Publishing books that support gifted kids and the adults who work with them has been a core tenet of Free Spirit Publishing for nearly forty years. While a lot has changed in those decades, our commitment to supporting the social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted and 2e students remains just as important.

Whether or not you’re a gifted education specialist, this month’s Upbeat News features content helpful for you, with excerpts from Bright, Complex Kids and Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom.

We also shine a spotlight on Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students, which brings together students and expert scholar voices to recommend practices and strategies for helping underserved high-potential students claim their right to an education that addresses their unique needs.

For additional resources on supporting gifted and 2e students, read on. Also check out our free download of the month, “Accommodations and Modifications for Executive Dysfunction” from Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom.
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Coeditors Dr. Joy Lawson Davis and Deb Douglas have brought together the voices of experts and students to help educators move closer to ensuring equity, access, and excellence in gifted education. With chapters written by those who specialize in addressing the structural inequity and educational inequality in gifted and advanced learner programs, Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students recommends practices and strategies for helping underserved high-potential students claim their right to an education that addresses their unique needs.

Each chapter has key takeaways and discussion questions, providing a built-in book study guide to prepare educators to engage students in conversation and to help develop their self-advocacy skills.

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Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Emily Kircher-Morris M.A., M.Ed., LPC, author of Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom, offers six strategies that schools can employ to make certain that 2e students don’t fall through the cracks. Read now.
Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., coeditor of Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students, shares strategies to become more familiar with the concept of intersectionality, how it impacts the daily lives of underrepresented gifted learners, and how those students navigate their multiple worlds. Read now.
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Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students was written to change the tide and help educators support children who are historically underidentified for gifted programs reach their full academic potential.” —Shawna L. Young, former executive director of Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) and executive director of Scratch Foundation

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Many 2e learners struggle with executive functions, but there are numerous interventions that can work for 2e students, regardless of diagnosis. For accommodations and modifications to daily classroom activities that are easy to implement and can ease the impact of executive function struggles, grab this month’s download “Accommodations and Modifications for Executive Dysfunction,” from Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom.

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