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Connecting the Gifted Community

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For the past 5 years, Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT has had the support of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. This has enabled #gtchat to grow and flourish not only on Twitter,  but to encompass an expanded web presence on Storify, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and a weekly post on the blog.

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With the Internet now an integral part of our lives, the choices to connect with like-minded people are ever-increasing. Many teachers have gravitated toward Twitter due to the expansive number of available educational chats (300+), ease of use, brevity of interactions, development of PLNs and the information about opportunities to connect offline at conferences and edCamps. A simple 30 minute daily commitment can provide a wealth of resources and contacts.

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A unique opportunity also exists for parents as participants in #gtchat as it is one of a very few Twitter chats that addresses the needs of both parents and teachers. Topics covered each week include a wide array of interests concerning the gifted community. Guests includes academics, psychologists, authors and leaders in the community. Twitter also provides a way for parents to connect both online and offline. Global #gtchat has arranged TweetUps at the international, national, and state level.

It was exciting to introduce our new #gtchat Advisory Board! You can connect with them on Twitter: Tracy Fisher @antraasa Ginger Lewman @GingerLewman Jeffrey Farley @FarleyJeffrey Jo Freitag @jofrei Heather Vaughn @msheathervaughn and Angie French @teachagiftedkid .

Connecting 2017 Adv Board

Thank you, also, to Mr. Jerry Blumengarten ( @cybraryman1) who was one of the original advisors of #gtchat from the beginning and a frequent contributor to #gtchat.

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On a personal note: As I begin my 6th year as moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT, I look forward to facilitating the conversation for many more years to come. My contact information is listed below and I welcome your suggestions for topics, guests, and resources. A transcript of this chat can be found on our Storify page.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at 14.00 NZDT/12.00 AEDT/1.00 UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Cybraryman’s Twitter Educational Hashtags Page

Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices

7 Tips for Getting the Most out of Twitter Chats

#gtchat on Participate Learn

#gtchat at the TAGT Website

Links for Portland Parents of Talented and Gifted Children

Social Networking – Impacting the World of Gifted Education

Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT Blog: Starting a Gifted Parents’ Group 

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Website

Twitter for Teachers – A Practical Guide to Get Started Today

6 Things Teachers Must Try This Summer!

Cybraryman’s Social Media Page

WISGIFT List-Serv (Wisconsin Gifted for advocates, educators, parents, and other supporters of gifted education)

Plymouth Gifted

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

Plymouth Gifted – 2017 Summer Opportunities

WCGTC 22nd Biennial Conference Registration

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Local and Regional Support

Minnesota Dept. of Education: Gifted Education

Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Symposium

AUS: Gifted Families Support Group Inc.

Sprite’s Site: The Twitter Stream

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Gifted Cubed


Photo courtesy of Pixabay      CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Twice-Exceptional Smart Kids with Learning Differences

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LIVE from Houston, Texas! Global #gtchat was excited to be at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference where we debuted the new brochure from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on Twice-Exceptional Learners. It was a perfect match with sentiments shared in the Conference Keynote by Dr. Temple Grandin. A full transcript may be found here.

It’s always an exhilarating experience to participate in a Twitter chat with a live audience and this was no exception. Many thanks goes out to those who came to help the folks who were new to chat. Check out the pictures below!

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Jeffrey Farley, Mary Lovell and Tracy Fisher

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Carolyn Coil

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Krissy Venosdale, Angie French, Lisa Conrad and Stacia Taylor

Special thanks to Corin Goodwin and her staff from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum for going the extra mile to make this a very special and informative chat. Global #gtchat appreciates the collaborative relationship that has developed between our two organizations. Support of gifted children and their unique needs is definitely a community effort.

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Promotional Materials Courtesy of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum


Twice Exceptional Smart Kids with Learning Differences” brochure from @GiftedHF (pdf)

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (website) from @GiftedHF

GHF Press from @GiftedHF

Beating the Odds: An Interview with Temple Grandin” (pdf) TEMPO Magazine

Brief Summary ~ Dr. Temple Grandin Keynote TAGT 2013

The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed” (book – bn) Dr. Temple Grandin

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (website)

TAGT Annual Conference 2014 in Fort Worth

Legacy Book Award Winners 2013 from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Gifted & Twice Exceptional Kids: An Interview with Corin Goodwin & Mika Gustavson’ 

Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund (website)

ASD & Giftedness: Twice Exceptionality on the Autistic Spectrum

Life Among the ‘Yakkity Yaks‘” An Interview with Temple Grandin

Gifted Children with Learning Challenges (Twice Exceptional)

Raising My Twice-Exceptional Children… Not What I Signed Up For!

Developing Social Thinking in the Twice-exceptional (2e) Learner through Improvisational Play

Giftedness Should Not Be Confused with Mental Disorder

Stuck, Stubborn and Always Right? Changing Patterns of Rigid Thinking

The Paradox of Giftedness:  When Potential Doesn’t Necessarily Predict Performance

Executive Functioning at Home and School” by @ayermish via @DavidsonGifted

What happens when students don’t have good executive functioning skills?

Interview with Dr. Joyce Juntune

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We are please to share our interview with Dr. Joyce Juntune who will be the Keynote speaker at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. Dr. Juntune is an Instructional Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Texas A & M University.

Moderator: Dr. Juntune, could you tell our readers about your background in gifted education?

Dr. Juntune: I started out in gifted education as a cluster teacher in Minnesota.  I was teaching when the first federal law was written concerning gifted education. I had attended a workshop on gifted education when I was teaching in California, but nothing was ever mentioned about gifted again until I returned to Minnesota.

Moderator: This week, you will be keynoting at the Opening Session of TAGT 2013 on Thursday. What will you be speaking about?

Dr. Juntune: I will be addressing the challenges ahead for gifted education. Yes—we have succeeded in getting laws concerning gifted education passed in every state—AND we have educators in every district who advocate for gifted students—BUT we have started to become complacent about what gifted students really need.  The existence of programs for gifted students has made us comfortable instead of being the catalyst for designing what is really needed for the gifted.

Moderator: One of your presentations at the conference will be, “Finding and Serving Gifted Students Raised in Poverty”. Can you tell us one way a school can identify gifted students from low-SES communities?

Dr. Juntune: In order to identify gifted students from poverty—a school district needs to understand how poverty impacts the development of intelligence.  We need to look for students with potential for intellectual development and then design programs so they develop the intellectual skills they need for academic success.

Moderator: What advice do you have for parents struggling with financial concerns to help their gifted children succeed in school and life?

Dr. Juntune: Many of us came (including myself) from limited economic backgrounds.  I took advantage of every grant and work opportunity I could find.  There are more options available today—high ability students can often get full or partial scholarships, some students work to get a scholarship in an area of talent (music, athletics, etc.), dual-enrollment during high school means a student can enter college with at least a year or more already completed, some attend a local (more inexpensive) community college for their first two years and then transfer to a major university.

Moderator: What changes can teachers make to their classrooms to assist students from poverty to build academic success?

Dr. Juntune: First and foremost is to help them build academic vocabulary and their level of verbal communication. These areas are basic to building academic literacy. Talk—talk—talk about the content.

We at Global #gtchat would like to thank Dr. Juntune for taking time from her busy schedule to chat with us. If you are going to this year’s conference, you can hear Dr. Juntune on Thursday at 8:30 AM in the General Assembly Theater at the GRB Convention Center in Houston to speak on “Time for a ‘Provolution’ (Proactive Revolution) in Gifted Education”. 


Dr. Joyce Juntune  “Creativity in Education” TEDx The Woodlands 2011

What You Value, You Will Get! (in Education and Training) (pdf) by Joyce E. Juntune

Dr. Joyce Juntune Suggested Readings

Should Behavior be Used to Deny Entrance to Gifted Programs?

Many behaviors were discussed during this chat which might be used by                                       school personnel to deny entrance to gifted programs. Among these                                         behaviors were immaturity, underachievement/poor grades, disruptive                               behavior in the classroom, hyperactivity, daydreaming, and not getting easy                               work done.

An important point was made by Stacia Taylor of Texas Parenting PG that too often gifted programs are seen as a reward for good grades rather than for fulfilling the needs of the gifted child. In this instance, it is easy for schools to justify who gets into the gifted program and who does not. Krissy Venosdale, former gifted teacher and new school director at a GT school, added that gifted students who don’t handle the traditional classroom setting well can be denied access to the very programs that they really need.


It was announced at the end of chat that the chat for September 13th will be moved to Thursday, September 12th  @5PM ET/4PM CT/ 22.00 UK/ 7.00 Friday AUS (ET).

A full transcript of the chat may be found here.


A Creative and Gifted Young Man Finally Gets a Chance to Succeed in School

What We Have Learned About Gifted Children” by Linda Silverman

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?”  from Jen Merrill

They Said He Would Never Learn

Smarte Barn from Jan Bakler

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