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Welcome to the Free Digital Screening of 2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional

Message from the Director

Presenting the 2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional Movie

Coming in September 2019: The Smart but Struggling Student, a free online event featuring the masters of 2e/twice-exceptional education.

Find out more about Bridges-related 2e activities and resources.

What ideas did the movie spark for you?


  1. Deb Darnell on August 10, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I am very glad that this screening was still available. I am currently a public high school teacher (formerly a middle school teacher for 14 years) and school started last week and I was unable to take the time to watch this incredible screening. So thanks for keeping this screening open! (I was unable to watch the 1st screening in this series 🙁 . I wish I could show this to our faculty. Maybe I can – I need to look into that!! I am in a school district that over 13% of its students are identified gifted and talented (there are probably more- they are just not identified yet). In a bell curve model, only around 3-5% usually in any given population would be identified gifted. In our community (in which a college exists with Noble Prize faculty), this population of gifted students is 13% which is pretty significant. And yet our public schools, in my opinion, are not investing in this population of students with programs and strategies that would help these individuals grow and be happily productive in our society. We have many 2e students (some “officially identified” -some are not; however, I have been around gifted students long enough to know this 2e behavior). As many have already commented, I like the quotes and ideas – Susan Baum states, “We give kids the gift of time.” ; “the world needs less faking it and more being/accepting who these kids are.” I will definitely look into Bridges website. Hopefully funds will be made available to buy some of Bridges “tools”. We often tell students in the large school that I work in – find your “people” – those clubs or activities where you can connect and feel apart of the school. Well, I feel I have found “MY People” in this screening. Teachers who “get” this population! It’s so hard to find colleagues who understand 2e and the gifted population. So many thanks for the information and the connection with teachers who understand and help these students.

  2. Kristina on August 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    These movies are amazing!!!! I wish word would spread faster and more schools take hold of your methodology. We are in Silicon Valley California where the 2E kid is everywhere and it’s damn near impossible to get people to see the intelligence. For those more involved with this process, how do you get a child who has been recently feeling stupid and now hates school to be able to look beyond that and tap into to how they feel they learn best? This past year (3rd grade) has been a nightmare for all of us. My son was having problems with some aspect of the academics. Unfortunately, rather than contact us and help him, they let him escape his work making things worse. They hid so much from us and it got so bad that we had to put him in therapy. The only good thing to come out of it was that we had him tested (he was missing 75% of class time but was still learning all the material and passing his classes) and that was when we learned about 2E student. The company we used thought, with the proper support, he could excel and be gifted in some areas. We’re having problems connecting the line though between now and that path. Any advice?

    • Nathan on August 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      I live in SV with a 2E son now in high school. Have you looked at Helios school in Sunnyvale (K-8) or even Harker School in San Jose? Also John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for classes – enrichment and advancement, Summer camps with like minds. Later, Stanford math and science circles.

  3. Kate McWilliams on August 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I loved how forthright the students were about their weaknesses. It was clearly something they were working with, but it wasn’t holding them back.

  4. dee on August 9, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Bridges is everything that I wish for in a school for my son. Watching him struggle in public school is so heartbreaking. The movie has given me some ideas to bring up when we meet with his counselor at his new school next week. I love the strengths based approach and how every student is allowed to explore their personal interests while learning. It was also great to hear the little bits on dysgraphia. Out of my son’s 7 teachers last year, only 1 of them actually knew what it was. I wish our teachers and other educators in public schools were as informed about 2e students as the Bridges staff are.

  5. Rachel on August 9, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Great movie. Great insights. These kids are so lucky to have such an amazing school environment and wonderfully dedicated teachers who are so passionate to support these kids to be the best they can be. Thank you for sharing their stories with us.

  6. Michelle Kapelle on August 8, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I really appreciate these two movies! I am a certified education assistant who has the privilege of working with 2E homeschooled kids. I am starting a social “club” this fall. I will implement a few of the strategies mentioned in the sequel movie during our weekly sessions. I’m looking forward to helping the grade 7-12 students discover more about themselves while they are learning about others.

  7. Vanessa Thomas on August 8, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    The movies are BRILLIANT It was like finding this incredible space that understood you and your child . between tears and ahah moments it was amazing
    A place you didn’t need to explain yourself a place you felt you and your child belonged
    What a brilliant place to learn and explore for these students
    Sams Parents saying we “we know he’s got it we just have to get him there” has been our mantra for ever…. the brilliance is there just unlocking it when in a neuro typical school system that spends so much time focused on weaknesses rather than strengths and thinking taking away subjects where she is great at and spending more time on a subject she now hates and where her greatest weakness is Will change the out come ,especially with out changing the process or strategy and expecting a different result ,to me is a sign of insanity .But a typical story within a system that needs a complete overhaul anyway.
    As our daughter has been in international schools since 7 she’s now 15 has proven to be an unsatisfactory situation due to the transient nature of Teachers and students and the fact even though there has always been learning support it has always driven home some how she was lacking ,different and has left her feeling more stressed and inadequate.
    Of course the words Learning diversity are openly talked about and in conversation are embraced …that’s the easy part ..but words are cheap it’s the action and changing how we do things that makes for real change .
    Seeing this affirmed what isn’t working for us , affirmed what I know needs to be done and inspired me to really make some changes and than keep battling a system that pays only lip service to ideas I’ve put forward to change the approach to my daughters learning .Time for rethinking what we do as we start a new school year.
    Again The movie was brilliant thank you it’s left me so excited to really make some major changes for my Daughter and for all those children that have the right to have their brilliance acknowledged and supported .

  8. Argos O. on August 8, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I live in Southern San Diego and home school my two 2e boys because they learn so differently and because the school did not truly recognize and use their strengths to educate them. I love to home school my boys. But, if there was a 2e school like Bridges Academy that my sons could attend, I would maybe be willing forego home school! Thank you for these movies – so helpful and so inspirational for me. It is beautiful to see these students in action – being themselves and using their strengths to excel.

  9. Aimee Yermish, PsyD on August 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I would be interested in long-term followup data. There is a lot to be said for this educational approach (and not just for 2E kids!), but a skeptical audience is going to ask whether you are teaching them what they need for success, however one might define it, in higher education, career, and personal life.

  10. Wendy Meyer on August 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    so much here needs to be incorporated into ALL education. EVERY student can benefit from an appropriate educational fit for their learning style.

  11. Barbara Anderson on August 8, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I wish we had a school like this in my area. We are doing our best, though, to get our son’s the resources he needs and make sure he takes advantage of the opportunities we have around us. I love seeing such a large school dedicated to helping these great kids

  12. Tianna on August 8, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I’m wondering how to relay the importance of “the gift of time” and tailored learning to the public school my kids will attend this coming year. We were unable to get them into a charter school and I am not ready to homeschool yet (although both of my kids are begging me to). I have two newly diagnosed 2E kids and I just want to be able to communicate what th y need to their teachers next year- in an actionable way.

  13. Sharo Fraser on August 8, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Thank you so much for making this documentary available! My extended family includes several children in 2 generations, who are on the spectrum. The oldest are in their 20’s. I thought I had learned a lot in the last 20 years but this film brought a host of insights and startling revelations to my attention. My husband and I will watch it again and probably order the DVDs. Your dedication to this population is most appreciated.

  14. Willa Truter on August 5, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I can write a book on what I took from this movie … my mind is spinning in so many directions.
    I am not sad that we don’t have Bridges in South Africa or Cape Town … I am inspired to start a like-minded learning environment locally that do as Susan Baum states, “We give kids the gift of time.”

    It is a HUGE task …. but this I know…

    There is a school called Bridges with the most amazing staff, I am sure I can knock at the door…
    There is a wonderful Bright and Quirky Community in the IdeaLab – THANK YOU DEBBIE

    We live in one of the 50 most violent cities in the world …. perhaps a new direction can inspire new hope, I know our son is not the only 2e child … and many in the jails are actually left behind 2e people whose direction was steered wrong …. but it is never too late to turn around and we surely can avoid more of our 2e children being steered into the wrong direction …. time to change!

    I have no idea how …. but I am going to try!

    • Debbie Steinberg Kuntz on August 6, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      Willa, if anyone can do it, you can! I’m so glad this movie is inspiring us all to support and serve these amazing kids! Debbie SK

  15. Bron Van der Geest on August 3, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Aroha mai Bridges. So good seeing this in action both with my parent hat on and through a teaching and learning lense. We have a small urban school in Aotearoa- NZ, that also supports 2e learners and allows them to flourish. Knowing that you are rocking the process is so CONFIRMING!!!!! Our school is called Age https://www.age.school.nz/. It is everything that I had dreamed my own 2e children, now grown, could have attended. Our eldest child opened me to the wonders of 2e. He is now an A+ university student and had been told when he was 11 that he would not be able to hold any job down. He tells me at uni all the smart kids are like him, he has finally found his tribe and is thriving! Not sure how the lecturers feel when he lets them know they have made errors……
    If anyone would be keen to set up a PenPal scenario with our wonders tall and small, at Age, please let me know.

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on August 6, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      Bron, So great to hear your son is doing so well! There are many paths to finding their lane of thriving! Warmly, Debbie SK

  16. Leigh on August 3, 2019 at 9:49 am

    As a former public school teacher, who is now home schooling both my 2e kids, I *LOVE* this series on Bridges and the students. I think the comment at the end of 2e2 really is everything – the world needs less faking it and more being/accepting who these kids are.

  17. Angela Brust-Balogun on August 3, 2019 at 9:19 am

    This is the only way all kids should experience learning! Again, saddened by how 2E kids of impoverished or middle class families are left behind.

    • Roxanne on August 10, 2019 at 4:53 am

      I agree, not just middle-class but now I can get it from anybody who isn’t in top tier income

  18. Ellen Rosen on August 3, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Bridges has started several initiatives to reach out and spread 2e education.

    First, there is 2eNews.com which provides information about 2e education and cognitive diversity from all over the world and from many different perspectives.

    This fall we are offering a symposium on 2e education to discuss 2e at home, at school and in the work place. https://www.bridges.edu/symposium.html

    There is also the Bridges Graduate School for Cognitive Diversity in Education which offers a certificate, Masters and a Doctorate in Education. https://graduateschool.bridges.edu/

    Bridges is reaching out to all the state gifted organizations to establish a relationship so that 2e becomes understood nationally.

    We also offer a Suite of Tools https://www.bridges.edu/suite-of-tools.html that can be used to provides opportunities for teachers, parents, counselors, and students to discover ways to learn optimally and collaborate using a strength-based, talent-focused approach.

    The Bridges 2e Center also offers summer classes for teachers to learn about 2e and strength based, talent focused education.

    Ellen Rosen,
    Chair, Board of Trustees
    Bridges Academy

  19. Helen on August 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I absolutely love this! As a former teacher and now special needs mum, I’ve had to research new strategies for my children. Here in England, heartbreakingly, 2e isn’t even a thing. We really need a different approach for these incredible world changers! Thank you!

  20. Angela on August 2, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    2e2 is even better than the first movie! I wish more kids could be “freed from the burden of faking it”!!!

  21. Rachel Zang on August 2, 2019 at 4:59 am

    In the film, one of the parents said she worried less about whether her child would be successful, than how to get him to that point. I have been saying this to my husband about both of our 2E kids for years! Though we’re still trying to find resources to help on this journey. It’s so helpful to know this is a shared experience, but like the other comments, I lament the fact that where we live does not have these educational opportunities easily accessible. We’re finally finding out way to get strengths-based educational environments, but I certainly feel that this model should be a part of the public school system in some way. As our oldest enters high school having had an educational experience that rarely highlighted her incredible strengths, I hope the coming 4 years will help recreate her self-image so she can thrive. We spent so much time in public school trying to keep up based on the weaknesses that made for academic struggle (esp. executive function) that there never seemed to be time in an academic environment to shine, and that is so regrettable. I love both films; thank you for making and sharing these.

    • Lauren Hutchinson on August 2, 2019 at 11:14 pm

      Rachel, that same parent quote stuck with me too and I feel the same about my son. It’s in the “how” he’s going to get there, not the “if”. I agree that more public schools should adopt a strength-based model. To that point, the other quote that stuck out for me was, “It’s amazing how well students do when they don’t have to fake it and can be themselves.”
      We are thrilled to bring these films to you and are grateful to the director, Tom Ropelewski, for his grace in allowing that!
      Lauren with the Bright & Quirky Team

  22. Regina Scholte on August 1, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Is there anything for 5 year olds in Canada or US?

  23. Robyn on August 1, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Honestly, starting to get a little sad/jealous that CA has this awesome school and the rest of us don’t. Bridges, please branch out and start schools throughout the US! I would pay the tuition to help my child shine and not go through regular public school feeling like a failure/outsider because of the feedback from uneducated teachers and peers. Also, how can this become required professional development for public school teachers?

    • Lauren on August 2, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      I wish there were Bridges branches around the world! What they offer is so greatly needed.
      Please share with any teacher you know! It’s so important to get the word out about this underserved population. Awareness and knowledge is the start.
      Lauren with the Bright & Quirky Team

      • Suze on August 4, 2019 at 3:39 am

        Most teachers get it. It’s their bosses.

  24. Anna Giblin on August 1, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    That the kids are grouped by ability and skill and not by age. Also that they don’t have to be sitting at a desk! Some of them were sitting on the cupboard, some of them moving around.
    Would love a bridges school in Ireland! (Thought I heard an Irish accent from one of the teachers?)

    • Lauren on August 2, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      I noticed the same thing about seating too! I appreciated their grouping style by fit, i.e. where they were in their own personal development. I cheered inside when Susan Baum said, “We give kids the gift of time.”
      It sounds like it’s time for you to start a movement in Ireland 🙂
      Lauren with the Bright & Quirky Team

  25. Susan on August 1, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    My son is 11 years old and has been suffering his entire life in a world that tells him he is bad, wrong, disrespectful and weird. He is 2e. I wish this school was on the East Coast because he could finally be in a place where he would be valued and could speak his mind and not have to “fake it”. He can’t fake it anyway. Great movie! Thank you for disseminating the message that learning differently is not a disability.

  26. Kimberley on August 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    with 2E2 so much talk focuses on their weaknesses, that I find my son often feels society views him as defective. I got none of this from the video. Everyone was so optimistic and accepted these kids for who they are. We’re not broken just because we’re different. We need society to see 2e2 people as the amazing people they are, instead of someone who needs to be fixed.

    • Lauren on August 2, 2019 at 11:23 pm

      Yes, Kimberley! The line about how well students do when they can be themselves is so true. They are the furthest thing from broken!
      Lauren with the Bright & Quirky Team

  27. MaryGrace Stewart on August 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    How to have MAGE (MA Assoc. for Gifted Ed.) http://www.massgifted.org, collaborate more with Bridges.

    • Robin Schader on August 2, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      So happy to see your name pop up, MaryGrace and to know you are continuing to put your energies into making a difference in the world of gifted and 2e! To investigate some collaborative ideas, please click on the “Get Involved” button 🙂

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