Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2e Fundraiser, 2e Movie, ADHD, and 1917 Chalkboards

2e FUNDRAISER IN MINNEAPOLIS. The Minneaoplis Star-Tribune previewed the June 6th fundraiser for Arete School for Exceptional and Gifted Children, in Hopkins, Minnesota. Through a good family connection, the school's founder, Leah Brzezinski, was able to obtain the Minnesota Vikings training facility for the fundraiser. Part of the fundraiser was a screening of the movie "2e: Twice Exceptional"; in attendance was the movie's creator, Tom Ropelewski. Read more. (And our kids are still "2e" students, not 2e students, if the article's usage is to be believed.)

MORE ON THE MOVIE. "2e: Twice Exceptional" is now available on DVD from the movie's producer. Not only is it an excellent, engaging documentary by a Hollywood pro, but proceeds help support the non-profit 2e Center for Research and Development located on the Bridges Academy campus in Studio City, California. Find out more about the DVD.

ALSO IN MINNESOTA, RIGHT NOW, the Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Student Symposium is going on in Austin, Minnesota. It's covered at KIMT.com, and you can get even more information at a page on the Minnesota Department of Education site. The symposium runs through Thursday, but unfortunately for procrastinators registration closed June 2 -- at least, that's what the DOE site says. Next year!

ADHD: THE TREATMENT QUESTION. Bloomberg News has advice from two clinicians, one who has an ADHD son, about the best way to treat ADHD. Factors affecting the type of treatment should include the child's age, the severity of the symptoms, and how ADHD is affecting the child's mental state. Find the article. The son with ADHD? He evidently struggled in high school but "opted to use a stimulant occasionally in medical school."

MED SCHOOL TESTS AND EXTRA TIME. Aspiring med students with disabilities can get extra time on the Medical College Admission Test, and those who do are admitted to med school at about the same rate as other applicants. However, a new study shows that they passed licensing exams at lower rates, even after adjusting for MCAT scores and undergraduate GPAs. The researchers suggested that "medical schools should examine their learning environments and support systems for individuals with disabilities." Read more.

WORRIED ABOUT DYSGRAPHIA in your bright grade-schooler? The website Understood has a page listing common signs of dysgraphia. Find it.

INATTENTIVE ADHD. In a 17-"slide" feature, ADDitude promises to show us "what inattentive ADHD really looks like." If you're early in your 2e journey and wondering about ADHD, check out the slideshow.

QUAD PREP EARLY CHILDHOOD PILOT CLASS. The Quad Prep school in Manhattan has announced that it will form an Early Childhood Division officially launching in September of 2016, but that a pilot class will start in September of this year. In Manhattan and looking for something like this? Find out more.

THE BRAIN AND THE GUT, REDUX. According to new research, young adults who eat more fermented foods have fewer social anxiety symptoms, with the effect being greatest among those at genetic risk for social anxiety disorder as measured by neuroticism. More exercise also apparently helped. We assume that by "fermented" we're not talking about beer and wine, but rather cultured dairy products such as yogurt or kefir; sauerkraut; kimchi; pickeled vegetables; tempeh; miso; and something called kombucha. Read a write-up of the study.

AND FINALLY THIS, 1 -- HEALTH AND THE STARS. Here are the first few sentences of a press release on NewsWise: Columbia University scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth. Overall, the study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest. Find the press release. Personally, we're not quite sure what to make of this, other than wanting to know more about "why?" Or should we dig out our old astrology charts?

AND FINALLY THIS, 2: CHALKBOARDS FROZEN IN TIME. Contractors working in an Oklahoma City school uncovered chalkboards that had been covered up and untouched since 1917, with drawings, writing, and pedagogical tools unfamiliar to modern-day teachers. Read more. Even more interesting would be to sit in on a classroom from that time to see if kids then were more "normal" or just as heterogeneous emotionally and intellectually as they seem to be now. 

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