I recall, this was always a good time to recognize those who, during the year, had understood my kids’
differences and worked to make sure that these outliers had opportunities to learn and grow.
Often the best way to thank your favorite educator is with words, written or spoken, from the heart.
SENG offers a way to recognize your favorite educator by nominating him or her to the SENG Honor
Roll; NAGC offers a similar program. Even a simple letter of thanks to the educator, with copies to
your principal and/or superintendent and/or school board could be a meaningful expression of your
A couple of recent blog posts really resonated with me. First, WATG president-elect Scott Peters co-
authored a commentary affirming the continued need for gifted education, but not necessarily the
gifted label. I’d be happy to do away with the label and the baggage that can go with it, and I would
welcome the opportunity for advanced academic opportunities for any student who is ready for such
a challenge, regardless of any label. However, there remain the social and emotional differences, the
intensities and the quirkiness that make the life of a gifted kid - and those who live with them - such a
rollercoaster ride. As long as we can address the needs of the whole child, including both the academic
and the social-emotional, then I will welcome the extinction of the gifted label. I’ll be watching with
The second blog post that struck home for me is a letter to the parents of twice exceptional children.
Raising a 2E kid is like being thrust into a marathon that you never expected to run. You keep moving
toward the finish line, but it seems like your role as advocate for your child is never-ending – the finish
line keeps being moved further and further away. The best advice I received about parenting a 2E,
visual-spatial, creative, intellectually-gifted kid came from my friend and GT Resource teacher Mary.
“Your job is to help maintain your child’s self-esteem until grad school.” At first I thought she was
kidding, but it turns out, she may be right. Thank you, Mary.