November 22, 2012

"No art passes our conscience in the way film does,
and goes directly to our feelings, deep down
into the dark rooms of our souls."
~Ingmar Bergman.

with Sheila KOHLER, acclaimed author

DATE: December 15, 2012
TIME: 10:30-12h30
AGES: 13-16+
LOCATION: 75015, Metro Volontaires
RSVP: Please fill out this online form to secure your spot.
PARTICIPATION FEE: 10 euros, GiF Members have priority
Deadline: December 5

Description: We will talk about film and fiction and how they have influenced one another. What is your favorite book and has it been made into a movie? Which did you like better? Do you think books have been influenced by movies and can you think of any that have been that you have read?   What are the basic elements of a scene?  Is this different in film and fiction? We will read a few scenes and compare with a movie version and have you construct one of both, so bring paper and pencil.

About Sheila Kohler:
Sheila Kohler is the author of nine novels: most recently “Becoming Jane Eyre” “Love Child” "Cracks" and “The Bay of Foxes” (all Penguin) and three collections of short stories.
Ms. Kohler was awarded the O.Henry twice, the Open Voice, the Smart Family Foundation, The Willa Cather, and the Antioch Review Prize. She was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and at the American Academy of Rome (summer, 2012). She teaches creative writing at Princeton and Bennington. Cracks was filmed with Jordan Scott as director and Ridley Scott as executive producer with Eva Green playing Miss G.         For more information visit:

Thank you Sheila Kohler for returning, once again, to inspire our teenagers with your passion and expertise.

Gifted in France is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice exceptional population.

Don't forget to check out our annual Paris Spelling Bee.  Registration for this city-wide community event is now open. Space available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Best regards,

Helen Sahin Connelly

November 16, 2012

They say that we are better educated than our parents' generation. 
What they mean is that we go to school longer. 
It is not the same thing. 
 ~Richard Yates

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a lively discussion on How to Work the French Education System with guest speaker Florence Créneguy on Thursday November 29th. Mme Créneguy shares her knowledge as a teacher in the system and her experience with teaching gifted children and giving talks on behalf of the French association AFEP. This is a great opportunity to understand how the French system is designed, the thinking behind it, some changes in light of the newly elected government and some tips for parents to navigate the system for their children.  She is a long-time friend of Gifted in France and is now a consultant in addition to her teaching post at Gerson. Bring your partner, friend, care-takers, teachers, however just note that space is limited.  

Guest speaker: Florence Créneguy
Thursday November 29, 2012  -- 19h30-22h00
RSVP: Deadline mandatory by November 25, first-come, first-served.
              To reserve your spot, please fill out this online form
             Space is limited to 20, maximum.
Participation fee:  5 euros for GiF members, 10 euros for non-members.
Location: 75016

Description:   “Mme Créneguy will explain how the French system works from primaire through Lycée, some ‘problems’ that gifted children encounter in the traditional system; ideal grades for skipping/grade acceleration and some options your child may have outside of the ‘classical’ track for entering and succeeding in Lycée. This talk is generally aimed at helping parents manage the French system by understanding how it’s structured and opportunities to make it work for your child. With your RSVP, please send along your questions, with the ages and grades of your children.  This will help us understand the needs of the participants. General information on the French system can be found at this link:

Background on the speaker:  Mme Créneguy is Enseignante Education Nationale et Formatrice pour Enfants Intellectuellement Précoces pour AFEP
She has been a teacher of gifted children for more than 15 years. She currently teaches in the secondary section of Ecole Gerson, a Catholic semi-private school (in the 16th).  She also gives talks on behalf of AFEP to teachers and parents around the country and participates in conferences and meetings about gifted children in France.  She is French, but speaks English quite well. She has participated at previous GiF meetings.

Gifted in France is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice exceptional population.
If you wish to join GiF, the membership form is attached. 

See you soon.

November 7, 2012

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
 they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers."
Charles W Eliot

A book from your imagination
Creativity workshop with Cybele Troyan
Sunday, November 18th

Ages: 11-15+
Maximum class size 12 people
Location: 75015, near Metro Volontaires
RSVP: subject: Book making
Participation fee:
10€, GiF members have priority
To RSVP: email before Nov 15 and please fill out this online rsvp form

When we think of books we usually think of mass-produced paperbacks, coffee table books or picture books for kids.  We don't think of their extraordinary variety such as books with letters inside, flip books, accordion books, unusually shaped books, scrapbooks, box books, fabric books, scrolls and even matchbox books.

This class will explore some of the endless possibilities of the book as an art form.  You will choose or invent a format you want and put it all together.  Different materials will be provided.  However, if you already have some ideas of what you would like to do, please bring them along. 

The three hour workshop will be held on rue Cambronne, Paris 75015, address will be sent with confirmation.

About Cybele: 
Cybèle graduated from Yale University, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Skowhegan School in Maine.  She has also taught art classes for children at New York’s Discovery Program.

Thank you Cybele for offering your expertise and time to Gifted in France.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly