Thursday, February 1, 2018

Equity in Gifted Ed, Service Providers for 2e, Old School Buses, and More

EQUITY IN GIFTED ED. The Fordham Institute released a report yesterday calling for universal screening for giftedness in children to ensure equitable access to gifted ed for children in varying demographics. NAGC, which has its own initiatives for equity, praised the release of the report. Find NAGC's comments. From there you can find more about the report -- and a link to the report itself. (And such universal screening would also presumably reveal you-know-what.)

TECA, Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy, has launched a 2e service provider database. The organization says, "We at TECA know first hand the frustration of continually searching for providers who understand our kids, and parents frequently contact us seeking recommendations for doctors, therapists, schools and other resources that can appropriately address the needs of their children." Find the database. (And keep in mind that a similar 2e Newsletter database can probably complement the TECA offering.)

STRENGTHS-BASED EDUCATION is at the core of what 2e-friendly schools like Bridges Academy do. An article at Edutopia shows how a public school teacher came to focus on the positive. "This light bulb moment made me realize that instead of mirroring students’ attitudes, fears, and anxieties, I needed to show them something different. For this reason, focusing on the positive is one of my most effective teaching techniques." Read more.

2e CONFERENCE. The 2018 edition of "Breakthroughs in Twice-exceptional Education" is on May 10-12 in New York City. The organizers have released additional information about speakers also a call for presentation proposals. Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING's most recent podcast is a conversation with ADHD and autism parent coach Penny Williams. Debbie Reber says, "In our conversation, Penny shares her story of raising her differently wired son, gives us the inside scoop on her books, and shares some of her best strategies for getting through the tough moments with our unique kiddos." Find the podcast.

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. In the U.S. president's state of the union address this week, observers were looking for clues regarding education policy and law. CEC's Policy Insider noted what was in the address... and what was not. Read more.

  • Science Daily: "Amid a steady rise in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD, debate is brewing whether the condition may be a sleep disorder." Read more
  • Understood offers a piece titled "ADHD and Aggression: What You Need to Know." Find it
  • NewsWise: "Florida State University researchers are seeing promising results from “video games” they created as a potential new option to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder without medication." Read more
  • The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders ponders the question "Can improved research designs answer questions that come up between doctors and patients, like better understanding the risks and benefits of prescription medicine for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?" See what they have to say
  • And MD Magazine: "Analysis of data from the largest nationally drawn sample of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) collected in the past 2 decades revealed medication and school supports are more commonly provided than psychosocial treatments, and that rates of treatments vary between some demographic groups." Read more
AND FINALLY, THIS. What can you do with an old school bus? Lots of things, if an article at District Administration is any indication. In one district, creative ideas included "a bookmobile, mobile food pantry, an art center, and a space to reward positive behavior." Other districts see maker spaces, STEM labs, and a food bus. Read more.


Jennifer Swearingen said...

Can you please tell me where I can get a 2e diagnosis in Dallas, TX area? Thank you.

J Mark said...

You can try our database of providers at or TECA's database at If those don't work, let us know and we can post an anonymous request on our FB page, or you could joint and post at the FB group Parents of Twice-Exceptional Children, Good luck!