Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Normal," Resources for the 2e Community, Research Items on ADHD & ASD, More

NORMAL. "...normal is a relative state that depends on time, place, and circumstance. There’s no one right way to be a human, and that applies to mental as well as physical states." That's from a Quartz article on recent research by Yale neuroscientists debunking the idea that any particular person is "normal." Perhaps the article will make you feel better about your household or your classroom. Find it.

RESOURCE: SENG CONNECT. This is a members-only online community; we believe those in the 2e community might find it a worthwhile investment. Coming up is a four-part weekly event, free to Connect members, on gifted homeschooling. Find out more.

NAGC, JACK KENT COOKE. In a statement, the National Association for Gifted Children directed attention to a new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on equity in gifted education. The statement notes that the report's author is the president-elect of NAGC, and goes on to say: "This influential study and analysis assigns states letter grades for their success in fostering academic talent policies that promote high-ability learners as well as those that seek to close the excellence gap between gifted low-income students and their more affluent peers." Sadly, the letter grades are pretty low (our statement, not NAGC's). See how your state ranks. Find NAGC's statement or find the report itself.

DOING POORLY ON PURPOSE is the title of a blog post by iconoclastic educator Jim Delisle. He writes, "More times than not, smart students who choose to do poorly on purpose have very good reasons for being disillusioned with their middle and high school experiences. And these students may be on to something." Find out what

TiLT HITS 100 -- 100 podcasts, that is, with a special format, Debbie Reber on her own. She says, "I’ve decided to record a solocast so I can have a conversation with you…like a couple of friends talking over a coffee…and update you on what’s happening with TiLT, take you behind the scenes of the podcast, talk a little bit about my book Differently Wired which comes out in less than three months and let you know what I’m planning for that, and answer some of the questions I’ve gotten from listeners." Find the podcast

GHF ONLINE has released its class schedule for the fall of 2018, with classes beginning on August 27. (Read an article about GHF Online in the upcoming March/April issue of 2e Newsletter.) Find out more

PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS for students with learning disabilities raise lots of issues, as an article at Education Week explains. From the article: "...for students with disabilities -- who often demonstrate their learning in different ways, who can be denied access to rigorous content, and who are particularly vulnerable to disengaging from school -- performance-based assessment systems can be a real game changer." Read more

GERMAN CONFERENCE. Several organizations in Germany host a conference every three years as a platform for researchers, teachers, parents, educators, and education policy-makers to discuss gifted students. This year’s conference is “Gifted Education, Achievement Development, Educational Equality – For All!” It is scheduled for September 19th to 22nd in Muenster. The conference is hosted by the International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) and the North-Rhine-Westphalian Centre for Individual Educational Support (lif) in cooperation with the universities of Muenster, Nijmegen and Osnabrueck. Find out more

DISABILITY SCOOP reports on new autism research: "Nearly all children with autism are dealing with at least one other condition — and often several — ranging from anxiety to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sleep, behavioral and gastrointestinal issues." Read more

FOR ADHD MAVENS, the current issue of European Child Adolescent Psychiatry has several articles on ADHD. From the editorial introduction to the issue: "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most frequently diagnosed mental disorder in children and adolescents and topic of a wide range of scientific publications. Heterogeneity is a key characteristic of ADHD. This is true for many aspects of the disorder. ADHD is highly variable with regard to degree of impairment, associated comorbidities, symptom presentation, response to treatment, and etiology. This month’s issue contains no less than six ADHD-related articles, which together deal with a variety of important aspects of ADHD." You can read the entire editorial, but -- unless you subscribe -- will have to settle for reading the abstracts of the other article. However, for non-scientists, that could be better anyway. (Note that one of the articles looked into the effects of omega-3 supplements on ADHD and found no beneficial effect.) Find the issue

AND FINALLY, THIS. Don't blame the hormones for adolescent behavior changes, says a study written up in Science Daily. The research used Siberian hamsters, not human teenagers. Find the write-up.

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