What is GTLD?
Join us for our Fall Meeting:
October 17, 2013
Walter Johnson High School
6:30 – 7:30 pm Connect Hour : Share Successes and Concerns
7:30-9:00 pm Workshop:
Long-term Planning: What to Do and When
Setting goals, breaking down tasks, meeting deadlines, scheduling… This sounds like an assignment for students, but it is also the planning process for the parents of students with learning differences.
What are the tasks and deadlines along the way on a student’s journey through school? When should psycho-educational testing be updated? When should parents begin working on independence skills with their children? What happens when? Experienced parents have discovered that planning for high school, college, and beyond, is best begun in elementary school.
We’re harnessing the power of the GTLD Network to create visual roadmaps for the multiple processes and deadlines parents need to oversee. Guided by experienced educational consultants from the College Consulting Collaborative and graphic facilitators, we will collect what we know and create a useful product to be posted on our website, www.gtldnet.org. Experienced parents will be on hand to share their hard-won knowledge and parents of younger students will contribute by asking questions and revealing what their needs are.
What is GTLD?
GTLD is the acronym for “gifted and talented” with “learning disabilities.” Children who are labeled as “GTLD” are students with high abilities as well as learning challenges. These youngsters flourish when both their giftedness and their learning difficulties are addressed using a strengths-based approach
Gifted children show evidence of great talent and potential in areas such as intellectual ability, artistic talent and or creativity, leadership capacity, or in a specific intellectual area. In order develop their potential, these students require services and activities that are not provided through the typical curriculum, whether it be enrichment or accelerated learning.
Students diagnosed with a specific learning disability have challenges that “indicate a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes invoved in understanding or using language… the disability may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calcualtions. (Weinfeld, Barnes-Robinson, Jeweler, & Shevitz, p. 15. Smart KIds with Learning Difficulties - see our book review section) Recently, the term “twice exceptional” or “2e” has entered the lexicon and expands the idea of children who are exceptional because of both their gifts and learning differences. Students with ADHD or those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, for example, are included in this expanded interpretation.
Up to 5% of gifted students are both gifted in some areas while also have learning challenges. These GTLD or 2e present challenges to the educator and to the parent. Where and how should these students be taught? Should they be placed with other learning disabled students, even though they can understand advanced curriculum? Should they be among the gifted students in advanced classes even though their learning challenges will affect how they access and absorb the curriculum and how they indicate they have mastered the material?
This website and our related services will help parents new to the concept of GTLD and 2e, as well as seasoned educators explore how best to identify and educate these conundrum students. The website offers ideas on best practices; tips for effective advocacy; and local, regional, and national opportunities to learn more about this amazing group of students.