Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans' Day, Education Policy, Child Mind Institute, More

IT'S VETERANS' DAY in the U.S., a day on which we express appreciation for the service of those currently and formerly in the Armed Services. Wrightslaw's Special Ed Advocate observes the day by providing resources to help military families with exceptional (or twice-exceptional) children. If yours is a military family, or you know such a family, perhaps check out Special Ed Advocate today.

IF THE U.S. ELECTION last week didn't burn you out, perhaps you'd like information on what the election results might mean for education policy in this country. To that end, Education Week is offering a free event, to be streamed via the Web, on Wednesday, November 12 at 1 ET. Find out more.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. We're fans of this organization, and we have two bits of news about it. First, the organization hosts an annual Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture. This year's speaker was actress Lorraine Bracco ("Goodfellas," "The Sopranos"); she addressed her battle with dyslexia and depression. ("Depression is a vortex," she says. "You don't have it, it has you.") Find an account of the lecture. The second item concerns the co-founder of the Institute, Dr. Harold Koplewicz. He was recently named a WebMD Health Hero. Find out more.

ADHD FOLLOWUP. We recently pointed readers to an article in The New York Times titled "A Natural Fix for ADHD." If you read that article -- and it certainly generated a lot of interest on our Facebook page -- you might be interested in some of the letters to the editor of the Times concerning the article. Find them.

EDUCATING 2e LEARNERS. Susan Baum, Robin Schader, and Thomas Hebert have published in Gifted Child Quarterly an article titled "Through a Different Lens: Reflecting on a Strengths-based, Talent-focused Approach for Twice-exceptional Learners." The article reports on the experiences of 2e students at a private school for the twice-exceptional. From the article abstract: "Findings indicate areas of change and development across cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and social domains and identified five factors underlying student growth: psychological safety, tolerance for asynchrony, time, positive relationships, and the consistent use of a strengths-based, talent-focused philosophy. Data also revealed four benefits from the talent development opportunities offered by the school. Participating in talent development activities enabled students to become part of a social group; to overcome some social, emotional, and cognitive challenges in context; to develop ongoing mentor and professional relationships with people in talent areas; and to develop expertise in an area of talent. This research supports the incorporation of a strengths-based, talent-focused approach for twice-exceptional learners." Find the article at the site of SAGE Publications.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING sounds like it would be good, in theory, for any learner and especially for twice-exceptional learners. The approach incorporates strategies such as the use of learner profiles; personalized learning plans; competency-based progression, and flexible learning environments. An article at Chalkbeat.org describes how some schools in Tennessee have been using personalized learning and the results. Find the article.

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