T.E.N. (Twice-Exceptional [2e] Network)
T.E.N. is a group for parents of 2e students. The initial goal of our networking group will be to identify best practices, share resources, and help our children get their unique needs met. Students do not have to be identified by BPS101 as a recipient of gifted services to be considered twice exceptional.
Is your child 2e? The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) defines twice-exceptional learners as students who have evidence of the potential for high achievement capability in areas such as specific academics; general intellectual ability; creativity; leadership; and/or visual, spatial, or performing arts AND also have evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria such as specific learning disabilities; speech and language disorders; emotional/behavioral disorders; physical disabilities; autism spectrum; or other health impairments, such as ADHD.
T.E.N. has bi-monthly chats. If you are unable to attend a T.E.N. Chat and would like more information or to be added to the CANDO email list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or our 2e resource co-chairs, Margie Goliak and Kimberly Lawler-Sagarin via email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Next T.E.N. Chat: Meet other parents and help create a set of goals for CANDO and CANDO T.E.N. The next T.E.N. chat will be TBA. Watch for announcements. Hope to see you there!
LOCAL 2e EVENTS:
CANDO's counterpart in Naperville, STAGE, has a very active 2e networking group, SOS for 2e. They plan frequent seminars and talks that may be of interest to those concerned with 2e issues.
Robyn Niedzwiedz: certified Barton Tutor, member of CANDO and T.E.N., BPS101 parent
CANDO Position Paper on 2e Learners
CANDO Position Paper on 2e Learners presented at BPS101 Gifted Committee meeting Feb. 22, 2016
Learn More: Selected References from the CANDO Position Paper
Read More about Twice-exceptionality
Check out the resources at the home of the 2e Newsletter.
This blog post about myths of 2e learners might strike a chord with you. The website it appears on can also be a good resource.
Read the NAGC white paper about twice exceptionality.
Read and share the National Education Association's guide to help teachers identify, understand, and support 2e students.
The Idaho Department of Education put together a 2e Manual that is available in PDF form. It is loaded with concrete suggestions and the perspectives on 2e issues from students, teachers, and parents.
The Hoagies' Gifted website has a 2e books page that lists dozens of helpful books for parents, kids, and educators.
The fall 2013 issue of Gifted Child Quarterly is about twice-exceptional students. PDFs of the articles are available to read and share.
Special Education Resources
If you find yourself negotiating diagnoses, 504 plans, and IEP meetings, some of the following resources may be helpful.
Wrightslaw, a law and special education advocacy site, includes a great deal of information about support, resources, and advocacy for 2e students.
BSPN: Batavia Special Education Parent Network provides support and resources for parents of special-education students.
Batavia Public Schools Student Services page provides information about programs and services available to special-education students in Batavia schools.
The Batavia High School Social Work Team website has a great deal of helpful information for parents of students at any age. They provide links to community resources, mental health information, and FAQs about school social work.