SENG 2017 Annual Report
Changing lives, changing futures!
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted-SENG
2017 Annual Report
"The support provided by SENG indicates a deep understanding of and commitment to individuals who exhibit gifted behaviors"
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Evelyn King Metcalf
Friends of SENG,
I rely on poetry as I rely on SENG. Both have been touchstones of transformation in my life. When I first attended a SENG conference, I felt like Emily Dickinson describing her way of recognizing poetry: “When I feel so cold that no fire can warm me, I know THAT is poetry. When I feel physically as if the top of my head were lifted, I know THAT is poetry.” In the company of kindred spirits, comrades in the trenches of a field that is so often misunderstood, I rejoice. I commune in community!
Our time on this Earth is short. The decisions we make have impact and value. For YOUR decision to contribute to SENG, I thank you. Whatever circuitous path you followed to get here, I venture to guess you found SENG and suddenly felt the air leaving your lungs, then inhaled a fresh new breath of relief. That sense of relief, however, doesn't last long! There is work to be done! Inequities to be rectified! Expansion to communities that have not had access or exposure to SENG! We can become so much more than we currently are!
In honor of SENG's phoenix-like rise out of tragedy, in hope that others will benefit from its existence and find peace of mind, I offer you a glimpse (by means of our 2017 annual report) of what we've accomplished, and of course, a poem:
BY MARGE PIERCY
The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.
I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.
I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Tracy Riley, Director
Evelyn King Metcalf, President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Will Dwyer, Finance Chair-Elect
Kristina Henry Collins, President-Elect
Sam Kohlenberg, Director
Barry Gelston, Finance Officer
Laura Paul, Director
Kate Bachtel, Immediate Past President, Current Secretary
Kasi Peters, Director
The governing body of SENG is the Board of Directors. Under the guidance of an elected Executive Committee, the board works in collaboration with SENG's Executive Director to oversee the development and implementation of SENG's strategic plan.
Requirements of Board membership are uniform and follow the best practices for corporate boards. The selection of members is accomplished through Executive Committee recommendation and nominations are then submitted to the full board for consideration. New Board Members are approved at SENG's annual Board Meeting in January
Corporate governance principles are featured in SENG's Bylaws and a series of documents adopted by the Board. Each is reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the organization and reflect current industry best practices.
SENG Standing Committees:
Executive Committee: In 2017, the Executive Committee continued to update governance reform that had begun in 2015. Changes were adopted in January 2016 and updated in 2017. In addition to a more clear oversight and strategic role for the board, highlights of governance reform include:
The Development Committee: Chaired by Michael Postma, the Development Committee worked to add some new initiatives for SENG including updating the membership program, adding Regional Conferences, and SENG Connect.
The Editorial Committee: Chaired by Tracy Riley, the SENG Editorial Committee engaged in a review of the editorial submission process. The editorial committee also assisted in the new SENG E-Book co-chaired by Kate Bachtel and Kristina Collins.
The Professional Advisory Committee: Chaired by Marianne Kuzujanakis, the PAC is tasked with assisting SENG generate ideas to connect to untapped communities in health and mental health care.
SENGinar Program Chair: Chaired by Michael Postma, SENG webinars provide convenient access to many of the top experts in the gifted field.
SMPG Program Chair: Kate Bachtel, with the assistance of veteran SMPG trainers Carol Malueg and Kasi Peters, oversaw the continued development of new initiatives including a new FAQ document, the development of a hybrid online version of SMPG, and much more.
Conference Program Chair: Conference oversight includes the annual SENG Conference and Children's Program. Co-chairs Tracy Riley & Michael Postma collaborated to deliver an exceptional event in Chicago.
Special Thank you to Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jaime Castellano, Dr. Nicole Tetreault, Dr. Joanna Haase, Dr. Susan Daniels, Dr. James Delisle, Dr. Dina Brulles, and Dr. Scott Barry Kaufmann.
At SENG we have a wonderful team of dedicated employees whose goal is to further the mission of SENG in all aspects of work. In 2017 we witnessed some transition gaining new staff who have added to the professionalism of the team. Together this small group worked extremely hard to maintain the level of achievement attributed to previous staff.
Michael Postma: A former Board Member, Dr. Postma took over the role of Executive Director in early April of 2017 as an Interim ED. With decades of work in the field of gifted and talented education as a teacher, administrator, consultant, and author, Dr. Postma is dedicated to promoting the Mission, Vision, and Goals of SENG across the globe.
Saba Seyoum: Saba has been the Finance Manager of SENG since 2016, and maintains the highest level of professionalism in her work with SENG to ensure accuracy of all financial reporting.
Natalie Monaghan: Natalie joined the SENG team in May of 2017 and serves as Program Manager. Natalie manages the database, office, events planning, registration, communication, and many other functions of SENG. She has been a great addition to the SENG staff.
Melody Yourd: Mel Yourd works as an independent contractor for SENG managing all the media and external communications. Mel (along with Trent) are also involved with SENG beyond their job descriptions. For example, both assisted in leading the 'Gifted Young Adults' Support Group and both have presented at both the SENG annual Conference and in webinars (SENGinar). We appreciate their dedication to the organization.
Trent Cash: Trent is an Intern for SENG from The Ohio State University. Trent has been invaluable in helping to launch SENG Connect and has contributed in many other ways. How many of you know that Trent put together the Conference Program Guide for the Chicago Conference? Thanks for all your efforts, Trent!
2017 Welcomed new staff members:
Dr. Michael Postma, Executive Director
Natalie Monaghan, Program Manager
Trent Cash, SENG Connect Project Manager (Intern)
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!" -Helen Keller
Melody Yourd, Communications Manager
Through our internship program, individuals gain professional non-profit experience and exposure to critical issues. Interns also have the chance to explore hands-on work at the local, national, and international levels as they work with other SENG members across the world and develop a comprehensive perspective on our mission. Internships are available virtually and on-site.
Mike Postma, Executive Director
Connect Project Manager
Saba Seyoum, Finance Manager
Natalie Monaghan, Program Manager
SENG has worked to offer support and guidance to the gifted community through education, research, and connection. With the right intellectual and emotional support, gifted people can accept themselves and fulfill the potential of their incredible capabilities.
With the goal of further expanding its activities and reaching more people, SENG embarked on an aggressive new public relations campaign in 2017.
The growth across all platforms was substantial.
Website: www.sengifted.org (averaging 10-11,000 hits per month)
SENGVine: SENG's Monthly Newsletter reaches 8-10,000 persons monthly
In 2017, SENG implemented a new membership strategy built around its Premier Membership option. Implemented in August 2017, this new strategy allows for more flexible membership programs while simplifying the recurring donation process by introducing automatic monthly or annual payments. Additionally, the Premier Membership program is designed to give members access to SENG Connect.
Total Membership: 427
*Discounts of Conferences and SENGinars
*Access to SENG Resources
*Access to SENG Connect
*Access to SENG Support Groups
SENG Webinars (SENGinars) provide convenient access to many of the top experts in the gifted field. The 90-minute webinars are designed expressly for parents, educators, and mental health professionals who work with gifted children. Join us on-line for the latest presentations on giftedness. Members and non-members who purchase a live SENGinar receive a recording of the event.
Number of live webinars: 22
Contributing Speakers: Jaime Castellano, Christine Turo-Shields, Ken Dickson, Josh Shaine, Megan Nipcon-Foley, Nicole Dietrich, Richard Cash, Sharon Barnes, Joanne Foster, Claudia Lammarouex, James Webb, Deb Douglas, Barbara Kerr, Kevin Besnoy, Melody Yourd, Trent Cash, Sharon Barnes, & Kate Bachtel
SMPG - THE HEART OF SENG
In 2017, SENG introduced SENG Connect for membership purposes. In SENG Connect, an online community has begun to form. All of the G-Suite tools are available to our members which includes a private SENG Google Plus community.
Within SENG Connect, members can post resources, formulate chat groups, ask questions, post research, and generally connect with other gifted individuals or communities across the globe. SENG Connect will continue to grow in 2018 with the development of new resources for connecting gifted adults.
SENG Connect Workshop Series
In 2017, SENG launched the Connect Workshop Series which consists of a schedule of live presentations where members can engage directly with the presenter. These presentations are meant to be less formal than SENGinars and cover a wide range of topics. In order to make the Workshops accessible to as many community members as possible, each presentation is recorded and stored within the SENG Connect archives for later viewing.Volunteers are welcome to engage to support and develop our online community and make it a place where gifted people of all ages can find support, friendship, knowledge, and community.
Workshops Held: 16
Workshop Presenters: Mike Postma, Barry Gelston, Lisa Hancock, Alonzo Kelly, Kathy Courchene, Carol Malueg, Josh Shaine, Charissa Owens, Kris Happe, Kate Arms, Adriane Ransom, Lee-Anne Gray, Terry Friedrichs, Kasi Peters
SENG CONNECT COMMUNITY
The James T Webb Scholarship currently extends the opportunity for identified gifted and talented students from low-income families to participate in the SENG Annual Conference accompanied by their parent or guardian.
To qualify, the student must be between the ages of 6-16, submit a letter of aptitude/talent from their school or clinician, craft a written statement detailing their interest in attending the SENG Conference, and provide proof of free or reduced lunch program eligibility.
Conference attendance fees are waived for scholarship winners, Transportation and accommodations are the responsibility of recipients.
The number of scholarships awarded is based on availability of funds.
New in 2017: In addition to the James T. Webb Scholarship, interested parties that are able to submit a statement of need may be considered to have Conference attendance fees waived in exchange for serving as a volunteer. Please contact the SENG Office for more information.
JAMES T. WEBB SCHOLARSHIP
The 2017 Conference in Chicago was a splendid success! 356 attendees as well as SENG staff and members of the SENG Board gathered for four days of workshops, keynotes, sessions, and fun. Highlights of the Conference Included:
* 8 Pre-Conference APA Accredited Workshops
* 5 Excellent Keynotes featuring Dr. Scott Barry Kaufmann, Dr. Jaime Castellano, Dr. Nicole Tetreault, Dr. Joanna Haase, Dr. Susan Daniels, Dr. James Delisle, Dr. Gil Whiting, and Dr. Dina Brulles
* 70 Plus regular conference sessions
* Childrens Program
* SMPG Training
* Awards Ceremony and SMPG Awards Breakfast
* Ambassadors Volunteer Program
* James T. Webb Scholarship Program
* An Evening with Film Director Marc Smolowitz
* And much More!
SENG 2017 - Chicago
In 2017, SENG began hosting smaller, regional conferences designed to complement the annual conference experience or provide an alternative to community members for whom the annual conference is not feasible. These pop-up conferences last for 1 day (2 with SMPG training) and include a full-day of the top gifted experts from the region. To augment the Pop-Up Conference experience, SENG has also begun offered CEU credits and training hours at each regional event. The first of these Pop-Up Conferences was held in Los Angeles, California in November, 2017 and many more are on the way!
Pop-Up Conference Statistics:
Conferences Held in 2017: 1
Conferences Planned for 2018: Seattle, Long Island, Columbus, Louisiana, Toronto, Los Angeles, and New Haven, CT
Average Conference Attendance: 75-125
SENG POP-UP CONFERENCES
The Honor Roll of Outstanding Educators was created to recognize educators who have made a difference in the lives of others, and to provide scholarships for current Education students.
2017 Nominees Include:
Dion Cook: Seattle Country Day School, Seattle, WA
Roger Fisher: EXCEL Pullout, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA
Barry Gelston: Mr. Gelston's One Room School House
By supporting the program with your tax deductible donation you are invited to submit names of honorees with a brief description of why they are being honored. Honorees are sent a congratulatory letter from SENG as well as being presented a memento of thanks and appreciation for their outstanding contribution to excellence in education. Honorees' names are listed on the SENG website along with other donors' names and descriptive paragraphs they wrote about their nominees.
Honor Roll of Outstanding Educators
SENG's Resource Library includes original and reprinted articles and columns from world-renowned experts on the social and emotional needs of the gifted. Organized by topic, the library is widely used by individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals. In total, the library includes over 500 titles.
Statement of Activities
"SENG has forever changed my life. I am finally beginning to comprehend my gifted nature, and for the first time in my life, I am excited to be gifted."
IBM Employee Contributions
WE ARE GRATEFUL
Anonymus Facebook Donations
Fredrick & Arlene DeVries
Nancy Ann Schifo-Green
Janet H. (In memory of Sidney Elkes)
Michael & Corrine Kohlmeyer-Hyman
Facebook Anonymous Donations
For the individuals whose generosity makes our work possible.
Total Donations for 2017:
Stargate School Foundation on behalf of Kate Bachtel
Barry Gelstons One Room Schoolhouse
P.O. Box 1184
Schenectady, NY 12301
30 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305