Effective Accommodations for Twice-Exceptional Learners

All teachers have experience with students who have accommodations as part of their education plan. However, there is often confusion about the need for accommodations for gifted students and inconsistent results when appropriate accommodations are in place.

This article will focus on accommodations through the lens of the needs of twice-exceptional learners. The purpose is to build recognition of the needs of accommodations for 2e students; raise awareness of why accommodations as they are typically implemented can be problematic for this population; and to present strategies for more effective use of accommodations that will benefit not only 2e students, but all students in a classroom.

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About Ashleigh D'Aunoy

Ashleigh D’Aunoy is director of enrichment, innovation, and talent development at Episcopal School of Acadiana in Lafayette, LA. She wears many hats in this role, including: directing the enrichment cluster program, leading design thinking projects with PK-5th grade students in the Idea Lab, collaborating with teachers on interdisciplinary project-based learning, teaching math for 2e students in a pullout program, and finding new and better ways to meet the needs of the school’s diverse learners. Ashleigh is currently pursuing an EdD in cognitive diversity with a focus on leadership for innovation through Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity.