On June 1, 2015 at 7 pm at Jackson Middle School, FCAG presents a provocative discussion featuring Ashley Merryman, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing".
Moderated by Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association. Specialist in psychological strength training.
This is the flyer for the event.
The Panel addressed the unique needs of Twice Exceptional, or 2e, learners, which can present challenges for everyone, especially the 2e student. They addressed not only the complexities of providing educational and emotional support to gifted students but provided some ideas of ways to develop skills in various areas of weaknesses.
The event was well attended; with around 100 attendees. The presentation by Dr. Varblow explored how 2e learners may have asynchronous development (when students develop and mature in different areas at different paces. These developmental processes can be "out of sync" with those of their peers, as well as inconsistent within the individual.) Dr. Horn and Michael Bloom addressed how FCPS has focused on how to meet the academic and life skills of this type of learner. Dr. Horn focused on the variety of services offered by FCPS, while Mr. Bloom focused on the development of skills. While the district provides leadership and support to local schools, each school develops and implements their response to the individual needs of their students. The presentations are posted here:
Following the presentations the panelists took questions from the audience for the final 30 minutes; such as,
Q. You say a learner can be gifted and disabled. So, why does my school tell me my child can not receive both gifted and disabled services?
A. Dr. Horn replied that students who qualify for both types of services should be given both types of services. There is no need to make a choice. There are students with 504 plans or IEPs who are also in the Advanced Academic Program. She suggested the parent contact her if the schools are not meeting their child's needs, and she can help facilitate a more productive conversation.
Q. Dr. Varblow, what is the mental health consequence of the 2e learner not receiving appropriate intervention?
A. Dr. Varblow said mental health is a big problem quite generally. It was encouraging to hear all FCPS has in place for the 2e learner; however, sometimes people also need to look for support outside the schools. Without appropriate interventions it is possible the 2e student will have academic and social-emotional problems and may not reach their potential. However one cannot always expect the schools to be aware of or to be able to provide everything every child needs.
Q. A parent asked about resources for twice exceptional kids and their parents.
A. Mr. Bloom, encourages a "growth model" approach, provided examples of ways to build skills in areas of weaknesses... He pointed out the study skills classes offered by FCPS. Dr. Horn also suggested that parents advocate for their kids to get the help they need from the teachers and other supporting staff at the school.
Q. A parent explained that her child has been identified for gifted services, but the parent was concerned that her daughter would not get the attention she needs for her dyslexia. Should she go into AAP or stay in the regular program?
A. Dr. Horn responded (with agreeing nods from other panelists) that the child should go into AAP. The reading level will be more appropriate, even if the child struggles with dyslexia. FCPS has for a decade worked to build the capacity to evaluate, identify and meet the needs of 2e learners. Many of the skills needed for success can be learned with the right focus.
Here are some slides presented:
IB & AP Programs: What's best for Your Child?
FCAG presented an event that interested parents of middle school and late elementary students!
We offered a presentation and discussion of the benefits and defining characteristics of the Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs with an emphasis on their applicability to gifted students and those who are performing at an advanced level.
Our distinguished group of panelists from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, and from the National Academy of Education focused on national and international trends, while FCPS representatives explained how the programs are applied in FCPS and how they impact our top students for college admissions and beyond.
Michael Feuer, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development The George Washington University President, The National Academy of Education.
FCAG held a year-end General Membership Meeting on June 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Woodson High School in the multipurpose room.
We are pleased to announce our Officers and Board Members for 2013-2014.
Huaying will be leading our Camp Fair program for next year and is in need of an assistant or two. If interested please send her an email. If you have in mind a way in which you would like to help our efforts please let us know by sending an email to Beverly. FCAG invites participation of those from all backgrounds and locations within Fairfax County and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or national origin. The more you are willing to help, the more we can do.
FCAG hosted a meet and greet with Superintendent Dr. Garza on March 18th, 2014 at the Longfellow Middle School Lecture Hall.
On February 4th, 2014, FCAG hosted a panel discussion, "Nurturing Depth in Learning Mathematics: Beyond Checking the Box". Discussants included Dr. Robert Sachs (Mathematics Professor, George Mason University), Dr. John Dell (Physics Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School), Mr. Vern Williams (Mathematics Teacher, Longfellow Middle School), and Mr. Brian Wiseman (6th Grade AAP Teacher, Green Briar West), and was moderated by Dr. Rebecca Goldin (Mathematics Professor, George Mason University).
Description of the panelists at the time
Jack Andraka is a 16-year old sophomore from North County High School and lives in Crownsville, Maryland. He won Intel ISEF in 2012 for developing a novel paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted this research at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the national junior wildwater kayaking team, has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions, and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.
Andrea Li is a 16-year old junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She won the Governor's Award and the First Grand Prize at the State Fair and a $3,000 First Grand Award at ISEF for her project in Biochemistry. Her research focused on minimizing breast cancer and leukemia cell proliferation.
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