Monday, November 5, 2012

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

EDUCATION WEEK has published an article in Teacher titled "Giving Students More Time to Demonstrate Learning." The article leads with a situation that parents and educators of twice-exceptional children will find familiar: smart kid, struggling in school; good grades that prevent attention for possible LDs; and no diagnosis of LD, so no extra time on tests. The author goes on to call timed testing "a false metric" and offers her suggestions for handling testing. Read more

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND. The current issue is on genius, but you can't read it unless you subscribe or hit the newsstand or the library (how 20th century is that?). You can, however, see previews of the articles at the magazine's site

RAISING A PRODIGY. In The New York Times Sunday Magazine is an article on this topic that includes interviews with older prodigies on how they were raised. The author concludes that "all parenting is guesswork," but the stories themselves are fascinating. Find them

BRAIN TRAINING. Want to make  your student "smarter"? Try brain training to "enhance comprehension and the ability to analyze and mentally manipulate concepts, images, sounds and instructions," according to The New York Times. The article describes what brain training is and where you can get it, and includes comments from believers and from skeptics. Read more

GIFTED DEVELOPMENT CENTER. The November e-newsletter from this organization is out, featuring a preview of Linda Silverman's new book Giftedness 101 and a preview of some of the sessions at NAGC to be delivered by GDC professionals -- including three on the topic of twice exceptionality. Find the newsletter

SENG has posted a call for proposals for its 2013 Conference. A good portion of SENG Conference sessions typically deal with twice-exceptionality, so if you've got the urge to present on the topic, check out SENG's site

SMARTKIDS has opened nominations for its 2013 Youth Achievement Award, a "$1,000 award recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD," according to the organization. "It will be given to a student 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field—including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service." Got an achieving 2e child? Check it out

ADDITUDE is offering two free AD/HD Expert Webinars this week, one on November 6th on the topic of meds and AD/HD by Dr. William Dodson, the other on the 8th titled "Understanding Your AD/HD" with Dr. Ned Hallowell. The latter webinar seems to be geared to adults rather than kids, but perhaps older teens would find it useful. Find out more

SAMPLE ISSUES OF 2e NEWSLETTER. We've updated the sample issues that potential subscribers can download to see whether the newsletter is a "fit." The issues now include one on technology and 2e students, one providing different perspectives on twice-exceptionality, and one on neurodiversity. Find them.

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