The country celebrates the National Week for the Gifted and Talented on November 22 to 28. The annual event, held every fourth week of November, was declared through Presidential Proclamation No. 199 by then President Joseph Estrada in 1999, to promote opportunities for talented children and to help parents and teachers foster an environment for children to nurture their potentials and utilize their skills at home, school and the community. This is also the time to recognize the exemplary performance of gifted and talented Filipino children all over in the country.
In celebration of the National Week for the Gifted and Talented, the Philippine Association for the Gifted (PAG) is holding its 12th Annual Convention-Workshop. Entitled “Nurturing Giftedness: New Directions” and slated on November 25 to 26 at the Mandarin Oriental Suites, Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City, the event will serve as a venue to learn new methods in nurturing children’s talents and potentials. Hundreds of parents, teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors and professors are expected to attend the workshop.
The workshop will be facilitated by Gifted and Talented Specialist, Ms. Mary Ellen Ryan, who will also share her Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), which shows teachers how to develop students’ talents by assessing their strengths and providing enrichment through resources and services. Ryan completed her Master’s Degree in Gifted and Talented Education at the University of Connecticut and currently works as an Enrichment Specialist at the Hong Kong International School.