Tuesday, September 24, 2013

News Items, Resources from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

"HYPERLEARNING" MODE. The childhood brain is more flexible and learns some things faster than the mature brain. This period of "hyperlearning" typically comes to an end in adolescence, with cortical pruning. A new study shows that kids with higher IQs might get an extended period of time in which they can continue to learn at a more rapid pace. This effect can be modulated by positive or negative environmental influences -- influences which therefore "could have lifelong consequences," according to a scientist investigating this effect. Read more.

GOT AN IEP? You'll be interested in a case analyzed by Pete Wright of Wrightslaw. In "Doug C. v. Hawaii," a court ruled that "failing to include the parent at the IEP meeting violated the procedural requirement of IDEA and invalidated the IEP," according to Wrightslaw. Find out more.

ASU WEBINARS. Arizona State University is offering a series of live online conversations with gifted education experts. The series, titled "Gifted Education Matters," will include webinars on topics such as common core math and the gifted learner; mis-diagnosis and dual diagnosis in gifted children; acceleration; and cluster grouping. The webinars are free of charge; $15 and additional follow-up activities will earn three additional clock hours. Find out more.

YES, I CAN. The 2014 "Yes I Can!" award nominations are now open at the Council for Exceptional Children. The awards honor the achievements (in nine categories) of students with exceptionalities. The nomination deadline is October 18. Find out more.

RESOURCE. Don't forget the UC Davis MIND Institute. Among the resources there are recordings of past presentations by scholars on topics such as "Autism: From the Teen Years to Young Adulthood" and the latest findings on the research and treatment of ADHD. Find out more. Other MIND Institute resources are here.

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