Bridges Grad School Confers First Master’s Cohort

STUDIO CITY, Calif. — The Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (BGS) had its first graduation ceremony at Bridges Academy last week. Including students who earned certificates in 2e in 2020 but were not honored at the time due to the pandemic, a total of 41 students received a California State approved certificate in twice-exceptional education and 11 students received a Master of Education degree in Cognitive Diversity in Education. Many of the students received their certificates or degrees en route to pursuing a higher degree from BGS.

The Graduate School , which welcomed its first students in spring 2019, offers a certificate in twice exceptional education, a  Master of Education degree in cognitive diversity in education  and a Doctorate of Education degree in cognitive diversity in education.

“We knew we wanted to prepare leaders, poised to make a difference for 2e youngsters and those bright individuals whose brains were wired differently,” said Dr. Susan Baum, Provost of the Graduate School. “Bridges Graduate School has been able to achieve these ends by cultivating knowledge of diverse world views and perspectives, and developing the skills, insights, and imagination required of scholars who will assure leadership roles as instructional leaders, researchers, administrators, and policy makers.”

Cultivating and preparing the next generation of leaders in the field of twice-exceptionality is a mission of the program — a challenge that had been contemplated for years. Indeed, Bridges Graduate School CEO, Carl Sabatino, recalled questions he was posed when interviewing for the head of school position at Bridges Academy 17 years ago, including: "Where will the future generation of top m...


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About Shane Brennan

Shane Brennan is a development associate and enrichment teacher for the Phoenix program at Bridges Academy. Shane has taught classes in entrepreneurship, comic books, video game character development, and journalism. Prior to Bridges, Shane wrote for a screenwriting trade publication and covered the Los Angeles Kings.