Monthly Archives: April 2016

Free Counselling by Telephone?

The newsletter of the Sooke Parent Education Advisory Council (SPEAC), School District 62, provided me with information that I had not been aware of before.  The BC government pays for counselling delivered by telephone.  At first, I was astonished, then … Continue reading

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Beyond Workshops

A wonderful group of parents gathered in Sidney on Saturday, to discuss advocacy for their children who are described as gifted. And actually their children had been labelled in many other ways too, demonstrating that gifted children are often “twice … Continue reading

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Advocacy Workshop on Saturday, April 23

I am hosting the next parent advocacy workshop this coming Saturday, and this time it will take place in Saanich School District. If you’re not sure where Saanich is, you may not be aware that you drive through it whenever … Continue reading

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Parents advocate to save Vancouver gifted programs

There have been several public initiatives, at least, to address the proposed elimination of gifted programs in Vancouver School District. According to an article in Vancouver’s Metro free paper, parents of gifted held a rally at Vancouver Technical School on … Continue reading

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Will Vancouver cut gifted programs?

Vancouver School District brought forward its Preliminary Budget Proposals for 2016/2017  and there are recommendations that the programs for gifted children be cut. Taken directly from the budget proposals, here are the main points of two recommendations.  The first one is … Continue reading

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Anxiety Seminar

Many parents of gifted children watch them experience anxiety.  There are many reasons, but often it is based on the realization that the cognitive development of children described as gifted is not in sync with their classmates of the same age. … Continue reading

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IEPs. Here today, gone tomorrow? Part II

Yesterday, I wrote about the excellent presentation on Individual Education Plans that I heard at the conference hosted by BC Parents of Special Needs Children. The facilitators provided a lot of tips for ensuring that the IEP process was responsive … Continue reading

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IEPs. Here today, gone tomorrow? Part I

One of the topics presented at the April 2nd conference hosted by BC Parents of Special Needs Children was “The ABCs of IEPs”.  The two presenters, teacher/parent Tina Patterson and parent advocate Dr. Sherri Brown went way beyond explaining the basics.  … Continue reading

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Very Good Advocacy Conference on April 2nd

The conference was everything I expected.  Over 100 people came to the Roundhouse in Vancouver to hear a number of experts speak about the various dimensions of advocacy for children with special needs.  There are many good things to report.

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