Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2008

Whitworth to Host July 16 Parents' Night Featuring Giftedness Expert Linda Silverman

Summer Institute for Professional Development to offer courses for
parents, teachers, education students and the general community

The Center for Gifted Education at Whitworth University will host a Parents' Night, featuring a question-and-answer session with Linda Silverman, Ph.D., a nationally known speaker, author and expert on gifted development. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call (509) 777-3226 or e-mail gifted@whitworth.edu.

While at Whitworth Silverman will also teach a class, "Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Learner," July 16-18 as part of the center's Summer Institute for Professional Development. During Parents' Night and in her class, Silverman will share findings from her recent research on the profoundly gifted.

In addition to Silverman’s class, throughout July and early August faculty from the Whitworth School of Education will teach classes on topics including effective elementary literacy instruction, brain-compatible learning strategies, improving math WASL scores, and developing productive and responsible global citizens.

For course fees, registration or additional information, contact the Whitworth Center for Gifted Education at (509) 777-3226, or Whitworth Graduate Studies in Education at (509) 777-3228, or e-mail gifted@whitworth.edu.

Silverman holds a Ph.D. in special education and educational psychology from the University of Southern California. She founded the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center, of which she serves as director, and the Visual-Spatial Resource, in Denver, Colo.

Silverman is the author and editor of several books, including Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner and Counseling the Gifted & Talented.  She has also written numerous articles and delivered hundreds of lectures throughout the world. 

According to Silverman, gifted people possess qualities that include problem-solving skills, abstract reasoning, thriving on challenge, curiosity, vivid imagination, intensity, sensitivity, complexity and perfectionism.

"Gifted people not only think differently, they feel differently," Silverman states on her website, www.gifteddevelopment.com. "Giftedness is a different way of being, and these differences affect one throughout the lifespan."

For more information on Linda Silverman and the Gifted Development Center, visit www.gifteddevelopment.com.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



Christine Kopet Huss, Center for Gifted Education, Whitworth University , (509) 777-3226 or chuss@whitworth.edu.

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