Family Conference June 23 Engages Gifted Students and Parents

Family Conference June 23 Engages Gifted Students and Parents


The Center for Talent Development will launch the 2012 summer season with a special family conference designed to provide information and resources to academically gifted students and their parents.

Gifted students (grades 4 through 12) and their parents have the opportunity to attend this conference together on the Evanston campus from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 23.

The annual CTD family conference, Opportunities for the Future, features tailored sessions for student grade levels as well as adults. Parents attend the keynote address and subsequent presentations while students enjoy interactive workshops that focus on interesting fields of study and future career paths. Supervised activities are offered for children age 4 through grade 3, leaving adults and older siblings free to visit sessions.

The 2012 keynote address will be delivered by Kristie Speirs Neumeister of Ball State University and Virginia H. Burney of High Ability Education. The duo will present seven attributes that academically gifted students must develop to succeed in today’s global world. The keynote team will also lead a breakout session that explores the issue of “perfectionism” many gifted children experience.

Parent sessions cover topics including exploring careers, working with schools and learning challenges. Student sessions explore a range of topics, from careers and college preparation for older students to the stock market, animal doctors and rocket launching for younger students.

Complete conference information is available at or by calling 847/491-3855.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/1/12