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Seminar will focus on gifted students with disabilities

Parents and educators are invited to a free workshop on twice-exceptional students from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Knicely Conference Center.

Mary Ruth Coleman

Mary Ruth Coleman

During the Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar, national expert Mary Ruth Coleman will provide strategies for educating this group of gifted young people who also have one or more disabilities.

This seminar will focus on providing opportunities for twice-exceptional students to find success through programming options and strategies to support learning. Coleman will also discuss collaborative approaches to building supportive networks.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about an often-overlooked group of youth, said Julia Roberts, the executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

“The Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar offers a rare opportunity for educators and parents to enhance their understanding and add to their strategy repertoire in relation to children with gifts and disabilities,” she said. “We will welcome Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, one of the leading authorities on twice-exceptionality, to the workshop.”

Coleman conducts research focused on students with exceptional learning needs, particularly students with learning disabilities and students with gifts, at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. She began her career as a teacher in public and private elementary schools, with both regular classroom and special education assignments. She also co-authored the seminal textbook “Educating Exceptional Children” and has served as president of The Association for the Gifted and the Council for Exceptional Children.

The Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar is offered at no cost to participants thanks to a donation from the Arts Education Task Force — Twice Exceptional Foundation. Registration is available on The Center for Gifted Studies website.

The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU serves gifted children, their educators and parents through educational opportunities, professional development and a variety of other resources and support.

Contact: Sam Oldenburg, 270-745-3014, samual.oldenburg@wku.edu

 

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