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Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar


Differentiating Twice: Instructional Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Learners

September 24, 2021 | 8:30 am-3:30 pm CDT | Cost: $25

This is an in-person event held at the Knicely Conference Center

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Providing instruction that allows a twice-exceptional child to engage at high levels, use their creativity, and yet provides structure for essential skills can be a challenge.  Special education can be too basic, yet gifted education can be too challenging.  Teachers of twice-exceptional children can use the strategies of both sides to meet the diverse needs of these students.  This session will explore “double differentiation” in which access to challenging, high-level curriculum can be provided.  

About the Presenter

claireDr. Claire Hughes is Professor of Elementary and Special Education at the College of Coastal Georgia. Previously, she was Faculty Director of the Special Needs and Inclusion program at Canterbury Christ Church University in England, and a Fulbright Scholar to Greece. She has served on boards in the National Association for Gifted Children, The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG) and Teacher Education Divisions (CEC-TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children.  She is author of numerous books and chapters, and her research areas include: twice-exceptional children- particularly gifted children with autism; positivistic views of exceptionality; and international education. She is passionate about working with teachers on developing abilities and talents in all children through higher-order thinking, creativity, and mental health interventions. She lives on St. Simons Island in Georgia with two family members (husband and mother) two twice-exceptional children, two cats, and two dogs.  


Online Resources on Twice-Exceptional Students

The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at BridgesThe 2e Center is a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary hub where professionals, scholars, and practitioners combine expertise to enhance understanding of the growing population of 2e students. The primary goals of the Center are to create awareness, offer professional development, provide outreach, and generate projects that will improve services for the special population of children known as twice exceptional (2e). 

The site includes a page of Further Reading.

2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter: for parents, educators, and other professionals.

The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS)an organization of professionals, parents and others concerned for the success of individuals whose school performance is not commensurate with their exceptional intellectual and creative abilities. 

Serving Twice-Exceptional Gifted Learners, a special issue of Gifted Education Communicator, published by the Calfornia Association of the Gifted.

Twice-Exceptional articles on SENG: SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Twice-Exceptional page on Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: the all-things-gifted page.

Twice-Exceptional articles on SENG: SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Twice-Exceptional pageon Wrightslaw: Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. 

The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma, a publication of the National Education Association

Twice Exceptional Learners, a special issue of Gifted Child Today

Twice Exceptionality: a special issue of Gifted Child Quarterly, published by the National Association of Gifted Children (Volume 57 Issue 4, October 2013). Some articles available online; full access by joining the NAGC. 


Ideas and Information from Past Twice-Exceptional Students Seminars

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Access the full list of past presentations, resources, and recommendations at the Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar Archive

History of the Seminar

Our first seminar on the topic of twice-exceptional (2e) learners was held in September 2011, initially supported by the Twice-Exceptional Foundation, which was funded by the Arts Education Task Force established by Flora Templeton Stuart. Almost every year since then, we have offered a Twice-Exceptional Student Seminar to provide information and strategies on supporting these learners, who are defined as having at least one exceptional ability and disability. All presenters are world-renowned experts on the topic. Although educators have often made up the bulk of the audience, parents and students themselves are invited and welcomed too, and participation is free to all.

 

National Twice-Exceptional Community of Practice Definition

Twice-exceptional individuals evidence exceptional ability and disability, which results in a unique set of circumstances. Their exceptional ability may dominate, hiding their disability; their disability may dominate, hiding their exceptional ability; each may mask the other so that neither is recognized or addressed. 2e students, who may perform below, at, or above grade level, require the following:

  • specialized methods of identification that consider the possible interaction of the exceptionalities,
  • enriched/advanced educational opportunities that develop the child’s interests, gifts, and talents while also meeting the child’s learning needs,
  • and simultaneous supports that ensure the child’s academic success and social-emotional well-being, such as accommodations, therapeutic interventions, and specialized instruction.

Working successfully with this unique population requires specialized academic training and ongoing professional development.

REFERENCE: Baldwin, L., Baum, S., Pereles, D., & Hughes, C. (2015). Twice-exceptional learners: The journey toward a shared vision. Gifted Child Today, 38 (4), pp. 206-214.


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