Chandler Unified School District offers a series of workshops throughout the year for parents of students in the CATS program. This series of workshops provides tips and tools that will help in parenting gifted children.

 2017-18 Topics

CATS Academy will have three different topics this year, each having an evening session and a morning session (part of the Knights Roundtable). All meetings are at KGA.

Topic 6-7 pm 9:30-10:30 am
Twice Exceptionality 8/28  9/13
Executive Functioning Skills

*Next Steps for CATS – Jr. High and High School Transition 7-7:30 (5th-8th grade parents)

10/23*  1/17
Book Study: Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide from the National Association for Gifted Children by Treffinger, Inman, Jolly & Smutny  6-7pm 2/12 4/11



2016-17 topics

Monday, August 29th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, KGA Media Center
Advocacy for Gifted Education
Dr. Carolyn Ragatz, a CUSD CATS teacher and AAGT board member & AAGT President, Patty Messer, will inform us about opportunities we have in the state of Arizona to advocate for our gifted children. They will also share some local resources for parents.

Monday, October 24th, 6:00pm – 7:00 pm, Chandler Center for the Arts

*registration will be required
Anxiety and Depression in Gifted Students
Dr. Laura Wingers is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Beljan Psychological Services in Scottsdale. Dr. Wingers will describe simple strategies to promote key skills, recognizing that small moments and dinner table discussions matter. Early attention to developing these skills can be helpful, but it is never to late—for them or us.

Monday, February 13th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, KGA Media Center
Book Study
April Dailey, Gifted Specialist in CUSD will host a book study discussion of the title: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope by James T. Webb, PhD


2014-15 Academy dates and topics:

Workshop 1Mathematics Education Today, September 22nd 6pm  at Santan Jr High Auditorium
Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University, Dr. Marilyn Carlson is a national speaker and the author of more than 60 published and presented research papers. She has traveled to study school mathematics as practiced in China, Japan, and Singapore, and is engaged in national efforts to improve U.S. programs that educate and support teachers, including the Teachers for a New Era project led by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Workshop 2Increasing Independence and Developing Self-Regulating Behavior in Gifted Children, October 27th 6pm at Santan Jr High Auditorium
Dr. Laura Wingers specializes in work with children and adolescents. With her extensive background in both clinical and school psychology, she offers a breadth of experience, skills, and knowledge to address children’s learning, behavioral, and emotional problems. This talk will focus on increasing independence/developing self-efficacy/increasing self-regulation of emotion and behavior. She will explore topics of mindfulness, mindsets, as well as practical information on executive function as it relates to behavior, emotion, and academic performance in gifted children.

2013-14 Academy topics included:

April 2014 Book Study: Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
Feb 2014The Leader in Me – Leadership Skills for Gifted Learners
Jan 2014 Navigating to High School and Beyond
Nov 2013 – Nurturing Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers for the 21st Century VIDEO
Oct 2013 – Mathematics Education Today VIDEO
Sept 2013 – Neuro Psychologist Dr. Paul Beljan’s Presentation Slides


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