Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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SENG Parent Group

Thursdays, 6:30pm on April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and June 6.

Location: 6 West 5th St, St. Paul, MN 55102, office 630.

Cost: $200 for entire 9 sessions. Full payment required at time of registration. Roseville Area Middle School will cover the cost for parents/guardians of identified GT students in our school. The free RAMS sessions are on a limited basis.

Registration: Space is limited, so please register by April 5. You will need to purchase a copy of the book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Students, prior to our first meeting. Online Registration Form


Wendi Schirvar, PhD, NCSP – Legislative Liaison MCGT, MN Liaison and Midwest Regional Coordinator SENG, SENG SMPG Certified Facilitator

Ursala Pankonin – Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher, SENG SMPG Certified Facilitator

Gifted children have unique traits and needs. Parenting a gifted child can feel confusing, intense, and perhaps isolating, when the practices that works for other people’s children may not work with your child. But you don’t have to do it alone!

Announcing groups for parents or guardians of gifted children. The SENG Model Parent Groups (MSPG) provide a way for parents and guardians of gifted children to support each other and share ideas for supporting your gifted children. Through a series of guided discussions by trained SENG facilitators, you will learn about the social-emotional needs of gifted and talented children, with practical strategies for improving communication, motivation, and guiding your child. Come share successes and concerns in a safe and confidential environment. Each week, discussion will be focused on topics relevant to parenting gifted children. Participants will read and discuss A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Students by Dr. James T. Web, et al. with additional reading and handouts personalized to individual participant needs.


  1. Interact and learn from other parents of GT students.
  2. Acknowledge that families with GT students have special needs.
  3. Increase skills for nurturing your GT students.
  4. Become acquainted with materials and opportunities available to support GT students.
  5. Encourage parental involvement i parenting with schools for the needs of GT students.

Questions? Contact Wendi Schirvar at 612-470-8166, [email protected] or Ursala Pankonin at 651-724-6650, [email protected]