Gifted Minds Prosper, a parent organization dedicated to the needs of gifted students in the Prosper, Texas school district, held its first Gifted and Talented Symposium last night for parents and teachers. The event, sponsored by The Passionate Mind Institute, brought together a number of local experts in the field of Giftedness and Talent (GT) to talk about curriculum standards and issues affecting gifted children.
After an introduction from Prosper ISD's GT Coordinator Janet Anders and Gifted Minds Prosper President Lynn Bender, James Bishop, the executive director of The Passionate Mind Institute, took to the podium to introduce the guests, who included several researchers from the University of North Texas. Mr. Bishop and the experts then engaged in a brief question-and-answer session, before the event broke into breakout sessions. Some of the topics discussed at the breakout sessions included gifted children struggling with anxiety and ADHD, information literacy, advocacy and resources for the gifted, and social studies curriculum.
The event was well attended with over 80 parents and teachers in attendance. With the success of the event, discussions have already begun about presenting a second symposium in Spring.
The Passionate Mind Institute was established in 2016 to educate the public on the social value and specific needs of gifted, creative, and artistic people in our society; to conduct research in the fields of giftedness, talent, and creativity; to promote community welfare and literacy; and to provide community outreach programs that encourage the development and exploration of individual talents.