Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teaching the Twice Exceptional, Some Newsletters, Free Webinar, More

IT'S BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK, March 16-22, and you can find your gateway to events highlighting brain research at the site of the Dana Foundation. Go there.

READING ROCKETS, a few years ago, produced a program called "A Chance to Read: Twice Exceptional." About 10 minutes of that show is posted on YouTube, and the first "story" in that 10 minutes is about Dennis Higgins teaching in a self-contained classroom for elementary twice-exceptional students in New Mexico. Before his retirement from teaching, Dennis was a very active contributor to the 2e community through research, writing, teaching, and presentation; he continues to provide moral support. Also shown in Dennis' segment -- his wife, Professor Elizabeth Nielsen; and Mary Ruth Coleman of the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. Watch the video.

THE DAVIDSON INSTITUTE eNews-Update for March is out. In it you'll find an update on the Intel Science Talent Search; a pointer to information how Common Core State Standards will affect gifted education; Davidson news; legislative and policy news; and a variety of web-based resources. And if you want to see what kind of young person graduates from Davidson Academy, check out the profile in the newsletter of a 2010 alumna. Find the newsletter.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE has issued its March newsletter. If you'd like to keep up with what this fast-moving organization is up to, check out the newsletter for information on the "Because I'm Dyslexic" contest; an upcoming webinar by a top science teacher who is dyslexic; the results of the Karina Eide awards; and much more.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. On March 19, ADDitude is hosting a free webinar by the authors of the book Bright Not Broken. The webinar is titled "ADHD and Gifted? Helping Twice-Exceptional Kids Succeed." Find out more.

SSRIs AND PEDIATRIC ANXIETY. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly used to treat depression, have been called safe for treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. The pronouncement, according to Medscape, was made in a study write-up in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Find out more.

ART AND WRITING COMPETITION. The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has announced the national winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards' 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design, and more. Sixteen high school seniors received the program's highest national honor, the Portfolio Gold Medal, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. Find out more about the winners and the competition.

AND FINALLY, THIS. According to a new study, listening to classical music can enhance the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory; and down-regulate the genes mediating neurodegeneration, implying a neuroprotective effect. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species. Read more.

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