Crucial Conversations About Cognitive Diversity

Join Us for Season Five!

Tune in on Wednesday, October 26, at 1 p.m. PT
for next episode of Crucial Conversations Webcast!

Our host 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, Barry Gelston, Cindy Hansen, Jade Rivera, 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. 




November 9, 2022: Maria Kennedy and her guests will discuss creating a supportive community for you and your 2e person. Her panel will include 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. REGISTER HERE

December 14, 2022: Maria Kennedy will be talking to learning disabilities consultant Elizabeth C. Hamblet about how to prepare your high schooler for transition to college. Would you like to debunk the myths and discover what works so that you can bridge the gap between high school and college for the 2e person in your life? Learn how. REGISTER HERE

The Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development is delighted to bring you a fifth 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 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.

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

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Season 5 kicked off with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis. Click the button below to view the recordings.



Season 4 kicked off with Jaxon Cramer and continued with Debbie Reber, Nicole Kaplan & Nicolette Hoffman, Dr. Karen Wilson, and Rachel Kapp. Click the button below to view the recordings.



Season 3 has featured Dr. Jaime A. Castellano, Carl Sabatino, Dr. Isaac Taitz, Marc Smolowitz, Julie Skolnick, and Scott Barry Kaufman. Click the button below to view the recordings.



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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