Thursday, June 28, 2018

2e Advocacy, Excellence Gap, Dyslexia, More

ADVOCACY. In 2e Newsletter we sometimes highlight what individuals and groups have done (or can do) to boost awareness of and the rights of twice-exceptional children. A recent issue of The New York Times features an excerpt from a resource the Times publishes called "How to Participate In Politics." The excerpt, titled "How to Lobby Lawmakers," echoes and reinforces some of the tips we've relayed from @NAGCGIFTED Director of Government and Affiliate Relations William Knudsen. Find the excerpt (scroll down to 'How to Lobby Lawmakers")... and then consider how you might put the tips into action for the benefit of your family and the 2e community!

ACHIEVEMENT GAP TO EXCELLENCE GAP. The New York Times offers an article on the "excellence gap." If you've been paying attention to NAGC recently you're heard the term; in fact, NAGC's executive director Rene Islas is quoted in the article. Here's a paragraph that might tell you whether you want to read it: "Now, with test-score gaps narrowing but remaining stubbornly persistent after years of efforts, some in the education field are taking a fresh look at programs for advanced students that once made them uneasy, driven by the same desire to help historically disadvantaged groups. They are concerned not just with the achievement gap, measured by average performance, but the 'excellence gap; they hope to get more students from diverse backgrounds to perform at elite levels." Find the article, and note the relatively sparing use of the term "gifted."

DYSLEXIA. A dyslexic writer for Wired takes on a tour of her own personal journey, plus her investigations into the writing assistant Grammerly, fMRI research into brain activity during dyslexic interventions, eyetracking software to diagnose dyslexia, and more. One interesting quote from a researcher: "Research has shown that there are neurons that are literally tuned to [a particular] word. They own this word." Find the article, and thanks to Rich Weinfeld for pointing us to it.

MORE ON DYSLEXIA. Sometimes we learn history from obituaries, as we did this week with the death notice of Diana King, She was, according to her obit, "...a master teacher who helped generations of students struggling to read fluently, write and spell — and being stigmatized for it — because of an often undiagnosed learning disability called dyslexia." An interview a few years ago captured her saying this: "We continue to see the tragedy of a bright child coming home from school in the second or third grade in tears — ‘I’m the dumbest kid in all of the second grade’ — and getting stomach aches before they go to school, and all of this totally unnecessary and totally preventable." Find the obit.

EDUTOPIA offers tips for getting introverts to engage in class. Find them.

UNDERSTOOD has an upcoming expert chat with Ellen Braaten on "Understanding Working Memory." The chat is on July 2 at 12 noon eastern time. Find out more.

  • Causes of ADHD. "A study of 30,000 children from seven European countries found no association between prenatal exposure to air pollution and symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity." Find the study write-up
  • School and IQ. "Children who have a higher early IQ are more likely to stay in school longer, according to a meta-analysis in the journal Psychological Science. But more importantly for teachers, for every year of education, students also gain on average one to five IQ points, with gains that continue into old age." Find the study write-up.

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