Harri James O’Kelley presents “O’Kelley Legends:” Teachable Moments, Mime & Mentorship
This presentation will feature clips from the award-winning documentary, “O’Kelley Legends: 2e Behind the Scenes,” from a parent/filmmaker’s point of view. The film follows 13-year-old Jordan O’Kelley, as he adapts his own book of short stories into a monologue show fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit gifted education organization, SENG.
The cast in the show are gifted or 2e, and some have expressive language challenges and difficulty reading non-verbal social cues. The film chronicles the process of creating a neurodiverse-friendly theater experience— from casting, through rewriting, rehearsals, and finally the performance. The clips will demonstrate how mentors can be essential to supporting students in new roles and facilitating novel situations. The parent-child and mentor-student connections in the film highlight the importance of relationship in creating a supportive and safe environment for gifted and 2e students to take on new challenges.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1: Through this presentation, the participant will learn the value of creating relationships between gifted & twice exceptional students and mentors. Learning Objective 2: The presentation will demonstrate the value of placing gifted & 2e students in an environment where they feel supported and safe in novel situations. Learning Objective 3: Through this presentation, the participant will learn about the use of mime as a method of connecting words and emotions through movement as well as a means to explore space and place to reduce anxiety.
BIO: Harri James O’Kelley is a filmmaker, storyteller, and 2e education advocate. Combining filmmaking with her passion for gifted and twice exceptional (2e) education, she has recently released her first documentary. Harri speaks at gifted education and neurodiversity conferences on parent advocacy and the importance of mentors for the neurodiverse community. Harri has also created The O’Kelley Lab— a grass roots effort to promote supports, resources, and creative solutions for neurodiverse, 2e, and gifted individuals.
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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 1:45pm PT / 4:45pm ET (US and Canada)
Topic: Day 2 In School Interactives
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