Symposium 5

Symposium (5):

Asynchronous Development Revealed

Chair:
Christine Neville
Presenters:
Christine Neville, Stephanie Tolan, Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ellen Fiedler, Michele Kane, Barbara Mitchell Hutton, Shelagh Gallagher, Anne Beneventi, Kathi Kearney, and Linda Silverman.

In 1991, a new way of defining giftedness was born:
...Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching, and counseling in order for them to develop optimally. (The Columbus Group, 1991)
 
What is the mysterious Columbus Group? What impact has this definition had on the field? Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child (Royal Fireworks Press, 2013) answers these questions.
 
Part I of this symposium explores the effects of asynchronous development on gifted individuals of all ages. Contributors to Off the Charts expand on their chapters as they concern the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing effectively with its challenges, and recommendations for adapting education, assessment, parenting and counseling in a variety of settings. The Columbus Group definition rings true for many parents, counselors, teachers and gifted people themselves.
 
Part II of the symposium is an interactive session, in which participants have the opportunity to direct the discussion through their questions, comments and exchanges with the panel members. The presenters bring a broad range of experience including classroom teaching, parent and student counseling, assessment, teacher preparation, school and program administration, and professional development. Through sharing our understandings, challenges and insights we will all come away with a renewed appreciation and tools to support the development of the gifted individual.
     
Biographies:
Christine S. Neville, Ed.D., is a retired teacher/administrator. She founded and directed the Program for Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin College and the Academy for Gifted Children in Cincinnati, OH. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Michele Kane, Ed.D., is Associate Professor of Gifted Education and
Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Gifted Education program at
Northeastern Illinois University. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Ellen D. Fiedler, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Gifted Education from
Northeastern Illinois University and an educational consultant who provides professional development and consultation services nationally and internationally.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Anne Beneventi is currently director of Helios New School for the Gifted in Palo Alto, CA, and Coordinator of the Annemarie Roeper Method of Qualitative Assessment—an alternative means of determining giftedness. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice who has worked holistically with thousands of gifted and profoundly gifted children, adolescents, and adults for three decades. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Barbara Mitchell Hutton, MBA, was co-founder and head of Rocky Mountain
School in Boulder, Colorado, and is currently Head of School for Nova School in
Olympia, Washington. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, founded and directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development and the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Stephanie S. Tolan, M.A., is an award-winning author of literature for children and young adults and a writer and consultant on the social, emotional and spiritual needs of gifted individuals. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Shelagh A. Gallagher, Ph.D., is a consultant in gifted education with publications on characteristics of giftedness, gifted adolescents, gifted girls, mathematics, etc. She is also a researcher and author of award-winning curriculum for gifted students. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Kathi Kearney, M.A. Ed., is a teacher of gifted students in a public school district Maine, and also teaches online courses in gifted education for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it