Helping 2e Students Cope with and Confront Bigotry (Part II)

This is the second part of a two-part story. Read Part 1 here.
Deepening Our Understanding: Why Gifted/2e Students Are Targeted by Bullies and the Impact
In Part 1 of this piece, a woman named Carol shared her story of her son, Micah, being bullied. Before we begin to answer Carol’s question, “What else can we do?,” it’s important to take a look at a few statistics to understand the extent of the problem and look at a few of the reasons why our gifted/2e students often become targets of bullies and experience a range of abuse — including emotional, verbal, and relational abuse and physical abuse/violence.

According to the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, “more than one out of every five (20.8 percent) students report being ...


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About Cathy Risberg

Cathy Risberg is an educator, consultant, and published author, and the owner of Minds That Soar, LLC. Certified to teach K–12, she has 15 years of teaching experience in public and private schools, the last 10 as a classroom teacher in a school for the gifted and talented. A parent of three gifted adult children, Cathy has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Technology in Education program at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois. She is a member of both National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Illinois Association of Gifted Children (IAGC) and presents to various educational and professional groups.