Practical Solution for
Navigating Asynchronous Development
Tuesday, February 15th @6:30pm (PST)
Guest Speaker - Sharon Duncan
We are thrilled to be hosting Sharon Duncan, Co-Founder of Gifted Identity, and Gifted Research and Outreach Inc., to speak and share her insights on giftedness on Tuesday, February 15th at 6:30pm (PST).
All students are better at some things than they are at others. However, for some children, especially those who are gifted, or twice exceptional (both gifted and have learning disabilities), the extent of developmental asynchrony may be so great that it presents unique challenges in parenting and education.
Picture the 10 year old, who knows more than the docent at the museum about dinosaurs, can argue like a seasoned trial attorney, loves to play legos, can read and understand literature at the 10th grade level…but is still afraid of monsters, does 6th grade math, writes at grade level, and can melt-down like a toddler due to a wrinkle in their sock.
Meeting the wide variety of needs of a child like this can feel overwhelming for parents and educators alike. This talk will provide a picture of common ways asynchronous development presents itself in gifted and 2e students as well as practical solutions for both at home and in the classroom.
Sharon Duncan provides coaching and consultation to parents, teachers, schools, and districts to help them meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. She also provides advice to parents on a variety of educational decisions, including homeschooling set-up and support.
Sharon’s journey into studying “gifted land” began out of the necessity of trying to meet the needs of her exceptional children. During that process, she recognized the common challenges faced by the parents of gifted children. This fueled her drive to find a way to support the development of gifted children and their parents in a world that does not always recognize their needs, and often unknowingly misinterprets their behaviors.
Sharon is a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, and serves on the Mensa Youth Programming Committee. She has served on the Board of Trustees at a private k-8 school, and as President of the School Site Council for a public elementary school. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for a private k-12 school for highly gifted children, and is a member of SENG, the California Association for the Gifted, the National Association for the Gifted, the Profoundly Gifted Retreat and American MENSA.
Sharon studied at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, earning her B.S. in Business Management/Organizational Behavior, and a Minor in Government Contract Law. She went on to spend 26 years working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she experienced a variety of careers, including Project Manager, Section Manager, Contract Negotiator, Process Re-engineering Specialist, Disaster Recovery Architect, and is a NASA certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.