Twice Exceptional (2e) Students

Mission

To increase knowledge of the unique needs of twice exceptional (2e) students in order to ensure appropriate services and increase access to rigorous coursework.

Vision

APS will provide a responsive educational experience that meets the needs of the whole child, including socio-emotional and academic needs, for twice exceptional (2e) learners to access and be successful in rigorous coursework that prepares students to achieve college and career aspirations.

APS will develop a clear understanding of the needs of 2e students and strengthen and increase collaboration between general education teachers, resource teachers of the gifted (RTGs), special education teachers, parents, students, administrators and related service providers.

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Belief Statements

Instruction

APS believes that all twice exceptional (2e) learners should be provided a rigorous education and coursework that teaches to their strengths and uses evidence-based practices to scaffold instruction for their individual needs.

Social/Emotional

APS believes that all students deserve to have their social/emotional needs met, including the ability to self-regulate, ensure positive interactions with school staff and peers, and become self-determined, in order to achieve their potential.

Service Delivery

APS believes that 2e service delivery must:

  • be provided in a least restrictive environment, across all levels and course offerings;
  • be appropriate to the student’s needs and flexible in delivery within individual student’s schedules;
  • be consistently provided across schools and grade levels; and
  • include IEP service hours and accommodations in all classes

Collaboration

We believe that all staff should fully understand the profile of 2e learners and appropriate resources to support the individual needs of these students.

Considerations for Twice Exceptional Learners

Accommodations
Differentiation
Early Identification and Intervention
Executive Functioning Support
Self-Determination
Social and Emotional Learning

Resources

Virginia Department of Education
VDOE created this resource to support parents and teachers in identifying and serving 2e learners.
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/gifted_ed/twice_exceptional.pdf

Twice – Exceptional Newsletter 
http://2enewsletter.com
Bi-monthly newsletter that addresses different areas of learning challenges for students who are gifted and who have a learning disability.
Helpful articles, strategies, resources, research and recommended books are shared for teachers and parents.

National Association for the Gifted (NAGC)
http://www.nagc.org
NAGC is the national organization for gifted education.  This site shares research, common myths, resources, hot topics and has a frequently asked questions to support administrators, teachers and parents.

NEA: The Twice Exceptional Dilemma
http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/twiceexceptional.pdf
This publication includes information on identification of twice exceptional learners, provides common characteristics of students who are both gifted and disabled and offers suggestions for accommodations and available resources.

Uniquely Gifted
http://www.uniquelygifted.org
This site offers resources designed to support teachers and parents of gifted children with learning challenges.  This resource includes articles, recommended books and information on specific areas of struggle.

LD Online
http://www.ldonline.org
Many articles, recommendations and strategies for twice exceptional children.

Educational Resources Information Center
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org
This website focus on gifted education to include twice exceptional learners to support parents, teachers and students.