OUR WORK TAKES US IN MANY DIRECTIONS!
Supporting GIFTED & HIGH POTENTIAL LEARNERS...
Because of challenges such as social-emotional difficulties, poverty, low expectations and lack of identification, many gifted and high potential learners may be overlooked or receive inappropriate instruction.
Supporting TWICE EXCEPTIONAL & UNDERACHIEVING LEARNERS...
Some students’ talents are hidden due to attention given only to their disabilities rather than their strengths. Conversely, some students show great academic potential but fail to perform at expected levels. They may lack the tools they need to be successful such as self-regulation, self-efficacy or goal-oriented skills.
Teaching IDENTIFICATION Practices...
Our work gives others the tools they need to help identify the strengths of gifted learners who otherwise struggle to succeed because they learn in unorthodox or untraditional ways or are unchallenged.
2e Community of Practice (2e COP)
The National Twice-Exceptional Community of Practice (2e COP) has agreed upon a definition of a twice-exceptional individual. This is a working definition which seeks to unify the field and act as a foundation for our collaborative work. This definition reflects a consensus of the 2e COP participants.
The definition of “twice exceptional individuals” is: Twice exceptional (2e) individuals evidence exceptional ability and disability, which results in a unique set of circumstances. Their exceptional ability may dominate, hiding their disability; their disability may dominate, hiding their exceptional ability; each may mask the other so that neither is recognized or addressed.
2e students, who may perform below, at or above grade level, require the following:
· Specialized methods of identification that consider the possible interaction of the exceptionalities
· Enriched/advanced educational opportunities that develop the child's interests, gifts and talents while also meeting the child's learning needs
· Simultaneous supports that ensure the child's academic success and social-emotional well-being, such as accommodations, therapeutic interventions, and specialized instruction.
Working successfully with this unique population requires specialized academic training and ongoing professional development.
In collaboration with IDEA Partnerships, the 2e Community of Practice (2eCoP) is a virtual community of individuals, parents, teachers, psychologists, counselors, consultants, medical professionals, researchers and teacher educators, who are focused on the identification and needs of 2e individuals. The 2eCoP includes members from 27 national, state and local organizations, including:
2e Center for Research and Professional Develo[pment
Amend Psychological Services
Baltimore County Public Schools
Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential
Council for Exceptional Children
College of Coastal Georgia
Colorado Department of Education
Johns Hopkins University
National Association for Gifted Children
a. Special Populations Network
b. 2e Special Interest Group
c. Assessment Special Interest Group
National Association of School Psychologists
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Northwestern University- Center for Talent Development
University of Connecticut
University of Houston
University of Iowa- Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education
. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Western Kentucky University
2e: Twice Exceptional
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AEGUS works to raise awareness of the needs of gifted students who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to realize their true potential. Through our conferences that attract educators, parents, practitioners and students, we present a wide range of topics addressing the unique learning needs of these talented students.
Meet Us and See Us in Action at Our Conferences Throughout the Country!