Happy New Year, Teen Learning Lab! I want to share information about upcoming support meetings for homeschooling parents. These meetings are sponsored by one of our partner organizations, Home Schooling Gifted Students, hsgslink.org.

Testing for Gifted Kids: Monday, Feb. 13 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Guest speaker: Michelle Navarro is a psychologist in Long Grove specializing in counseling for gifted kids, including IQ testing and other kinds of assessments. She is a long-time presenter on topics for gifted families. If you think your child needs specialized testing, come learn about testing options.

Specific Needs of Gifted Kids, Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Guest Speaker: Michele Kane, PhD. Dr Kane is a professor of Special Education specializing in gifted education at Northeastern Illinois University. She is a renowned speaker on the needs of gifted children and has mentored several HSGS parents in their own pursuit of a Masters in Gifted Education.

Homeschooling through High School, Monday, April 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Learn how veterans have successfully homeschooled their gifted teens into selective/highly selective schools and programs. What are the benefits and challenges for gifted teens who homeschool their way into college? We’ll walk you through a sample transcript and share resources and tips from veteran HSGS families—including early dual-enrollment at community colleges. We’ll talk about how to help your teen become irresistible to any of their college choices.

You, Too, Can Homeschool Your Gifted Child, Monday, May 15, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Join a panel of “reluctant” homeschoolers who found that homeschooling was not just the only option but also turned out to be the best option to educate their gifted child. Learn strategies and techniques for transitioning into homeschooling. Discover ways to improve your homeschool as you plan for the next year. If you know someone who is considering homeschooling, this is the meeting for them. Friday Coop and Teen Learning Lab organizers invited to present on their fall courses.

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