UC Irvine Extension Offers Gifted and Talented Education Online Mini-Series

Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:30pm EDT

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IRVINE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
The University of California, Irvine Extension announces a four-week series
designed to help parents better understand and more effectively support gifted
students. "Gifted and Talented Education Online Mini-Series" will be held online
Wednesday evenings between 8-9 p.m. starting Oct. 28. As districts struggle with
smaller budgets and layoffs, schools are finding it harder to sustain and
further develop programs for GATE students. UC Irvine Extension`s sessions will
arm parents with tools to meet the educational and emotional needs of these
children despite classroom cutbacks. 

"We are committed to doing our part to facilitate discussions and professional
development for the gifted and talented education community," says Angela
Jeantet, director of UC Irvine Extension`s Education Programs Department.
"Ultimately, the students should not be hurt the effects of today`s economy. To
UC Irvine Extension, that means we must provide parents with resources and
expert strategies to help their children excel." 

"Gifted and Talented Education Online Mini-Series" will take participants
through the full spectrum-from identifying gifted students and learning how to
support them to fostering their scholarly habits. The meetings, led by some of
today`s top GATE educators and professionals, include:

* "Is My Child Gifted? Understanding IQ Testing and Common Characteristics of
High Ability Learners" (Oct. 28) - Designed to teach participants how to
identify common traits of the gifted and effectively decipher IQ test results.
The session will also review the benefits and limitation of IQ testing, compare
various score profiles and review prevalent qualities of high ability learners. 
* "Providing Social & Emotional Support to Your Gifted Learner" (Nov. 4) - The
meeting provides insight into how the common characteristics of gifted students
impact their social and emotional development. Gain insight into practical ways
to support, nurture and manage the psychological needs both at home and within
school settings. 
* "Gainfully Gifted: Recognizing and Living with Your Child`s Strengths and
Talents" (Nov. 11) - Learn how change and creativity can influence your child`s
success and transform academic talents into gainful productivity. Participants
will be exposed to contemporary strategies for visionary thinking and the
rationale for differentiated curriculum. 
* "Ending the Homework Hassle: Cultivating Scholarly Traits in Gifted Students"
(Nov. 18) - Providing an overview of key strategies used by industry experts,
participants will gain tips and techniques for increasing academic motivation in
the home. The final meeting will propose ways to nurture scholarly habits
through inquiry and study systems.

UC Irvine Extension is known for its exceptional G.A.T.E. programming. Its
programs provide options for K-12 teachers with focused professional development
sessions, individual courses and entire certificate programs aligned with the
California Association for the Gifted (CAG), the National Association for Gifted
Children (NAGC), and state standards for excellence. 

Parents can register for individual sessions, offered at $50 each or take the
complete series at a discounted rate of $150. In addition, recordings will be
available to parents who register but are unable to attend the live session. To
register, contact Amanda Yngelmo at ayngelmo@uci.edu or 949-824-9304. 

About UC Irvine Extension:As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine
Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for
students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local,
regional, and global constituencies via online curriculum as well as through on
campus classes. UC Irvine Extension offers a rich array of academic and
community programs to support a diverse audience, from a wide selection of
academic programs to numerous campus activities. For more information, please
visit www.extension.uci.edu. 

About the University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine
is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community
service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of
California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students
and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange
County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI
news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

for UC Irvine Extension
Vivian Chan, 714-573-0899 x 235

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