Monday, April 30, 2018

HIdden Giftedness, Events, Resources, Depression Research, More

FINDING "HIDDEN" GIFTEDNESS. The state of Tennessee and the National Association for Gifted Children are piloting a "micro-credential" program to help teachers identify giftedness in traditionally underrepresented groups, such as students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, non-English-speaking backgrounds, racial/ethnic minorities... and, yes, students with learning disabilities. The four- to six-week program is one of dozens of PD credentials offered by Tennessee. Read more at Education Week or at the site of NAGC.

EVENTS COMING UP.

  • The fourth annual conference "Breakthroughs in Twice-Exceptional Education" is scheduled in Manhattan for May 10-12 at Cooper Union. It's sponsored by the 2e Study Center at the Quad and Quad Preparatory School. Find out more
  • TECA and SENG are putting on a Long Island (New York) regional conference on May 18. Organizers promise a day of speakers on giftedness and 2e; a screening of "2e2: Teaching the Twice-Exceptional"; and SMPG (SENG Model Parent Group) training. Find out more
LDA CALL FOR SPEAKERS. The Learning Disabilities Association of America has issued a call for proposals for presentations at its February, 2019, annual conference. Find out more.

LDA AND UNDERSTOOD have issued a guideline on differentiating ADHD and sensory processing issues. The organizations say, "Does your child have issues with personal space, sitting still, or feeling comfortable in public places? It could be sensory processing issues, ADHD, or a combination of both." Go to the guideline.

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH: DEPRESSION.
  • A global study has found 44 genetic risk factors for major depression, according to Reuters. Read more. Another recent study identified 90 genes linked to depressions; read more. Both studies were done in the UK. 
  • Researchers believe they have uncovered a method that could be useful in predicting a depressed patient's treatment prognosis, prior to starting treatment. The predictions are based on "neural markers," activity in specific brain regions. Read more
SUMMER PD. The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa offers summer professional development opportunities for educators of the gifted. (The Center is "2e-aware.") Find out more.

MYTHS OF GIFTEDNESS. The South China Morning Post recently published "Five Myths of Giftedness in Children." One myth is titled "The Gifted Only Myth." From the article: "Similar to the myth that giftedness is not a special need is the idea that learning difficulties and giftedness fall on one spectrum together. That you could draw a single line from learning difficulties to giftedness and every child would fall somewhere on that line." (You know how workable that concept is.) Read more.

#MYYOUNGERSELF. Last year the Child Mind Institute featured a number of grown-up achievers who shared "messages of hope" with their younger selves. Now the Institute promises this: "The campaign returns on May 1st, bringing together more than three dozen actors, Olympians, authors, comedians, businesspeople and others to share personal videos throughout the month, speaking movingly to their younger selves about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder." Find out more.

AUTISM RESOURCE. The National Autism Academy makes available free videos covering "The Seven Emotional Secrets of Parents with Autistic Children." A sample objective: learn "[h]ow to approach your Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting with power and persuasion to get the resources your child needs." Learn more about the videos.

SUMMER CAMP RESOURCE. The Whole Child Academy on Long Island is offering a variety of summer sessions for gifted and 2e kiddos under the heading "Mentoring Scientific Minds. Find out more.

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