Sunday, January 24, 2016

Events, Research Opportunity, More

WE'RE BACK after a four-week hiatus, and here's some of what's been going on...

TWICE EXCEPTIONAL MASSACHUSETTS is the name of a Facebook group for members of the 2e community in that state. It's billed as a "Group for parents of 2e children to share information, ask questions and discuss issues," and is administered by Elizabeth Shienbrood. Prospective members may ask to join at this link.

A WEBINAR ON TWICE EXCEPTIONALITY is scheduled for February 4th, to be presented by experts from the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa. If you read the most recent issue of 2e Newsletter and the coverage of the sessions at the NAGC convention in November, you'll recognize the webinar presenters. The title of the webinar is "Nurturing the Potential of Twice-Exceptional Students: Practical Guidelines for Understanding and Supporting 2e Students," and the organizers promise that "Participants will explore ways of better understanding and meeting the needs of 2e students, including developing academic strengths and facilitating social-emotional growth." Find more details.

2e TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, has a screening this coming Monday in Oakland, California. The details:
Where: BANANAS Child Care Resource, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland, CA
When: Monday, January 25
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Free
Hosted by: Amy Cheifetz, Educational Therapist and ADHD Coach.
Producer Tom Ropelewski says he'll be there for a Q&A afterward. For more information, contact Amy at amycheif8@gmail.com or 510-207-2995.

CAROL DWECK is the keynote speaker at a "Leaders to Learn" From conference on March 16 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. From the Education Week blurb: 'Join renowned psychologist and author Carol Dweck for a keynote discussion on how growth mindset practices can work in the classroom, and throughout school systems, to help support educational success." Find out more.

SUMMIT CENTER co-founder Dan Peters writes in the Huffington Post about the wisdom of Jedi Master Yoda in a column occasioned by the release of the newest Star Wars movie. Among the lines Dan riffs on are: "Fear is the path to the dark side" and "Named must your fear be before banish it you can." Find the column. Separately, the Summit Center has announced the opening of registration for not one but two "Camp Summits" for gifted (and 2e) kids, one summer camp on each coast. Find out more.

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY. A university researcher and teacher preparation professional at The University of Redlands in California has IRB approval and is launching a qualitative study to gather insight from parents, teachers, and administrators, as well as 2e students who are now over 18. She hopes to use these insights to prepare future educators to effectively meet the needs of 2e students. See a separate post here from today for complete details.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has posted articles on two topics:
  • Specialized behavior therapies for children and adolescents; find these articles
  • The steps clinicians should be taking to make a complete, accurate diagnosis -- FYI for parents; find the article
GENES AND ANXIETY. Who responds well to treatment for anxiety and who doesn't might be determined genetically, according to research from the Weil Cornell Medical College. The key is the body's ability to produce an anxiety-reducing compound called anandamide. Read more.

SCREENING FOR DEPRESSION. According to a press release, a new brain imaging study from MIT and Harvard Medical School may lead to a screen that could identify children at high risk of developing depression later in life. In the study, the researchers found distinctive brain differences in children known to be at high risk because of family history of depression. The finding suggests that this type of scan could be used to identify children whose risk was previously unknown, allowing them to undergo treatment before developing depression. Find the press release.

ESSA. Want to do your homework on this newly-passed legislation? Check out the Washington Post or the CEC's "Policy Insider" for more information.

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