Posts Tagged ‘advocates’


Looking Back and Ahead with Gratitude

2010 has proven to be a year of growth, learning and global collaboration. I wanted to pause for a moment and share my appreciation for the following highlights. None of these milestones would have been possible without your support, input and inspiration:

  • Building a growing, active and generous tribe filled with linchpins!
  • Attracting more than 12,500 unique visitors from 62 countries to the Ingeniosus Web site in just 9 months and receiving more than 230,000 hits to the site since March.
  • Writing and publishing the following articles:
    • “Seven Guidelines for Parents of Gifted: How to Advocate Intelligently in a Tough Economy” in Understanding Our Gifted, Spring 2010. Thank you, Carol Fertig!
    • “Twitter and Gifted Education: How Social Networking Can Propel Advocacy and Learning” in Parenting High Potential, March 2010.
    • “Twitter and Gifted Education: Part II” in Parenting High Potential, June 2010. Thank you, Jennifer Jolly!

So, thank you all. Your support, participation, questioning, ideas and passion have ignited new life into the advocacy movement on behalf of these bright and creative students. And I feel so very fortunate to be on this journey with you.

Beginning in January, I hope to help take our digital movement even further, as I hone in on those areas which I feel can make the most impact. I look forward to watching you all lead in your strength areas. You motivate me daily.

In the year ahead, Ingeniosus will be offering companies, schools, individuals and non-profit organizations serving gifted and talented communities the following menu of options to increase their influence and impact:

  • Linchpin Business Reviews (LBR)
  • Strategic Marketing Consulting Services
  • Social Media Trainings
  • Global #gtchat Sponsorships/Advertising

I will also be working to ensure #gtchat continues to evolve, so that parents, educators and advocates from throughout the world can share information and resources in real-time, enjoy a sense of kinship, break down barriers and influence outcomes that benefit students.

Join me in celebrating all that we have accomplished together in such a short time. Well done! I raise my glass to you and look forward to an incredible 2011!

Warmest regards,

Deborah Mersino


Global #gtchat T-shirts Are Here!

At long last, our Global #gtchat T-shirts are here! I’m thrilled to announce the “Shop” portion of the Ingeniosus site is now open: Two different T-shirt designs are available. The front of the shirts are both the same (featuring our #gtchat logo and tagline); the backs differ.

I will be shipping both domestically and internationally.

Please note that the shirts run extremely small, so when in doubt, order a size or two larger than normal. For instance, the Women’s-Small will easily fit a 9-year-old or 10-year-old.  So, consider ordering one (or several) for your student/s. They, too, can help spread the word about #gtchat!

I’ve ordered 50 shirts to begin with and will be adding new sizes to my next batch. If you don’t see a size you want or need, let me know via email. I’ll be sure to include it in the next batch. This particular brand – American Apparel – offers Women’s sizing (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Extra/Extra Large) and Men’s (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Extra/Extra Large).

If you have any questions prior to placing an order, feel free to shoot me an email at deborah (at) ingeniosus (dot) net. I will do my best to answer your questions promptly. I know some of you are looking to get your shirts by mid-October for conferences across the world. The earlier you order, the better your chances will be for having them in hand.

You’ll notice that I’m utilizing PayPal. For those of you who are unfamiliar with PayPal, it’s a secure, third-party shopping cart system that allows users to order without the shipper (me in this instance) seeing any of your credit card or banking information.

I’m new to the merchandising business, so I hope you’ll be patient with me as we launch this Shop. I’m currently using flat shipping fees based on average USPS shipping costs in the United States and Internationally (and a bit extra to cover insurance/tracking fees/labels/post office runs & actual tracking). Hopefully, there won’t be any glitches. Outside of the “P” in the tagline being capitalized inadvertently, I’m truly pleased with how the shirts turned out!

Please feel free to leave any comments in the reply section below (especially if you like the shirts!). I want to thank everyone who has exhibited such enthusiasm about this project. Corey Alderdice of The Gatton Academy gets extra kudos for coming up with our winning tagline: “140 characters. Unlimited potential.” Here’s to spreading the word about #gtchat! After all…

Ready to start shopping? Click here!


An Official Thank You to All #gtchat Participants: A Follow-up Post Regarding Vision

I felt prompted today to write you all a follow-up blog post. I wanted to offer a bit more explanation of why I decided to begin offering Twitter Training Sessions, Parental Impact Presentations and Global #gtchat Sponsorships.

When I started #gtchat, I strongly believed in its power to support gifted students throughout the world. What I didn’t expect was the intensity and excitement of orchestrating and participating in the chats week in and week out. It’s been an utter privilege, and I now find myself wanting to devote even more time and energy to this fruitful endeavor.

I have a large vision for #gtchat and want to do everything I can to ensure its sanctity as an open forum devoted to finding solutions for gifted learners worldwide. Global #gtchat ultimately belongs to us all (not just me). It can’t exist in a vacuum. After all, we birthed it via collaboration!

Having said that, I do want to do more research, invite topic experts to specific chats, create “#gtchat learning links” based on each week’s chat, introduce tweeps with similar interests to each other, teach others about the new social media technology (especially parents who might feel intimidated), create customized transcripts with live links, assist new #gifted and #gtchat followers, and ultimately continue to help alter the way we think and learn about gifted issues.

I believe we’re at the very, very beginning of something quite extraordinary that has the potential to challenge our perceptions and knowledge about collaboration, culture, advocacy and peer-to-peer support in the global gifted education realm. I know this because I’ve been the beneficiary of your wisdom, your input, your enthusiasm and support! Read the rest of this entry »


Transcripts Available from 02.12.10 “Homework: Battles or Bliss?” & “Discovering Passion: Helping Gifted Kids Find Inspiration” #gtchats

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Good morning or good afternoon (depending on where you reside)! Thank you to everyone who made yesterday’s global #gtchat sessions so lively!

While our noon session on “Homework: Battles or Bliss?” was small, it was mighty! The Davidson Institute (@DavidsonGifted) shared some excellent resources that you’ll want to be sure to check out.

Our second session, “Discovering Passion: Helping Gifted Kids Find Inspiration” proved to be both inspiring and thought-provoking.

Check out the transcripts here:

  • Transcript from 02.12 noon/EST #gtchat, “Homework: Battles or Bliss?”: {starts halfway down}
  • Transcript from 7pm/EST #gtchat, “Discovering Passion: Helping #Gifted Kids Find Inspiration”

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