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Masterclass for Practitioners and Teachers of Twice-exceptional Students

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Kids Like Us 2e Hub presents three Masterclass options for practitioners, educators and school leaders.

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The Neurodiverse Learner (Masterclass 1): 1st - 2nd October 2020

Innovative Education and Curriculum (Masterclass 2): 5th - 6th October 2020

Innovative Educational Leadership (Masterclass 3): 7th October 2020

Join specialists from the fields of education, psychology and allied health for Australia’s first 2e masterclasses. If you haven't come across the term "twice-exceptional" or "2e" yet, see the terminology section at the bottom of this page.

This October, Kids Like Us 2e Hub will be hosting three masterclasses presented by world-leading experts in 2e education:

Dr. Susan Baum, Professor Emeritus from College of New Rochelle; Director of 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy; Provost for Academics at Bridges Graduate School.

Rose R. Blucher, Director of Blucher Educational Services; formerly of the Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted Education and the Board of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students, currently on the Board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development.

Each Masterclass will comprise of keynote addresses, courses and workshop across a range of focus areas including:

  • Understanding the complex 2e mind
  • Meaningful curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • How to increase and assess productivity of the 2e learner; compacting curriculum and acceleration to engage the 2e learner.
  • Teaching the 2e student in a way that is strength-based
  • The importance of a strength-based model of learning
  • The emotional consequences of not supporting a 2e student

Masterclass 1: The Neurodiverse Learner

Dates: 1st - 2nd October 2020

Session Times: 09:30 - 15:00, with an hour after for Q&A

Registration: 08:30 - 09:30 on first day

  • Understanding the complex 2e mind
  • Identifying and accepting neurodiversity
  • Understanding and challenging our perceptions of the gifted mind
  • How the needs of a gifted student are altered when a disability or difference is present

Masterclass 2: Innovative Education and Curriculum

Dates: 5th - 6th October 2020

Session Times: 09:30 - 15:00, with an hour after for Q&A

Registration: 08:30 - 09:30 on first day

  • Meaningful curriculum and instruction
  • Technology and the 2e learner
  • How to assess the 2e learner and increase output
  • Compacting the curriculum, acceleration and enrichment to engage the 2e learner

On Wednesday 22nd January there will be an optional evening meal to network with your peers in a beautiful beachside setting.

Masterclass 3: Innovative Educational Leadership

Date: 7th October 2020

Session Times: 09:00 - 15:00, with an hour after for Q&A

Registration: 08:30 - 09:00

  • Creating strength-based, talent-focussed schools.
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Harnessing the strengths of neurodiversity in staff and students

Each day will conclude with a Q&A seminar with the “Master” of your choice. The masterclass period will also provide the opportunity to join in two informal evening events to encourage networking and community building within the attendees. Attendees from any masterclass are welcome to these events and are booked via Eventbrite link.

We are aiming for a reduced-plastic event. Please bring your own keep cup or purchase a Frank Green 12oz keep cup with your ticket purchase.

A certificate of attendance will be provided for each completed masterclass.

For participants who complete all three Masterclasses, attendance will count as RPL credits towards the Certificate in Twice-Exceptional Education, which will be delivered to an Australian cohort by representatives from Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education and hosted by the Kids Like Us 2e Hub in 2021.

Presenters:

Susan Baum, Ph.D. is co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Professor Emeritus from The College of New Rochelle, and an international consultant, Susan has published a multitude of books, chapters, and articles in the areas of twice-exceptional students, primary-aged gifted students, social and emotional factors affecting gifted students, and multiple intelligences. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is past president and co-founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS). She is recipient of the Weinfeld Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in educating the twice-exceptional child.

Areas of Expertise: Special Education and Learning Disabilities, Education of the Gifted and Talented, Twice-Exceptional Education, Research Methodology, Creativity

Affiliation: Director, 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, Bridges Graduate School Provost for Academics.

Rose R. Blucher, M.Ed., is the Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential (BES). For more than 20 years, she was a 2e Specialist/Director in Maryland, developing programs for twice exceptional students. She has taught at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate level at Johns Hopkins University where she taught the course, Teaching the GT/LD Learner. Ms. Blucher served on the Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted Education; the board of directors of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students; and currently is on the board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development. She is an award winning educator and is known nationally for her various publications and teacher training sessions.

Terminology:

Twice-exceptional, cognitive diversity, neurodiversity... What does it mean?

Twice-exceptional, also referred to as “2e”: is used to describe gifted children who, have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. These disabilities may include specific learning disabilities (SpLD), speech and language disorders, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, being on the autism spectrum, or other impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Like other gifted learners, 2e students are highly-knowledgeable and talented in at least one particular domain. However, their giftedness is often overshadowed by their disabilities, or these students may be able to mask or hide their learning deficits by using their talents to compensate. Sometimes a twice-exceptional child’s special education needs are overlooked until adolescence or later, or are never identified throughout his or her life.

Twice-exceptional children often find difficulty in the school environment, where organisation, participation, and long-term planning play a role. They can be highly creative, verbal, imaginative, curious, with strong problem-solving ability, and a wide range of interests or a single, all-consuming expertise. However, at school, they may have difficulty keeping up with course rigor, volume, and demands - resulting in inconsistent academic performance, frustration, difficulties with written expression, and labels such as "lazy", "unmotivated", and "underachiever". All this may hinder their excitement for school, and be detrimental to their self-efficacy, self-confidence, and motivation.

Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives because they think differently. Unlike demographic diversity, which focuses on achieving a mixture of statistical characteristics such as gender or age, cognitive diversity focuses on achieving a mixture of how people carry out intellectual activities, such as making associations or drawing conclusions

Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia, being on the autistic spectrum, Tourette syndrome, and others.

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