Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

Cognitive Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners

Twice-exceptional learners are bright, inquisitive learners who struggle to learn in traditional ways. Their asynchronous or uneven development results in inconsistent academic performance. Teachers may not understand that hidden disabilities are at the root of the problem. They expect gifted students to achieve in all academic areas. Even though these gifted students have incredible strengths in specific areas, they may experience learning problems in other areas. Twice-exceptional learners need academic challenge to remain engaged in school. Yet, all too often, interventions focus on the student’s deficits. Instead, focus on identifying students' strengths and developing their potential because success in areas of strength increases resiliency and promotes academic growth.

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