Past Twice-Exceptinal Student Seminars
Speaker: Dr. Claire Hughes is Professor of Elementary and Special Education at the College
of Coastal Georgia.
Title: Differentiating Twice: Instructional Strategies for twice-Exceptional Learners
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Fugate is an assistant professor in educational psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Day 1 Title: Twice-Exceptional Students: An Introduction – Who Are They? What Do They Need?
Day 2 Title: Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Understanding the Social-emotional Needs of Twice Exceptional Students" (Challenge 50)
Baum, S. M., Schader, R., & Owen, S. V. (2017). To be gifted and learning disabled: Strength-based strategies for helping twice-exceptional students with LD, ADHD, ASD, and more, Prufrock Press.
Fugate, C. M., Behrens, W. A., & Boswell, C. (Eds.) (2020). Understanding twice-exceptional learners: Connecting research to practice. Prufrock Academic Press.
Kennedy, D., & Banks, R. (2011). Bright not broken: Gifted kids, ADHD, and autism. Jossey-Bass.
Speaker: Dr. Susan Baum, co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and Director of the National Institute for 2E Research and Development at Bridges Academy.
Title: Strength-Based, Talent-Focused Strategies for 2e Students with Differently Wired Brains
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Twice-Exceptional Student Seminar Focuses on Optimizing Learning" (Challenge 48)
Speakers: Lois Baldwin, Independent Educational Consultant and president of The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS) and Daphne Pereles, educational consultant
Title: Finding, Understanding, and Nurturing Twice-Exceptional Students (Parts One and Two)
Highlights: "The development of a comprehensive plan is crucial to the success of the 2e student by allowing for opportunities to push their areas of strength and interest as well as to address and provide support for areas of challenge. If this work is done with a collaborative group of educators and parents, 2e students have a much better chance to thrive!"
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Twice-Exceptional Learners: Definition, Identification, and Support" (Challenge 46)
Speaker: Lois Baldwin, Independent Educational Consultant and president of The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS)
Highlights: Strategies that can work for 2e students include
- acceleration, content extension, and higher-level thinking activities as interventions in the student’s learning plan
- specific programs, tutoring, compensatory strategies, and small group direct instruction as interventions to address challenge areas
- counseling sessions, social groups, or anger management training
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Twice-Exceptional Seminar: Understanding, Recognizing, and Working with 2e Students" (Challenge 44)
Speaker: Daphne Pereles, Executive Director for the Support and Intervention Unit at the Colorado Department of Education
Highlights: It is important to bring all the people who work with the child together as a problem-solving team in the school. This team includes
- general education teachers
- special educators
- gifted/talented teachers
- guidance counselors
- special area teachers
These teams should create a individualized and flexible plan that addresses the needs of the whole child by taking the following steps:
- Focus on the child’s strengths and talents while supporting and addressing his/her disability.
- Address the child’s learning needs to determine what accommodations and modifications need to be made with instructional approaches and learning materials in the plan.
- Address the child’s social and emotional needs
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "It Takes a Team" (Challenge 41)
Speaker: Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina
Read her book: Educating Exceptional Children
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Twice-Exceptional Seminar Eye-Opening for Participants" (Challenge 38)
Speaker: Dr. Susan Baum, co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and Director of the National Institute for 2E Research and Development at Bridges Academy
Highlights: “The first thing a parent or educator should ask is, ‘What is the child like at his or her best?' From that point, you must focus on the strengths to prepare these students for the careers before them."
Read her book: Twice-Exceptional and Special Populations of Gifted Students
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Magic Happens when Talents and Interest Intersect" (Challenge 36)
Speaker: Dr. Beverly A. Trail, Regis University
Highlights: "Gifted education specialists are often the first to recognize the struggles of these gifted children. It is their role to advocate for these twice-exceptional students and to help others understand the issues. In addition, they must nurture the development of the students’ gifted potential and help them to understand they can be successful despite their disabilities in the same way many famous people have overcome their disabilities. Gifted education specialists must work collaboratively with the classroom teacher, special education teacher, other education specialists, parents, and the student to plan and implement the interventions to provide the support these students need to be successful in school."
Link to article on this seminar in The Challenge: "Maximizing Outcomes fro Twice-Exceptional Children" (Challenge 30)
Watch a video interview with Elizabeth and Dennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLWJD2_JjMY