March 30: 2e-Twice Exceptional Movie Event

Please join The Children’s Sangha for an unprecedented film screening of… 2e: Twice Exceptional! The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. This event is being co-sponsored by Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA) and SUNY College at Old Westbury. Dr. Laura Anker, Distinguished Service Professor, Director of SUNY OW – First Year Experience will introduce this special event! REGISTER via EVENTBRITE for the 2e: Twice Exceptional Movie.

ABOUT THE FILM2e: Twice Exceptional follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students in Los Angeles who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. They are geniuses, mavericks and dreamers – Malcolm Gladwell’s budding “outliers.” Featuring illuminating and thought-provoking interviews with students, parents, teachers, psychologists and therapists, 2e: Twice Exceptional will touch your lives and communicate more about the many 2e children and their “hidden disabilities” and often “masked giftedness”. Learn what parents, educators, administrators, mental health professionals and service providers need to know about 2e kids!

THE BROADER CONVERSATION: Learn from the experiences of 2e students and delve further… into the “Broader Conversation” about how to better serve ALL students. What works for “Kids in the Middle” such as 2e students works for ALL students but not the other way around… Christine Keller will introduce the film, open up the topic of the “Broader Conversation” and moderate our panel in alignment with the goals of The Children’s Sangha’s IMAGINE Campaign! Ensuring that all students receive the exemplary education they deserve is a social justice issue we have been undertaking while supporting students, parents and educators in the process!

INVOLVEMENT:  Please stop by to meet us before or after the event! Campus departments and community partner organizations will have materials tables with resource information to share! We are happy to guide students, families and schools while working with you to “Build a Collaborative Community”! We will provide a “Next Steps” handout to learn about the interests, needs, and concerns of attendees and to encourage involvement in education and advocacy initiatives. We will be joined by New York State Allies for Public Education who can answer questions about education reform at the New York State level and our joint efforts on behalf of the “whole child”. We are privileged to have Tom Ryan, a local “2e” musician, perform a soft guitar solo for us at the beginning of our event while you visit materials tables.


• Melissa Sornik, LCSW, President of Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA)
• Dr. Monica DeSchryver, Clinical Psychologist, Provider of The Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Approach
• Elias Mestizo, Educator/ELL, Hempstead Public Schools and New York State Allies for Public Education Affiliate
• Danielle Brooks, Education Advocate, Special Kids Advocacy
• Stacey DeFelice, Director of SUNY OW – Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
• Dr. Anthony DeLuca, Director of SUNY OW – Honors College
• Dr. Minna Barrett, Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY OW – Psychology Department
• Dr. Lauren Foxworth, Associate Professor, SUNY OW – School of Education
• Dr. Samara Smith, Assistant Professor, SUNY OW – American Studies Department

PLEASE REGISTER: 2e Twice Exceptional Movie through Eventbrite! We need to know how many attendees to expect. Thank you!

INQUIRIES: Contact Christine Keller

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• The Children’s Sangha
• Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA)
• New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE)
• Multiple Pathways to a Diploma for ALL
• Friends Who Educate the Whole Child / Whole Child Institute
• Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
• National Education Alliance for BPD – Family Connections
• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
• Suffolk Aspergers/Autism Support & Information (SASI)
• Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates (LIISA)
• SUNY OW – Honors College
• SUNY OW – Office of Services for Students with Disablities (OSSD)
• SUNY OW – Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
• SUNY OW – Student Chapter of Active Minds

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