Monday, February 12, 2018

Parental Challenges, 30 Years of 2e, Screen Time, Mooney, More

THOSE RAISING 2e kiddos often feel their families are different than others. How would you feel if someone observed you and your bright ODD child -- or Asperger's child, or SPD child, or ADHD -- in public and called the police because it didn't look like you were bringing up your child correctly? Read about a family who had this experience.

SUSAN WINEBRENNER, a writer and consultant concerned with 2e issues, wrote a piece called "A tale of 2 twice-exceptional learners, 30 years apart." In it, she relates the long-ago story of a gifted but disorganized boy who, with the attention of school staff, was identified and served in a way that allowed him to graduate from high school at 15. Her current example is one of "cluster grouping" that purposefully includes "atypically gifted" students in gifted cluster groupings. It helped a young gifted student with work refusal issues and behavior problems "integrate" into the curriculum. Find Winebrenner's piece.

SCREEN TIME IS ALL RIGHT, at least for this week. That according to an Inc. report on a 20,000-family study in the UK. The lead researcher is quoted: "Our findings suggest that there is little or no support for the theory that digital screen use, on its own, is bad for young children's psychological wellbeing." Read it, and wait to see what research brings us on the topic next week.

JONATHAN MOONEY brings his brand of neurodiversity advocacy to California State University/Channel Islands this week on the 13th. If you're a fan -- or haven't ever heard Mooney -- find out more.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABIITIES has a new post titled "ADHD Supports Are Often Ineffective." It refers to a study showing that for most students with with services in IEP or 504 plans, "the supports were not evidence-based practices known to help students with ADHD." Read more.

GIFTEDNESS, ACHIEVEMENT. Last week we pointed to a GHF blog hop on the relationship of giftedness and achievement. By coincidence, a bog at Michigan State University GATE on the meaning of giftedness included a section addressing the question "Are high achievers and gifted learners the same?" Find the blogger's answer.

DOE OCR CASES. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights now has 
on its website a listing of pending cases in K-12 and college institutions. The cases are listed under the headings of race/national origin discrimination; sex discrimination; and -- of most interest to those here -- disability discrimination. Go there to see if a familiar institution is facing investigation.

GIFTED EQUITY. We noted last week that student of color can be underrepresented in gifted programs, and that one of the reasons might be parental unfamiliarity with how to "game" the system. An African-American writer at Black Enterprise gives her perspective on the issue. She writes, "It isn’t enough to be a well-educated parent or high-income. You can have several Ph.D.’s and earn six figures, but what counts is knowing how to work the system, being motivated enough for your children’s sake to persist in working it, and having the means to do so." Read more.

UNDERSTOOD has an upcoming webinar titled "You're Ready to Advocate for Learning and Attention Issues. Now What?" It features experts from NCLD, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and is scheduled for 2pm ET this Thursday. Find out more.

EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. 
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos held a Q&A with reporters last week about her first year in office, covering topics such as school choice, regulatory rollbacks, ESSA, Congress, and her priorities for 2018. Find the Q&A.

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