Crucial Conversations About Cognitive Diversity


Tune in on Tuesday September, 14th at 1 P.M. PT
for episode 3 of Season 3: Summer Series.
Our host Maria Kennedy will be in conversation with
with psychologist Isaac Taitz, Ph.D.





The Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development is delighted to bring you a third season of Crucial Conversations about Cognitive Diversity! Formerly known as Critical Conversations about Cognitive Diversity, this monthly webcast features in-depth conversations with the top minds in gifted and twice-exceptional education.

Our new host Maria M. Kennedy first joined the Bridges Academy staff as the director of the Phoenix Program. After successfully growing the program each year, she has taken on the position of director of the Bridges Educational Group. A speaker, author, and advocate, Maria has been featured on “Bright and Quirky,” as a panelist and educational expert. Several schools have used her webcast, ‘Strengths, Challenges, and my journey as my son’s advocate,” for teacher training. An educator for almost 30 years, Maria received her B.Ed. and M.Ed. in education from Manchester University (U.K). She earned Advanced Teacher Status from the Manchester Department of Education for her ability to develop curriculum and her skills within the classroom. She traveled internationally, teaching students and training teachers how to tap into the strengths of their gifted and challenged students. As a result of her work she has received several awards: “Teacher of the Year,” in North Carolina, “Golden Apple, Elementary Teacher of the Year,” in the Cayman Islands, and “New American Hero, an award for teaching and leadership excellence,” in Louisiana. Maria believes that to be an effective educator you must continue to learn and grow as a person. With this in mind, she constantly reads and works closely with leading educators in the field of 2e education.

The third episode of season 3 will feature 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.

Upcoming guests of this season include Marc Smolowitz, Julie Skolnick, and Scott Barry Kaufman.

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

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Season 3 has featured Dr. Jaime A. Castellano and Carl Sabatino. Click the button below to view the recording.



Season 2 has featured Jessica Lahey, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Dr. Geraldine Dawson. Click the button below to view the recordings.




Dr. Kaufman’s season 1 guests included Gail Saltz, Jack Horner, Fumiko Hoeft, C. Matthew Fugate, Matthew Lerner, and Danika Maddocks, and Dr. Susan Baum. You can view the recordings here or click the link below.

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