In September 2011, The Center held its first seminar on the topic of twice-exceptional learners, supported by the Twice-Exceptional Foundation which is funded by the Arts Education Task Force established by Flora Templeton Stuart. The yearly seminar provides parents, educators, and students with information and strategies on supporting these learners, who are defined as having at least one exceptional ability and disability. Speakers have included Elizabeth Nielsen and Dr. Dennis Higgins on practical strategies and theory, Susan Baum of the International Center for Talent Development and professor emeritus at the college of New Rochelle on diagnosing and helping twice-exceptional learners, and educational consultant Daphne Pereles on the importance of a team approach.
January 24 -- Knicely Conference Center -- 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT
Because of the importance and popularity of last year's 2e seminar, this year's seminar will have the same content.
What does it mean to be a twice-exceptional learner? Who are these special students and how do we recognize and work with them? This workshop will answer these important questions about students who have a disability but who also have characteristics and traits associated with giftedness.
Recognizing these students may be challenging as the disability may overshadow the gift, the gift may mask the disability, or both the remedial and advanced learning needs may go completely unnoticed.
In addition to discussing how to understand and recognize these learners in the classroom, the workshop will address specific strategies to meet the dual needs of twice-exceptional learners.
About the Presenter
Lois Baldwin, a national expert on twice-exceptional children, will share information and strategies about this group of gifted young people with one or more disabilities. This workshop is free, and EILA credit will be requested.
Lois was a supervisor and principal of Special Education for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Southern Westchester in White Plains, New York. She directed, supervised, and provided comprehensive educational and support services for students in grades 1-12 who have average or above average/gifted intelligence and are learning disabled and/or emotionally disturbed. In addition, she supervised a wide variety of special education services, coordinated staff development for the Special Services Center, and coordinated mainstream efforts with public school administrators and staff. Lois received her doctorate in gifted, special education, and educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. Lois is the current president and one of the founders of AEGUS. She is a member of NAGC, AGATE, CEC, and ASCD. She currently consults nationally.
2019 Twice-Exceptional Seminar