Monday, February 6, 2017

Education Reform, Gifted Ed in Kentucky, Gifted as Adults, and More

GIFTED SUPPORT AT WKU. Western Kentucky University is in the news this month because of its support for Gifted Education Month in Kentucky, which concludes with the annual Kentucky Association for Gifted Education conference on February 27-28. From a news story: "Housed at WKU, KAGE provides a resource network for educators and parents as well as advocacy for gifted education. WKU is also home to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, The Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky." Now that's support for the gifted. Read more.

LET'S SWITCH FOCUS away from our gifted and 2e kiddos for a moment. An article at Bustle, a media outlet "for and by women who are moving forward as fast as you are," according to its website, is titled "How Being a Gifted Kid Affects You as an Adult." Chances are you fit that category. From the article: "Giftedness isn't a curse we carry into adulthood, but it does definitely change the game a bit, according to science. Here's how." Find out exactly how.

EDUCATION REFORM -- in New Zealand. After shocks to its economy in the 1970s caused by oil prices, leaders in New Zealand decided that its workforce "would have to be among the best educated and trained in the world," according to an article at Education Week. The article describes how the country is going about that, and the results so far (good). Of interest to education policy fans is that the solution described in the article is a combination of central government standards and local school responsibility. Find the article.

STILL RAGING IN TEXAS. From Disability Scoop: "Disability advocates this week threatened to sue the Texas Education Agency unless the state permanently ends its special education enrollment benchmark within the next month." If you're a frequent visitor here, you know what the issue is; if not, you should. Find Disability Scoop's latest coverage.

MORE ON EDUCATION POLICY. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities has weighed in on the confirmation of the U.S. president's nominee for education secretary, which has turned into a contentious issue. The article recaps some of the contention; find it. Separately, you can find out more about various aspects of U.S. education policy in a variety of recently posted articles: about school vouchers at Education Week; about school choice at The Washington Post; and about possible education policy-related changes at Education Week.

SUMMER'S STILL COMING, but the Davidson Institute, in its most recent e-newsletter, highlights resources for parents looking to get their high-ability kiddos into some kind of camp or program. Also in the newsletter: more news about Davidson, including its new online high school. Find the newsletter.

ARE YOU RAISING A "CHANGEMAKER"? Then you might be interested in an upcoming webinar by SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. From the webinar blurb: "Youth need to know when we push against an inequitable system, it pushes back. Together we can expedite equity by defining what it means to be a changemaker, explaining obstacles to expect along the way and sharing proven practices that support evolution. Please join us in supporting youth in being the change they wish to realize in the world." Find out more.

DEPRESSION. U.S. News has published an article titled "What Parents Should Know about Teen Depression." It covers how teens experience depression, how to tell if your teen is depressed, and how to help. Find the article. Separately, a new study published in Biological Psychiatry offers new insights into how antidepressants work; find a write-up.

ASD RESEARCH. A recent study found that, for high-functioning young kids on the spectrum, failing to have a positive connection with a teacher can exacerbate ASD-related problems. Says the lead researcher: "A major goal that follows from this research is educating and supporting teachers so they understand how important their interactions with children are during this transitional time." Find out more at Science Daily.

AND FINALLY, THIS. The January/Feburary issue of 2e Newsletter 10 years ago focused on the emotional side of 2e kiddos. Paid newsletter subscribers can find it in the subscriber-only area of the website; you know where that is, hopefully. 

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