Thursday, March 10, 2016

Javits Funding, Asking for Your Experience, Depression, and More

CEC is giving you a chance to advocate for increased funding for the Javits Act, the only federal initiative for gifted education (sigh). The Act is evidently supposed to be funded for 2017 in the munificent amount of $12 million. Congress has historically been pretty stingy in money for gifted ed, so let them know what you think. You can also take action through NAGC. Either way, please do it before March 16.

WE HEARD FROM a parent who is considering the formation of a micro school in Fairfield County, Connecticut, for kids with ASD/ADHD who are gifted/highly gifted. She says she is working with a child psychologist, a curricula lead, and a consultant. She continues, "I'd like to hear from parents in the area who would be interested in exploring the possibility of a small environment, grouped according to ability for September 2016. We are limiting it to 10 students." Interested families may contact this parent directly at info@SMTmedia.com. If you'd prefer, contact us (Mark at 2eNewsletter.com) and we'll forward your email.

FOR 2e NEWSLETTER. How about sharing "the best thing I ever did for my 2e child (or student)" for possible inclusion in the newsletter. Just a few sentences or a paragraph on something you remember that made a difference to you or that 2e kiddo. Share with Mark at 2eNewsletter.com. Attribution in the newsletter can be anonymous or by first name only; let us know. Bring a little "Yes!" to the newsletter. Thanks!

2e NETWORK IN LA. Marcie and Mike Booth run the 2e Network in Los Angeles, and they offer three community sites:
Check them out.

BREAKTHROUGHS IN 2e EDUCATION. The full program for this conference is now available. The conference is March 17 (evening only) and 18 in Manhattan. Find out more.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE has announced the winners of the Karina Eide 2016 Young Writers Awards. Find the winners -- and their works.

UNDERSTOOD is offering a free streaming event at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 15. The organization says the event is "to educate and empower parents, teachers and others to help the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues get the support they need to succeed." Find out more. AND QUICK, this afternoon you can attend a "Teacher Talk" titled "The Difference Between Receptive and Expressive Language," scheduled for 4:30 ET. Find out more. And finally, Understood has posted 11 "great quotes" about dyslexia chosen to inspire; find them.

JEN THE BLOGGER reflects on the advantages of having live, live-in (and young) tech support, and in the process offers perspective to parents who might be earlier than she is in the 2e "journey." Find the blog.

WHAT STARTS OUT AS a gee-whiz article describing the use of light-sensitive genes to treat depression turns into a nice reprise of depression discoveries over the past few years, along with a great profile of an innovative scientist who is focused on the subject of depression. The article also describes a form of depression therapy using near-infrared light that in a double-blind study gave good results to depressed patients. Read more.

THE BRAINS OF ANXIOUS PEOPLE experience the world differently. A write-up of research at the Huffington Post describes it this way: "...the brain was unable to distinguish new, irrelevant situations from something that's familiar or non-threatening, resulting in anxiety. In other words, anxious individuals tend to overgeneralize emotional experiences, whether they are threatening or not." Find the write-up.

CONFERENCE COVERAGE BY OTHERS. Readers of 2e Newsletter are used to seeing our coverage of 2e-related conference sessions. KQED News covered a session at a Learning and the Brain conference. The topic was motivating reluctant learners, and the presenter gave 20 strategies for accomplishing that. Find the coverage.

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