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It’s mid-August, and for most of our subscribers the end of summer. For some, it’s the beginning of a season not so fondly anticipated — one of homework hassles, accommodations, teacher conferences, advocacy, IEPs, and all the other accoutrements that can be part of parenting a twice-exceptional child. For tuned-in educators, the beginning of the school year means wondering whether you’ll be able to spot those “different” learners in your class and how you’ll best serve them, given the support that you might or might not get from your school and administration. But hey, that’s one reason 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter exists, to help in times like back-to-school.
In this issue you’ll be able to read how one public school district in the Eastern U.S. creates an environment for fostering academic and social-emotional success in twice-exceptional learners. That article, written by two well-credentialed educational consultants, Rose Blucher and Sarah Wayland, is the first in a series of profiles that we’ll be doing on public and private school programs for 2e students. If you’re interested in finding out how a growing number of private schools are catering to twice-exceptional students, see the article “Back to School,” which gives an overview of schools that we’ll be profiling in the future.
If neither a public school nor a private day school will meet the needs of your 2e child, you might need to consult with someone like Heidi Molbak, the subject of the first in a new series of articles in 2e Newsletter. This series will profile people in the 2e community whose lives have taken an interesting turn as a result of being the parent of one or more 2e kids.
Along with our regular columns and features, you’ll find the start of coverage of sessions from the recent, excellent annual conference of the organization Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). More coverage will follow later.
So, for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, prepare yourselves, hold your heads high, and march determinedly into the upcoming school year. Best of luck, and let us know about spectacular successes (or even about lesson-laden failures) you encounter along the way.
— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade