NDAGC Webinar Newsletter

July 2020

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Twice Exceptional Students: What Do These Students Need?

Twice Exceptional--also known as 2E or Double Labeled--student are gifted children who have another exceptionality. Most often, this is a learning disability. What are the common traits of these "Twice Exceptional" students and how do we identify them? What do these students need? These questions and others will be addressed in a short presentation followed by a panel discussion.

Jackie Owen, M.Ed, MS

Jackie Owen is a Disabilities Support Services Coordinator at Valley City State University (VCSU). Jackie is also an assistant professor in the School of Education and Graduate studies at VCSU, where she has led the development of “Pathways to Gifted Endorsement” program.

Katie Clark

Katie Clark is currently a student at Black Hills State University, where she is pursuing a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. A 2E student herself, Katie was in special education from fifth grade on.

Anna Hoover

Anna Hoover earned a Bachelor’s in General Studies at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of North Dakota. Diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of four, she attended the Odyssey School of Dyslexia that applied the Orton-Gillingham approach taught by language pathologists.

Sarah Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sarah Robinson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences & Disorders Dept. at the University of North Dakota. She has several years of work experience in a variety of settings, including the Grand Forks Public Schools and the UND Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.

Critical Ingredients in 2E Gifted Programming

  • Reduce Communication Limitations
  • Develop Self-Concept
  • Support High-Level Abstract Thinking

Factors for 2E Success

  • Tolerance for Asynchrony
  • Positive Relationships
  • A Psychologically Safe Environment
  • Respect for Time
  • Talent Development
  • Strength Based Strategies

Considerations for Rural Educators

I learned that to support 2E students as a rural educator you have to be willing to take on roles, be flexible with grouping students, and plan for differentiation.

In a rural school, we are not able to provide many of the opportunities that larger communities can. Our town is located 30 miles from the nearest anything, and those towns are not much bigger. It would be too time-consuming and costly to travel to or to have an expert come and help in the school with projects or enrichment clusters, for example. I learned that a teacher is willing to fill those roles and learn along with the students. I also learned that a teacher to be willing to take the time to find resources, whether it is online or in-person, to support the students. For example, you might not be able to find an engineer at a big company, but a farmer who has built a building or a barn can help.

--Attendee Mikayla Cramer


"If I could do only one thing to help twice-exceptional studies on their journeys, it would be to identify and develop their talents. It is their talents that will provide them a pathway to success in life." ~~ Susan Baum

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