Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Anti-gifted Bias, NCLB, Bidding on Goodies for 2e, and More

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, has won another top festival honor. On Saturday, April 11, the documentary won the award "Audience Choice -- Best Feature" at the Silver Springs International Film Festival. Find out more about the film.

NCLB UPDATE 1. The Washington Post has published an update on the current status of the re-authorization of this law. Apparently the National Education Association is pushing to make it go farther to serve less affluent children and to reduce inequities between rich schools and others. The article also provides some interesting perspective on the law's origins. Find the article.

NCLB UPDATE 2. The National Center for Learning Disabilities is encouraging support for the "Cassidy Amendment" to NCLB. This amendment, according to NCLD, "will allow schools to spend federal funds on training educators to understand, identify and address the early indicators of learning disabilities, like dyslexia." Get more information at the site of NCLD, and then find out more about taking action. 

FOLLOWUP. Recently, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation noted that gifted kids, especially economically disadvantaged ones, don't get the support they need. An opinion piece called "Gifted Students Are Still Stepchildren" takes up the theme. The writer says, "I detect a bias against gifted students that if directed toward any other group would be the cause of outrage and litigation." Pretty strong words. Read more.
BRIDGES ACADEMY, one of the few schools devoted to twice-exceptional students, is holding a fundraiser that doesn't require in-person participation. If you like "silent" auctions, check out the goodies at the school's auction page. Maybe you want to spend this Fourth of July on Nantucket? How about obtaining a "Women's Swag Bag" from the 2015 Golden Globes? It's there for the bidding. Let us know if you succeed in getting something good.
CO-LOCATION. A pediatrician and a mental health provider in one office? What a concept! Such an arrangement allows an office to better serve the 20 percent or so of children who will at one point need mental health problems addressed, according to a story at News4Jax.com. Read more.
NAGC 2015. Want an early peek at what the National Association for Gifted Children will be serving up in Phoenix this November? The organization is offering a preliminary schedule with information about general sessions, pre-convention sessions, and "Signature Sessions" that address the "whole gifted child." Find the preliminary program.
LTYM stands for "Listen to Your Mother," and it's a nationwide (39 cities this year) opportunity for women and men to get up on stage and read something they're written about mothering, and for others an opportunity to hear and appreciate those stories as audience members. A writer at The Washington Post tells more and provides a sample (very funny) story. Read more, then get inspired to bring something about twice-exceptionality to this forum!
DON'T FORGET that Judy Willis offers lots of resources at her web page. Willis is a neurologist turned middle school teacher turned professor of education. See her website for info on the neurology of learning.

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