Sunday, September 30, 2012

News Items from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

CELEBRITY DYSLEXICS. ABC News, on its website, highlights eight celebrities who have dyslexia. One is Steven Spielberg, who, according to the article posted, was diagnosed just five years ago and was labeled by his early teachers as lazy. Read more

LD IN CANADA. An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail takes a look at learning disabilities in Canada. The article, titled "How Kids Outsmart Learning Disabiities," features a 22-year-old aspiring surgeon who says he studies three times as long as his classmates to make  up for his learning disability. The article also mentions six characteristics of people with LDs who succeed in life. Find the article

NCLD on its site has a personal account by an NCLD intern on self-confidence as the key to success. Jillian Levy discloses what it was like to learn about her LD and what her transition to college was like. She writes, "just because you learn differently doesn’t mean you can’t learn and achieve your biggest dreams." Read more.  

COGMED WORKING MEMORY TRAINING. A new study examines evidence related to whether this branded training works, and concludes that the evidence doesn't support the company's claims. Read about the study.  

CENTER FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT. Northwestern's CTD offers several upcoming resources related to gifted children. For the educators of such children, a conference titled  "Common Core State Standards: Let’s Make Them Work for Gifted!" will be held Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University.  More information is at ctd.northwestern.edu/outreach/fallconference. Separately, CTD's Gifted LearningLinks program offers credit-bearing Honors Electives (18-weeks), Honors (one or two semester) and AP® courses online for students in grades 6 through 12. Register by the 1st of any month and start on the 15th. Find more information at www.ctd.northwestern.edu/gll. Additionally, the university's Midwest Academic Talent Search gives students in grades 3 through 9 access to tests ordinarily used for high school placement (EXPLORE®) and college entrance (ACT® & SAT®) to help them demonstrate their academic abilities. After testing, the NUMATS Toolbox provides extensive information and resources for families and educators. Register soon for November and December test dates. Find out more
RENZULLI GIFTEDNESS MODEL. The head of Quest Academy, a school for the gifted in Palatine, Illinois, has blogged about Joseph Renzulli's 21st-century giftedness model, outlining and explaining the four-part theory. Find the blog
INTELLECTUALLY AND ATHLETICALLY GIFTED. A New York Times article profiles a prominent college quarterback identified as gifted when he was a child and who also showed strong interest and talent in art. Does that same visually-oriented talent contribute to the young man's ability to quickly and successfully "read" the football field? Read the article.

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