Friday, May 27, 2016

Funding for Gifted and 2e Programs, Mental Health, and More

DO WE NEED TO FUND GIFTED (AND 2e) PROGRAMS? That's the question posted at the site of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). (You know the correct answer.) ECS notes that schools tend to ignore the needs of gifted students, and cites the lack of state and federal funding for the gifted, even with the munificent Javits funding of $12 million (this year anyway, until our all-knowing congress cuts it off again). ECS also notes something we've made fun of since the inception of this newsletter: "One issue [in serving the twice-exceptional] is that that some state funding formulas are designed in such as way that students can either qualify for special education funding or GT funding – but not both." Good thoughts on this web page; maybe pass them on to other readers who will take note and can act. (Thanks to NAGC for bringing this item to our attention.)

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. This organization has released the "2016 Children's Mental Health Report," which covers the negative effects of mental disorders in school, programs addressing mental health, and school behavior plans and interventions. Read more.

MINDFULNESS AND KIDS. Yet another study indicates that mindfulness training can be beneficial for children. The latest study, by the Erikson Institute in Chicago, focuses on mindfulness training in high-poverty schools in Chicago. Read more. Separately, a new study from Duke University indicates that growing up economically disadvantaged can cause epigenetic changes predisposing children to depression; read more.

UNDERSTOOD offers eight ways to help children improve working memory. For example: "work on visualization skills." Find the tips.

A WRITER WITH A VERY BRIGHT TEENAGE DAUGHTER offers interesting glimpses of life with that young person growing up. You might have a child something like hers, but even if not you'll likely appreciate the story, we think. From the article:
  • "I did not know my daughter was a particularly verbal baby until I had her brother, who was not."
  • On a preschool administrator, kicking out the three-year-old: "'She’s very smart. She just doesn’t seem ready for school quite yet.' .... My daughter was waiting for me in the hallway, holding a teacher’s hand and wearing only one shoe. There was a bite mark on her arm."
  • The daughter to the pediatrician showing the instrument he was going to use to examine her ears before she entered kindergarten: “Yes. I see it. That’s an otoscope.”
Find the article.

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