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REEL supports Bay Area Peninsula educators by raising awareness and understanding of 2e students through workshops, resources, and training.


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Our DEAR REEL model is based on academic research and best practices from experienced educators about what works for these learners. The DEAR REEL model consists of four lenses:

  • Develop Connection

  • Embrace Flexibility

  • Attend to Strengths

  • Reframe Behaviors 

Download our whitepaper to learn more about each lens of the DEAR REEL model, including an overview and definitions; personal stories and examples; suggested articles, books, blog posts, podcasts and videos; and additional online resources. We also include detailed lists of practical suggestions by grade level for elementary, middle, and high school.

REEL offers a number of workshops for educators. Workshops can be conducted in-person or over Zoom. Ideal running time is 90 minutes, but workshops can be adjusted to fit a 60 minute format if necessary.

We look forward to working with you and supporting your team, and will customize all workshops to meet the needs, interest, and knowledge of your audience. To get started, please email us at:
These workshops have been developed & are delivered exclusively by the REEL team.
We are proud to be able to offer these additional workshops, some of which have been developed jointly between REEL and our colleagues and partners from other organizations. 
Looking for resources and information on all things 2e?
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What is 2e? Fact Sheet & Checklist

Understand what 2e is and why supporting 2e students matters. Read about their internal experience and classroom behaviors. Learn top tips and solutions to common challenges. Learn about common characteristics and behaviors you may notice in your classroom.

Intro to 2e: Fact Sheet & Checklist


8 strength-based activities to uncover and tap into the strengths and interests of students

Research shows that focusing on student strengths, integrating their interests, and developing their talents will energize their motivation, help them to build self-confidence and self-determination, and create authentic ways to build skills even in areas of challenge.

8 Strength-Based Activities to Kick Off the School Year

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How Public School Districts Can Support 2e Learners

Public schools that support 2e learners shine as beacons of hope for 2e families. They mobilize and encourage their teachers to be their best. They spark their students’ strengths and give them something to reach for. They live and breathe equity.

Supporting 2e Learners


Strategies to Ignite the Reluctant Writer with Dr. Susan Baum

Writing almost always tops the list of challenges for all types of 2e learners, who have both high ability and potential as well as complex challenges such as specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia), autism, ADHD, and anxiety. Renowned 2e expert Dr. Susan Baum joins REEL for a creative and pragmatic discussion on ways to support writing development for 2e learners.

Watch the Writing Strategies Recording


Strength-based Learning with Dr. Melanie Hayes

When kids are far from the bell curve in both directions, parents and educators tend to focus on shoring up weaknesses at the expense of bolstering strengths. However, strengths are where 2e kids build energy to face their challenges, boost their self-esteem, and their likely future careers will lie. Focusing on strengths should be a cornerstone of any 2e student’s educational plan.

Watch the Strength-Based Learning Recording


Slow Processing Speed and the 2e Child with Dr. Marcy Dann

Slow processing speed affects every part of a child's life; however, most people know little about it beyond perhaps a score on the WISC test. Join educational therapist Marcy Dann to learn where processing speed is used in daily life and how it affects routines, academics, socializing, and emotions for 2e learners. Come away with ideas on how to support your child by making supportive changes to their home and school environments. Balance our speed-valuing culture with a discussion of advantages that come with this difference.

Watch the Slow Processing Speed Recording

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