Twice Exceptional Students

Twice-exceptional students refers to gifted students with disabilities. CSI uses the state definition which means twice-exceptional students qualify for both GT and SPED (Special Education) or Section 504 (disabilities) services. 

Twice-exceptional students are often difficult to identify because they possess the characteristics of gifted students and the characteristics of students with disabilities. 
Either the strengths, the disabilities, or both may not be identified as g
ifted characteristics may mask disabilities or disabilities may mask gifted potential. Twice-exceptional students are a highly diverse group of learners and some of those characteristics are identified in this resource highlight characteristics which are typical of many children who are gifted and who also have a disability. Another great resource highlights how gifted characteristics are manifested different in different populations. 


CDE Resources

CDE has released a comprehensive guide which provides a framework to identify twice-exceptional students and select appropriate strategies so gifted students with disabilities can achieve their full potential. The CDE Reference Series for Twice-Exceptional Students can be accessed here.

CDE is also providing online professional development to increase the learning and achievement of twice exceptional students. Additional information can be found here as well as by accessing the course information sheet or the course syllabus
 

CDE has also released a supplemental guidance document to be used to help to writing ALPs for students who are twice exceptional as well as for writing standards-aligned ALPs


Additional resources can be accessed here:

Differentiation
        Differentiated Curriculum Meets the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners
        Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students

Accommodations and Explicit Instruction
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Cognitive Processing General Intellectual Ability
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Creativity
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Interpersonal/Leadership
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Intrapersonal and Social Emotional
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Physical/Psychomotor/Athletic
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Specific Academics
        Examples of Accommodations and Explicit Instruction for Visual, Spatial, and Performing Arts