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ARCHIVE: Supporting the Needs of Unique Advanced Learners (TDAA Certificate Program)

  • Davis Center - TBD 1250 West Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55411 United States (map)


Advanced learners have a variety of unique needs, some affected by ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other learning differences such as being culturally and/or linguistically diverse, which may lead to underperformance/underachievement. This course addresses the special populations of advanced learners and is a combination of three courses currently offered in the certificate program (Underperforming Advanced Learners, 2E: Twice Exceptional Learners, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Advanced Learners). Through this course, we will explore ways to recognize these special populations of advanced learners and support their unique learning needs.

This course counts for Twice Exceptional, Underperforming, and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Advanced Learners.

To earn the MPS Certificate in Talent Development and Advanced Learner Education, this course may be taken as one of the elective 12 hours of training in addition to Introduction to Talent Development in MPS, Foundations in Advanced Learner Education, Tiering Lessons for Advanced Learners, and the portfolio.

Participants will:

  • Recognize the unique needs of a student who is an advanced learner with an additional exceptionality (ie. learning disability, autism).
  • Recognize and describe the research-supported characteristics of advanced learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse.
  • Understand what contributes to underperformance/underachievement in advanced learners.
  • Scaffold and design challenging learning experiences for my advanced learners who are culturally and linguistically diverse, twice exceptional, and/or underperforming/underachieving.

Target audience

All K-12 Teachers


Davis Center - TBD

Registration Information

Register for the training on eCompass. Search course #91408 and section #112898.


Kelly McQuillan, Christina Ramsey