Athena’s Parent and Adult Seminars

Athena’s Advanced Academy offers occasional seminars and workshops for adults on education and parenting topics. Through our seminars and workshops, adults learn information about the gifted, education, homeschooling, and subjects that impact the gifted learner.

Adult seminars and workshops include:

  • Attendance at the live webinar and discussion
  • Access to a dedicated classroom containing resources and forums for further discussion
  • Information pertinent to the subject
  • The opportunity to connect with adults with the same interests

Seminars usually take the form of one hour lecture followed by half hour discussion, but may also be 1 ½ hour workshops. Registered attendees can either attend the seminar live or watch a recording that will be posted within a day of the seminar. 

Registration:

  • $24.00 per seminar
  • $74.00 for 4-session workshops
  • Please begin the registration process by completing the brief Athena's Adult Application Form. Further registration information will be emailed to you after responses have been processed. 
  • Adults with an active profile (or adults who would like to use their student's profile to enroll), log in and click on the Enrollment Room link. 

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Upcoming seminars:

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  • Increasing Motivation in Your Child: What Parents Need to Know

Presenter: Monita Leavitt, Ph.D. 

Description: This seminar will help you to gain an understanding of identifying and encouraging high-performance learning (HPL) in your child. You will find out about off-task behavior and discouraging motivation-busters and discover how to set a motivational trap to engage your child in the learning process. Dr. Leavitt will lead a discussion on the important role of parents in nurturing a child’s development through a ‘growth mindset.’ She will conclude with a list of 10 things you can do to prepare your child for the future. 

Date/Time: Thursday, April 20th - 4:00 PM Pacific

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  • What are the Special Needs of Gifted Girls?

Presenter: Monita Leavitt, Ph.D. 

Description: In this seminar, you will learn about the Problematic Definition of Giftedness; Problems that Emerge for Gifted Girls; the Gender Gap; and Optimism and Concern for their future.  Why are gifted girls more likely to be mislabeled?  Although the role of women has changed over the past 3 decades, why do they still experience oppression? In what ways are they their own worst enemy? Learn how you can help these girls to overcome pressures and burdens perceived as barriers to their own success. Join us in a discussion to discover what research reveals about the special support needed for gifted girls to fulfill their full potential. 

Date/Time: Thursday, May 4th - 4:00 PM Pacific

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  • What is H.O.T.? And what is not? 

Presenter: Monita Leavitt, Ph.D. 

Description: Do you want to better prepare your child for 21st-century problem-solving skills? Are you looking for ways to integrate both critical and creative thinking into your curriculum that can be used anywhere and at any time?  Join our adult seminar to learn about 6 HOT (Higher-Order Thinking) skills and find out how you can ask HOT questions to enhance your child’s learning potential.  

Date/Time: Thursday, June 1st- 4:00 PM Pacific

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  • A Test is a Test is a Test

Presenter: Deborah Simon 

Description: At some point, most parents of gifted children face The Test. We ask ourselves whether our child needs to take an intelligence test, which test it should be, who should give it, etc. And we have so many questions. Is one intelligence test the same as another? Do their methods impact their effectiveness? Which one is best? But we, and even those giving and interpreting tests, often fail to see the forest for the trees. It’s important to place current testing into the proper historical framework to better understand, effectively choose, and successfully explain tests and their results. Let’s examine the history of testing and key concepts such as measurement, reliability, and validity and how these relate to the identification and proper education of our gifted child.

Date/Time: Friday, September 29th - 6:00 PM Pacific

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Seminars we offer:

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  • Caring for Your Gifted Child’s Social and Emotional Needs

Presenters: Monita Leavitt, Ph.D.andSuki Wessling

Description: Gifted children are different from their peers, and raising them while supporting their special needs presents special challenges. In this webinar, Monita and Suki will present research, real-world examples, and parenting strategies to support the social and emotional needs of gifted children. We will also facilitate a participant discussion to troubleshoot gifted parenting issues. Participants will have access to forums to exchange information and ideas with the presenters, online resources, and access to the recorded webinar.

Date/Time: Future date t.b.a. - Recorded Session Available

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  • Online Education for the Homeschooler

Presenter: Suki Wessling

Description: Whenever you ask for suggestions about ways to educate your child, someone will no doubt recommend that you look into an online class or curriculum. Some people make it sound like online learning is the answer to all of our education system’s woes. However, not all online learning is created equal, and not all students have the background or temperament to benefit from it. In this workshop, I will show examples of different types of online learning, from self-paced curriculum to teacher-led synchronous classes. Drawing from my experience home educating my children as well as my experience teaching homeschoolers both in real life and online, I will help parents gain insight into the types of online learning that may benefit their families.

Date/Time: Spring, 2017, date t.b.a.

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  • Nurturing the Natural Writer

Presenter: Suki Wessling

Description: We all want our children to grow up to be proficient writers. We hope they will actually enjoy writing and do it well. But how do we nurture the writer within while also teaching the mechanics of writing? How do we rein in our crazy creative writers? How do we inspire our reluctant writers? In this workshop, we will explore the process of becoming a writer from the early years through high school. We’ll look at a variety of writing instructional methods with an eye toward creating a natural, relaxed writer.

Date/Time: Date t.b.a.

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  • Stress and Homeschooling

Presenter: Suki Wessling

Description: Recent brain research has revealed surprising information about stress. The old idea that learning is and should be stressful is wrong. But so is the more recent idea that children should never experience stress. In this workshop, we will explore what happens in the brain when our children experience stress, the difference between “good” stress and “bad” stress, and how we can nurture a homeschool environment that encourages the right kind.

Date/Time:  t.b.a.

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  • Goal-Setting for Parents

Presenter: Suki Wessling

Description: Traditional goal-setting approaches focus on teens who already have a firm structure that they are required to follow: school. Homeschoolers have more flexibility, but with flexibility comes responsibility. Some homeschooled teens seem readier than others to accept this responsibility and craft a homeschool education that suits them. Others seem to need more guidance. Suki’s forthcoming book, Goal-Setting for Homeschoolers, offers a structure for homeschoolers to follow when transitioning from child to teen. This workshop is for adults who want to work on goal-setting with their double-digit children (whether or not they use Suki’s book). We’ll cover developmental readiness for goal-setting, different student temperaments and their challenges, and basic goal-setting principles.

Date/Time: Date t.b.a.

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  • Gifted Intensity

Presenter: Deborah Simon

Description: Why does this child react so intensely to stimuli that barely affects others? So often we see gifted intensity as a drawback, which leads our gifted child to the same conclusion. Intensity is a gifted characteristic that can be manifested in many different ways. Let’s look at how giftedness predisposes a child to intensity, what it means for the child, what it means for the adults in his/her life, and what all can do to cope with it. Slides, role play, and hands-on interventions help you identify, understand, and successfully channel gifted intensity. This will be an interactive seminar that works best with active participation and discussion.

Date/Time:  t.b.a.

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  • Native American Gifted Students: Who are They?

Presenter: Deborah Simon 

Description: Native Americans are chronically under-represented in gifted education programs. Districts, schools, educational professionals, and even parents themselves often don’t understand the Native gifted student. Do you? Multicultural identification of gifted students presents several challenges, not the least of which is starting with a thorough understanding of a particular culture’s beliefs and values. The atmosphere in which a child is raised dramatically affects his or her learning characteristics, learning style, and understanding of the world, making it is not only ineffective but incorrect to impose a Western standard on such a culture’s students. This workshop will provide a contextual framework, cultural understanding, and methods for identification and accommodation that are based in a hands-on, participatory approach. 

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  • Homeschool Start-Up for Adults

Presenter: Suki Wessling

Description: Homeschool Start-Up is a four-week seminar workshop for homeschooling adults. We address the whole spectrum of homeschooling, from kindergarten through college, and from unschooling through online charter schools. We also spend our time addressing your specific concerns and learning how to change from a school-based to a homeschool-based mindset. This workshop is a great way to enter homeschooling and the Athena's community!

Note to parents: We are happy to schedule a special session of Homeschool Start-Up for a minimum of four participants. Please email us for more information.

Click here for detailed information about our Homeschool Start-Up for Adults Workshop

Date/Time: Date t.b.a.

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