When our gifted specialist learned that approximately 80% of mass shootings gunmen between the Columbine and Santee incidents were gifted, she sought to develop a gifted program designed for troubled, gifted teens. After many school shootings and now COVID-19, we are being forced to educationally evolve. We intend to be an integral part of the new educational platform, working with communities and empowering students to fulfill their highest potentials.
This project will provide personalized education aligned with state and gifted standards (set by the National Association for Gifted Children) combined with social and emotional remediation in a safe environment. With this foundation students will be able to investigate their fields of interest and giftedness/talent.
Because the learning model we use was created by "disenchanted" gifted students, those who will most benefit are learners who are underachieving and possibly often in trouble. These are the gifted individuals who are misaligned with the traditional methods of teaching.
We invite learners who are often in trouble, or/and have a disability (therefore twice-exceptional, or 2e), or/and are LGBTQ+ or/and lack English language skills.
All participants will be screened for Irlen Syndrome to optimize learning opportunities. Gifted identification can be provided by the organization.
What does twice-exceptional, or 2e, mean? These learners have both learning disabilities and giftedness. Because of the competing nature of the two traits, 2e's are rarely identified until well-into secondary school and sometimes not at all. Consequently, they often suffer emotionally and socially in addition to being academically challenged.
What does LGBTQ+ mean? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. Shaming LGBTQ+'s, by peers and adults, causes these learners to suffer emotionally and creates a negative learning environment.
What is Irlen Syndrome?
Irlen Syndrome, formerly known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS), is best described by its symptoms. When a student has Irlen Syndrome, instead of seeing words printed on the page, the letters can move, float, or even spin. This can cause headaches, eye pain, or nausea, respectively. The bottom line is it prevents the person from reading and can even cause problems in math. Sadly, the inflicted person doesn't know they see text different than everyone else. Because it is hereditary, Mom or Dad generally has it as well. The remediation is simple: the right colored overlay, which we provide, to students.
**15% of the general public has it.
***30% of those with autism have it
****50% of those with learning disabilities have it.
*****A study showed that 80% of inmates in a prison had it.
We are here to create a safe and engaging learning environment.
Call 760-444-0872 for information.
Providing free tutoring from 2018 through 2020.
During the 2018-2019 school year we conducted a case study of an underachieving, unidentified twice-exceptional student.
In 2017, with the help of the Irlen Syndrome Foundation, we raised money to pay for remediation and voluntarily screened an entire grade level at Coral Mountain Academy in Coachella, identifying Irlen Syndrome in 15% of the students. This rate is consistent with general population statistics.