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Fireside Chat with Dr. Melanie Hayes

Updated: Jan 23

Thurs, April 22 7-8:30pm, Zoom info sent the day before the event

We recently had the chance to talk with Dr. Melanie Hayes, founder of Big Minds Unschool and highly experienced educator of the twice-exceptional. We were blown away by the depth of her knowledge, insights, and compassion. We just knew that we had to introduce her to the REEL community, so that everyone has the opportunity we had to tap into her wisdom.

Join Dr. Melanie Hayes, founder of Big Minds School for 2e students in Pinole, CA, for a fireside chat. Melanie will share the principles of Big Minds Unschool, such as freedom of choice and a strengths based community as well as methods for helping 2e students succeed in a variety of school environments, ideas for 2e student motivation, and more. We will leave plenty of time for your questions on anything 2e from this dynamic fountain of 2e wisdom!

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About Dr Melanie Hayes

Dr. Melanie Hayes, Founder and Executive Director, Big Minds School. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on twice-exceptionality, a Masters of Arts in Gifted Education, a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, a California Teaching Credential, and is currently working toward LMFT/LPCC licensure in California. Melanie has 20 years experience teaching, mentoring, coaching, and advocating for 2e persons. She won the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs National Award for her work using adaptive technology for twice exceptional students, and the Jefferson Award in recognition of her contributions to the 2e community. She also received SENG’s Educator of the Year Award for her groundbreaking work in educating gifted and twice exceptional children. Melanie is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator and supports parents to help them develop their parenting skills. She also works with various other professional associations, such as the IECA, where she serves as the Affinity Group Co-Chair for Gifted/Talented and Twice Exceptional.

If you’d like to learn more about Melanie’s expertise and insights, check out these resources:

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