Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The new website is up and running.

Please check it out at  www.gtcarpediem.com and pass it along to everyone who might be interested.

Let me know if you run into any glitches,  using the contact page to report any concerns or recommendations.

Still trying to figure out how to embed a calendar so people know where I am and when I'm available, but I think all the other important info is there.

Now on to the fun of finishing the book and facilitating the fall workshops!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Unequal Treatment of Equals

Excerpted From NY Times
August 7, 2014

Inequality Is a Drag


. . . "Think about it. Do talented children in low-income American families have the same chance to make use of their talent — to get the right education, to pursue the right career path — as those born higher up the ladder? Of course not. Moreover, this isn’t just unfair, it’s expensive. Extreme inequality means a waste of human resources. 

And government programs that reduce inequality can make the nation as a whole richer, by reducing that waste."

To read the entire opinion piece, go to 

Friday, July 25, 2014


Great thanks to everyone we met and all who attended our sessions at the SENG Conference in San Jose last week.  We were energized and inspired by your passion for helping gifted children.  As Maureen Neihart wrote in Risk and Resilience in Gifted Children,

“The single most powerful predictor of positive outcomes for
vulnerable children is a relationship with a caring adult.”

You are those adults!

The hand-outs of slides for the Self-Advocacy and Decision-Making presentations can be found under the "Related Articles" tab.  Please contact me directly if you'd like the original PowerPoints or any of the other materials.

Also, the information regarding the GT Carpe Diem Workshop (self-advocacy for gifted teens) is posted here on the blog.  Check the tabs above.

Back home in Wisconsin now, I'm eager to continue our quest:  
Seize a day, change a lifetime!

Great way for SENG families to relax after an intense day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

See You in San Jose

If you're heading to the SENG Annual Conference in San Jose, California this summer, July 18-20, be sure to stop and say hello.

I'll be presenting twice:

    Friday, July 18, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
    Yes, No, Maybe So: Giftedness and Decision- Making
     (with my husband, Prof. Ramon Aldag)


    Sunday, July July 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Get It Together with Self-Advocacy

Here's a link to the SENG flyer.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wi School Counselors Assn

Hello and thanks to the dedicated school counselors who joined me for my presentation, Get It Together: a lifesaver for lonely rural gifted kids, during the WSCA conference last Thursday at the beautiful Monona Terrace in Madison. My powerpoint slides and the ASCA position paper on the needs of gifted students are available under "related articles."  

Many of you expressed interest in hosting a self-advocacy workshop for the gifted teens in your community and I'd love to work with you.  Just send a follow-up email.  We'll work out the details.

I was truly looking forward to meeting 50+ kids and their advocates from Altoona, Eau Claire and Chetek-Weyerhaueser yesterday but spent 24 hours in an area hotel watching 12 inches of snow fall instead.  Schools were (wisely) closed and the Teen Workshop was postponed.   Thrilled to have made it back home safely.  Can't wait to reschedule.

Now I'm hoping this crazy Wisconsin winter will allow the three upcoming workshops to be held in Beloit and Dane County in the next three weeks.  At least my drive time is shorter! : )

Monday, February 17, 2014

AAGT 2014

Thanks to the event organizers and my enthusiastic audience at the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented conference last week. I'm especially grateful that you arranged for such gorgeous weather . . . or is it always perfect in Phoenix?

A reminder that the powerpoint slides for my session, 4 Simple Steps to Self-Advocacy, can be found on this site under "related articles."

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thanks for your continuing interest in the self-advocacy of gifted children.

We're currently in the process of converting the blog into a website.

Will post the link here when it's available.