Thursday, May 24, 2018

BOE Take-down, Mindfulness for Kids, Growth Mindset, and More

TAKING TO TASK. An eighth-grader in the Warren Township (New Jersey) schools took to task the district's board of education for its attitude and practices around neurodiversity -- in his case, autism. The young man, who has experience in both honors and special ed classes, delivered these messages: different is not deficient, and autism doesn't need a "cure." What he said was extraordinarily mature and highlighted his intellect and talents. He invoked Einstein, Mozart, and Grandin, and quoted experts in education. You'll enjoy his criticism of two particular actions by school administrators. Read more.

FOLLOW-UP. Those who read the item last week about baseball and 2e in North Carolina will be interested in a follow-up article containing additional information, although the cause of the ineligibility ruling is still not clear. Find the latest coverage.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's May newsletter is out, with news about the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, the World Science Festival, barriers for low-income gifted students, various Davidson initiatives, and education legislation/policy in the U.S. Find the newsletter.

FEDS REQUEST "CLAWBACK." CEC reports this: "The Administration recently proposed to rescind $15.4 billion that Congress has already approved. The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) on behalf of 110 national education organizations and institutions including CEC, urged Congress to reject the Administration’s recession proposal. The recession package will cut $7 billion that would otherwise be available for education programs and other services funded through the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019." Find the statement.

FLEXSCHOOL, which currently operates 
two 2e-friendly campuses in the Northeast  is gauging potential interest in the area of Maryland, DC, and Virginia. An exploratory information session is scheduled for June 7 in Rockville, Maryland. If you've been looking for a 2e-friendly grade 5-12 school in that area, check it out.

TiLT is offering a pre-order special on the forthcoming book Differently Wired. The special includes four bonuses. Find out more. Separately, TiLT Podcast #109 is out, featuring Jonathan Fields, author of How to Live a Good Life. Debbie Reber says of the podcast, "I asked him to talk with us about his book and what we as parents raising different wired kids can learn about creating more purpose and meaning in our daily lives, even when we may sometimes feel as though we don’t have the bandwidth or energy or wherewithal to do so." Find the podcast.

DEVON MACEACHRON has released Number 7 in her 
mythbusting series on alternative therapies for 2e learners, this one on mindfulness meditation. She reviews the research on mindfulness for kids. What does she think? Here's part of her conclusion: "I often recommend mindfulness meditation to the families of 2e learners I work with, as I do think it can help. I am concerned, though, that instruction and methodology can be a bit vague and many families may not know how best to go about it. Also, it’s not a 'quick fix' but more of a 'lifestyle change' requiring a significant commitment to see results." Read the full blog post.

SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES -- do they lessen with time? The Child Mind Institute explores that question with an article on its website. Find it.

TECA, Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy, has announced dates for its June online parent support groups, each of which will deal with transitions. Find out more.

WRIGHTSLAW, observing Memorial Day, dedicates the current issue of Special Ed Advocate to "information and resources to help military families locate programs, services, and supports when advocating for exceptional family members." Find it.

GROWTH MINDSET. Trendbuster? A new study found that 'growth mindset interventions,' or programs that teach students they can improve their intelligence with effort -- and therefore improve grades and test scores -- don't work for students in most circumstances. Find the study write-up.

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