2E: Twice Exceptional - A Film by Thomas Ropelewski Screening at NECGT Oct. 22-24,2015

Press Release September 15, 2015
Westport, CT – The New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development (NECGT), hosted by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted and sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, will hold a screening of director Tom Ropelewski's award-winning documentary '2E: Twice Exceptional'. The film follows the personal journeys of high school students who have been identified as gifted with another exceptionality, and features interviews with students, parents, teachers, psychologists and therapists.

In early 2011 Ropelewski had just finished his first documentary, 'Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange'. He was looking for his next project.  His son, who is intellectually gifted and has ADHD, was in the ninth grade at Bridges Academy in Studio City.  Cynthia Novak, then-Director of Bridges' Middle School, and Dr. Susan Baum, an expert in 2e and an advisor to the school, approached Ropelewski with the idea of interviewing some of the students in the Class of 2011, which was about to graduate. "They thought this was a particularly interesting bunch of kids and might made good subjects for a documentary.  They were right." Recalls Ropelewski.  "These kids were articulate, funny and incredibly open about their challenges and issues.  They also had a strong sense of who they were and were excited about heading off into the world."

"I think one of the biggest challenges for any parent of a child who's on a unique developmental path is that it's impossible to anticipate where they'll be on that path next year, let alone next week.  One of the reasons I made this film is that I thought it would be helpful to show parents that there could be light at the end of the tunnel." Ropelewski concluded.

Dr. Baum concurred: "Parents need to know that they are not alone.  We also want parents to understand that time is the best friend for their youngster. Given the gift of time and focused attention on what these special youngsters can do there is great hope for their future."

'2E: Twice Exceptional' can be seen on Saturday, October 24 as part of the New England Conference in Cromwell, CT. View the trailer here: http://2emovie.com/. For more information or to register for NECGT, go to http://www.ctgifted.org/website/publish/home/homeDetail.php?Register-for-New-England-Conference-on-Gifted-Education-and-Talent-Development-NECGT-October-22-24-2015-82.

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted, founded in 1969, is the pre-eminent parent, teacher, and school resource and legislative advocate for Connecticut's gifted and talented students.  CAG provides parents with information and resources to benefit their talented children, educators with high quality professional development, and Boards of Education with the tools to support talented students.  Our highly acclaimed Minds in Motion programs engage hundreds of Connecticut students in high interest, interactive courses which stimulate learning.  CAG meets with legislators to advocate for legislation to provide high ability students with challenging curriculum.  Visit www.ctgifted.org, or call (203) 968-8033 for more information.

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