Conference on supporting gifted children set for May 4

Open to parents and teachers in SLO, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

SANTA BARBARA — The Central Coast’s only conference on supporting gifted children will be held at La Colina Junior High School in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. The event, coordinated by the Tri-County GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Council and The Knox School of Santa Barbara, will focus on embracing all sides of gifted children — from Academic to Social and Emotional to Intellectual needs.
“The gifted population is often underserved in our culture, and this conference was created to support the adults who are charged with providing for these children and their unique needs,” said Dr. Angela Tanner, Founder of The Knox School of Santa Barbara. “The conference tagline is All Means All because supporting a gifted child in a way that leads them to thrive means that all of their diverse needs must be addressed.”
The conference includes world-renowned speakers, Q-and-A panel, break-out sessions, compelling conversation, networking opportunities, and inspiration.  This year’s featured speakers are:
· Dr. Linda Kreger Silverman, a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist who has been studying the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961.
· Dr. James Delisle, retired Distinguished Professor of Education, Kent State University, who has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 39 years.  
Dr. Tanner continued, “Academically speaking, most schools do not have a formal gifted program. This leaves teachers, and frankly, parents, on their own to figure out how to serve each gifted child. Gifted children have similarities, but no child is the same as the next, making each child a unique challenge. The parents of gifted children can tell you that their social-emotional and intellectual needs often require a good deal of attention outside of, and in combination with, their academic needs, both at home and in the classroom.”
She added, “Gifted children have an enormous potential to contribute to our world, but ultimately their happiness and personal growth come first and foremost. Ensuring that parents and teachers have the resources to provide for them appropriately is crucial to their futures.”
The Spring Colloquium on Gifted Children is open to parents and teachers of gifted children from throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. To register, visit
The Tri-County GATE Council, a volunteer organization, is an affiliate of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG).  It belongs to the Pacific region of CAG, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.  The Council meets monthly during the regular school year to provide opportunities for GATE teachers, coordinators, parents, and other interested people to share information and to support gifted programs and students through special events and projects.  It supports all public school districts within the tri-county area.
The Knox School of Santa Barbara is currently in its sixth year and proudly serves gifted and talented students in kindergarten through eighth grades. For more information, visit


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