• 2019-2020 Resources & Events

    The Barrington Council for Gifted and Talented (BCGT) is a non-profit organization of parents and educators whose common purpose is to support high ability learners and families in School District 220. Visit their website at BCGT where engaging student activities and parent support can be found!


    For District 220 Summer School opportunities please use this link: District 220 Summer School Opportunities.


    Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC)

    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

    Northwestern Center for Talent Development

    Midwest Torrence Center for Creativity/The Center for the Gifted Local weekend and summer workshops for students. 

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    Free Weekend Seminars for Parents

    Date & Time: Various, visit the Northwestern Center for Talent Development website (click here)

    Location: Various

    Audience: Parents

    Description: Center for Talent Development's Weekend Enrichment Programs (WEP) offer free seminars for parents open to all Chicagoland families and available at WEP sites in EvanstonNapervillePalatine, and Chicago, Illinois.


    Back to School in the Park- Grove Elementary School, hosted by BCGT

    Date & Time: Friday, August 23, 2019. 3:30-5:00 p.m.

    Location: Grove Elementary School

    Audience: Students, Parents, & available Extended Teachers

    Description: A casual opportunity for students, parents, and available extended teachers to mingle in the park at Grove Elementary School before the new school year! Consider brining a blanket or chair to sit in while the students enjoy playing outside and making new friends. Please visit the BCGT website.





    Parenting for Achievement, hosted by BCGT 

    Date & Time: Thursday, May 2, 2019. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

    Location: Barrington Area Library, Rooms A & B

    Audience: Parents & students

    Mrs. Georgia Nelson, a co-teacher of the Extended Self-Contained (ESC) classroom, will be the guest speaker to talk about inspiring gifted children for a lifetime of growth and learning, including what it means to have a "growth mindset" and how to talk to your children about their "giftedness." There will be a Q&A session afterwards. Children will be playing board games next door during our parent session, but they must be registered. 


    Parent University: Living with Asynchrony—Tips and Tools

    Date & Time: Tue, April 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Location: Barrington High School, CRC (front doors, turn left, first door on left)
    Audience: Parents 
    Description: Barrington 220 parents are invited to this Parent University titled, Living with Asynchrony—Tips and Tools, featuring a presentation by Dr. Michele Kane from Northeastern University. Asynchrony is the term used to acknowledge uneven development between cognitive, emotional, and physical attributes of gifted children. "Gifted children often have significant variations within themselves and develop unevenly across skill levels. For example, a gifted child may be excellent in math, but poor in reading--or vice versa.  Often, intellectual skills are quite advanced, but fine motor or social skills are lagging" (NAGC, 2019). Dr. Michele Kane will help to explain the developmental variance of our most advanced learners. Join us! 

    Click here to view the video


    Parent University: Mindfulness Is...

    Date & Time: Wed, March 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Location: Barrington High School, CRC (front doors, turn left, first door on left)
    Description: Barrington 220 parents are invited to this Parent University titled, Mindfulness Is..., featuring a presentation by Hough Street School teacher, Eleni Keller. Is your family stressed? Learn how to bring mindfulness into your family: how to help your family slow down, build focus, be present and express gratitude while taking care of your body and mind. What a powerful tool for parents and children to learn and implement! Come to find out how to incorporate these mindful routines into your daily schedule. 

    Click here to view the video


    Science Night with Mr. Freeze & Guest Speakers (John Bruesch, Asst. Sup.  & Dr. April Jordan, Director of Extended Programs & Staff Professional Development), hosted by BCGT

    Date & Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2019. 7:00-8:00 p.m.

    Location: Prairie M.S. Campus

    Audience: Students (science event, cafeteria) & Parents (speakers, media center)

    Please join us for a fun night of science exploration for students! Assistant Superintendent, John Bruesch and Director of Extended Services, Dr. April Jordan will offer a session for parents regarding the district's profile and successes of the Extended Services Program.

    BGCT Members Free! Non-members $10/family; collected at the door.

    Please RSVP on the BCGT website: https://bcgt220.org/upcoming-events/

    Download the parent presentation here: District Profile & Extended Services Highlights, March 6, 2019


    Summer Showcase, hosted by BCGT (gallery walk and visit vendors)

    Date & Time: Tuesday, March 5, 2019. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. NEW DATE!

    Location: Barrington Area Library

    Audience: Parents & Students

    Need ideas for classes, enrichment, or camps for summer? Check out our summer showcase for gifted and talented students. Visit various vendors at your own pace in a gallery walk.   




    BCGT Member Only Event – Navigating BHS as an Extended Student 



    Audience: Current Extended Services 8th Graders and Parents/Guardians

    Do you have an 8th grader taking extended classes who has questions like, “Should I take AP World History? What science classes should I take in high school?” For answers to these questions and more, join us for a Member Only event for 8th grade students and their families. A panel of current BHS extended students will provide information and answer questions ranging from class selection to balancing homework and activities. This event is separate from the BHS transition night, because we’ll focus solely on choices and questions of extended students. Past attendees have found this event very helpful and you won’t want to miss. Registration is required.

    Register here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0444ADA9229-navigating


    IAGC Parent Conference

    Date & Time: Saturday, February 2, 2019. 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
    Chicago Marriott Hotel, 1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60563

    Description: In conjunction with the 24th annual IAGC Conference, IAGC has once again organized a Saturday morning of presentations specifically for parents at the affordable price of $60. Unfortunately, IAGC does not offer onsite childcare. Register here:  https://www.iagcgifted.org/Parent-Saturday.



    Barrington High School Arts Open House

    Date & Time: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Barrington High School (enter at main doors); Arts wing

    Audience: All Students & Parents

    The halls will be alive at BHS on January 17th with the hustle and bustle of the performing arts! Come take a look at the classrooms, exhibits, and talk to the teachers about the abundant opportunities at the high school. Middle School Extended Art work will be on display in the museum. Gallery-style walk about (move at your own pace, mingle, and just pop into art the various rooms). 


    Annual Extended Services Program Overview: Information Night for Parents of Students New to the Program 

    Date & Time: Wednesday, November 28th, 2018,  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Station Middle School Campus, Library Media Center

    Audience: Parents of students new to the program

    Please join us for an informational overview of the Extended Services Program. This evening we will explore characteristics of extended learners/high ability learners, the levels of service the program offers, the student identification process, and website.



    2018 Big Wave Bounce Park, hosted by BCGT 

    Date & Time: Sunday, November 4th, 2018,  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Location: 28039 W. Northpointe Parkway, Lake Barrington, IL 60010

    Please join us in a fun social event that will have the kids jumping for joy, while the parents can get to know each other a little bit!  Please let Big Wave know that you are part of the BCGT group. Rates are $8 for children 3 years and up and $5 for 2 and under. BCGT members and non-members are welcome. Snacks and drinks will be provided at no charge, although we do ask for you to register so that we can ensure there will be enough for everyone. We hope to see you there!

    Register for Big Wave by clicking here.


    Annual Game Night, hosted by BCGT

    Date: Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Location: Barrington Area Library, Zimmerman Rm.

    Audience: Students & parents

    Please join the Barrington Council for Gifted & Talented for a family night of games and friendly competition!

    Register at https://bcgt220.org/. BCGT members are free. Non-members $10/family at the door.


    Parent University: Extended Middle School Math 

    VIDEO Parent University: Extended Math & the Blended Approach with the Elements of Mathematics Foundations (Sept. 2018): Learn more about the Elements of Mathematics Foundations and our blended approach used in extended middle school math. 

    We have reflected on our first year of a fully integrated blended learning approach for our 6th grade Extended Services math students. Special thanks to the parents, students, and teachers who completed the Elements of Mathematics Foundations survey last spring! Based on the feedback, we will be implementing the following to better support our learners now in 7th grade and 6th grade Extended Math:

    • A Parent University will take place Sept. 11th ( 7 parents & students) and Sept. 12th (gr. 5 and 6 parents and students). EMF representatives and Barrington District 220 educators will co-present the tenets of the course, our approach to instruction, and how Schoology is integrated into the class.
    • A new informational link on the Extended Services webpage was created (Course Pathways), Barrington District 220 Extended Math-EMF.
    • Curriculum pacing was adjusted (some topics require more time, others need less time).
    • Math Journals will be utilized (paper-pencil approach to note taking, modeled and practiced strategies of problem-solving, and reference guide for students).
    • Math Review Day and/or Start Summative Assessment. Teacher support will continue to be built into instruction routinely (allowing students extra support and time to work through challenges with the teacher before a summative assessment, if needed).
    • Show Work/Test Support will be required on class summatives (computational, conceptual, and problem-solving document completed so students can illustrate their thinking and understanding of concepts).
    • Supplement Unit Support will be integrated (more time and practice on traditional math; e.g. pre-algebra, algebra, etc.)
    • Students will be explicitly taught how to use the EMF Help Forum (allowing for continued support from home)


    Parent University: Grade 7 Extended Math

    When: Tue, September 11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Where: Guidance Resource Center at BHS (map)

    Description: Join the Director of Extended Services, Dr. April Jordan, Iain Ferguson from the Elements of Mathematics Foundations IMACS, and the Extended middle school math teachers in this Parent University.

    Intended Audience: Grade 7 Extended Math Parents & Students: A Blended Experience with the Elements of Mathematics Foundations (EMF).


    Parent University: Grades 5 & 6 Extended Math

    When: Wed, September 12, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Where: Guidance Resource Center at BHS (map)

    Description: Join the Director of Extended Services, Dr. April Jordan, Iain Ferguson from the Elements of Mathematics Foundations IMACS, and the Extended middle school math teachers in this Parent University.

    Intended Audience: Grade 5 & 6 Extended Math Parents & Students: A Blended Experience with the Elements of Mathematics Foundations (EMF).


  • 2017-2018 Resources & Events 


    CANCELLED. The Center for Gifted, Midwest Torrence Center

    A World of Wonder Summer Classes, 2018 (Gr. K-8)

    Date: SESSION I: June 18-22, 2018  SESSION II: June 25-29

    Location: Prairie Middle School Campus

    Audience: Students Gr. K-8 

    See flier for details: Summer 2018 Flier

    Sign up using this link: Register for Summer 2018 Courses, The Center for Talent development, Midwest Torrence Center


    Barrington Council for Gifted and Talented, Summer Showcase

    Date & Time: February 27, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Location: Barrington Area Library (1st Floor Meeting Room)

    Audience: All Parents

    It may be cold outside, but we're thinking ahead to summer!  Are you looking for options to keep your extended student learning, challenged and growing over the summer?  We've invited a number of local educational providers to showcase summer programs and resources. Whether your student is an elementary school kid or a BHS teenager, there’s something for everyone. So stop by! We’d love to see you.

    • List of vendors and summer opportunities presented by BCGT: BCGT, Summer Showcase.
    • For District 220 Summer School opportunities please use this link: Barrington Summer School. Enjoy! 

    Parent University- Bridging the Digital Cultural Gap

    Date & Time: February 21, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Location: Barrington High School (Door 1), GRC

    Audience: All Parents

    Brandon Tessers (M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy) is a counselor with the Center for Identity Potential. He will be sharing a message that will help families balance a healthy integration of technology into their daily lives. Brandon will help us all explore the conflict that technology sometimes creates and the important questions we must ask ourselves to find the happy medium. "Are we more concerned than parents in the 70's or are we simply faced with different obstacles?" Brandon presents a framework to make conflict less likely or less intense within the household.

    Click here to download presentation: Bridging the Digital Cultural Gap, Brandon Tessers


    BCGT Student Panel: Life in High School

    Date & Time: February 6, 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Location: Barrington Area Library

    Audience: All Parents & Extended Services Students, Grade 8 (BCGT MEMBERS ONLY)

    This event is sponsored by the Barrington Council for Gifted & Talented (BCGT). It is a wonderful opportunity for 8th grade Extended Service students to hear about the high school experience from Barrington High School students! The transition to high school does not have to be one filled with anxiety. Please join us with your 8th grader to hear more about the course pathways students choose, socializing, and joining clubs. 


    For more information about this event, or to become a BCGT member, visit www.bcgt220.org/upcoming-events.



    Date: Saturday, February ​3, 2018

    Location: Marriott, Naperville, IL

    Annual Barrington 220 Extended Art Reception & 8th Grade Fine Arts Open House
    Date & Time: January 18, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Location: Barrington High School (Door 1), Art Wing
    Audience: Parents & Students
    Description: Middle school students will be able to see an extended art showcase in the art gallery and learn more about visual arts and performing arts classes at the high school. Courses include: drawing & painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, printmaking, photography, dance, choir, orchestra, band, theater and many more.  

    Game Night for Families (parents are encouraged to stay and play!)

    Please join the Barrington Council for Gifted and Talented for a family night of games and friendly competition!


    Date & Time: Friday, November 17, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Location: Barrington Area Library Meeting RoomBCGT Members are FREE! 

    Non-members $10/family collected at the door​. REGISTER WITH THIS LINK:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49a5ac22aaf49-bcgt


    Information Night for Parents of Students New to the Program

    Date & Time: November 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Location: Station Middle School, Media Center

    Audience: New Parents

    Parent of new students to the Extended Services Program are encouraged to join the Director, Dr. April D. Jordan, for a presentation of general program information. We will review placement criteria, the continuum of services, and how you can support your extended learner. 

     Fall presentation for viewing (click here).


    Executive Functioning, Your Child, and You

    Location: Maine Township 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge, IL 60068 
    Audience: Students & Parents

    The term Executive Functioning (EF) is being used more and more, yet many people still aren't quite sure what it means. It's clear that it is important, but many don't know why or what to do about it. Enter Andy Mahoney. Andy has worked as a counselor specializing in incorporating neuropsychological testing into his work with gifted and talented individuals for over 30 years and has traveled the country talking to various groups about the importance of understanding the way the brain works and how it affects our day-to-day lives.

    In this workshop, Andy will help attendees understand what Executive Functioning is, how to notice the effects of EF strengths and weaknesses in a person's life and relationships, and how to improve EF skills and make changes. Particular focus will be put on EF issues for children and teens and how parents and helping professionals can understand and help.

    If you know a child who is struggling academically (even though it seems like they understand the things they're learning), who struggles to motivate or communicate or self-regulate, who doesn't manage their time or their priorities or their physical space well, or who seems to get things one second and forget them the next, then you know a child who could use Executive Functioning support. Find out how to be the support they need.

    This free event is sponsored by Maine Township's MaineStay Youth & Family Services and Chicago Behavioral Hospital. It is appropriate for community members and professionals and includes 1.5 free CEUs for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. Check in will be from 6:30-7:00 PM. Advance registration is requested as seating for this event is limited.

    *Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Maine Township Food Pantry.

    Northern Illinois University STEMfest
    Location: NIU Convocation Center (1525 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115)
    Audience: Students & Parents
    STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Northern Illinois University STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages.  More information can be found at http://www.niu.edu/stemfest. 


    BCGT Parent Speaker Event

    Title: Giftedness & Academic Underachievement: What Lies Beneath

    Date & Time: October 3, 7:00 p.m.

    NEW Location: BHS, Guidance Resource Center (GRC). Enter through main doors and turn left to find the GRC. This event has exceeded the capacity of the former location.

    Audience: Parents

    Andy Mahoney is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of counseling the gifted and talented. He is the founder of The Center for Identity Potential – a leading provider of counseling and consultation services geared specifically to gifted, talented, and exceptional people. During his presentation Andy will share his expertise on how to help your gifted student achieve to their full potential, how to identify and address academic underachievement, and how undiagnosed learning problems can impact gifted and talented students.
    Register at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49a5ac22aaf49-giftedness or through the link on the BCGT website - www.bcgt220.org .
    NOTE:  This event is subject to cancellation if an attendance minimum is not met by September 29th...RSVP today