Variations 2e Magazine Winter 2022 Volume 7, 44-52 This guiding framework was the synthesis and intergration of interdisplicinary ideas, concepts, and approaches that resonant with me in this moment in time. Here are 2 preview pages to share with readers. The full article is available through 2enews.com. Here are some upcoming 2022 conferences where youContinue reading “N.E.S.T.! Learner-Teacher Conceptual Guiding Framework”
Key points of interest What does brain development involve? Brain network formation is reflective of a person’s experiences over time, through the reorganization, pruning, and generation of neural connections. Brain development is dependent on interactions between evolutionary paths determined by biology, genes, age, environment, and past experiences. Can brain science be translated directly into educationalContinue reading “The brain basis for integrated social, emotional, and academic development: How emotions and social relationships drive learning. Immordino-Yang & Chrone (2018)”
Dual differentiation is a key educational pedagogical approach for all committed to the success of twice-exceptional (2e) learners (Baum et al., 2001). Has this approach become more widespread since 2001? One way to investigate this question is to utilize big data visualization techniques such as the Google Books Ngram Viewer (Google Ngram). is a searchContinue reading “Data Visualization: An Excercise in Perspective”
“Access to Gifted Programming for 2e Students” was chosen as the article that generated the most interest in the month of Feburary.
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, 1915) Rashmii Mahendra, MBA, has had an amazing journey that spans across three continents. She completed her degree in Social Sciences from a Russell GroupContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Rashmii Mahendra, MBA”
After a year of collaboration with uncountable hours of joy, tears, and personal fulfillment working with a group of dedicated volunteers of multicultural women dedicated to bettering the lives of complex outliers, happy to announce that the Quark Collaboration Website is finally up in time to celebrate 2022. Looking forward to furthering interdiscplinary translational dialogContinue reading “Quark Collaboration”
Join me during the following conference sessions in February 2022: “NEST! guiding framework: Visualizing 2e learner-teacher success.” “Differentiation Squared: Moving towards holistic embodied education of 2e learners.”
Looking forward to engaging during this virtual conference.
YSA Enrolled-Parent-Only Family Discussion Supporting twice-exceptional: Thurs, Dec 9 @ 11 AM PT/ 2 PM ET, 2021 Looking forward to the upcoming live session with Young Scholars Academy families.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection, and gratitude. This year takes on important significance as we look back at the past, full of unplanned adjustments and experiences. It is easy to focus on what we have lost – we already know that was before. It is much harder to look through the eyes ofContinue reading “Thanksgiving 2021”
Wonderful quarterly SMPG facilitator support group hosted together with Joan Larson (SMPG trainer) and Caroline Lubbe (SENG board member). We had facilitators across the US and Europe join us to share experiences, resources and to find better ways to support parents we serve.
Thankful to the new opportunities for sharing ideas with colleagues around the world. The Nov 7th, 3am Pacific Standard Time keynote was certainly a challenging yet exhilarating. I am grateful to the questions, excitement and interest generated from this presentation. Technology advancements allowed for this particular opportunity to occur. Looking back to my primary andContinue reading “When technology increases opportunities”
Looking forward to keynote at ARETL: ” Guiding framework to education children with high potential and disabilities: Integrating brain targeted teaching and strength-based pedagogy.”
Embed from Getty Images Attended the 12th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles held Oct 21-31st this past weekend to support The O’Kelley Lab documentary: ” O’ Kelley Legends: 2e behind the Scenes”. On behalf of the SENG board of directors, Caroline Lubbe and I attended the event to support the O’Kelley Family andContinue reading “12th Annual Awareness Film Fest”
Parent advocacy is a critical component in building positive and strong collaborative relationships in our public schools for gifted students. Join board members from the Gifted Education Family Network at the upcoming SENGinar, Oct 19, 2021, 7:30-9pm EST. Can’t make it? register to access the recording.
Looking forward to the release of my conversation with Young Scholars Academy on thinking framing around neurodiversity, parenting and education.
Where the Wheels Hit the Road: Reflections on Strength-based Parenting Read my article in the September 2021 SENGvine Newsletter.
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to “To empower every gifted family to make strategic, proactive, and intentional educational choices.” Please join me for a conversation!You are invited to a Zoom webinar. (Link leads to the event in the GHF Forum)When: September 10, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Topic: Cultivating AwarenessContinue reading “GHF Expert Series Parent Chat: Sept 10, 2021”
It was such a pleasure to speak with my colleague and friend, Dr. Nicole Tetreault on parenting, education and being neuro diverse. Please read this post completed for Gifted Education Family Network.
Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (BGS) will always hold a special place in my heart, being their FIRST alumni in 2020. Being a part of an organization/system from the start is a different experience and journey than being part of an organization/system that is already established. People vary in their preferences andContinue reading “Learning, Development, Multi-systems”
Honored to participate in the recently concluded inaugural Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) conference which was held June 4 -6, 2021. It was such a pleasure to listen and interact with the different panelists involved in this moderated session led by Dr. Sarah Mendonca. GHF’s stated mission is to “empower every gifted family to make strategic,Continue reading “Considering Curriculum: Finding What Works”
Looking forward to presenting in a virtual session: “Fostering 2e student success through a Brain-Targeted Teaching Framework“ Stay Tuned …
International SENG Facilitator Virtual Support Focus Group, May 26th 2021. Our first #SENGFamChat was a success! Facilitators across the US and globe (UK, S. Africa, Germany, Spain, France, Serbia, Italy, Netherlands, Croatia) participated, or stopped by to say hello during our 90min long focus group. Many areas of common need and support were voiced directContinue reading “#SENGFamChat”
Conversations with Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented May 18th, 2021 As research, clinical and practical knowledge of neurodiverse gifted children increases, what do we know about gifted outliers such as twice-exceptional and highly or profoundly gifted? How do we tie all these into a cohesive guiding framework to foster nuanced understanding and collaborative solutionsContinue reading “Collaborative Nurturance of Gifted Outliers Through Strong Educator-Parent-Practitioner Relationships”
Refreshing to be part of the roundtable discussion in celebration of 2021 International Women’s Day that also include male colleague perspectives. Our conversations were richer as a result of the wide range of participants during our round table session. Dallas Round Table participants included:
Looking forward to the upcoming live Facebook session hosted by Mark Hess, President Elect of Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented, May 18, 2021. 5pm MDT/ 4pm PDT. Title: Collaborative Nurturance of Gifted Outliers Through Strong Educator-Parent-Practitioner Relationships. As research, clinical and practical knowledge of neurodiverse gifted children increases, what do we know about giftedContinue reading “Conversations with CAGT 5.18.21”
This year, teacher appreciation week feels the most different and significant to me as I reflect back on my thoughts and feelings regarding teachers.
The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network began in 2006 through a common interest in interdisciplinary approaches with the aim of forging linkages across disciplines, cultures and countries. This year, the conference will be held in Oxford, UK. Another year of adaptation and hybridization in an effort to continue intellectual discourse with international colleagues. I am lookingContinue reading “16th International Conference: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Oxford, UK.”
COVID adaptations to Conference Presentations and Attendances Presenting a paper on: Understanding Twice-exceptionality (2e): A Multi-systems Perspective. Wishing to be able to present and attend in person this year in historically and culturally rich Paris, France. Looking forward to attending in person in the future. Looking forward to rich conversations with international attendees, colleagues andContinue reading “May 2021- Virtually Paris”
My recent Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted Webinar (SENGinar) is now available on through the SENG speaker series Vimeo. Many twice exceptional children’s needs in the sensorimotor, social, and emotional areas are not met in schools or within the family, causing few brain resources to attend to cognitive processing demands placed on them. InContinue reading “Mission (Im)Possible: Transform 2e and Neuroscience knowledge into Action”
Excited to attend the second Annual GT parent conference organized by Baylor University April 17th 2021. Over a year has passed since the inaugural Annual GT Parent Conference in February 2020, which I was honored to present with several fellow board and members of the Gifted Education Family Network in a panel discussion session. TheContinue reading “Baylor Annual GT Parent Conference April 2021”
April Newsletter is out! Contents this month: This weekend – join us at the Baylor GT Parent Conference! Virtual Cardboard Challenge – registration still open! Focus on Parents and Community: Erasing the Color Line in Texas Gifted Education Alert: Texas Legislature appears hesitant to release federal relief funds to schools NEW: Twice-Exceptional (2e) opportunity toContinue reading “Gifted Education Family Network April 2021 Newsletter”
Looking forward to a May 2021 hands-on deep-dive workshop on Twice Exceptionality with the Denver Mensa community. Program description.
Ben Koch, M. Ed., Co-founder of Numinds Enrichment, and I had an opportunity to get together to converse about my journey that led to the intersection between education, parenting and research domains.
Thank you Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted (TPPG) for hosting our presentation and engaging in a rich conversation.
“Ex Malo Bonum” – Latin saying – From the bad comes the good. Danna is a former consumer products entrepreneur and quantitative analyst who has found a passion for gifted and twice exceptional education. She is the founder of www.twicegifted.org, a website that lists resources for those seeking information for gifted and twice-exceptional learners. Danna isContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Danna Drewett, M.A.”
Lim, L., & Malley-Morrison, K. (1999). Normality, Justifiability andAbusiveness in Physical and Psychological Behaviours. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 9:2, 52-67, DOI: 10.1080/21650993.1999.9756115 Blast from the Past An email in my inbox prompted this search for my 1999 publication in the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. It has beenContinue reading “Normality, Justifiability and Abusiveness in Physical and Psychological Behaviors”
It is often difficult to directly apply research into application or policy in real life. It is the issue of scaling from one level of analysis into another. The more levels of analysis to scale through, the applications becomes more challenging due to the dynamic and multi-directional interactions between the self and our environment. HenceContinue reading “2e Research Translation into Action: educator perceptual biases, socio-economic factors and parental attitudes.”
“Open Our Hearts to Inspiration” came out in May 2021 and can be found through the Windows to the Heart: Parents and Parenting section of the SENG Resource Page.
Join me for an interactive Virtual Hands-on SENGinar Workshop!
Center for BrainHealth presentation, February 9, 2021. Takeaways in no particular order. Social Determinants of health is important. Most devastating health impact is the feeling of powerless. Total Minimization Framework: Minimize total harm through vertical interdiction, predicated on hierarchical responsibility (what can you do for your country and what can your country do for you),Continue reading “The Acute Case for Chronic Health: Vital Lessons to Weather Duress. Dr. David Katz”
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Presentation: Dr Kanaka Rajan, Feb 9th, 2021. Takeaways Dr Rajan described computational models to “reverse engineer” how our brain works, which include building single region to multi-regions Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), multi-region RNNs that capture within and inter-area interactions, last but not least, her team is constraining the multi-region RNNsContinue reading “How Brain Circuits Function in Health and Disease: Understanding Brain-wide Current Flow.”
Baker, D. P., Salinas, D., & Eslinger, P. J. (2012). An envisioned bridge: Schooling as a neurocognitive developmental institution. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(S1), S6-S17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2011.12.001 Summary Baker et. al. (2012) synthesized literature from two groups in the social science discipline and proposed that the integration of such research provides more valid contexts for bridging education andContinue reading “Bridging Neuroscience and Education.”
Reflections February is Black History Month, and I was reminded of the Gifted Education Family Network Blog that recently featured an interview with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis on “challenges advocates must address in order to achieve equity and excellence in gifted education.“ Reading the interview again, the importance of being able to identify contextual factorsContinue reading “Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education”
Review of Educational Research, 89(3), 459-496. doi:10.3102/0034654319843494 This article is a meta-analysis on data selected from 131 previous studies. The meta-analysis investigated 478 effect sizes. The researchers aim to investigate which prevalent theories of math anxiety and performance have empirical support. The theories included in this meta-analysis include: Bidirectional Theory (temporal relations), Cognitive Interference TheoryContinue reading “Namkung, J. M., Peng, P., & Lin, X. (2019). The relation between mathematics anxiety and mathematics performance among school-aged students: A meta-analysis.”
This free full grade acceleration resource is published by Gifted Education Family Network (Texas non-profit) and Gifted Unlimited summer 2020. This resource first addresses several myths and concerns, followed by a section on parental considerations to evaluate acceleration options and fit. It concludes with a section on current Texas legislation governing academic acceleration, which parentsContinue reading “Full Grade Acceleration Resources for Parents”
Chapter 10 -The Future of Neurodiversity As I read through this book, in addition to watching a few of Thomas Armstrong’s youtube videos such as “ 17 Reasons Why I Believe ADHD is Not a Legitimate Medical Disorder” (Armstrong, sept 2019), and ‘Channeling the Creative Energies of ADHD-Diagnosed Kids” (Armstrong, April 2018), the constant themeContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 10 – Thomas Armstrong”
Chapter 9 – Neurodiversity in the Classroom In this chapter, Armstrong (2011) suggests eight ways a classroom can be considered neurodiverse friendly. I chose two that resonated with me most to share with readers: his seventh and eighth suggestions. Armstrong’s (2011) seventh suggestion for a neurodiverse classroom includes fostering human relationships which will in turnContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 9 – Thomas Armstrong”
Chapter 8 – Thinking in a Different Key The most striking insight I had was that the individual’s experiences of schizophrenia has not been taken into context in the current medicalization of schizophrenia. Some hallucinations are experienced positively, mood enhancing, create enhancing, but these are not taken into consideration, the medical goal is to eliminate theContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 8 – Thomas Armstrong”
Awakening the Genius in Every Child: discovering and reviving the natural motivation that exists in all children at birth. Thomas Armstrong (2013). Reflections Thomas Armstrong (2013) talked about his definition that all children are “Genius” in the youtube embedded in this post. What does he mean? He meant “genius” in the sense that we are allContinue reading “Awakening the Genius in Every Child: discovering and reviving the natural motivation that exists in all children at birth. – Thomas Armstrong (2013)”
Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46(4), 304. doi:10.1177/0022219411421810 Reading this journal article, I was struck by the lack of empirical studies on gifted with learning disability (G/LD) population in the research literature and the wide variabilities in inclusion criteria for different studies. There was only about 5% of written G/LD articles that report empirical data. IContinue reading “Lovett, B. J., & Sparks, R. L. (2013). The identification and performance of gifted students with learning disability diagnoses: A quantitative synthesis.”
Chapter 7: The Rainbow of Intelligences. One thing that struck me the most as I read this chapter, was that over time, an instrument can be used so differently from the original intention of the creator. In this case, the IQ test. Henry Goddard, had a totally different working idea of intelligence (IQ representing aContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 7 – Thomas Armstrong”
J Autism Dev Disord 45, 1354–1367 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2296-2 Article Summary The authors conducted two studies in order to investigate the following three research questions. First, what is the prevalence of outstanding abilities, as measured by special isolated skills (SIS) and perceptual peaks (PP), in Autistics. Second, any predisposing factors for each type of outstanding abilities. Third, anyContinue reading “Prevalence of Clinically and Empirically Defined Talents and Strengths in Autism. By Meilleur, A., Jelenie, P., & Mottron, L. (2015)”
Takeaways and Reflections: On Being with Krista Tippett podcast interview with Richard Davidson. Love and kindness is not something we hear together in the context of education. Empathy, which Davison believes is the prerequisite for kindness and compassion, starts with embodying the emotions the other person is experiencing, and is part of self awareness. Davidson statedContinue reading “A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning – Richard Davidson”
Assouline, S. Foley Nicpon, M., & Whiteman, C. (2010). Cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of gifted students with written language disability. Gifted Child Quarterly, 54(2), 102-115. Reflections I found the large percentage of students served under IDEA (individuals with disabilities education act) in 2001 to be interesting. From Table 1 below, students with specific learning disabilitiesContinue reading “Cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of gifted students with written language disability.”
2007 Indian Hindi-language movie explores the life and imagination of an 8-year-old dyslexic boy named Ishaan. It is available on Amazon Prime Video with English subtitles. Reflections Ishaan is the younger of two boys in an Indian household. Ishaan’s sense of wonder, joy, aesthetic enjoyment and attention to the world around him was in sharpContinue reading “Taare Zameem Par (Like Stars on Earth) – Movie”
Chapter 5: The Gift of Mood. The thing that struck out most while reading Armstrong’s chapter 5 was the section on the downside of happiness. “As a culture we’re fixated on happiness: the happy face, the happy meal, the how-to-be happy self help books.” (pp.106). Armstrong points out that different cultures have different ways ofContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 5 – Thomas Armstrong”
Lerner, M. D., & Girard, R. M. (2018). Appreciating and Promoting Social Creativity in Youth with Asperger’s Syndrome. In Scott Barry Kaufman Editor (Ed.), Twice Exceptional: Supporting and educating bright and creative students with learning difficulties. Reading this chapter was an eye-opener, and seemed to explain several of my own observations in regards to socialContinue reading “Social Creativity in Autism”
Art is a form of a universal language, connecting all humans in our core, across time and cultures. In addition, music, coding, and mathematical symbolic language also allow universal understandings that are more uniform and innate than spoken and written languages, which can create divisions within humanity. The quest to understand the language of theContinue reading “Art as a medium to regulate emotions during Communication”
Chapter 1: A concept whose time has come. Armstrong’s 8 Principles of Neurodiversity Principle #1: The Human Brain Works More Like an Ecosystem than a Machine Principle #2: Human Beings and HumanBrains Exist Along Continuums of Competence. Principle #3: Human Competence Is Defined by the Values of the Culture to Which You Belong Principle #4:Continue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 1 – Thomas Armstrong”
Baum, S. M., Schader, R. M., & Owen, S. V. (2017). To be gifted & learning disabled: strength-based strategies for helping twice-exceptional students with Ld, Adhd, Asd, and more. Texas: Prufrock 2 takeaways from Chapter 10 One interesting concept in Baum, Schader and Owen (2017) relates to “reflection and metacognition” (p.165). This aspect of programmingContinue reading “To be Gifted and Learning Disabled (Baum, Schader & Owen, 2017) – short reflections”
Practice and our genes are not the only factors when it comes to developing special abilities. By Scott Barry Kaufman Reflections One interesting takeaway from this article is that the “10-year rule” is a norm with wide variations around the average. Reading this, made me think about how “normal” came about and the relativity ofContinue reading “What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?”
“We are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks Caroline is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law. She has a background in litigation, corporate law, and information privacy and left her legal career to assist her son in his educational experience as a twice-exceptionalContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Caroline Lubbe, J.D.”
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson Susan is a professional school counselor and an active member of numerous state and national organizations. She earned a Masters of Arts degree in school counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Susan brings her passion for the wholeContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Susan Chun, M.A., P.P.S”
“Without inspiration, nothing moves…. We need to set out with a childlike conviction that anything we can imagine, we can manifest.” Bruce Mau, MC24: Bruce Mau’s 24 principles for designing Massive Change in your life and work. Born in Germany and growing up in a multicultural environment Cherin holds an MA in Philosophie, Literature, andContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Cherin Escher, MA”
Meet current and new board members of SENG. This weekend “zoomed” by literally and figuratively! I got to meet the rest of our non profit SENG board of directors, brain storm strategic planning, and delve deeply into the inner workings of SENG during our annual board of directors retreat. SENG’s mission is to empower familiesContinue reading “SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)”
Ellis, B. J., Boyce, W. T., Belsky, J., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., & Van Ijzendoorn, M. H. (2011). Differential susceptibility to the environment: An evolutionary- neurodevelopmental theory. Development and Psychopathology, 23(1), 7–28. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579410000611 Summary Ellis et al. (2011) proposed an evolutionary-neurodevelopmental theory of variations in adaptive development (based upon evolutionary models), which differed from the dominantContinue reading “Differential susceptibility to the environment.”
The Gifted Education Family Network of Texas (GEFN) – strongly support diversity in gifted education programs. All children deserve the right to an appropriate learning environment in public schools. GEFN encourages gifted parents to start their own groups in other states. It is our duty to ensure lawmakers hear our voices.
WHAT? Hand protectors you can easily slip in and out of in an instant – be kind to the environment, be gentle on your hands, and ditch the germs. WHY? The 3 C’s Comfort, Clean, and Control. WHEN? Anytime, anywhere! Life-changing occurrences such as COVID-19 and Global Warming have forced many of us toContinue reading “GRABBIES!”