Speaker: Sharon Duncan
Thursday, October 14, 2021 • 6:00 p.m. PDT
In Person at IEA’s Learning Center in Pasadena
540 S. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Also available via livestream
Gifted children often experience the world in an intense manner, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Even positive, much-anticipated changes can be challenging. The adjustments to education made necessary by COVID have been difficult for students, parents, teachers, and schools alike. Yet those changes have happened, and after a fair amount of time, many students have adjusted to a “new normal.” Others continue to struggle, and still others have never even experienced a regular school year. While most are excited about a return to the classroom, no matter how well it is executed, it will still be a transition. Add to this rich pot of soup, the complications from gifted asynchronous development and these complex, intense children are likely to benefit from some unique “tools” to make the transition smoother. This talk will focus on why change can be hard for some gifted students, and what you can do to help them succeed.
About the Speaker
Sharon Duncan is an independent consultant. She works with parents, educators, schools, districts, psychologists, and pediatricians to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and educational needs of gifted children. Sharon consults with parents on behavioral concerns, educational decisions, and options, provides training on the innate characteristics and behaviors of giftedness to educators so that they can practice their craft more effectively, and teams with parents and educators to find solutions to the wide variety of challenges that often accompany these complex children. Prior to her work with Gifted Identity, she spent 26 years working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sharon has served on the governing boards of both public and private schools. A regular presenter at State and National conferences, she and a partner are completing a research study of identify formation in the parents of gifted children. Sharon is co-founder of both gifted Identity, and Gifted Research and Outreach, a non-profit entity with the mission to promote a comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.