Saturday, March 26, 2011

Giftedness in Girls Panel Discussion, Thursday, April 28, Palo Alto, CA

I found this on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum's Yahoo e-list, an exceptionally valuable resource in the gifted community.

Where Have All the Smart Girls Gone?

Does your daughter…
  • Demonstrate heightened sensitivity and empathy?
  • "Dumb herself down" or otherwise act inauthentic to fit in?
  • Dismiss her success, especially in math and science and amplify her "mistakes" or "shortcomings"?
  • Try to cover up when she doesn't know how to do something for fear of looking bad?
If any of these sound familiar, your daughter may be "gifted."

Helios New School
a free panel discussion with

Dr. Yoky Matsuoka
MacArthur fellow, former Head of Innovation at Google

Anne Beneventi
Director of Admissions and Learning, Helios New School

Toni Ratzburg
Family counselor with a focus on gifted children and adolescents

Margret Caruso (Moderator)
Partner at Quinn Emanuel,
Trustee of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Foundation

When: Thursday, April 28 6:00 ­ 8:00 pm

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
3921 Fabian Way, Room E104
(Next to the JCC Cultural Arts Center)
Palo Alto, CA 94303

RSVP: By April 25 to (650) 223-8690 or via email to
Research shows that as early as preschool, girls begin hiding their abilities, making it difficult for parents to recognize giftedness in their daughters. Worse, without parental advocacy, teachers tend to overlook giftedness in girls because they are performing at grade level
and are generally compliant.

Neither the tiger nor the ostrich has the right parenting approach to ensuring your daughter's overall well-being. Simply pushing her or ignoring danger signals can lead to problems down the line.

Unrecognized gifted girls are a lost resource to themselves, our families, and our communities. Join our distinguished panel in exploring the complex topic of intelligence.

  • Early identification of giftedness in girls.
  • Why it is important to place them in a learning environment where they are understood and encouraged to take intellectual risks, before their abilities go underground.
  • Social and emotional aspects of giftedness.
  • Common pitfalls and dangers facing gifted girls.

If you know or suspect your daughter (or granddaughter) may be gifted, make your reservation now to attend this informative event.

Article by Sarah J. Wilson

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