Monday, June 11, 2018

Suing Over 2e, Failure/Success, Events, and Articles

PARENTS OF GIFTED AND 2e STUDENTS have filed a federal lawsuit against the largest school district in Portland, Oregon, over its ACCESS Academy, which serves K-8 gifted and 2e students. The school district had planned to split ACCESS into two campuses. The parent group, "Save Access Academy," maintains that such a split would reduce the benefits students received and would, furthermore, run afoul of:
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Section 504
  • The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Oregon law.
You may find the details of the parents' complaint in the lawsuit; other information is also in a news article on the topic. [Don't mess with parents of 2e kiddos!]

FAILURE can be daunting to young people with the "gifted" label. The Atlantic writes that knowing how students like Einstein experienced failure can improve highschoolers' grades. The Teacher's College at Columbia University has creted the Education for Persistence and Innovation Center to study failure and success. The head of the center says that her main purpose "is to help students realize that failure is a normal part of the process of learning." Find the article.

ADDITUDE WEBINAR. On June 26, ADDitude has scheduled a free webinar titled "Parent Different: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World." The presenter is Debbie Reber of TiLT, and author of the book Differently Wired. Find out more.

UNDERSTOOD has posted what looks like a new article on changing from stimulant to non-stimulant medication or vice versa. Find the article.

SMARTKIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES has posted a new, short article titled "Best Sports for Your Child with ADHD." Find it.

TiLT. Don't forget that Debbie Reber is on a U.S. book tour promoting Differently Wired. The schedule: June 15, Seattle, WA; June 18, Portland, OR; June 20, Campbell, CA; June 21, Washington D.C.; June 23, Naperville, IL; June 26, New York City; June 27, Maplewood, NJ. Find out more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. The New York Times has what it calls The Learning Network, a site about teaching and learning which uses Times content. During the year, the Times solicits entries for an annual Student Editorial Contest, where, says the Times, "teenagers were invited to write on the issues they care about most." The Times has published excerpts from some of those essays, and they provide a fascinating look at what's on the minds of the authors. Find the excerpts.

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