2 Days of 2e virtual conference is for parents, educators, and clinicians, to
help bring out the best and raise self-confidence in 2e learners (gifted with a
learning difference).
 

TOPICS

- Strategies for Home and Classroom Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D.
- Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses Ed Amend, Psy.D.
- Gifted and 2e Identification Stephen Chou, Psy.D.
- Strength-Based & Talent-Focused Approach Susan Baum, Ph.D., Robin Schader, Ph.D
- Anxiety Dan Peters, Ph.D.
- Perfectionism Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.
- Underachievement Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D.
- Schoolwide Enrichment & Talent Development Joe Renzulli, Ed.D., Sally Reis, Ph.D.
- Academic Advocacy Bobbie Gilman, M.S.
- Inspirational Closing Keynote Jonathan Mooney
 

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- Education
- Clinicians
- Enrichment
- Consultants
- Associations

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SESSIONS


All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.



   

Opening Keynote Cycle for Success: Parenting and Teaching 2e


Julie  Skolnick, M.A., J.D.

 

Julie welcomes you to 2 Days of 2e Virtual Conference! In this session you will learn about her Cycle for Success in Parenting and Teaching 2e kids. Understanding the gifted and 2e experience is the essential first-step to developing durable strategies and advocacy skills. Learn about the Columbus Group definition of giftedness, in particular characteristics of asynchronous development, perfectionism and intensity. After discussing these characteristics, you will study Julie’s trademarked acronym P-R-A-I-S-E™, a concept representing six categories of strategies that are particularly impactful with 2e kids. Julie’s energy, humor and deep passion for the 2e profile come through as she shares anecdotal examples and a glimpse into the 2e child’s and student’s life.




   

Closing Keynote Normal Sucks


Jonathan  Mooney

 

Welcome to a new world, where the good kid doesn’t sit still. A world where some of the smartest kids in the class don’t read well or don’t read at all. A world where the popular kids don’t make eye contact, don’t shake hands, and definitely don’t back slap.

In this world, these kids enjoy academic success and personal fulfillment at places like the MIT Media Lab and MET High School in Providence, Rhode Island, one of the top charter schools in the country. Then, they go on to run companies in Silicon Valley, New York and Tokyo.

Unlike ever before, this century proves their cognitive differences are more than “quirks” – they are the groundwork for innovative ideas and skills to solve problems most of us wouldn’t anticipate. Think Google. Jet Blue. Apple. By embracing the beautiful, bizarre realities of neuro-diversity – the idea that we are all special snowflakes – as essential components of a healthy vibrant culture, we can propel students not only to better participate in, but seize the changing world where the digital brain rivals the text-oriented and a design oriented economy replaces a manufacturing base. Renowned writer, neuro-diversity activist and author Jonathan Mooney vividly, humorously and passionately brings to life this wonderful world of neuro-diversity: the research behind it, the people who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us who care about the future of education.

Explaining the latest theories, Jonathan helps teachers and parents redefine what it is for students in the 21st century to think and to learn and to be successful. He provides concrete examples of how to prepare students and implement frameworks that best support their academic and professional pursuits. In this lecture, Jonathan takes the audience to life in high schools organized around the principles of video gaming and visual culture. He transports the audience to snow-bound strip malls in Sweden where a software design company has decided to only hire people with Asperger’s syndrome—not as charity, but because this company believes programmers with Asperger’s make superior employees.

As with Jonathan’s other lectures, the audience will leave this talk fundamentally changed and empowered. “Re-drawing the lines” blends research and human interest stories with concrete tips that parents, students, teachers, and administrators can follow to transform learning environments and create a world that truly celebrates cognitive diversity.




   

Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis of Gifted Individuals


Edward  Amend, Psy.D.

 

Misdiagnosis of gifted individuals most frequently occurs when professionals mistakenly view specific social and emotional characteristics of gifted individuals as signs of pathology. Missed diagnosis occurs when factors of giftedness obscure weaknesses, or problematic behaviors are minimized because one is gifted. The presenter will discuss the most common disorders that lead to either misdiagnosis or missed diagnoses, explore the relationship between giftedness and clinical syndromes, and provide information and strategies for social and emotional development.




   

Identification


Stephen  Chou, Psy.D.

 

Identification for twice-exceptional (2e) is oftentimes enigmatic. Of those who assess children, few are specifically trained to assess in the area of giftedness and twice-exceptionality/multi-exceptionality. Gifted and 2e children often have complex cognitive, academic, emotional, and behavioral profiles that are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Uncovering the gifted/2e child’s unique profile is critical for identification of the child’s strengths as well as areas of challenges such that the child is seen and understood.




   

Strength-Based and Talent-Focused Approach


Susan  Baum, Ph.D.

 

This presentation will provide a solid rationale for the power of learning in an environment in which uniqueness is honored and strengths lead the way. Discover strategies to find, share, leverage, and develop interests, gifts, and talents. With just a shift in focus, you can find practical ideas for being a change agent in your home, classroom, and school.




   

Make your 2e Worrier a Warrior


Dan  Peters, Ph.D.

 

Gifted individuals are prone to several types of anxiety, including worrying, obsessing, perfectionism, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. Anxious children and adolescents often engage in behaviors to minimize the distress of their anxiety, such as avoiding school or not trying if they do not think they can do a task perfectly. Children and adolescents who worry are often preoccupied with their worrisome thoughts, thus inhibiting their ability to maximally learn in the classroom, comfortably connect with peers, and fully engage in life. While the aforementioned is true for gifted children, twice-exceptional (2e) children face additional challenges given their disabilities such as ADHD, Autistic spectrum, and Dyslexia. Being aware of a twice-exceptional individual’s propensity to become anxious, as well as learning and teaching effective interventions for reducing anxiety, increases the likelihood of academic achievement, and positive social-emotional adjustment in life.

In this workshop, participants will learn: (1) The components of the brain and body responsible for the fear and relaxation response (2) the characteristics of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) youth that make them more susceptible to anxiety (3) to identify symptoms and behaviors associated with different types of anxiety (4) the role of thinking in determining emotions and behavior (5) cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness strategies for managing and overcoming anxiety, and (6) to develop creative anxiety reduction and management plans for children, adolescents, and even adults. We will turn 2e worriers into warriors!




   

Addressing Perfectionism


Lisa Van  Gemert, M.Ed.T.

 

Do you have children who struggle with perfectionism? Perhaps you do yourself. Would like practical ideas for helping overcome it? Perfectionism is an occupational hazard of giftedness, and its effects can be truly debilitating. Learn what perfectionism looks like in gifted kids, its potentially damaging effects, and then take a deep dive into the big ideas and strategies for turning this terrible master into a compliant servant.




   

Understanding, Preventing, and Reversing Underachievement Among 2e Students


Donna Y.  Ford, Ph.D.

 

The session focuses on factors that contribute to underachievement among gifted students, with some attention to students of color. Strategies, paradigms, and theories regarding preventing and reversing underachievement are shared.




   

Schoolwide Enrichment & Talent Development


Joseph  Renzulli, Ed.D.

 

Strength-based practices can and do enable 2E students to develop their gifts while simultaneously compensating for their deficits. In particular, Renzulli and Reis’ Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), focusing on talent development, can be used to enhance strengths as well as address academic challenges often experienced by 2E students. Strategies such as developing Talent Profiles, completing Interest Inventories, and implementing a broad array of enrichment and strength-based practices, such as Enrichment Clusters, Renzulli Learning, and Types I, II, and III Enrichment, will be discussed.




   

Academic Advocacy for 2e Children


Bobbie  Gilman, M.S.

 

Many states have interpreted current special education law to mean that twice exceptional children performing at grade level do not qualify for services in public schools. Because 2e students may compensate well enough to perform at average levels initially, resourceful advocacy is essential to ensure that subtle, but significant weaknesses are not overlooked. Otherwise, without support, the 2e student may begin to fail as the demands of education increase. Parents are usually the first to observe gifted strengths, suspect co-existing weaknesses, and recognize the need for support of both. Informed parents, educators, and clinicians can build upon this insight to advocate effectively for the 2e child. Please join Bobbie to explore essential steps: 1) ensure that the child’s dual exceptionalities are fully and properly assessed, 2) seek gifted identification and support of strengths at school, 3) request IEP or 504 Plan evaluations to put services and accommodations for weaknesses into place, 4) pursue appropriate private interventions when possible, 5) recognize when schools are not adhering to the law, and 6) guarantee that sufficient support is maintained for the 2e child to develop his or her strengths and be successful in typical schools.


EXHIBITORS

Education




FlexSchool is the learning community for gifted and twice-exceptional students. FlexSchool is specifically and thoughtfully designed for students who are dyslexic, dysgraphic, ADHD, gifted, highly gifted, profoundly gifted or belong to the neurodivergent community for a reason not listed here and traditional school environments have not been a good fit. FlexSchool believes in embracing different because different is not broken. Different is beautiful. We offer rolling admissions because we understand school fit issues don’t often conveniently line up with application season. FlexSchool's team of highly trained experts work with students to create a plan that removes barriers to their learning and allows them to soar. Teachers receive ongoing professional development throughout the year and each campus has learning specialists who work with students and teachers to make the classroom less frustrating. One on one courses are also available for classes that are not regularly offered or for students who require more assistance. FlexSchool serves grades 5-12 and post-graduate. Our campus locations are: Cloud Classroom (live online learning, Berkeley Heights, NJ, New Haven, CT, Rockville, MD, Bergen County, NJ (opening early 2019), Westchester County, NY (opening fall 2019).




Where Others See Disabilities, McLean Sees Gifts. McLean School transforms lives. Our small classes and Abilities Model™ prepare bright students K-12 including those with dyslexia, anxiety, attention and organizational issues for college success. Help Your Child Discover Their Strengths.




In response to a growing need for knowledge and expertise, a new institution has been born: the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. Licensed to operate in the State of California, this graduate school embraces the philosophy of celebrating human cognitive diversity and the belief that education should be strength-based and talent-focused. We offer a Master's and a Doctorate in cognitive diversity and a certificate in twice-exceptional education.




The Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut reflects a long history of commitment to research, professional development, on campus and online graduate programs, and on-site consultation services. Our programs include outreach and enrichment opportunities for learners of all ages, notably Confratute as a premier professional development opportunity for educators. Led by several eminent faculty members, our Center focuses on both scholarly and practical contributions to the field.




Renzulli Learning provides an interactive, online, personalized learning environment for students, resulting in increased engagement and higher academic performance. Renzulli Learning is based on more than four decades of research from University of Connecticut professors Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, leaders in the field of talent development, enrichment, differentiated instruction and curriculum, and gifted and talented education.




Fusion Academy is an accredited private middle and high school where students and their families have a life-changing educational experience. Through our love, motivate, teach model, we engage and empower our students in a personalized environment to create academically, socially, and emotionally confident human beings; inspired and ready to engage with the world.




John Dewey Academy is a 30 bed, co-ed therapeutic boarding school located in the historic town of Great Barrington, MA.It hasa unique specialization in working with "Twice Exceptional" students. It has an unrivaled academic program with PhD level instruction, 100% college placement, and PhD level therapists. Length of stay is a minimum of 15 month and college process and placement is the outcome goal for all students. Psychiatric support is available. Tours are offered weekly.




The Siena School, proudly celebrating its 13th school year, was recently named as Washington FAMILY Magazine's best special needs school three years in a row. Siena is a co-ed day school serving bright college bound students in grades 4-12 with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. Siena offers multi-sensory instruction for students with language-based learning differences to help them thrive academically and prepare for mainstream college programs. Join us for a Wednesday tour at 9:30am.




We have been successfully accommodating the complex learning needs of Gifted, Twice Exceptional young minds for more than 13 years. Our college prep curriculum, for grades 6-12, is based on the Edluministic Learning Method developed by Conservatory Prep founder Dr. Wendy Hirsch Weiner. The method integrates performing and visual arts, and problem-based learning as the core of its teaching strategy. Students are coached on SAT/ACT and college entrance requirements to ready them for the rigors of higher learning and successful college careers.

Clinicians




We are a team of seasoned psychologists and psychotherapists who strive to provide the highest quality of client care through tailored interventions to promote healing, growth, and change. We work with indiviudals ranging from very young children through advanced age. Our clinicians have a variety of specialty areas, including 2e specialists. Our offices are professional and welcoming, but online sessions are also available. We have convenient daytime, evening, and weekend appointments available. We are an in network provider with BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, and TriCare. We also provide services in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, and Korean. We pride ourselves on providing research-informed inclusive and clinical care.

Please feel free to contact us with questions about the serivces we offer.




Amend Psychological Services provides comprehensive psychological services including assessment and evaluation, consultations, counseling, and therapy for children, adolescents, and their families.




Summit Center provides educational and psychological assessments, consultations, and treatment for children, their parents, and families. We specialize in gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) individuals and families. We use a strength-based approach to find your child’s natural abilities and assets while also identifying and understanding your child’s weaknesses and challenges. Our team of experienced professionals frequently collaborate, capitalizing on the skills of multiple experts to best support your child’s complex needs. Summit Center was founded by licensed psychologist, author, and Parent Footprint podcast host Dr. Dan Peters (a 2 Days of 2e presenter), together with Dr. Susan Daniels. Offices are located in Northern California (Walnut Creek, Burlingame, Cupertino, and Corte Madera) and Southern California (Torrance). Please visit our website for more details on Summit Center and our services at www.summitcenter.us.




Combining high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment with innovative approaches to exercise, Fitness for Health helps people of all ages and abilities enjoy the benefits of physical activity while having fun at the same time through therapeutic exercise, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Our goals are that our clients are engaged, inspired, and having fun while working to improve their motor capabilities and, in turn, improving their self-confidence and self-esteem.




Gifted Development Center (GDC) is a subsidiary of the nonprofit Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (ISAD). Now in its 40th year, GDC has worked with more than 6,500 families of gifted and 2e learners. We are internationally recognized experts in identifying giftedness, even when masked by learning challenges. ISAD is the research center responsible for orchestrating the research on extended norms for the Wechsler scales, as well as creating instruments to assess overexcitabilities. ISAD produces the only journal on adult giftedness, Advanced Development, which contains many excellent articles by 2e adults. Dr. Linda Silverman, founder and director, holds a Ph.D. in special education and educational psychology from the University of Southern California, as well as a license in clinical and counseling psychology. She developed the construct of the visual-spatial learner and wrote the book, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner. Bobbie Gilman, Associate Director, spearheads the development of national policies for 2e learners, including the recent NAGC position statement on use of the WISC-V to identify twice exceptional learners. Redefining giftedness as asynchronous development, we have contributed many publications that have changed the lives of gifted and twice exceptional children worldwide. We provide parents with a roadmap to guide their children’s future.




Charisma™ is a virtual learning platform to help youth ages 8 to 18 navigate social situations in the real world. Clinicians, game developers, and cognitive neuroscientists at the Brain Performance Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas have created an innovative way to provide guidance and individualized support which equips individuals with evidence-based strategies. Our twice-exceptional learners practice social communication, cognition and control in an online environment guided by social coaches specifically trained in Charisma™ for Youth Social Learning Program. This program provides an evidence-based approach for measuring, coaching and maximizing the social potential of youth. Now enrolling nationwide!




I am honored to serve children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults from multicultural backgrounds and within a multi-systemic framework. My services include individual, couples, family, child play, and group therapy, as well as psychological assessments.

Currently I am a supervising clinical psychologist in private practice in California and Colorado. I also serve as Director of Training and Research at the Summit Center within the San Francisco Bay/LA area, Co-Founder/Director of 2e Assessment and Research at FlexSchool, and adjunct professor with the University of Denver.




Cynthia Z. Hansen, M.Ed.,ET/P, is an AET Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice specializing in gifted, twice-exceptional, and creative individuals with executive function delays, ADHD, dyslexia, and unique learning profiles. A California credentialed educator for over 35 years, Cindy was initiated into the world of gifted education by her two twice-exceptional boys, who became her guideposts throughout her post-graduate studies. She provides collaborative, flexible, personalized services online and in person. In addition to her educational mentoring, Cindy is a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, consults with public and private schools, and she is a nationally recognized speaker on issues facing gifted and twice-exceptional children and their parents. A former Drama teacher and amateur artist, Cindy enjoys offering classes that bring together students and families in the gifted community surrounding Ventura County, CA.




 

Consultants




With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC provides compassionate guidance and durable strategies for the 2e community. Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., founder, is passionate about empowering parents and educators to bring out the best and raise self esteem in their twice exceptional children and students. We meet one-on-one around the world in person or via video conference to support, guide and mentor parents, educators, 2e adults, and clinicians. Ms. Skolnick is a frequent speaker and prolific writer who feels honored to make an impact on her clients and audiences.




Since 2006 Seed Starter Educational Consulting founder Heidi Molbak has helped families from around the United States and overseas find appropriate educational options for their gifted and twice-exceptional children. Heidi specializes in working closely with boarding schools and therapeutic schools and programs that support gifted and 2e students. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the education, social- emotional and treatment needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Her family's gifted schooling story includes supporting three sons through sixteen schools in seven states and three countries as well as running her own small school from home including independent day and boarding schools, home school, online schools, the self-directed Beach High School, public magnet and public charter foreign-language immersion schools and a one- room, multi- age school. In 2016, Heidi co-founded FlexSchool, a growing national network of accredited learning communities for gifted and 2E middle and high school students. Heidi served as opening Head of School at FlexSchool New Haven as well as Head of Admission and Outreach. In June 2018, she returned full-time to Seed Starter. She holds an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans and an A.B. in English from Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Regina Matthews Oehmig Award for Excellence in Counseling. Heidi is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA Professional Member); Enrollment Management Association (formerly SSATB); and National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). Seed Starter is an SSAT test center.




Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.




Jonathan Mooney is a prolific writer and speaker who travels around the world teaching and talking about neurodiversity.




The 2e Center is a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary hub where professionals, scholars, and practitioners combine expertise to enhance understanding of the growing population of 2e students. With the unique opportunities afforded by working with a lab school, the Center can encourage and undertake much-needed research, provide courses and workshops for educators and parents, and share resources about the best practices that serve this cognitively diverse, at-risk population.

The primary goals of the Center are to create awareness, offer professional development, provide outreach, and generate projects that will improve services for the special population of children known as twice exceptional (2e). The 2e Center operates within a positive psychology framework, emphasizing that more is to be gained from understanding and acknowledging what a child can do than from focusing on deficits and problems –– an approach all-too-common in many schools."




Welcome to Multicultural Gifted Education. Where expectations, empowerment, excellence and equity combat gaps in achievement and opportunity. Professor Donna Y. Ford has consulted with hundreds of schools, districts, and organizations and conducted over 1,000 presentations and workshops.




Weinfeld Education Group provides advocacy for 2E students in the greater Washington DC area and throughout the United States, ensuring that they have appropriate school placements and services to address both their gifts and areas of challenge. Rich Weinfeld, WEG’s director and founder, provides training and consulting to schools and parent groups based on his best-selling book, “Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties.” WEG’s annual Diamonds in the Rough Conference will bring together 2E experts and families for two days of networking and training on April 12-13, 2019. Visit www.WeinfeldEducationGroup.com to learn more.




Guiding Bright partners with parents to provide lifelong strategies for helping gifted children to manage their unique challenges so they can access their full potential.

Associations




NAGC's mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. We aim to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.




SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. For 40 years, SENG has envisioned a world where gifted, talented and creative individuals are supported to build gratifying, meaningful lives and contribute to the well-being of others. To this end, SENG reaches out to diverse communities that share our mission across the nation and the globe.




Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy, Inc. (TECA) was founded in 2003 by a group of parents seeking to identify, support and unite twice exceptional (2e) students and their families. At TECA, we believe that 2e students and their families deserve to have a community that understands and supports them. We believe that every 2e child deserves a rich academic experience AND the educational, social and emotional supports they need to flourish. And we believe that parents of 2e children should be able to work collaboratively with their child’s school to develop an appropriate education plan for their child. TECA’s mission is to help parents understand what twice exceptionality is and help them identify whether their children are 2e. We assist parents in finding and advocating for the education and resources their children require. TECA provides a strong, vibrant, accepting community for 2e children and their families. We seek to provide parents, educators and professional care providers with research-based information to help them understand and provide appropriate interventions for the social, emotional and academic support of twice exceptional students. We hope you will join us!




Hoagies' Gifted, Inc's mission is to support gifted children, their families, and the professionals and organizations that work with them in United States and around the world. Hoagies' Gifted is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit.




The WCGTC’s mission is to focus world attention on gifted and talented children and ensure the realization of their valuable potential to the benefit of humankind. Founded in 1976, the WCGTC is a diverse, non-profit organization networking the globe with an active membership of educators, scholars, researchers, parents, psychologists, and others interested in the development and education of gifted and talented children of all ages. Members come from more than 40 countries and contribute to the World Gifted newsletter, the Gifted and Talented International journal, and the World Conference that is held every two years. The 2019 World Conference will be held July 24 – 28 in Nashville, Tennessee with an expected attendance of 600 participants from 35 countries.




California Association for the Gifted believes that diverse gifted and advanced learners should be learning something new every day in a supportive and challenging educational environment. Founded in 1961, CAG is an organization of educators, parents, and community members who believe that giftedness is defined by diverse academic, social, and emotional traits and abilities. We also believe that giftedness can be found within the preschool through twelfth-grade diverse student populations in California’s schools. By focusing on the gifts, talents, and potential of students, CAG’s philosophy and practices enrich the education of all students. our 57th Annual California Association for the Gifted Conference on February 22-24, 2019 in Palm Springs. Our conference will focus on equity, access, and diverse gifted learners. There will be a dedicated strand on twice-exceptional students as well as strands tailored to classroom practitioners, district administrators, and parents. For more information, please reference the Conference At-a-Glance document.

Enrichment


Slated for 2020 completion, THE G WORD is a feature documentary, currently in production, directed and produced by Marc Smolowitz and produced by Ron Turiello. The film aims to be the most comprehensive film to date on giftedness, intelligence, and diverse learners. At the heart of The G Word will be questions of race, gender, class, sexuality, geography, and identity, especially as they relate to education access and overall policy. A key question driving our inquiry is -- Who gets to be Gifted in America and Why? The film captures stories across a range topics -- including prisons, 2e, the brain science, new ideas around what constitutes intelligence in the 21st century, and more. The film will also look at the history of giftedness and gifted media portrayal, never shying away from the darker, more difficult sides of gifted experience across the entire lifecycle. The film looks at all kinds of school settings, aiming for a film that can changes hearts and minds, has a great impact on all 50 states, and connects with a large national audience.

Marc Smolowitz is a director, producer and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the film and entertainment business. The combined footprint of his works has touched 200+ film festivals and markets on 5 continents, yielding substantial worldwide sales to theatrical, television and VOD outlets, notable box office receipts, and numerous awards and nominations. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, AFI Docs, IDFA, DOC NYC, CPH: DOX, Tokyo, Melbourne, Viennale, Krakow, Jerusalem, among others. In 2009, Marc founded 13TH GEN, a San Francisco-based film company that works with a dynamic range of independent film partners to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales, and distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films and filmmakers. The company has successfully advanced his career-long focus on powerful social issue films and filmmaking across all genres. In 2016, he received one of the prestigious IFP Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Marche du Film marking him as one of USA’s most influential independent film producers. In 2018, he is currently in production on two feature documentaries as a director/producer — THE G WORD, a film about giftedness, intelligence and neurodiversity, slated for 2020 completion, and THE LONELY CHILD, a film about the unexpected present day footprint of a little-known Yiddish lullaby that was written inside the Vilna Ghetto during the Holocaust. The latter has been developed, in part, through the Jewish Film Institute’s Filmmaker in Residence programs in San Francisco. Learn more about Marc's work and 13th Gen at http://13thgenfilm.com.

Ron Turiello is the father of two profoundly gifted children. This film evolved out of him wanting to share the story of how and why he banded with other parents to save their kids’ school for gifted children when it faced insolvency. Ron graduated from public school gifted programs, Boston University, and Cornell Law School. He is active in education reform efforts, and has served on boards of nonprofits including ScholarMatch, New Leaders for New Schools Bay Area chapter, and Helios New School, and as the Event Director for the Profoundly Gifted Retreat.
For more information, please visit: http://www.thegwordfilm.com/about-the-team/


2e News Online  is a print and online publication that provides information, research, and perspectives to promote understanding of neurodiversity and twice-exceptional education. Our mission is to foster and maintain a fruitful conversation among educators, parents, researchers, and other professionals to improve the lives of gifted students with learning differences. Founded in 2003 as the “Twice-Exceptional Newsletter,” 2e News Online covers a broad range of topics from talent enrichment and classroom support to social issues, psychological development, and parenting. We welcome contributions from writers with experience and insights about twice-exceptional and neurodiverse populations. For information about subscriptions or editorial inquiries, send an email to info@2enews.com, or visit www.2eNews.com

 

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