Dr. Melanie Hayes presents How You Can Use the Microschool Model to Support Neurodivergent Learners in Any Setting / Dr. MaryGrace Stewart presents Synthesizing Over 100 Years of Theory in Gifted Education Into a Functioning Practical Online Program
Dr. Melanie Hayes
How You Can Use the Microschool Model to Support Neurodivergent Learners in Any Setting
Neurodivergent learners often struggle to succeed in traditional learning models. Their needs and abilities are rarely understood or accommodated appropriately. This can lead to disconnection and loss of motivation to learn. It also has a negative impact on children’s self-efficacy and sense of their own capabilities. This Session is designed to empower parents to see their children’s learning path through multiple lenses. We will explore ways to incorporate some of the Big Minds’ strategies into various learning models. We will also cover the most important aspects of helping your children learn to trust their inherent wisdom and feel empowered to create an environment that works best for them.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Identifying Your Children’s Needs/Abilities – Figuring Out What Is Not Working and Why – Putting Well-Being First – Incorporating Diverse Learning Strategies – Helping Your Children to Work to Their Strengths – Embracing Multiple Pathways to Success
BIO: Dr. Melanie Hayes focuses on helping neurodivergent, gifted, and twice exceptional persons find their niche and work to their strengths. She holds a master’s in gifted education, a master’s in marriage and family therapy, and a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on twice exceptionality. Her research and outreach over the past decade has been centered on building support and understanding for the 2e population. Dr. Hayes is also the founder of Big Minds, an educational model for 2e children that mentors and supports their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She is currently focused on her private therapy practice for neurodivergent individuals.
Dr. MaryGrace Stewart
Synthesizing over 100 years of theory in gifted education, into a functioning practical online program.
This session will demonstrate how to make an excellent education for gifted and twice-exceptional learners from Pre-K to age 14 and beyond using a few key principles and concepts. It will define and describe what is essential for those students, provide an open and flexible framework participants can use, and it will point to the research and theories that support it all. Participants will go away with “the secret sauce” that the presenter has created to make it all work.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Participants will come away knowing the essential things what gifted and 2e students need, how to create a system which does those things and works for their situation, and the research and theories that support them in their efforts to best educate their children and students.
BIO: Dr. Stewart is the founder, Chief Academic Officer, and a teacher at IDEAL4Gifted., an online program for gifted and 2e students ages 5 to 14. She has over 40 years experience working in gifted ed and talent development. She has worked in public and private schools and has done presentations on gifted education topics across the U.S., in China, and Kenya. She was tired of waiting for the educational system to change and knew our students couldn’t wait, so when people realized online learning was a real possibility she began what became IDEAL4Gifted. Her education includes an Ed.D. in Educational Change, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Gifted Ed. an MA in The Tactilo-kinesthetic Aspects of Art Production, a B.S. in Art Education, a Broker in Commercial Real Estate, and a Certificate in Mime for the Actor. She has received national, state, and local awards for her work in gifted education.
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You are invited to a Zoom Session for The GHF Gifted Home Education Conference – Come as You Are: Authenticity and Acceptance. (Link leads to the event in the GHF Forum – Member Content)
Saturday, June 3, 2023 9:20am PT / 12:20pm ET (US and Canada)
Topic: Day 2 Practical Applications for the In School Student
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