On February 4, 2017, Duke TIP and Broward County Public Schools will host The Educational Forum at South Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida. The event will include presentations for parents from teachers, researchers, and other education experts on topics like what to consider when deciding whether to enter college early, what innovative educational options are available to you, what academically talented students need, how to handle anxiety, and more. Students will have their own sessions covering Shakespeare, the way humans make decisions, how to write great stories, advice on whether Advanced Placement classes or dual enrollment programs are a better fit, and other topics.
Events like the Educational Forum are essential for gifted and talented students and their families for two related reasons:
1. You have to nurture talent.
Academically talented students are often under-challenged in school. They don’t receive the intellectual stimulus they require to stay engaged. And if students’ mental muscles aren’t exercised, they can become bored and aimless, and their talent won’t reach its full potential.
Enrichment opportunities like those offered at The Educational Forum’s student sessions provide an alternative. By introducing new, advanced topics, they fuel gifted students’ love of learning. They also put students in an environment with other academically talented peers and allow those students to push each other in their learning. And they do so in an environment where learning is cherished for its own sake. Combined, those experiences can keep students interested in their academic journey.
2. You have to know your options.
There are a ton of options for parents to consider today. From summer camps to early enrollment programs, online courses to brain games, parents have a lot to choose from. While the sheer volume of choices is often a good thing, it can also cause issues. How do you know which options are backed by science? How do you decide which is right for your child? How can you pick from all your choices?
That’s what The Educational Forum’s parent sessions are for. By bringing together a host of experts from different backgrounds, we’re able to provide you with the information you need to put together the best educational plan for your child. Events like this are designed to give you the resources you need to find the signal amidst the noise.
To sign up for workshops or get the details on The Educational Forum, including descriptions of all the sessions, visit the event page. Please note the blue sign-up tab on the left.