2017-18 Programs, Events, and Activities

We encourage you to attend presentations throughout the 2017-18 school year. At these meetings you can expect:

  • ELP staff will give an overview of the range of ELP services at each building and will discuss new information regarding programming changes.
  • A Friends of ELP Board Member will be present to answer questions you may have about our group.

2017-18 ELP Parent Programs

Event Date Time Location
Navigating High School and Preparing for College January 4, 2018 7 p.m. JMS Library
Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation Skills March 29, 2018 7 p.m. JMS Library

Past Programs

One of the goals of our organization is to sponsor informative programs throughout the school year. Over the past few years, we’ve covered a great number of topics of interest to families of high-ability students. If you see a topic on this list that you’d like us to re-visit, please let one of our board members know.

2017-18 School Year
Navigating High School and Preparing for College (student panel) January 4, 2018 Watch video (via YouTube)
Executive Functioning: Helping Gifted Students with Planning, Organization, and Time Management March 29, 2018 View Presentation
2016-17 School Year
Gifting the Gifted: Parenting Your Exceptional Child Featured Nancy Schornack  View Outline
Navigating High School and Preparing for College January 9, 2017
Growth Mindset March 23, 2017
2015-16 School Year
Helping Children Cope with Anxiety Featured Lindsey Swan View Presentation
Where are they now? A panel of former Johnston ELP students Featured Justin Allen, Emily Betz, Josh Boeschen, Jennifer Glover Konfrst, Thomas Lashier, & William McDowell
Exceptional Educational Experiences in the JCSD Featured Chris Bergman
2014-15 School Year
Differentiation and the Teacher-Leader Grant in the JCSD Featured Matt Robie & Dr. Bruce Amendt View Robie’s Presentation
View Amendt’s Presentation
Best Practices for Parenting a High-Ability Student Featured Mary Schmidt View Presentation
Sex, Gender, and Gifted Kids: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know Featured Sally Rapp Beisser View Presentation
2013-14 School Year
Perfectionism: The Occupational Hazards of Parenting Gifted Students Featured Lisa Van Gemert View Presentation
Motivation and Underachievement: How they affect your high-ability student Featured Kathy Paul View Presentation
Play Up! Using common-sense sports analogies to encourage support for high-ability learners Featured Matt Robie View Handout
2012-13 School Year  
Guiding the Gifted Reader Featured DeDe Small & Todd Hodgkinson View Presentation
Acceleration Featured Mareen Marron View Presentation
What you need to know about academic testing Featured Sue Kline View Presentation
2011-12 School Year  
Programs and Services offered by Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development Featured Catherine Blando
The Importance of Play: From the voices of 506th Grade Gifted Students Featured Sally Beisser View Handout
The Benefits of Being in ELP Activities Featured Jessica & Rita Pray
2010-11 School Year  
Purposes and Methods of Reading Instruction Featured Chris Bergman & Annie Orsini View Presentation
Talented and Gifted Education in Iowa: Laws, Funding and Future Featured Mary Mascher, Clay Guthmiller, & Linda Moehring
Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted Students  Featured Sonja Mennenga