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CGCC What is 2E (Twice Exceptional) and is My Child 2E?

  • November 03, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
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Parent Education Series

What is 2E (Twice Exceptional)
and is My Child 2E?

CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642


The definition of 2E is hotly debated. In addition, many state departments of education have adopted a definition that is used for purposes such as setting up a GIEP. Our state does not recognize 2e. Our speakers will describe what it’s like to teach, parent, support the mental health of, and be 2e. You will learn about local resources available to evaluate and support your child and your family. What sort of testing is available and where do you get started? What sort of long-term and short-term plans should you be making? Our experts will give you an overview and then take individual questions from the group. Put your questions and topics into the the question field when you register to make sure your questions get addressed.

Our Speakers for this panel are Newenka DuMont, Heather DeGeorge, Dr. Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S.

Newenka DuMont is the luckiest dyslexic you’ll ever meet! She grew up knowing that she was dumb and slow, only to discover in middle school that she was in fact quite a capable learner. She has a degree in computer engineering and worked as a management consultant, becoming active in the gifted community when her oldest daughter was 4. She is a founding member of the Chicago Gifted Community Center and the current president, a board member of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC), and a trained SENG Parent Group master facilitator.

Heather DeGeorge is a former corporate project manager (PMP) leading business process re-engineering projects and compliance in banking and pharmaceutical companies in NYC and NJ. After leaving that world, she received her MAT in Secondary Education with additional graduate credits in Special Education (including teaching children in the autism spectrum. She obtained her teaching license in NJ through work in the public schools and left to tend to her own Twice-Exceptional (2E) child. She has been homeschooling and leading learning and team experiences for children in the homeschool community while continuing to contribute to education reform communities and endeavors. She is strongly devoted to the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with diverse team members, and development of children as whole beings to create productive and well-adjusted adults that can create positive change. She is also a board member of Midwest Academy for Gifted Education.

Dr. Cheryl Lind, M.S., ED.S., is Associate Director at the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University partner. She is an Illinois licensed school psychologist conducting gifted assessments and identifying children who would be considered 2E (twice exceptional). Also, she an adjunct faculty member of the Special Education Department at National-Louis University. She has over 25 years of experience in identifying and working with gifted children.


Additional presentations in this series:  

Sunday, December 15, 12:00PM-1:00PM, School advocacy for the next term

Sunday, January 12, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Testing and identification

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Anxiety in the gifted

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Executive functioning in the gifted

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college


Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

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