Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

WCE and NHCS host Information Sessions for Parents of Gifted Students

Monday, November 18, 2013

Edward Caropreso, coordinator of the AIG Program (gifted licensure) at the Watson College of Education, in partnership with Elin Reuben, gifted specialist, New Hanover County Schools created Gifted Information Sessions & Advocacy (GISA) in 2010. Now in its fouth year, the role of GISA is to provide information and a forum to discuss priority issues with parents and caregivers of gifted students in the region.

A series of informational sessions focusing on the characteristics, needs, support strategies and enrichment opportunities for gifted learners will be held throughout the year. Caropreso, Reuben and Karma Maples, also a gifted specialist at NHCS, will lead the sessions with the support of education professionals from across the region and state.

The first session of the 2013-14 school year was held Sept. 23 at Roland Grise Middle School. The evening’s featured speaker was Rick Courtright, gifted education research specialist with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke TIP is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development. For more information visit www.tip.duke.edu.

The second session of GISA will be held Nov. 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the media center of Codington Elementary School. The presenter is Evelyn Metcalf, who is currently a liaison for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SNEG) and works with gifted students at a charter school in Charlotte, N.C.