Spotlight on Giftedness – January 2012
A collection of news articles regarding gifted children and education for January 2012.
This month I wanted to highlight a brief article about a subset of gifted children – twice-exceptional (2E) kids. These children are as much a part of the part of the gifted community as any other gifted child but often get overlooked because of their learning disabilities. Rifka Schonfeld’s article Twice Exceptional: One Child, Two Special Needs gives a short glimpse about who these children are and what can be done to help.
The term “twice exceptional” is still new in educational jargon, but it is becoming more prevalent in my practice today. Twice exceptional children have a combination of exceptional intellectual power and uncommonly formidable mental roadblocks. That is, twice exceptional children are gifted intellectually and also can have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Aspergers Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD), or dyslexia.
Research suggests that these children are the most underserved populations in the school system. Most of the time, children who are twice exceptional go through school without recognition of their considerable talents. Instead, they enter adult life without the necessary skills to compensate for their learning disabilities. Many of these children develop low self-esteem and believe that they are simply stupid and “not good at school.” Shockingly, the US Department of Education estimates that 2–5 percent of all students are both gifted intellectually and suffer from some form of learning disability.
I know some of my readers have twice-exceptional children. I would be interested to hear what your experience has been with schools and the gifted community.
Creative Concepts : Head of Academy Hill School Plans to Change the Way Students Learn
New principal uses inquiry-based learning to engage gifted students
Susan and Goliath
One family’s ordeal fighting the school system to skip their student a grade
Helena School Board gets a lesson on gifted and talented program
Presentation on gifted students provides great information to school board
New pilot program will better address needs of gifted students at G-D
School uses cluster grouping to meet gifted pupils’ needs
Lots of Einsteins or too low a bar?
Houston ISD bursting at the seams with ‘gifted’ students, shelves plan to tighten standards
Speaker: Gifted students control their own educational destiny
Jim Delisle gives advice to parents of gifted kids in Helena, MT
Who Is Currently Identified as Gifted in the United States?
Definitions of giftedness vary widely among states
How to Prepare Your Preschooler for Gifted and Talented Tests
Parents place kids in test prep courses to get into elite programs
8 Gripes of Gifted Kids
Eight topics to discuss with your children
Paradise Valley’s after-school program aims to help gifted students
Program reaches out to children without gifted education at their schools
Sycamore Valley Academy in Visalia nears opening
Parent of gifted child starts charter school to meet needs of advanced learners
Newark campus program focuses on gifted students
Couple help dispel gifted education myths
Programs for ‘gifted’ students not a luxury
Advanced students need gifted programs to truly learn
Parents choose to home-school kids due to gifted program cuts, No Child Left Behind
Families try home-schooling when regular schools can’t meet gifted students’ needs
Audit: Too Many District 68 Students in Enrichment Programs
School district assesses gifted programs to make them better
Lighting up their brains
Science class helps gifted JRE students devise experiments, prepare for science fair
Several Ways To Differentiate Instruction
The comments are as insightful as the article
More Ways To Differentiate Instruction — Part Two
More experts weigh in on differentiation
Weekend program for gifted youth now taking applications
Vanderbilt’s program for gifted students in grades 7-10
Did I miss any great articles? Please post them in the comments below!
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