Author and teacher slated to visit Edwards on Wednesday |

Author and teacher slated to visit Edwards on Wednesday

Dr. Jim Delisle

EDWARDS — Do you know a child who doesn’t work up to his potential and appears to be disengaged in school? Or perhaps a student who seems to be off-the-charts smart?

Are you parenting a son or daughter who has a learning disability, but then they come up with incredible insights or know the answer, but don’t know how to explain how they got it?

If these scenarios ring true, then you may be living with or working with a gifted or twice exceptional learner.

Dr. Jim Delisle is returning to the Vail Valley to talk with students, teachers and families about these unique learners. Delisle is a distinguished professor of education emeritus at Kent State University and part-time middle school teacher. He is the author of 20 books on raising and teaching gifted students and gives talks and consults internationally.

“Learning to Exhale: Meeting the intellectual and emotional needs of exceptional learners” is the subject of the public talk with Delisle on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Lake Creek Community Building in Edwards. Delisle’s visit is sponsored by the Gifted Education Team of Eagle County, Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center and the Eagle County School District. This event is free to the public. Within the world of exceptional learners are those gifted and twice exceptional (gifted plus learning differences) who possess unique social and emotional needs that must be understood and appreciated before they can be addressed appropriately. Delisle will provide awareness and understanding around what giftedness is and isn’t and the ways in which these learners can be supported both in school and at home. Learning to Exhale is appropriate for parents, grandparents, caregivers, educators, mental health professionals and anyone who works with youth. And, of course, mature fifth-graders through high school are welcome to come and learn more about their own needs and how to effectively advocate for themselves at home and in school.

Young children who accompany their parents to this event will be supervised in activities by Ute Springs staff with engaging and fun activities.

For additional information, contact Anne Dunlevie at 970-376-5232 or; or Amy Ben-Horin at 970-445-0644 or Ute Springs ELC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing social-emotional learning through increased self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making and leadership skills through an adventure-based, experiential curriculum. GET is a local nonprofit that advocates for the exceptional needs of high-ability learners.

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