Thursday, December 13, 2012

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

EMOTION RECOGNITION APP. The mother of a gifted young man with autism has developed an app to help people like her son recognize emotions in others. The app is available at the website of Autism Speaks, according to an article at Cincinnati.com. The article also describes the early interventions the family provided for the young man, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age. Find the article

GIFTED IN VICTORIA. The state of Victoria, Australia, is implementing a new policy on gifted education as a result of a parliamentary inquiry into the opportunities there for gifted students. The policy provides guidelines for acceleration and for enrichment, and also addresses the issue of underachieving gifted students. Find the article

GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT. Want to know which countries have students who achieve at the highest levels in math, science, and reading? Check out an article at Science Daily, and you'll find that it's not students in the U.S. 

BETTER FITNESS, BETTER GRADES. A recent study connects physical fitness with academic performance. Middle school students who are more physically fit make better grades and outperform their classmates on standardized tests, according to the study. Find out more

SUSPEND TESTING? According to the Washington Post, the head of the Montgomery County, Maryland, schools wants a three-year moratorium on standardized testing and a halt to evaluating teachers based on test scores. He thinks the education establishment is trying to do too many things concurrently, for example Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and Common Core State Standards. Read the article

BELIN-BLANK IN AUSTRALIA. Professors Susan Assouline and Nicholas Colangelo are scheduled to present one-day master classes at the University of South Wales this coming January. Susan's topic is "Neurobiology of Learning and Memory: Implications for Gifted Education"; Nicholas' is "Counseling Gifted Students." Find out more. (Thanks for Jo Freitag for bringing this to our attention in her Gifted Resources newsletter.)

DAVID FINCH IN PORTLAND. The Aspie author of The Journal of Best Practices is scheduled to present a workshop in Portland, Maine, on February 1, 2013. In the area? Check it out

AND FINALLY, THIS. Co-publisher Linda forwarded to us a pointer to a web page titled "UltraViolet's Holiday Gift Guide: A non-sexist Guide to 21st Century Holiday Shopping," with gifts for ages 4 and under, 5-8, 9-12, and 13 and up. Looks like an emphasis there on gifts for young women -- eg, The Daring Book for Girls. Find the site.

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