. Jennifer is currently teaching a
                                  Super Saturday program for the Centre and her previous Summer programs have been very popular.

                              Greek Theatre: A Fine Arts Experience                                  Instructors: Lisa Porter& Kat Walker
                              Interested in Greek Mythology? Through this Fine Arts Experience, students will learn about traditional mythology, and
                              translate this learning as they write their own Greek plays. Acting workshops will help participants develop their
                              characters, and art classes will assist in building their own character masks and traditional Greek stage sets. A final
                              performance will bring together several elements of the Fine Arts for family to enjoy, and participants will be able to invite
                              their families to attend “The Venus Awards” with them to celebrate their successes in red carpet style!
                                   Lisa Porter has been teaching junior high drama and dance for 7 years with the Calgary Board of Education. She
                                   isco-founder of Detention Divas, a Calgary based theatre group. Kat Walker is also with the Calgary Board of
                                   Education teaching Art, Drama and Dance. She has performed with the Detention Divas, designed costumes for
                                   several local companies, and has an upcoming art exhibit at Viscious Circle.
                                                              CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 10

                               WHAT IS SUCCESS?
                               SUCCESS is an academic summer program for gifted students conducted by the Centre for Gifted Education at
                               the University of Calgary. This program is designed for students who have scored in the top 5% in language arts
                               (90/100) or mathematics (42/43) on the Grade three Provincial examinations, or other performance indicators.
                               Any gifted student entering grades four - nine is eligible to participate. Priority is given to those students who
                               have participated in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) testing. SUCCESS is a pro-
                               gram designed to challenge gifted students in their area of strength. Ten classes have been organized to provide
                               elementary and junior high students exposure to advanced academic experiences typically not available in their
                               schools.

                               ABOUT THE CENTRE FOR GIFTED EDUCATION
                               Based at the University of Calgary, the Centre for Gifted Education began operation in the fall of 1988. The
                               Centre has a provincial mandate to advance the teaching of gifted and talented students; to carry out research and
                               development; and to serve as a resource to stakeholders in gifted education throughout Alberta.

                               APPLICATION FORM
                               Student who have completed Grades 3, 4, 5, or 6 may choose one of the 5 elementary courses. Those students
                               who have completed Grades 6, 7, 8, or 9 may choose one of the 5 junior high courses. Courses run concurrently.
                               Students register for one course only at either the elementary or junior high level.
at the Junior High Level ...




                               The cost for each course is $300. We reserve the right to cancel a course if less than 10 students are registered.
                               The following two pages provide a description of the courses being offered and biographical information about
                               the instructors. We will offer after care (until 5:00 pm daily) as part of the program at an additional cost of $3.00
                               per day. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you are planning to utilize this service.

                               Limited subsidies will be available for students based on demonstrated financial need.

                               Note: Refunds will be made, less a $25 administration fee, if cancellation notice is received by July 1st. A full
                               refund will be issued if a course is cancelled.

                               Please register early. Spaces are reserved for BESTS participants until
                               April 9th, 2004. Starting April 12th registrations will be accepted from other qualified students.

                                                                      July 12 - July 23, 2004
                                                                      MONDAY - FRIDAY
                                                                       9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                                       SUCCESS SUMMER PROGRAM 2004
                               Complete the Registration Form and mail it with your payment to confirm your spot in
                               the 2004 SUMMER PROGRAM.

                               Registration deadline for BESTS participants is April 9th. Starting April 12th, other
                               qualified students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until the courses are
                               filled.

                               Class size is limited to 20 students. Classes will all have an opportunity for recreational
                               activity.
                                                                REGISTRATION FORM
                                                               July 12 - July 23, 2004        9:00 am - 3:00 pm
                             CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 11


Complete the Registration Form and mail it with your payment to
confirm your spot in the 2004 SUMMER PROGRAM.

Registration deadline for BESTS participants is April 9th. Starting
April 12th, other qualified students will be accepted on a first come
first serve basis until the courses are filled.

Class size is limited to 20 students. Classes will all have an opportu-
nity for recreational activity.


                                      REGISTRATION FORM
                             July 12 - July 23, 2004        9:00 am - 3:00 pm

If you are not currently on our mailing list, do you wish to be added to our mailing list?

Yes ____ No____. By e-mail only: _____________________________________ .
                                                        e-mail address

Name: ________________________________________ Age: ______ Current Grade: _____
                                                           (at end of June/04)
Address: ________________________________________________

            ________________________________________________
            City               Province           Postal Code

School: __________________________________________

Mother: ______________________ Phone: (H) _______________                   (WK) _________________

Father: ______________________ Phone: (H) _______________                   (WK) _________________

Do you require After Care? (3:00 - 5:00 pm) Some of the time                   Daily
(After care fee payable at start of program)
Course selection (Please indicate 1st and 2nd choice below):

1st choice: _____                          2nd choice: _____

A      The Hero Within
B      The Race For Mars Is On!
C      Exploring Classic Fables, Myths & Legends Through Digital Filmmaking
D      Words to Live By: A Creative Writing Workshop
E      Greek Theatre: A Fine Arts Experience
F      Making Movies: Animation 2 and Video Editing
G      Rite. Wright? Write!
H      The Science of Sport
I      History Revisited: Games, Roles, Trials and Life in the Past
J      Human Evolution: Standing Up To See Our Future

    Mail the Registration Form - with a cheque (for $300.00) payable to the University of Calgary:
                             170 Education Classroom Block - University of Calgary
                               2500 University Dr. NW - Calgary, AB - T2N 1N4
                                  CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 12




                              Plan a PD Day with the
                              Centre for Gifted Education

 Looking for a focus for your school's
 professional development days…?                                      How do I know if a student is gifted?
 Think about devoting some time to discover-
 ing how to meet the needs of your gifted                            How can I write a quality IPP for gifted
 students. The Centre for Gifted Education can                                     students?
 tailor workshops (half- or full-day) to meet
 your particular needs. We’ll come to your                         How can I accommodate gifted students'
 school or host a workshop at the Centre.                              accelerated pace of learning?

 Cost: $350.00 for half a day (if you come to                     How can I help gifted students think more
 the Centre, the fee includes a Corporate                                        creatively?
 Library Card, which is normally $40.00). Call
 (403) 220-7799 for more information.




                        Upcoming Conferences
                                                                                     8th Asia-Pacific Conference
 Centre for Gifted Education                 Dabrowski Symposium
The College of William and Mary
                                                                                            on Giftedness
                                        "Developmental Potential: From Theory to
                                         Practice - Educational and Therapeutic
                                                                                   "Rebirth of Giftedness inthe Trans-Modern
 "Summer Institute on Curriculum and                  Perspectives
                                                                                    Society: Vision, Values and Leadership"
  Programs for High Ability Learners"
                                                    June 24-26, 2004                           July 26-30, 2004
         June 21 - 23, 2004                   Best Western Village Park Inn                    Daejeon, Korea
        Williamsburg, Virginia                      Calgary, Alberta
                                                                                             For information visit:
         For information visit:                    For information visit:                 http://www.koreagifted.org
          http://cfge.wm.edu                http://www.ucalgary.ca/~gifteduc              Phone: (+82) 2-3462-2525



European Council for High                                                                        SAGE 2004
                                        National Association for Gifted
     Ability (ECHA)                                                                   Society for the Advancment of
 "Educational Technology for Gifted
                                              Children (NAGC)
                                                                                            Gifted Education
Education - From Information Age to            51st Annual Convention
          Knowledge Age"
                                                                                         "Developing Hearts and Minds"
                                           "Inspiring Vistas, Inspiring Minds"
         Sept. 10-13, 2004                                                                   November 19 - 20, 2004
         Pamplona, Spain                          November 3-7, 2004                            Calgary, Alberta
                                                  Salt Lake City, Utah
        For information visit:                                                                 For information visit:
     http://www.ortra.com/echa                    For information visit:                 http://www.ucalgary.ca/gifteduc
                                                  http://www.nagc.org
                           CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 13




                                    Words To Live By
                                       A Course in Creativity

                                                  “Basically, I learned how to just let everything out of
                                                  me and put it on to paper. I learned how to show
                                                  myself. What was great about this course was that I
                                                  was surrounded by kids who were being themselves
                                                  and kids that I felt like I could be myself to. My
                                                  advice is to always try to express yourself in
                                                  whatever creative way you want to and to try to be
                                                  yourself all the time. KEEP A JOURNAL!!! It is like
                                                  a friend that doesn’t ever be mean and never tells any
                                                  secrets you tell it. Journals are great for letting out
                                                  your feelings without telling them to a person”. –
                                                  Naomi Groot, Grade 6
          The sun slips away
       and the stars come out                     What words do we live by? What omens guide our
       to play, while the moon                    way? What treasures and talismans do we hold close
             holds back,                          to our hearts as we travel through the darkness, and
        worrying about other
                                                  what songs do we sing when we journey into the
                things.
                                                  light? It was these questions, amidst other
           In a dark place                        imaginative wonderings and intellectual inquiries,
       that needs some light a                    that we set out to answer in our eight-week Creative
          shadow creeps, yet                      Writing course “Words To Live By”.
       butterflies dance. Birds                   Two classes of students, grades 4-7 met each Satur-
        sing their lovely song                    day at the University of Calgary for an exploration of
        and insects alight on
                                                  the texts that speak to us and guide our way. Student
            distant posts
                                                  participants had been nominated for the creative
  By Naomi Groot                                  writing course by their teachers, and were each
                                                  committed to meeting weekly for writing workshops
                                                  and imaginative adventures.

The course unfolded in candlelit circles and sweetgrass. Students journeyed into their own inner-
kingdoms, tapping into both a personal and a collective space of imagination and creativity. Each class
formed a fiercely committed web of support, encouraging one another in their writing, challenging one
another to go deeper in the creative process, and celebrating the peaks and valleys of their shared
travels. Magical things emerged as we gathered each week - students explored and expressed the
“symbols” of their creative selves, they shared and wrote about their most precious treasures, they
collaged and journalled, wrote poetry from their hearts, studied the words of the poets and artists that
inspire, and helped one another battle the monsters of self-doubt, perfectionism and self-criticism. At
the end of our eight weeks together, each class decided to celebrate and showcase their learning by
creating a gallery of art works, original poetry, class websites where poems and stories were shared, an
anthology of collected writing to be published as a magazine, and a compelling enactment of our shared
                                 CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 14




“journey” and tale of transformation, graced with sparkle dust, lantern-light, and “packing instructions
for the future”. I should no longer be shocked or moved to tears by these groups of phenomenal kids –
but I am. Their wisdom and their compassion and their amazing, amazing synthesis of all the various
strands of the course never cease to take my breath away. I continue to be the student, and they, the
sage-like teachers. And – I think – we all recognize a piece of ourselves in one another…and in giving
those pieces wings, we dance together as the free-spirit butterflies that we are.

It is the students’ voices - claiming freedom with startling clarity - that shape the course. And so, it is a student’s
voice that I must once again turn to when I attempt to capture our shared experience.

The “Words to Live By” course was mind-opening and fun! I got to let out all my creative impulses in a produc-
  tive way. It was enlightening and very interesting as it had a variety of activities that enriched my mind. My
  favorite part was “wild mind writing”, where you just write what you think nonstop, and let everything out.
       Overall, it is a great program and I would recommend it to creative souls yearning to breathe free!
                                           – Nikki Macaulay – Grade 5




                                                                           Tomorrow is Today

                                                                         Today is Tomorrow,
                                                                           Tomorrow Today.
                                                            So blue and gay as a light wind appears.
                                                                   my ears sprout orange leaves.
                                                          My mouth grows velvet roses and my hands
   Misty mountains humming                                    turn to silk, I’m changing quite fast,
  Eye of the moon round as the
                                                          to a flower to a raindrop to a fuzzy cattail,
                sun
    Moan haunting melodies
                                                                to a leaf to a green piece of grass.
    Skeleton fingers reach for                                           Today is Tomorrow
     the sun to comfort cold                                            and Tomorrow Today.
         haunting bones
     The night she whispers                                    By: Alyssa Wheeler
      tossing her black veil                                              Grade 5
   noiselessly over the rainbow
          coloured land

       By Alex Rees – Grade 5



It was truly a community of creators - and together we “remembered” our personal and collective truths. It was a
journey of grace, imagination, and friendship – one that left each one of us transformed. The student-written
magazines are being published by the Centre for Gifted Education, and will be available this month. It is in these
collaborative, imaginative, inspired documents that the synergy and the sparkle of each class - and each wise
writer - shines through.
                             CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 15



              Course Offerings in Gifted Education

Fall 2004
Conceptual Issues in Gifted Education - EDER 689.23
Instructor: Michael C. Pyryt, Ph.D.
Time:        Tuesdays 16:30 – 19:30
Place:             Centre for Gifted Education, Room 170 EDC
Description:       This course is designed to provide advanced study of issues related to the conception of
giftedness, identification of gifted students, approaches to educating the gifted student, developing
creativity and thinking skills, and empowering special populations such as gifted/learning disabled
students, gifted underachievers, and gifted women. Students enrolled in this course will explore a variety
of topics and pursue an individualized area of interest.

Winter 2005
Curriculum and Programming Approaches in Gifted Education - EDER 689.24
Instructor: Michael C. Pyryt, Ph.D.
Time:       Tuesdays 16:30 – 19:30
Place:      Centre for Gifted Education, Room 170 EDC
Description:      This course is designed to provide advanced study regarding systems and models and
curriculum resources for providing appropriate educational experiences for gifted and talented young-
sters. Students enrolled in this course will develop model programs for educating the gifted and develop
curriculum resources that they could use in their classrooms.

Winter 2005
Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students - EDER 689.25
Instructor: Sal Mendaglio, Ph.D.
Time:        Wednesdays 16:30 – 19:30
Place        Centre for Gifted Education, Room 170 EDC
Description:      This course is designed to enable educators to gain an understanding of gifted students’
social and emotional development so that educators can address both gifted students’ affective and
cognitive needs. This course examines scholarly literature associated with these dimensions of giftedness
and its implications for classroom practices. Both theorizing that is influencing the field, and recent
empirical works will be reviewed. Students will be expected to critically appraise this literature and to
participate in seminar presentations and class discussions.

   Registration: To enroll use the telephone (403) 220 - 7292, or web (Infonet) registration system or
                     send an e-mail inquiry to Lisa Russell, lrussell@ucalgary.ca
                              http://www.educ.ucalgary.ca/gder/distance




                              Life isn't about finding yourself,
                               life is about creating yourself.
                                    - George Bernard Shaw
                                   CGE News • SPRING 2004 • Page 16



                CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
                                             15th Annual SAGE Conference
                                            "Developing Hearts and Minds"
                                   Society for the Advancement of Gifted Education
                                                 November 19-20, 2004

Name
                                                                                                  Position
Business
Address

Summer
Address


                             Business Phone                      Home Phone                          Fax
Sessions will be approximately one hour in length. Presentations should be structured to allow for audience participation,
questions, and discussion (as appropriate).

Session Title

Session Description




Intended Audience               ❑ Parents                    ❑ Administrators            ❑ Consultants    ❑ Researchers
                                ❑ Elementary Teachers        ❑ Secondary Teachers        ❑ Other _____________________

 This presentation is designed for     ❑    people with limited knowledge of gifted education
                                       ❑    some knowledge of gifted education
                                       ❑    extensive knowledge of gifted education
                                       ❑    everyone, regardless of knowledge background

Presentation Format
                                           (i.e., lecture, workshop, discussion, simulation, demonstration, round-table
Equipment Required             ❑ Overhead Projector/Screen           ❑ VCR-VHS                   ❑ Cassette Recorder
                               ❑ Slide Projector                     ❑ VCR-Beta                  ❑ Podium
                               ❑ 16 mm Projector                     ❑ VCR 3/4"                  ❑ Other _______________

Conference Proceedings          I will submit a 3 - 5 page summary         ❑ yes          ❑ no

Please send three completed copies of this form by June 30, 2004 to SAGE 2004, Centre for Gifted Education,
170 Education Block, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N. W., Calgary, Alberta. T2N 1N4. Fax (403) 210-2068
Please attach a recent Curriculum Vitae or a brief description of relevant background to be used by introducers.
Thank you for your interest in the 15th Annual SAGE Conference.

				
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