Workshop Descriptions

Power Struggles

Have you ever found yourself in a heated argument with your precocious child? Have you ever felt like you’re outnumbered or “out-thought” because of the logic, reasoning, or emotions that they have used? What of those situations when a child simply won’t comply with directions, and no amount of discussion seems to help? “Power Struggles” outlines the how and why of childhood manipulations and targets underlying causes such as fear, boredom, anger, and even creativity. This workshop helps parents and teachers prevent struggles before they begin by identifying causes and offering structured supports and tools for more positive outlets.

Kate Maupin is a gifted-education teacher and enrichment specialist in Connecticut, is the author of the book: Cheating, Dishonesty, and Manipulation: Why Bright Kids Do It. She is an alumna of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and has worked with students throughout New England, as well as in China and Germany, before settling in Connecticut, where she works with students K-6 and lives with her husband, son, and far too many pets.

Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted & Highly Capable Students

This workshop explores numerous, proven ways to reach advanced learners in challenging ways. The objective is to have participants leave with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help pupils become better creative and critical thinkers. A variety of successful teaching and parenting techniques will be shared. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones!

Nathan Levy is a dynamic educator, author and speaker. He has been a successful teacher, principal, gifted coordinator and supervisor of instruction in urban, suburban and rural school districts. In his role as consultant, Nathan continues to be a hands-on demonstrator of effective techniques for educating children.

Creativity and Resilience

Creativity and Resilience This presentation will review the current research into how music and music therapy and music experiences can help people heal, recover, and grow through life's obstacles.

What Adults Can Do To Raise Asset Strong Youth

Assets matter! Using the Search Institute Attitudes and Behaviors Survey, this workshop will look at current local data to engage in an interactive discussion on concrete ways, parents and other caring adults can help youth develop and strengthen Developmental Assets. We will discuss exactly what assets are and why they are so important in keeping young people engaged and on the right track to a successful future.

Denique Weidema-Lewis Director is a Director of Prevention at the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) a catalyst for social change.