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Illumination through Integration: Moving Beyond Tolerance in Educating Gifted LGBTQ Students

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 203 A

Teaching tolerance has become a popular approach to helping dominant-culture students and educators interact more positively with students who are different, including both gifted and LGBTQ youth. Tolerance implies enduring hardship—not integration or even acceptance—and the concept needs a more constructive alternative. Attendees learn some of the shortcomings of the tolerance approach, as well as how to distinguish between methods that embrace difference (illuminating paths toward integrative educational experiences) and those that encourage assimilation and/or maintain barriers. Strategies and resources for achieving gifted-LGBTQ integration are also shared in this session.

Teresa R. Manzella

Director
G-Squared Youth Advocacy

Teresa Manzella is one of the founding members of the NAGC GLBTQ Network, the Past Gifted Youth Coordinator (2003-2017) and past President for MN Mensa, and a member of the American Mensa National Gifted Youth Committee. Ms. Manzella has belonged to the MN Council for the Gifted and Talented since 2002, where she has served on both the MCGT Advocacy project and the affiliate's board. She holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree; her research addresses the challenges facing youth who are gifted and GLBTQ. She presents on this topic all over the country and has been published in the Virginia Association for the Gifted Newsletter, 2e: Twice Exceptional Newsletter, Parenting for High Potential, and Mensagenda. She is co-author of the NAGC Special Series publication, "Needs and approaches for educators and parents of gifted gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students," and the LGBTQ section of the new Diversity and Equity Online Toolbox, both of which will be released at the 2017 NAGC convention. Teresa blogs occasionally and has a website: www.gsquaredyouthadvocate.com.

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