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Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Chapter Meeting, In the Metro

TUES 9/25 @ 6:30pm | CHAT Night: Getting Our Kids to ‘A’

TUES 9/25 @ 6:30pm | CHAT Night: Getting Our Kids to ‘A’

poorly on purpose

By focusing on smart kids who get poor grades—not because they’re unable to do better in school but because they don’t want to—Delisle presents a snapshot of underachievement that may look far different from what we may envision it to be.

Join St. Croix Valley Gifted to talk about how we — caregivers and educators — help or hinder kids’ efforts to be life-long learners.

Topic | MCGT CHAT: Getting Our Kids to ‘A’  – Download Flyer (color or grayscale .pdf)

When | Tuesday 9/25, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where | Oak-Land Middle School, Room 101A – 820 Manning Ave. N., Lake Elmo

Resources | Access the intro readings and the MindMatters Podcast interview with Jim Delisle (Episode 9)

Note | Childcare is not available for this event

Nationally known GT expert and educator Dr. Jim Delisle is a scheduled guest at NAGC Family Day right here in the Twin Cities this November. Delisle pushes back on the “classic underachiever” label, noting a range of factors that cause clever kids to disengage from school. There’s hope to help kids change course and get them to ‘A’ — though he isn’t talking report cards! Autonomy. Access. Advocacy. Alternatives. Aspirations. Approachable Educators. 

Resource List

See event details above for links to these resources. They vary in length and depth, so pick and choose the ones that most closely match your time and interests before CHAT Night arrives!

  • ASCD Sample Chapter – Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity by James R. Delisle
  • Free Spirit Publishing Blog – What Gifted Ninth Graders Said About Middle School by Jim Delisle, Ph.D.
  • Teaching Channel Tchr Blog – Doing Poorly on Purpose: Why Smart Kids Choose Not to do Well in School by James R. Delisle
  • Ten Tips for Talking to Teachers – Free Spirit Publishing excerpt from When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers
    How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.
  • Davidson Gifted (2011) – Interview with Jim Delisle on Gifted Students and Peer Relations
  • Audio: MindMatters Podcast Episode 9The Over-Under on Achievement: A Conversation with Jim Delisle
  • Audio Extra: EduTalk Radio ASCD show Gifted Education Reaching Full Potential – Renowned expert Jim Delisle on his new book “Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity”