Gifted & Struggling Series

Series Description:

Our book series allows for positive collaborations between all stakeholders through the consistent use of conceptual definitions, philosophy, pedagogy, and applications. This allows for a common starting point to understand, communicate, and serve the needs of students holistically through robust fruitful discussions between stakeholders. What happens at home impacts the school and the reverse is true.

Main points of the series

  1. Lead with gifts – your child is gifted first!
  2. A twice-exceptional learner/child is always an interaction between high abilities (yellow) and complex challenges (blue). Using Susan Baum and colleagues’ color metaphor, a 2e child is always green (yellow interacting with blue).
  3. NEST! Perspective as a human development guiding framework to nurture sustainable growth and well-being across our developmental lifespan.

About our Authors:

Adam Laningham, author of Gifted Children & How Trauma Impacts Them, and Thinkology 2.0, has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Adam was recognized as the Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, he has taught at several schools in multiple grade levels, created and facilitated numerous gifted programs, and also served as a district gifted services manager coordinating programs for over 6000 gifted students.

Adam has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented, is currently the President-Elect of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), is a founding member of Callisto (supporting gifted foster youth), and an advisor for CogAT Riverside Insights. As founder and owner of Bright Child AZ, Adam is an international speaker, consultant, and gifted advocate.

Val Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, along with several certifications and endorsements including gifted learners, elementary education, adult education, reading, English Language Arts, English as a Second Language, and math. Val has been teaching for over three decades and currently works as a gifted specialist and coach for a Title I School. As a teacher leader on her campus, Val is leading the MTSS process and supporting multiple Professional Learning Communities. She also continues to teach instructional techniques at the college and professional development level both online and in person. 

In her spare time, Val is the Public Art Commissioner of the City of Youngtown AZ, who recruits and supports local gifted artists.  She is also CEO of Veldazio Rudolpho, her artwork design label and company.

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