Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lots of Good Stuff!

ZONA, an Arizona publication "focused on spreading the word about all the good kids in our communities," recently published a piece about a high-achieving young lady who is a talented musician and does very well academically. She also has ADHD. From the profile: "Sometimes it can be difficult for Olivia to stay on task, but she is aware and works hard to self advocate and most of all, to never give up." Read more about Olivia.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES. Sometimes in an article about a public figure there's a tidbit that makes you wonder if the subject is in reality a member of the 2e community. Money Magazine did a recent article on Chip Gaines, who appears on HGTV in Fixer Upper. The tidbit: Gaines couldn't read in first grade. According to his account of first grade, "...they said 'Hey, here’s a simple book we want you to read' I said 'Hey, that’s great, sounds fascinating! What do you do with this thing? Chew on it?'" And at that early age he became, in his words, a salesman and a BS-er. Sound suspicious? Read the article and form your own opinion.

PARENTS BUILDING AWARENESS. Three families in Solon, Ohio came together in support of 2e issues and ended up sparking an expanding dialog which has now become a statewide conference hosted by the Summit Educational Service Center (ESC) in Cuyahoga Falls. Expert speakers will present on a variety of high-impact topics facing families and educators: executive functioning; gifted operating standards; social emotional support; identity development; and parent/self advocacy. The conference is on March 10. Find out more.

THE GIFTED LABEL. It's important, says psychologist Gail Post, and she gives lots of reasons why identifying and labeling gifted children helps. "If we can't give it a name, we can't adequately address it. Until we recognize that giftedness must be understood and served within the educational system, gifted children's emotional and academic needs will suffer. And they will continue to receive misdiagnoses and inaccurate labels." Find Post's blog.

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY. A doctoral student in special ed at Vanderbilt University is interested in IEP meetings and about the experiences that parents or legal guardians of students with disabilities have during these meetings. She says, "If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about yourself, your child, your child’s most recent IEP meeting, and your relationship with the members of your child’s IEP team. The study will take about 30 minutes to complete." There's also a chance to win a gift card. Prospective participants may find the survey here.

PROSPECTIVE CONFERENCE PRESENTERS: We know you're out there. We urge you to consider submitting a proposal to present at SENG's 2018 conference in San Diego, California. Think about something you know that would benefit others, then check out SENG's call for proposals. But don't procrastinate; the deadline is December 29.

RESOURCES. Sharp Brains has provided a list of "Top Resources for Educators on Learning and the Brain." Included: books, conferences, and websites. Find the list.

SEQUEL TO "2e: Twice Exceptional," the movie. Here's what producer Tom Ropelewski says: "While we're putting the finishing touches on the new film, '2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional,' here's Sneak Peek #2 -- M.S. Humanities teacher Stuart takes a creative approach to teaching perseverance to 2e students. I hope you enjoy it!" Find the sneak peek.

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