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Spring Forward with More Webinars on Wednesday Coming This Spring

“Bullying isn’t a problem that makes headlines every day. But every day, it touches the lives of young people all across this country.”
--President Barack Obama

The next Webinar on Wednesday miniseries is being offered in response to the current nationwide alarm about the rise in bullying-related incidents and the increase in adult concern about the issue. The problem is so pervasive that in 2011 the White House held its first conference on bullying prevention, and since then hundreds of books on the subject have been published.

The webinars in this series are your opportunity, with the help of researchers, to attempt to make sense of the phenomenon and its nuances, including race bullying. Guidelines and practical suggestions for parents and educators regarding prevention and intervention will be provided.
  • On May 1, Jean Sunde Peterson, Purdue University, will share findings from her national study of bullying among gifted kids who can be targets or perpetrators of bullying, or both.
  • On May 15, Winfred Harris Biddle and Tarek C. Grantham, University of Georgia, will connect the African American, gifted student’s experience with the “acting White” phenomenon with bullying research.
  • On May 22, Kelly Lee, University of Houston, and Kristen Peairs, Duke University, will highlight how gifted students may be deferentially impacted by victimization, yet have been largely ignored in the increased discussion of these topics.
The series includes two bonus archived sessions from the 59th Annual Convention: “Take a Stand against Bullying: Creating Emotionally Safe Environments” and “Bully Proofing our High-Ability Students.”

And don’t forget about the “Planting and Growing Differentiation in the Classroom” WOW series that launches April 17. Designed for both the advanced teacher needing to “enrich their soil” and those desiring to learn the “perennial” basics, this is a series of three webinars about an “evergreen” topic. You’ll gather “seeds” for your own professional growth and learn from, and ask questions of, experts in the “field.”

More information about both Spring WOW series and links to register are on the NAGC WOW page.

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