Thursday, June 13, 2013

2e? TRY OPERA. The University of British Columbia is studying why gifted students with learning disabilities seem to excel in the university's "demanding" opera program, according to the CBC. One goal of the study is to improve education in any field. A study co-author gives what sounds like a general prescription for 2e kids when she says, “Our early findings suggest that students’ passion carries them through many of the challenges they face and gives them the drive and determination to succeed. But they also need to be understood and supported in areas where they’re challenged.” Read more.

OCD. A mouse study has found that stimulating specific brain circuits produces "progressive repetitive behavior." The hope is that the particular circuits could be treated to stop changes leading to pathological behaviors. Read more. Separately, another study suggests that the brain circuits involved in OCD are also involved with eating disorders. Read more.

ABILITY GROUPING is apparently back in vogue after several decades on the outs. An article in The New York Times explores why teachers are coming back to ability grouping. find the article.

BUILD GIFTED SERVICES, AND THEY WILL COME. Miami-Dade schools now serve more than ten percent of their students in gifted programs, double the rate of the rest of the state. A Miami Herald article gets into the definition and criteria of giftedness as used by the Miami-Dade schools and schools in the rest of Florida. Find out more.

MEDS OR TALK FOR DEPRESSION? A brain scan may be able to predict whether depressed patients will respond more effectively to drugs or to psychotherapy. Since, according to a write-up of a study on the topic, initial best-guess treatment achieves remission in only about 40 percent of patients, having a clue about potential effectiveness of a therapy saves time and suffering. Read the write-up to find out what a scan can reveal.

CHICAGO-AREA EVENT. If you're in the Midwest, don't forget the June 29th "Opportunities for the Future" conference to be held at Northwestern University by the Center for Talent Development. Del Siegle and Betsy McCoach present two sessions on achievement, and the afternoon program offers seven other topics as well. Find out more.

THE PURPOSE OF IDEA "is to meet the unique needs of your child - not the class, not the teacher, not the school, not the district budget" -- that according to the current edition of Special Ed Advocate from Wrightslaw. The issue promises to help you "Find the legal authority in IDEA." Find the newsletter.

ACCEPTING A DIAGNOSIS. What happens when a child refuses to accept a diagnosis of anxiety and depression (common 2e afflictions) and doesn't want treatment? A column at the site of the Child Mind Institute addresses this question. Find the column.

JAMES WEBB INTERVIEW. The Global Center for Gifted and Talented has interviewed author/psychologist/publisher James Webb in conjunction with the first Gifted Awareness Week in Germany. Webb offers a message in support of the week, describes the importance of gifted education, and discusses his work. Read the interview.

AND FINALLY, THIS. We skim a lot of headlines as we look for items for the blog and briefing. Sometimes those headlines require a second reading to make sure we're not misunderstanding. Two recent examples:
  • Winners Announced in Bullying Academy National Contest [A bullying contest? Really? How tacky.]
  • World Day Against Child Labour [And delivery too?]
That's all!

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