Wenda in Forest.jpgWenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, is an emeritus board member and past president of the USA organization Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. She served four years on the board of Potential Plus UK, formerly known as the UK’s National Association for Gifted Children, while she was teaching middle school English and serving with her husband as a dorm parent for high school boys from dozens of different countries at TASIS The American School in England from 2009-2014. Before moving to England, she taught English in the United States and China, practiced law in Ohio for nearly two decades, and worked in Connecticut as a disability policy researcher exploring the educational and workforce lives of people with disabilities.

She currently spends her days with a delightful combination of legal, environmental, and educational pursuits, including serving as the domestic relations magistrate in an Ohio county, volunteering with the League of Women Voters, and speaking to groups of people about education and about various other topics including Climate Reality (she’s a trained member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps). Her opinions in this blog are her own, and not those of any organization or institution. 

Many thanks to Sally Lyon, Valerie Costa Vandermeer, Diana Falk, Catharine Vetter Alvarez, Tedra Osell, Marcia Madonik Coakley, Rosie Cepeda, Kiesa Kay, Jennifer Engle Rix, and dozens of others who have helped edit/proofread/preview one or more of the articles in this blog. 





6 Comments on “About”

  1. Your cousin says:

    I need a dictionary when I read your stuff. Good on. Richard Arthur Whitworth Sheard esq.

  2. Marsha Johnson-Schmid says:

    Wonderful! Shared with PGR Private Facebook Group. Thank you, Wenda. ❤

  3. Wenda Puzzo says:

    Great “How to strip Holiday naked” article. Nice to meet another Wenda 😉

  4. Julie D. says:

    Thanks for mentioning the Davidson Institute in your blog!
    We are trying to spread the word about our latest endeavor.

    The Davidson Academy is launching a new, full-time online high school option for profoundly gifted students living anywhere in the United States. Now, families who are unable to move to Reno can have their student(s) attend the Academy.

    NEWS RELEASE, December 2016

    Available to Students Living Anywhere in U.S.; Tuition-Free for Nevada Residents

    (Reno, Nev.) – The Davidson Academy, a free public school for profoundly gifted students located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, is pleased to announce a new full-time online high school option for the 2017-2018 academic year. The rigorous academic environment for which the Academy is known will be available both online and at the Reno school.
    “The Davidson Academy’s online high school option is different than anything currently on the market,” said Academy director Colleen Harsin. “In addition to the academic component, which includes small class sizes and personalized learning plans, the online high school will offer extensive student support and college planning services.”
    The Davidson Academy is well-established as an exceptional school for profoundly gifted middle and high school students who can move to or already live in the Reno area. The full-time online high school option will bring this experience to students whose families are unable to relocate.
    “Each year, students who are accepted to attend the Academy are not able to move to Reno. I am excited that many more profoundly gifted students across the country will now be able to reach their academic goals through the Davidson Academy,” said Academy founder Bob Davidson. “The new online option reflects the Academy’s commitment to this population by offering the opportunity for a rigorous online academic environment where these students can thrive among their intellectual peers.”
    For the 2017-2018 academic year, the online high school will include courses for incoming freshmen and sophomores, with courses for juniors and seniors being added in subsequent years. All Davidson Academy online courses are accredited. Applicants for 2017-2018 must be 12 to 15 years old as of Sept. 30, 2017, submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores and commit to being full-time students. This age requirement will be expanded upward as more advanced high school courses are added in the future. For Nevada residents, both options – attending either the online or Reno school – are free, and there is no application/assessment fee. There is a $100 application/assessment fee for out-of-state students, as well as a competitive tuition rate with financial assistance available. The application deadline is March 1, 2017, and late applications will be considered until April 15, 2017, space permitting. Visit http://www.davidsonacademy.unr.edu/Online for more information.
    Students moving to or living in the Reno area can attend the Davidson Academy’s free public day school, which is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Classes are grouped by ability level, rather than by age-based grades, providing profoundly gifted young people an educational opportunity matched to their abilities, strengths and interests. Students can access University classes when ready. To attend the Reno school, students must be at the middle or high school level across all subject areas and score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the ACT or SAT. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis with a final application deadline of Jan. 15, 2017.
    In 1999, the Davidsons founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit located in Reno that supports our nation’s brightest young people, and in 2006 the Davidson Academy opened as a unique type of public school, called a “university school for profoundly gifted pupils” created by the Nevada State Legislature (Nevada Revised Statute 388C). For more information about the Davidson Institute and Davidson Academy, please visit http://www.DavidsonGifted.org and http://www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu.

    • Wenda Sheard says:

      Julie, thanks for sharing the information here. I remember back in 1999 when Jan and her husband founded the Davidson Institute. The Institute has been a godsend for so many gifted youth and their families. Thank you for keeping the good work going.

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