Superheroes and the Gifted: With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power

WAETAG · December 20, 2020

Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian Housand

Superheroes and the gifted often possess virtues like compassion, altruism, and a sense of justice. Hope for the future relies not on superheroes miraculously saving the day but instead on empowering today’s gifted kids to conquer the problems of tomorrow. This session compares gifted youth to superheroes and examines the type of support necessary for their own hero’s journey.

This session examines the inner and outer lives of gifted students through the lens of Pearson’s (1986) archetypal framework outlined in The Hero Within and provides connections to superheroes presented in popular media. 

Each of the six archetypes is presented with both a task and a gift.  Specific advice and strategies to help support gifted students is provided for each archetype.

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The Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted (WAETAG) is a non-profit 501(c)3 Washington state organization. We were established in 1982 to support the education of gifted and talented persons by empowering our educators. WAETAG is the cornerstone of three organizations whose main purpose is supporting gifted education in Washington state. Together with the Northwest Gifted Child Association, which provides support for parents, and the Washington Coalition for Gifted Education, our advocacy and legislative arm, we offer a three-tiered approach to accomplishing our vision of a world where all students are recognized, respected and passionately supported for their unique needs, talents, and gifts. Our Mission: To empower educators and communities to support the educational and social emotional development of talented and gifted students.

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