Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students

Gifted students with disabilities, also referred to as twice-exceptional children, need the strategies in Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students in order to find success in the regular classroom. By offering a thorough discussion of twice-exceptional students based on research into how gifted students with disabilities learn, the author helps teachers and education professionals develop a broad understanding of the complex issues associated with gifted students who have disabilities. 

This comprehensive text provides an overview of who these students are, how teachers can tap into their strengths, support areas of weaknesses, and what educational strategies should be implemented to help these students succeed in school and beyond. The book will guide a collaborative team step-by-step through the process of identifying students' needs, selecting modifications and accommodations, and developing a comprehensive plan to meet the diverse needs of twice-exceptional children. By implementing the strategies suggested in this book, teachers of twice-exceptional gifted students can ensure these students do not just survive in the classroom, but thrive.


National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

NAGC Special Populations Network

NAGC Twice-Exceptional

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Twice-Exceptional

Twice-Exceptional (2e) Newsletter

Hoagies Twice-Exceptional

Gifted But Learning Disabled:  A Puzzling Paradox

Behavior Disorders

Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia

Gifted and Dyslexic

Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia
Learning Disabilities

Tourette Syndrome
Social and Emotional

Announcements and Events

I am pleased to share with you the nomination of Twice-exceptional Gifted Children for the 2011 Legacy Book Award.   This award honors outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted children and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education, and success of students with gifts and talents.  It is indeed an honor to be nominated for this award administered by the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented.

National Association for Gifted Children

November 12-15, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona

SENG Conference

July 24-26, 2015

Marriott Tech Center

Denver Colorado

July 24 - 9:30 - 10:30

Guiding Twice-Exceptional Learners Through Frustration to Success

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Conference

Marriott Tech Center

Denver Colorado


Equity in Gifted/Talented Education

Twice-Exceptional Task Force

I am happy to be invited to be a consultant for the Texas Department of Education as they work to develop guidelines for twice-exceptional learners. 

The Texas Education Agency convened a Twice-Exceptional Task Force last year to create a viable, systematic resource to assist education, administrators, and parents in identifying and addressing the needs of twice-exceptional learners.  Funding for this project was provided by the state legislature as part of the Gifted/Talented Initiatives Grant designed to implement projects for the equitable access to G/T services. It is a critical charge from the State Board of Education for educators to ensure nontraditional gifted students are identified and provide appropriate services.  Nontraditional students include those from cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic diverse backgrounds, as well as, twice-exceptional learners who are gifted students with disabilities.

The task force of gifted and special education administrators and consultants worked for a year to create the twice-exceptional component that will be launched in late September or early October. The website provides a comprehensive view of the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of twice-exceptional learners.  It includes a framework for identifying twice-exceptional and provides tools and resources districts can use to inform local policy and develop a plan to meet the diverse needs of these students.  You can access the twice-exceptional component of the website by visiting the G/T Equity website at http://www.gtequity.org/  In addition to the website, the state will provide extensive training to assist administrators, educators, and parents in identifying and addressing the needs of twice-exceptional learners.  

Seminar on Twice-Exceptional Learners

I am presenting a seminar at Western Kentucky University on October 10, 2012 from 8:00am to 3:30pm titled Maximizing Outcomes for Twice-Exceptional Children:  What Educators and Parents Need to Understand and Be Able To Do.

More information available at The Center for Gifted Studies website 

NAGC Summit 

Low Income, High Ability Learners  

The NAGC Summit in Washington D.C. included high level discussions on strategies to develop the potential of high ability learners from poverty.

More information available on the NAGC website

Round Rock, TX

September 17-18, 2013

1) Sessions for Administrators and Counselors

Academic and Affective Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners.

2) Sessions for Teachers

Twice-Exceptional Learners: What Teachers Need to Understand and Be Able To Do

3) Full Day Session

Maximizing Outcomes for Twice-Exceptional Learners

4) Session for Parents

Parenting Twice-Exceptional Learners through Frustration to Success

New England Conference for Talent Development and Gifted Education

I am a key presenter at the conference in Portland, Maine

October 24-25, 2013 

Empowering Twice-Exceptional Children:  A Framework for Success 


Beverly A. Trail, Ed.D, is the National Association for Gifted Children's Special Population Network Chair. She is a twice-exceptional consultant, trainer, researcher, and frequent presenter at the National Association for Gifted Children and Council for Exceptional Children Conventions. Dr. Trail earned a doctorate in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in Gifted Education from the University of Denver.  She has an endorsement as a Gifted Education Specialist and holds a Director of Special Education License. Dr. Trail is on the faculty at Regis University where she is developing online courses and teaching in a new master's degree program for teachers in gifted education.

Her career in education spans 22 years with experience at the district level as gifted education coordinator, resource teacher, twice-exceptional consultant, and as a teacher/gifted program coordinator at the elementary and secondary level. The school based gifted program she coordinated was designated as a model program in gifted education by the Colorado Department of Education 2+2 Excellence in Education Project. She was contracted by Colorado Department of Education to develop an introductory resource handbook and training module for the Twice-Exceptional Project. For three years, she conducted twice-exceptional trainings throughout the state. She is on the Colorado State Gifted Education Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. As a result of her extensive work in gifted education, she was inducted into the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative.

Twice-Exceptional Research Study

Current research is needed on twice-exceptional children.  I am conducting a research study on twice-exceptional children to increase the our understanding of these unique learners.  Ideally, I  would like input from twice-exceptional learners, teachers, and parents of twice-exceptional children.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. Beverly Trail There will be additional information posted on this site in the future.

Courses in Gifted Education

I developed and am teaching the following courses in gifted education offered by Regis University in both online and face-to-face format:

EDGT 601: Identification and Curriculum in Gifted Education
EDGT 603: Special Populations in Gifted Education 
EDGT 612: Gifted Education Program Design
EDGT 646: Professional Project in Gifted Education

Email Dr. Beverly Trail for more information

NAGC Convention

I will be doing two presentations at the National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana November 7-10, 2013.

(1) Pre-Conference:  Gifted Education Applications

Thursday November 7, 2013

9:15-11:15 a.m.

T4 Challenging and Supporting Twice-Exceptional Learners through Frustration to Success

(2) Concurrent Session

Saturday November 9, 2013

1:45-2:45 p.ml

Empowering Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children:  A Framework for Success

More information available at http://www.eventscribe.com/2013/NAGC/

Beverly Trail,
Jul 23, 2015, 1:37 PM