PLUS of Southwest Michigan (Partners in Learning for Unlimited Success)

an Affiliate of Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education

Our Mission:  PLUS of Southwest Michigan is dedicated to providing leadership, support and advocacy of education and services to meet the needs of gifted, talented and creative students in our region.

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PLUS of SWMI Presents:

Is Your Preschooler Gifted?
 by Dr. Rebecca Mann
 There is no one profile that characterizes all gifted preschoolers just as there is no
“line in the sand” that we can draw to separate bright from gifted children.  
Some gifted preschoolers teach themselves to read at 3 years old. Some gifted
children aren’t ready to learn to read until 8 years old. Explore characteristics
of gifted learners such as asynchrony, high energy, intensity, and creativity that
may prevent them from fitting in with their peers.
Learn why ADHD misdiagnoses are common among gifted children.  
Real world examples will be presented to give an overview of the characteristics
of giftedness and the implications for identification.

About the Presenter:
Prior to joining Hope College and the University of Connecticut as an adjunct faculty
member, Rebecca Mann served as a Clinical Associate Professor at Purdue University.
While at Purdue, Rebecca directed Saturday and summer programs for gifted youth
 in PreK through 12th grade. In addition, she coordinated and taught in the graduate
 level gifted education licensure program. She was honored with the College of Education
Faculty Teaching Award in 2010. Prior to her doctoral studies at the University

of Connecticut, for which she received the National Association for Gifted Children’s
Doctoral Student Award, she worked as a gifted resource teacher and elementary
 and middle school classroom teacher in Colorado and New Hampshire, where
she was named 2001 New Hampshire Educator of the Year of the Gifted

This FREE presentation is open to the public.
Monday, March 27
7 p.m.
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency
1819 E. Milham Ave., Portage
(between Lovers’ Lane and Portage Rd. on the north side of the road)
For more information, call 269-353-3757, or visit our website at
This free program is presented by Partners in Learning for Unlimited Success of Southwest Michigan,
a support and advocacy group for the families for advanced and accelerated students.
PLUS is an affiliate of the Michigan Association for Gifted Children.

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  PLUS of Southwest Michigan is an association of people who share a common interest in supporting gifted and talented children.  Members include

For more information you may view our brochure.  If you wish to help publicize our group you may print the brochure or contact us to send you a packet of brochures.

Membership:  You may support us through membership in PLUS by filling out a registration form and mailing it to the given address.  You also have the option of becoming a member of The Alliance at that time.

Our President, Nan Janecke, had a viewpoint published in the Kalamazoo Gazette.  Go Nan!

For more information about us you may contact our President, Nan Janecke