Crucial Conversations About Cognitive Diversity | Season 3 Archives


Episode 6: Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
Aired December 15th, 2021

Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive scientist and humanistic psychologist exploring the mind, creativity, and the depths of human potential. He is founder and director of the Center for the Science of Human Potential and an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science. Dr. Kaufman has taught at Columbia University, Yale, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.

Dr. Kaufman hosts the #1 psychology podcast in the world The Psychology Podcast which has received over 20 million downloads and was included in Business Insider’s list of “9 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior.” Dr. Kaufman is interested in using his research to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and self-actualized life. His early educational experiences made him realize the deep reservoir of untapped potential of students, including bright and creative children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability. In 2015, he was named one of “50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.


Episode 5: Julie Skolnick
Aired November 17th, 2021

The fifth episode of Season 3 featured Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., who is the Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC. Julie passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, trains educators and advises professionals on how to bring out the best and raise self-confidence in their 2e students and clients. She serves as Secretary to the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council and is an advisor for the Masters of Education Program for the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity. She is also the Maryland liaison for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), a Committee member for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and serves as an advisor to “The G Word” feature documentary currently in production. Julie produces Let’s Talk 2e! virtual conferences, hosts the Let’s Talk 2e! Parent Empowerment Series, maintains the free listing service,, and publishes “Gifted & Distractible,” a free monthly newsletter.

A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep her on her toes and uproariously laughing.


Episode 4: Marc Smolowitz
Aired October 20th, 2021


The fourth episode of season 3 featured Marc Smolowitz. He is a multi-award-winning director, producer, and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ independent films. The combined footprint of his works has touched 250+ film festivals & markets on 5 continents, yielding substantial worldwide sales to theatrical, television, and VOD outlets, notable box office receipts, and numerous awards and nominations. His credits include films that have screened at top-tier festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Tribeca, Chicago, Palm Springs, SF FILM, AFI Docs, IDFA, DOC NYC, CPH: DOX, Tokyo, Melbourne, Viennale, Jerusalem, among others.




Episode 3: Dr. Isaac Taitz
Aired September 14th, 2021


Isaac Y. Taitz, Ph.D., is a Southern Californian clinical psychologist and youth specialist, as well as a published author, researcher, and speaker. Dr. Taitz founded All Mind Health to treat a wide variety of issues and populations. His specialties are in youth psychology, sleep treatment, and solution-focused therapy. Specifically, he helps children and families manage strong moods, attention and interpersonal difficulties, as well as insomnia. Dr. Taitz earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and his B.S. in Human Development with honors from Cornell University. His research focuses on the application of dreaming (lucid and otherwise) to mental health issues including depression, PTSD, and bereavement. He is also the administrator of continuing education for the International Association for the Study of Dreams.




Episode 2: Carl Sabatino
Aired August 18, 2021

Episode 2 featured Carl Sabatino. He is the Head of Bridges Academy, a school for twice-exceptional students located in Studio City, California, as well as the founder and CEO of Bridges Education Group. 

Mr. Sabatino joined Bridges over fifteen years ago and has been instrumental in the growth of its strength based, talent focused approach to the education of its diverse student population. As a result of his leadership, staff acquisition and staff development the school has more than doubled its capacity and added additional services for its members.

He describes his Bridges experience as follows

“Students come to Bridges defined by their challenges and labels. They leave defined by their abilities and accomplishments.”

Episode 1: Dr. Jaime A. Castellano
Aired July 21, 2021

Dr. Jaime A. Castellano is a nationally recognized and award-winning educator, principal, author, scholar, and researcher. In 2017 he was recognized as SENG’s National Educator of the Year. As a highly sought-after speaker, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities in the United States in the education of Hispanic/Latino students. He is a preeminent scholar and researcher in gifted education and in identifying and serving diverse gifted students with particular expertise on identifying gifted Hispanic/Latino students, gifted English language learners, gifted Native Americans, gifted preschoolers, and gifted students from poverty. His current research is focused on working directly with gifted students with trauma, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences.

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