REEL speaking at William & Mary 2e Conference

Friday, 2/25

William & Mary hosts an annual 2e conference for educators and parents. The 2E at W&M: Twice Exceptional Conference 2022 will be online, Friday and Saturday, February 25 - 26th, 2022.


We are excited to announce that our REEL team will be well-represented among the presenters! Abby and Callie are each presenting workshops. See details below. Hope to "see" a lot of you there!

Information on Abby and Callie's Sessions - Friday, 2/25, 11:30 a.m. PT

Leveraging Positive Niche Construction to Support 2e Learners: A Case Study of Octavia E. Butler

Presented by Callie Turk


Being Black and dyslexic in the 20th century presented many obstacles for Octavia E. Butler, the first science fiction writer to earn a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. We will explore a case study of Butler’s experiences using Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s model of positive niche construction to understand how to create niches to support talent development. Attendees will walk away with a model they can use to help 2e children grow their strengths, persist in their dreams, and fulfill their vision of greatness.


Ad Astra: Getting started with strength-based strategies for success

Presented by Abby Kirigin

Do you have a twice exceptional student or child who is underperforming in school? Let’s help them get their light back! A happy and engaged student is one who will take on challenges. In this workshop we will identify strategies for building confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy by providing opportunities for individuals to show and grow their strengths, learning ways to tease apart the conceptual content goals from the challenges in expression, and integrating strength-based strategies into everyday classroom life.


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