Essential Strategies for Twice Exceptional Students

Part 1: Must-Know Foundational Strategies to Support Bright & Quirky Kids

Bright and quirky kids are complex! How can teachers and parents meet both their advanced abilities and learning challenges in school? In part one, we begin by building a strong foundation. Learn about the common 'flavors' of 'twice exceptional' kids, effective strategies to engage them, and how to assess their individual needs. Also learn how to build a collaborative parent-teacher partnership and preserve kids' self esteem in the face of deficits.


If you want to find an answer in the video to a specific question posed below, simply click on the play button next to each question.


1What do we mean by a twice exceptional or 2e student?
2What do you see as the most common strengths and challenges that we see with 2e kids?
3Can you tell us about the importance of strengths, interests, and passions and how teachers can pinpoint these at the beginning of the year?
4What is going on under the surface when we see these executive function and focus challenges?
5As a teacher, if you have three students in the classroom with executive function challenges who are not following directions, would you work with the whole class on forethought skills to help the few with challenges?
6If a child has executive function challenges, how can we best approach the child’s teacher, and develop a collaborative partnership at the beginning of the school year?
7When you reach out to a teacher for the first time during these social distancing days, what do you say?
8When you see signs of giftedness or challenges in your child, what are the next steps to figure out what is going on?
9What should I do if I think my child should be assessed, especially if it seems that this may be something the teacher is hinting at?
10What is ‘dual differentiation’ and how can teachers work to support the strengths and challenges of all students in their classrooms?
11How can teachers support students who learn differently during this time of distance learning?
12What strategies can teachers use to weave in kids’ interests to increase their engagement?
13How can we let our kids go forth with their great abilities without being limited by their executive function challenges?
14Expert panel closing remarks.

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Now we'd love to hear from you. What's bubbling up for you after listening to Part 1 of the workshop? Please let us know in the comments section below.


  1. Tracy Pickford on August 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Everyone was amazing- I especially LOVED hearing from Sara Ward! Wow! What great tangible strategies that we can go put in place right away, that I think will really be helpful to my family. Thank you! I have been sharing the word on Bright and Quirky!

  2. Elizabeth on July 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    This was so informative. All of the speakers are not only experts in their fields, but are excellent speakers and teachers as well. I learned so much already.
    I’m so charged up after listening. Sarah Ward gave some really excellent and helpful information that I can use right away. I’m reading Susan Baum’s book for the second time. Thank you so much for putting this together – every educator and every parent should hear this information.

    • Lauren on July 18, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Elizabeth, I’m so glad you’re energized and informed by this first session. I couldn’t agree more with wanting every educator and parent of 2e to hear these valuable messages of how to support our kids. Please feel free to share the link for this first session with everyone who you think would benefit. The full series is also available to schools with an institutional license.
      Lauren with the B&Q Team

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