By: Bobbi Portnoy, PAGE Board Member
I am honored to be writing this blog. It is my first post in my position as a new member of the PAGE executive board. It is my goal with this blog post, and my upcoming ones, to educate and entertain, providing insight into a subject that is near and dear to all of us- gifted education. Most importantly, I’d love to hear what you think and get conversations started from these posts.
When thinking about my experience and history with gifted education, one might say I have decades of experience. From my childhood, to being an educator, and then a parent, my years have provided me with an appreciative perspective for our kids who think differently, deserve to learn something new, and be challenged everyday. My greatest passions in the field of gifted education are around social-emotional development and also around the practice of personalized education.
I look forward to attending the conference this coming November, to expand on my expertise and also to hear from all of you about your experiences. PAGE’s annual conference, this year appropriately named, Lessons Learned, will be held November 4th and 5th in the Pittsburgh area. Use this link to access more information and to register:
Three Keynote speakers will highlight the conference, in addition to sessions and exhibits meant to explore areas of education that have been brought to light due to the continuing pandemic. Education has changed in many ways, and the conference is a great opportunity to learn how those changes impact gifted learners, as well as to exchange ideas with fellow educators and parents. One of our Keynote speakers, Ken Scheel, founder and CEO of KEVA Planks, is an expert on innovation and invention, and brings a perspective to education that is ready for new and real-world challenges. A second Keynote speaker, Dr. Sally Reis, brings a wide range of experience and knowledge of the field of gifted education, specifically enrichment, differentiation, talented readers, gifted girls and women, and twice-exceptional students. The final keynote speaker, Colin Seale, Founder and CEO of thinkLaw, brings a background of struggle that many parents and children experience to get an equitable education, as well as his passion for teaching students to think critically.
All parents and educators can get something from the conference. One of the most important advantages of going to a conference, compared to something like connecting online, is making connections over a shared experience or swapping ideas in a breakout session. Getting together with like minded people, who all share a passion for gifted education and a dedication to gifted students, can create friendships and bonds that lead educators to plan better and parents to understand more.
I look forward to attending the conference this coming November, to expand on my expertise and also to hear from all of you about your experiences. Let’s grab some coffee together and talk about our kids!
PAGE’s annual conference, this year appropriately named, Lessons Learned, will be held November 4th and 5th in the Pittsburgh area. Use this link to access more information and to register: