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In Search of a Better Light: Concepts to Help Administrators Illuminate Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 202 A

This presentation reflects over 35 years of the presenter’s administrative experiences in gifted services. The purpose of this presentation is to illuminate -- to shine a light on ideal understandings about a theoretical and conceptual framework for administrators who desire to enhance their services for 2e learners. This concept reflects the presenter's inside administrative perspectives. A central part of the presentation purpose focuses on ways to ideally operationalize a new 2e theoretical and conceptual definition and implementation concept for 2e learners.

Ken Dickson

Lead Consultant/Advocate
Educational Support and Consulting Network

Ken Dickson has served in K-12 gifted education administrative capacities for over 35 years.

His areas of focus include investigating children with exceptional needs, and relationships between cultural diversity and advanced academics. This includes research and participation in K-12 educational public policy and practice. Additionally, this includes administrator, teacher professional development and parent advocacy regarding students with special needs and who are traditionally underrepresented in advanced curricula programs and overrepresented in special education programs.

Ken frequently presents and writes on cultural diversity and academic relationship topics in a variety of forums and publications.

He passionately advocates for children with exceptional needs as evidenced by many decades of services to various educational groups including past Board Member, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); past chair, NAGC’s Special Populations Network; current member of NAGC’s Steering Committee for a Twice-Exceptional Community of Practice; member of NAGC’s Special Interest Group on Twice-Exceptional Populations; current member of the Board of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); current member of the Board of CEC’s The Association for Gifted Division; current member of CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network; past Executive Board Member for CEC’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners Division; member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators Commissions on Special Projects, Research & Evaluation and District Administration; and the Editorial Review Board for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted.

Ken is currently developing an advocacy network for children with exceptional needs which will focus on professional development, education policy and practice as related to educational equity and diversity.

Ken is currently developing a an advocacy network for children with exceptional needs which will focus on professional development, education policy and practice as related to educational equity and diversity.

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