Tuesday, January 21, 2014

VANDERBILT STUDY FOLLOW-UP. We recently wrote about a study at Vanderbilt University that indicated gifted students often come up against barriers to reaching their potential, from overloaded teachers to curriculum design. (See a press release about the study.) Newsweek has followed up with an article titled "American Hates Its Gifted Kids." The article notes how NCLB focused on low-achieving students, and how we're now engaged in a "race to the middle." One teacher who is able to serve both high and low achievers is profiled. Read more. Separately, a writer at babble.com riffs on the same topic; find it.

A WAY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS. One way to engage learners is to understand what they value, writes an educator at edutopia.org. The educator provides three practices to get to know those values. While this technique would be valuable for any group of students, it would also seem to be a great entree to the interests of gifted and 2e kids, with whom the chance to differentiate provides rewards to both learner and teacher. Read more.

NCLD has issued "Three Things to Know," and one of them is a list of common modifications that might serve you as you advocate for your twice-exceptional child. Another item is titled "From Spelling Disaster to Web Master," a dyslexia success story. Find "Three Things."

SELF-ADVOCACY. While you advocate for your twice-exceptional child when he or she is young, the goal is to give the child the skills needed to be a self advocate. Wrightslaw, in the current issue of Special Ed Advocate, provides information on how to do that, along with an example of successful self advocacy by a 17-year-old. Read more.

GOING GREEN WITH ADHD. ADDitude is offering a free webinar on "How Mother Nature Can Ease Your ADHD Child's Symptoms." The event is at 1 pm Eastern time on January 23. Find out more about how "green time" might help with ADHD.

IN MANHATTAN? The Quad Preparatory School is offering a twice exceptional network gathering for parents, providers, and therapists of 2e kids, to be held Monday, January 27, at 6:30 pm. Find out more.

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