Saturday, March 25, 2017

More Endrew F, Sit Still, Gifted Funding, More

WRIGHTSLAW REACTION TO ENDREW F. As expected, Wrightslaw has released information about the recent SCOTUS decision the Endrew F case involving the benefit that schools must provide with IEPs. Included in that information is Pete Wright's analysis of the decision. Go to Wrightslaw.

"GIFTED" VERSUS "HIGH ACHIEVING" is the topic of an article at LoudounNow.com, from Virginia. The author writes, "Some gifted students are also high achievers but many are not. What other parents and teachers often don’t see are the hidden components of being gifted, including emotional overexcitability, crippling anxiety, existential angst and other social and emotional issues resulting from asynchronous brain development." Find the article.

SIT STILL AND FAIL TO PAY ATTENTION. The need for activity and exercise during the school day is the subject of an article at The Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" feature. It details the disadvantages to just "sitting still" -- and offers ways to "defend our children's right to move." Find the article. Separately, The New York Times just ran an article on that same subject, "Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class." One expert is quoted this way: “Activity stimulates more blood vessels in the brain to support more brain cells. And there is evidence that active kids do better on standardized tests and pay attention more in school.” Find the article.

NAGC offers two items of possible interest to the 2e community. One is on planning for summer, with guidelines for checking out camps and programs. (Of course, an additional guideline would be to disclose your child's twice-exceptionality and ask how the camp or program is structured to handle that.) Find the guidelines. The second item sounds hopeful: "At a gathering of gifted learning community leaders... in the nation’s capitol, a first-of-its-kind poll was released by the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), that finds overwhelming bipartisan public support for increased funding for programs and resources for gifted students." The trick is, as always, in translating words into actions. Find the item.

SCHOOL POLICY AND LAW. Education Week has published an article outlining some of the pros and cons of school choice when it comes to children with disabilities. Find it.

PRESENT AT CEC? The Council for Exceptional Children hasn't yet held its 2017 conference, but it's calling for proposals for 2018. If you've got a topic to share with CEC attendees, get a move on -- the 2018 deadline is March 31, 2017. Find out more.

MEET THE SCIENTIST. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is offering a free webinar on April 11 on the topic of depression. According to BBRF, these
"Meet the Scientist" webinars allow you to "hear mental health experts present the latest research in new technologies, diagnostic tools, early intervention strategies and next-generation therapies." Find out more.

RESTLESS IN LA is the title of a recently-published novel. The author, Robin Finn, evidently has a child with severe ADHD and went through experiences many readers here have likely been through in terms of research, advocacy, and feeling like a failed parent. According to one book review, Finn "is an ADHD warrior, spiritual seeker, mother of three, author, essayist, advocate, and coach. She spent years advocating for a twice-exceptional child before she began writing about it." In the Los Angeles Times, Finn writes about how the novel came to be: "I didn’t want to write about parenting and ADHD. I thought people might get angry or judgey. I thought I didn’t have time. I thought it was too private. But something desperately wanted to be expressed, even though I had an opposite and equally powerful desire to hold the creativity in." Find the LA Times piece. We haven't read this book, just want to point it out, and we have a feeling that "twice exceptional" is not its focus so much as some of the heroine's "extracurricular" activities. Lots of reviews on Amazon.

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