CATS Academy for Parents Workshops

  • Mark Your Calendars for the 11th Annual AAGT Parent Institute
    September 21, 2019 • Barry Goldwater High School 

    AAGT Parent Institute


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    CATS Academy for Parents (CAP) is a series of workshops designed to provide CATS parents with tips and tools that will help in parenting gifted children. We invite you to attend!

    *All workshops will be held at:

    Knox Gifted Academy (Room D-6)

    700 West Orchid Lane

    Chandler, AZ 85225


    *The location for Dr. Wingers' presentation on 2/20/20 and information on registering for this event will be posted this Fall.

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  • Next Steps for CATS - Jr. High & High School Transition Meeting 

    October 17, 2019 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    April Dailey, Gifted Specialist in CUSD and Jena Phillips, Academic Coach (and previous Jr. High CATS teacher) will answer a few frequently asked questions, give you the dates for CATS information nights at our CUSD schools, and collect your questions to pass on to these sites.

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  • Insights from Alumni - Student Panel

    December 12, 2019 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    April Dailey, Gifted Specialist in CUSD and Jen Nusbaum, Dean at Knox Gifted Academy will host a panel discussion with students who were in the gifted program during Elementary School and/or Junior High School.  Hear it from the source - what were some of their celebrations, as well as challenges, as they moved through the gifted program and beyond.

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  • Dr. Laura Wingers - Mental Health and Well-Being: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Children

    February 20, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  

    **Registration and location information will be updated this Fall. 

    The intellectual, emotional and behavioral intensity common in young gifted students can be both laugh-out-loud awesome and head-in-hands horrible! If not well-understood, it can result in difficulties at home and school. What are expected behaviors in young gifted children? And what are “red flag” behaviors that may indicate more serious concerns?

    In this engaging, interactive presentation, Dr. Wingers will shed light on essential skills parents can promote and practice with children. She will provide tips for addressing anxious, defiant and avoidant behavior at home and school.

    Learn more about healthy emotional development in gifted children and practical, proactive approaches to handling life’s difficulties. There is much that can be done. Learn when to take action – and how to get help.

    Dr. Laura Wingers




    Laura Wingers, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and the founder of CENTER Psychology & Consulting, located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    She works closely with parents, teachers, physicians and other treatment providers to identify and meet the needs of school age children and adolescents.  Dr. Wingers’ professional focus includes:

    • highly and profoundly gifted intellect and related developmental asynchrony
    • dyslexia and other learning differences
    • ADHD and executive function impairments, and
    • anxiety and mood disorders.

    With nearly 20 years’ experience, and expertise in pediatric neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and school psychology, Dr. Wingers’ services include:

    • gifted assessment
    • neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessment, and
    • psycho-educational assessment for children from preschool through high school.

    Dr. Wingers and CENTER clinicians also provide solution-focused therapy and consultative services for parents and children as well as mindfulness-based intervention approaches.

    Dr. Wingers also provides training and consultation services for school districts and parent groups locally and nationally.


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  • Book Talks

    April 23, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    April Dailey, Gifted Specialist in CUSD, Jen Nusbaum, Dean at Knox Gifted Academy and Kerri Zitar, Teacher at Knox Gifted Academy will host a book discussion regarding titles that your children are currently reading.  Join us to share with other parents great books you have found and learn about new titles.  

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