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Summer Camps and Activities

It’s June, and time to look for activities that will keep your bright children happily engaged though the summer months.  I can suggest three that you may want to investigate, although of course you should always look into local offerings. … Continue reading

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What’s Happening on Vancouver Island?

That’s the question I asked when I met last weekend with a teacher employed by one of the Vancouver Island school districts.  It’s impossible to find anything about what we persist in calling “gifted education” from websites and school district … Continue reading

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Are Gifted Classes Necessary?

That was the question asked and discussed in a segment on CBC radio on Nov. 4th.  It followed the proposal to cut classes for the Ottawa Carlton School Board. The arguments have been made before.  The main one centres on … Continue reading

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Mental Health for Kids

Many people are surprized when they learn that children described as gifted experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.  Those who are twice exceptional are particularly vulnerable. So it’s nice to find a resource that helps parents to … Continue reading

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Vancouver Trustees Reject Budget

A short while ago, I posted a question: Will Vancouver cut gifted programs?  A dramatic “No”  came a few days ago when the Vancouver trustees refused to pass the budget that would have seen the end of the gifted programs and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Second Thoughts About Pre-School Advocacy

My last blog post questioned whether advocacy is necessary on behalf of happy, thriving pre-schoolers who are receiving a lot of enrichment from their teachers and parents. My conclusion was that if a child’s signs of giftedness are being recognized and accommodated, there … Continue reading

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