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Saturday, February 22

7:45am PST

Simple Strategies for Creating 2e-Friendly Classrooms

Many 2e students need adaptations to the environment to make their day (and yours) go more smoothly. We will work together to identify common obstacles that impede student learning, discuss why students may have difficulties in certain areas, and through guided brainstorming, determine what simple changes can be made to make the classroom 2e friendly. This workshop will offer numerous ways you can use inexpensive everyday items to meet the needs of your students and stay within your budget! Learn to make kinetic sand, sensory bottles, as well as a variety of manipulatives that you can personalize to individual students. Some of them the students can create themselves!


Edith Burke

TBD, Bridges Academy

Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am PST
Mesquite GH

1:00pm PST

Learning to Deal with the Unpredictable: Using Tools of Improv with 2E Students

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Frustrating conundrum is typical for 2e students. Using the tools of Improvisation, unplanned spontaneous actions, helps students deal with unpredictable situations. Improv, often comedy, can also be used to deal with confounding situations. Participants will engage in collaborative “play” and will leave with ready-to-use ideas for the classroom.

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Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration, and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
Mesquite GH

2:15pm PST

Feelings Matter! Social and Emotional Development in Twice Exceptional Youth

Despite attention to improving education for Twice Exceptional students, who grapple with the challenges of having both gifts/talents and disabilities, little direct consideration has been accorded their social/emotional development. While problems can arise due to the seeming dichotomy of juggling significant potential with disabilities, academic dilemmas frequently prompt less concern over time than does a student’s overall social/emotional adjustment. This interactive session will showcase practical, field-tested approaches for scaffolding social/emotional development at school and home.

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Dr. Richard Olenchak

Professor, Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute, Purdue University
Using the psychological and educational research foundation underscoring the social and emotional aspects of gifted and talented individuals, my inquiry focuses on this population’s affective development and psychological uniqueness. Of particular interest are appropriate identification... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Mesquite GH

3:30pm PST

Why Before How: Inquiry Based Instruction and the Twice Exceptional Learner

Inquiry based instruction develops the ability to: actively listen and discuss content; critically consider information before making conclusions; tackle deep and complex ideas; and form evidence based opinions. Students are capable of self-awareness, insight and empathy when they are given the procedural training by their teachers to support peer discussions that tap into many of their developmental and cognitive needs. Students come away with a sense of earned responsibility and an increased ability to negotiate with diplomacy.

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Erica Herro

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Stevenson School
Erica Lewis Herro, M.A., BCET Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Stevenson School; Board Certified Educational Therapist; Author, A Review of Research on Teaching Reading Comprehension and the Effect of Frequent Focused Practice (2010); Dynamic Optimism: Mediating Accurate Assessment... Read More →
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Molly Bozzo

Head of School, Stevenson
Molly Kathleen Bozzo, M.A., Education Administration and Leadership, B.A. English Literature; Head of School, Grades PK-8, Stevenson School; English Teacher, Stevenson School; Director, Northwest Montessori School (1993-1995), Director of Residence and Activities, Santa Catalina School... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Mesquite GH
Sunday, February 23

8:00am PST

Parenting Young Adults
This panel will highlight the journeys of parenting 2e students who are 18-25. The moderator will stimulate discussion by having panelist describe the particular challenges of supporting and empowering young adults through college, to work, and through whatever is ahead. Personal experiences and practical ideas will be shared.


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 →

Eileen Brennan

Bridges Academy
Eileen Brennan, an attorney-R.N., received a nursing degree from Mt. Saint Mary’s College, a B.A. from UCLA in history and her J.D. from Loyola Law School. She worked for many years as an ICU nurse, specializing in medical trauma, neurology, and respiratory illnesses. As an attorney... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am PST
Mesquite GH

11:00am PST

Strategy Development and Self-regulation: A Must for Twice Exceptional Learners!

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.

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Rose Blucher

Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential, Bridges Academy, Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential
Rose R. Blucher, M.Ed., is the Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential. In Maryland, she worked for over 20 years as a GT/LD Specialist/Director, developing programs for 2e students. She has taught at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate-level as an adjunct... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Mesquite DE

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