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Lessons Learned About Online Education for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Students
Presented by a panel of Gifted Support Network Board Members and Jacqui Byrne, founder of FlexSchool
Thursday, November 4th from 7:00-8:00 PM
Since March of 2020, students have participated in online school, in-person school, and everything in between. What works (and what doesn't) for gifted and twice-exceptional kids? Now that virtual school has become more common, are there times that some families should consider utilizing online school options? This panel discussion will feature both educators and parents who can talk about their experiences and how we can understand benefits and drawbacks to different educational environments for our bright children.
This event will be held virtually. Please register below, and a Zoom link will be sent to you the day prior to the event.
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November 4 Speaker Event Panelists:
Nick Wells is a GSN board member and the father of an 11 year old 3e (gifted, dyslexic, ADD) and a 10 year old 2e (gifted, ADHD) boys. His children were enrolled in the Parkway school system for most of elementary school and are now in their second year at Dayspring Academy.
Heather Hinze is a GSN board member and currently serves as the Gifted Specialist for the Orchard Farm School District. She has been teaching for 17 years and found her true passion when she began working with gifted and talented students in 2013. In addition to her school district role, Heather teaches virtually with Outschool. Since 2015 she has taught enrichment classes with the Gifted Support Network, where she was dubbed "Miss Ketchup" by GSN students. Heather enjoys both virtual and in-person teaching and recognizes the merits of both methodologies.
About Our Special Guest Panelist:
Jacqui Byrne is the founder of FlexSchool, a learning community for gifted and 2e students. She has a background in education, teaching, counseling, and writing. She is the co-founder of the widely respected Ivy Ed college preparation and counseling firm. Jacqui developed her own verbal test prep curriculum and also wrote a test prep book for McGraw-Hill. She has provided services for school district guidance counselors, spoken at college parent nights, and presented at professional conferences. Prior to founding Ivy Ed, she taught creative writing to gifted students at Milton Academy. Jacqui earned a B.A. from Yale, and has twice-exceptional children of her own.
Moderated by Emily Kircher-Morris
Emily Kircher-Morris is a former gifted program educator and school counselor. Her passion for gifted education led her to become a statewide and national presenter on topics of meeting mental health and educational needs of high-ability students. Emily is currently a counselor specializing in giftedness and twice-exceptional kids at Unlimited Potential Counseling & Education Center in O'Fallon, MO. She hosts "The Neurodiversity Podcast," which is a great resource for parents and educators alike. She frequently provides professional development to school districts on the topics of mental health and giftedness, and is also the president and founder of Gifted Support Network.
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