Dr. Sue Schaar Joins the WATG Board
Sue Schaar realized in her first year of teaching that gifted children were not getting what they needed and has made it her lifelong passion to serve and advocate for them. She earned her doctorate in Education of the Gifted from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1992. In addition to teaching in self-contained and pullout gifted programs, she has been a district director for such programming in California and, most recently, in the Madison Metropolitan School District, from where she retired in Spring, 2014. She was also a professor of teacher education and a consultant in New York and California for 14 years with a focus on differentiation and parent education.
As she worked with and observed gifted youth, Dr. Schaar became concerned about the social and emotional well-being of many, particularly because of lack of appropriate academic challenge, isolation from like-minded peers, perfectionism and sometimes anxiety and depression. She completed a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University in 2007 with the hope that she could help gifted youth in distress and work with them within the family system. She hopes to complete her intern hours in Wisconsin and become a licensed therapist in the near future.
Dr. Schaar and her husband, Jerry, lived and worked in the Midwest, New York, Florida and California for many years before moving to Wisconsin in 2011. They are the proud parents of three adult children (two teachers and an engineer) and the very proud grandparent of five grandsons, ages 2-8 (at least one of whom expects to be President!)
Congratulations to the WATG 2014 Summer Scholarship Recipients!
The WATG Summer Scholarships Committee awarded a record $4,000 this year for summer scholarships. The Fall Conference Silent Auction and other fundraising efforts have increased the amount this year! We urge our members to continue their dedication to contributing to our scholarships fund, bidding at our silent auction and buying those candy bars each and every year at our fall conference so we can make a difference in the lives of more gifted children.
This year WATG was able to award 24 scholarships to children ages 9-16 who live in 16 different Wisconsin communities. This summer these young scholars will learn about physics, Japanese, engineering, dance, chemistry, art, algebra, robotics, songwriting, music and leadership by taking courses and attending camps in Wisconsin and other midwest states.
Applicants expressed their need to attend these programs for various reasons. Some wrote about how they are striving to reach their potential. Some expressed that they relish the chance to feel a sense of belonging. Many children wrote about their desire to begin or continue friendships with intellectual peers from across the state.
Thank you for a very successful scholarship season.
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A big thank you to all who donated to WATG during our year end appeal! There is still time to donate by simply mailing a check to the WATG Office or clicking the Donate link above.
As you may already know, the State of Wisconsin provides less than $237,000 in total funding related to gifted education. Below is a graphic showing Wisconsin funding levels compared to our neighbor states.
Source. National Association for Gifted Children State of the States Report (2011-2012)
The lack of public support in our state puts the burden on parents, teachers, and community organizations to not only provide appropriately-challenging curriculum for students, but to advocate for students’ needs to be met in the first place. This year we hope to undertake a progressive drive to provide additional training and professional development for educators and implement advocacy training for parents and others who understand the importance of gifted education.
WATG– NAGC Member Benefit
Did you know that because WATG is an affiliate of NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children), Parent Members of WATG are eligible for a reduced-price NAGC membership? The NAGC affiliate Parent Member price is $15 and includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential. Find out more here.