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Saturday, February 23
 

7:45am

The Power of Strength-Based, Talent-Focused Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

For too long students with wonderfully diverse minds are viewed by what they can’t do. Educational efforts center around fixing what is broken rather than enhancing what they can do. Experience what can happen when curriculum, instruction, and learning opportunities are informed by celebrating their gifts, talents, and interests. Specifically, you will learn how to:
  • Identify strengths, talents, and interests
  • Leverage strengths for skill development
  • Use strengths, interests, and talents for engagement in learning
  • Engage students in talent development opportunities: a non-negotiable for 2e learners

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Baum

Dr. Susan Baum

Director of Research and Professional Development, Bridges Academy
Susan Baum, Ph.D. directs the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Susan is widely published in the field of gifted education including her seminal book (in its 3rd edition), To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled. Her expertise in twice exceptionality... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite D Room

10:30am

Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Twice Exceptional Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Living in a world that doesn’t always understand, value or support gifted individuals with learning and attention difficulties can be difficult. Mindful of this challenge, this session examines the social and emotional issues that challenge twice exceptional students, survival techniques that 2E students implement, and strategies that educators and counselors may use to support the emotional well-being of twice exceptional students. A bibliography of resources to assist parents, teachers, and counselors is provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Professor, University of South Carolina
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite E Room

10:30am

Writing and the 2e Learner: Why It Is Hard and How to Help?
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing can often be a challenge for any student, especially for the 2E students who may have anxiety, perfectionism, soft executive functioning skills etc. So how do we, as teachers, best approach the instruction of writing? Come join me to explore an approach that asks the student to play with their medium prior to being asked to apply structure and convention; not unlike the artist experiments with paint, the musician, with notes, or the dancer, with movement. Come away with a fresh perspective as well as specific strategies to guide our young writers to find their voice.

Speakers
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Mary McInerney

Teacher, Bridges Academy
Mary McInerney teaches in the Phoenix Program at Bridges Academy. She has received her BA in Elementary Education at the City College of New York, and her MA in Gifted Education at the College of New Rochelle. She holds Certifications in both Gifted Education and in Teaching Literacy... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite D Room

1:00pm

Talent Development: The Badges Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Young Expert (Badges) program at Bridges Academy is a highly personalized learning model, in which students explore deeply a chosen topic. Students earn Badges after in-depth work, and many work toward young professional expertise in a topic area to earn one of our highest designations. Currently in its third year of implementation, we at Bridges are committed to best supporting all our diverse learners as they develop the skills to be successful in pursuing what could be future careers. We will be looking at the case studies of some 10th graders beginning our program with a project-based learning unit where students were asked to develop real-world skills in an actual cold case and some of our seniors on the Young Expert pathway. 

Speakers
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Laura Bahr

Coordinator, Young Expert (Badges) Program, Bridges Academy
Laura Bahr works in the fields of arts, media and education. As a teacher at Bridges Academy she has taught Middle School Mathematics, Theatre, Creative Writing and currently coordinates the Young Expert (Badges) program, a highly personalized learning model. Awards include the writer-in-residence... Read More →
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Caroline Maxwell

Educator, Bridges Academy
Caroline Maxwell is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who has taught Studio Art, Art History and Photography for over 15 years. With an M.A. in Art History and and M.F.A. in Studio Art, Caroline's work demonstrates how art is a unique and indispensable method of inquiry into... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite E Room

1:00pm

When Math Is a Problem: Creative and Humorous Ways to Teach Math without Worksheets
Limited Capacity filling up

Place value is the essential tool to understanding the four basic arithmetic operations. Using a monetary approach and respecting the decimal point, the participants will find creative and engaging ways to teach the basic math concepts to all learners. Developmental theory, multiple intelligences and different learning styles will be emphasized, which should enable teachers to help students – including those who are dyslexic and math anxious – understand math concepts from the concrete stages to the abstract. The final outcome is to understand that arithmetic is answering the question whereas mathematics is questioning the answer. Participants should come prepared to learn creative and infectious ways to teach math without worksheets.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Math Consultant, Ms. Math
Known simply as Ms. Math to children across the country, Dr. Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages. A professional educator for more than 60 years, she travels the globe teaching her subject at every grade level... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite D Room

2:15pm

Strategy Development and Self-Regulation: A Must for Twice-Exceptional Learners!
Limited Capacity seats available

How can a gifted student who is reading and writing several grades below expectancy perform in an accelerated learning environment? They do it daily by using highly effective self-regulating and compensatory strategies based on their strengths! Through a variety of activities, you will learn a strength-based process with practical strategies to assist twice-exceptional students in their academic pursuits. Participants will take home a packet of ideas to support gifted students by reaching their academic potential and fulfilling their social/emotional needs.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Blucher

Rose Blucher

Director, Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite E Room

2:15pm

Using Alternate Assessment to Document Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Twice-exceptional children amass an enormous amount of knowledge at a young age, but when asked to do traditional assignments such as write a book response, or take a spelling test, they often freeze and shut down. How can we give these children opportunities to express what they know in a modality of strength that interests them? This session will not only present strategies to help educators to create interest and strength based assignments, but will show methods to help teachers and students to discuss and evaluate a product together. Examples from real students will be used and participants will have an opportunity to create products and rubrics.

Speakers
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Dr. Kristin B. Berman

Head of School, Quad Preparatory School for Twice Exceptional Students, New York City
Kristin is Head of School at The Quad Preparatory School for Twice-Exceptional Children in New York City.  Over her career as a teacher, curriculum developer, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented in New York City, and then as a professor of education, teacher trainer and consultant... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
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3:30pm

Technology and Productivity: Supporting the 2e Learner
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology can be the key to unlocking 2e students’ potential, allowing them to concentrate on the content being taught and supporting their ability to communicate what they know and understand. Students enjoy the use of technology because it allows them to work independently and receive “just-in-time” support when needed. Essentially, 2e students use technology to enhance their lives — not only to compensate for what they may not be able to do, but more so to focus their attention on what they can do and to further explore areas of interest. This session will focus on sharing a list of top technology tools to support the productivity of 2e learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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3:30pm

Understanding and Supporting 2e Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Through a case study approach, this session will explore the unique characteristics and learning needs (strengths and challenges) of twice exceptional learners. Ideas to guide the development of a comprehensive learning plan to support the success of 2e learners will be shared. This includes specific approaches that address strengths and interests, learning needs, and social/emotional needs. Collaborative approaches among professionals and families will be included.

Speakers
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Lois Baldwin

Educational Consultant in Twice-Exceptional Education
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Daphne Pereles

Educational Consultant in Twice-Exceptional Education


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Sunday, February 24
 

9:30am

Keeping the Light in Their Eyes: What Parents Need to Know Developing Talent
Limited Capacity seats available

As subjective as it may seem, bright eyes are perhaps the most important indicator of learning and one that we may be tempted initially to discount or ignore––especially for twice-exceptional students. What are parents’ optimal roles in support of their child’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth? Why is it essential to shift the focus away from “fixing” problems toward the recognition and encouragement of strengths, interests, and abilities?

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robin Schader

Dr. Robin Schader

Trustee, Bridges Academy
Robin Schader received her Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was an Assistant Research Professor. Her work and research focuses on talent development, particularly with respect to the role of parents. Dr. Schader served as Parent... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
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10:40am

The Journey: Supporting Your 2e Child through School and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents of twice-exceptional children are in the unique position of having to recognize and foster high potential while at the same time recognizing and addressing impediments to achieving that potential. In this panel discussion, parents of grown-up 2e offspring will share what they think they’ve learned during their collective decades spent raising 2e children.
Panelists will cover how they addressed:
- Their recognition of twice-exceptionality, and their cognitive and emotional reactions (What do we do now? How do we feel about this whole thing?)
- Parenting issues linked to their children’s twice-exceptionality (How do we deal with intensity, willfulness, etc.?)
- Educational issues (How do we explain our child to the school? How do we work with educators to address underachievement and to ensure that the school provides both challenge and support? )
- Social-emotional, physical health, and mental health issues (Is he or she okay? If not, how do we find help?)
- The transition to adulthood (How do we cope when our child’s timeline differs from the norm: 9 years of grade school, 4 years of high school, 4 years of college?)
Finally, panelists will disclose what their offspring are doing now. Panelists will opine on what they think they did right…and what they’d do differently.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Bade

Mark Bade

Glen Ellyn Media

Speakers
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Eileen Brennan

Bridges Academy
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Linda Neumann

co-founder of 2e Newsletter, Glen Ellyn Media
I am the co-founder and former editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter and a member of the Executive Board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development.
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Ellen Rosen

Bridges Academy
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Kim Vargas

Site Coordinator, Bridges Academy
Kim Vargas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She began her teaching career as a bilingual first grade teacher. She taught for three years, before leaving to study under noted Gifted and Talented expert, Dr. Barbara... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
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11:50am

Are 2e Students Getting What They Need?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on providing parents of twice-exceptional children information about special education services/(IEP) and 504 Plans within the public school system. Specific topics will include understanding identification procedures with special attention on learning disabilities in California, the differences between an IEP and 504 Plan, and the differences between modifications and accommodations. Finally, a certified gifted teacher and parent of a 2e student will discuss how to effectively work with school personnel.

Speakers
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Ted Murcray

Professor, Associate Dean of Metcalf School of Education, Metcalf School of Education California Baptist University
Ted Murcray, a professor, K-12 teacher, speaker, school administrator, and parent of a twice-exceptional child, has spoken at dozens of national and regional conferences. He is currently the Associate Dean at the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside... Read More →
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Karen Ottone-Cross

Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Karen L. Ottone-Cross recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and has taken an Assistant Professorship in School Psychology at the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. While at the University... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite E Room

11:50am

Parent Forum Q&A
Limited Capacity seats available

These six parents of grown 2e children are here to offer ideas and hope. We’ll begin the session with a brief introduction from each panelist.Then we’ll open for audience questions and discussion that will provide options for participants to consider as they add to their toolboxes.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Robin Schader

Dr. Robin Schader

Trustee, Bridges Academy
Robin Schader received her Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was an Assistant Research Professor. Her work and research focuses on talent development, particularly with respect to the role of parents. Dr. Schader served as Parent... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Bade

Mark Bade

Glen Ellyn Media
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Eileen Brennan

Bridges Academy
avatar for Linda Neumann

Linda Neumann

co-founder of 2e Newsletter, Glen Ellyn Media
I am the co-founder and former editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter and a member of the Executive Board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development.
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Ellen Rosen

Bridges Academy
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Kim Vargas

Site Coordinator, Bridges Academy
Kim Vargas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She began her teaching career as a bilingual first grade teacher. She taught for three years, before leaving to study under noted Gifted and Talented expert, Dr. Barbara... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
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