The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Office of Special Education Instructional Services, in partnership with the Office of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will sponsor a collaborative special education-gifted education conference on “Twice-Exceptional Learners: Understand Me.” The conference will occur July 18, 2019, at the Westin Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. This conference addresses socio-emotional issues and strategies for understanding and working with twice-exceptional learners.
The conference will only be available to school division personnel. Gifted education and special education resource teachers, counselors, and administrators who provide services to twice-exceptional students are the primary target audience. The conference can accommodate 150 individuals.
The conference will include a keynote speaker, Dr. Claire Hughes-Lynch. Dr. Hughes-Lynch is well known in the field of gifted education for her expertise with twice-exceptional leaners. Her keynote address, “A Story of Happiness and Hope,” will provide insights into understanding twice-exceptional learners. In addition, Dr. Hughes-Lynch will conduct breakout sessions.
There will be a total of four different breakout sessions. Attendees will be able to attend all four of the sessions. Topics will include:
- Examining biographies and videos as a means to understanding twice exceptional learners
- Promoting Self-Determination/Self-Advocacy Skills
- Strategies for Supporting Positive Behaviors that lead to Positive Learner Outcomes
- Understanding twice-exceptional students learners behaviors as a form of Communication: Find the Root, Solve the Problem
The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration and lunch the day of the conference. Lodging will be provided July 17 for those traveling more than 120 miles one way as measured from their assigned place of work. Lodging reservations will be made for those traveling more than 120 miles one way to the conference site and if lodging need has been indicated during registration. School divisions are strongly encouraged to cover travel expenses for those who do not meet the threshold as described above as this cost is not assumed by the Department; however, this is not a requirement of the program.
Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis with consideration given to achieve equity across school divisions until all participant spaces are filled.
Please complete the registration linked below. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email no later than June 7, 2019.
Twice Exceptional Learners Registration
If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Teresa Lee, Instructional Specialist, Office of Special Education and Instructional Services, at Teresa.Lee@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 371-8283, or Dr. Donna Poland, Specialist, Governor’s Schools and Gifted Education, at Donna.Poland@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 225-2884.