Crucial Conversations About Cognitive Diversity | Season 5 Archives


Episode 1: Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
September 28, 2022

Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D. is a career educator with over 40 years of experience as a practitioner, scholar, author and consultant. In addition to local district and university experiences, Davis served for five years as the Virginia State Specialist for K-12 Gifted services. A graduate of the College of William & Mary, Dr. Davis holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in Gifted Education. Davis has conducted workshops, been a long-term program consultant, and served as a keynote speaker and distinguished guest lecturer across the nation, in South Africa, the Caribbean, Dubai UAE & Turkey. Diversity Education and Gifted Education are her areas of special expertise. Dr. Davis served for five years on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. She has published numerous articles, technical reports and book chapters and is the author of the award-winning book: Bright, Talented & Black: a Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners and Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future, co-edited with Dr. James L. Moore III. Davis is the Special Populations columnist for the NAGC publication: Teaching for High Potential and serves on the Gifted Child Today advisory board. Dr. Davis was recently awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted organization (SENG). She also is an instructor at Bridges Graduate School.

You can contact Dr. Joy Lawson Davis via email (, Twitter (@davis_joy), or Facebook (WeAreGifted2 Educators & Community Group).

Episode 2: Modeling Gifted Joy
October 26, 2022

This month Maria Kennedy, in conjunction with The G Word’s Gifted, Talented and Neurodiverse Awareness Week, will be talking about Modeling Gifted Joy. Her panel will include Marc Smolowitz, Ken Dickson, Barry Gelston, Cindy Hansen, Sam Young, and Tiffany Chaiko.

Do you want to know how to model, identify, create and promote joy with your students, clients, or children? Then this is an episode you must watch.

Find out more about The G Word’s Gifted, Talented and Neurodiverse Awareness Week.


Episode 3: Creating a Supportive Community
November 9, 2022

Our host Maria Kennedy and her guests discuss creating a supportive community for you and your 2e person. Her panel includes Andrea Finnegan, Barry Gelston, Callie Turk, Cindy Hansen, Lin Lim-Goh, and Marna Wohlfeld. Do you want to know how to find people like you who are making a difference by providing services, connections, insights, support, advocacy, and building 2e safe communities? Tune in.


This series is produced by Bridges 2e Media, which publishes and Variations2e magazine.

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