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Is Your Child a Square Peg Being Pushed into a Round Hole? – with Jade Ann Rivera

Our conversation with Jade Rivera and her work will completely resonate with so many of us. With her unique experience working with neurodivergent children, we unpack what it means to be an alternative learner. We uncover what it means to have these needs that conventional education is not addressing.

According to Jade, “If you’ve landed on my website, you’ve probably had some experience with neurodivergent children. Quirky children with brains that seem to work differently from the norm. Children who need an unusual amount of scaffolding to accomplish simple-looking tasks inspire us with boundary-pushing insights and creations. At best, you may have heard them described as gifted or as twice-exceptional; at worst, as weird or as trouble makers.”

This episode explores:

    • Microschools and Jade’s work developing these institutions with others
    • Neurodivergent learners and how they can be supported
    • Labels and the meaning or lack of meaning they offer
    • Achievement and what that looks like for different learners
    • Homework and testing- to do or not to do!
    • Connecting with your child and the choices you can make to truly support them


At the end of this episode, Jade gives solid advice for parents on how to best support their children… so be sure to listen till the end!

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Jade Rivera’s Website

Jade Rivera’s book  Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget (Perspective in Gifted Homeschooling)

Build your micro-school summer institute

Dr. Shefali bio

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Scott Barry Kaufman Podcast What is Intelligence Anyway?

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Jade Ann Rivera

Jade’s training in Nonviolent Communication and her Montessori credential inspire her educational philosophies and practices. She graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 2002 from The Evergreen State College. Shortly after, she was awarded the renowned Fulbright Scholarship for study in Thailand. After a brief, successful yet unfulfilling career as a chemist, she made a switch to alternative education. Jade is a proud Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Ambassador and chemistry teacher for GHFO. She teaches STEAM classes for Vista Oaks Charter School and works individually with students and their families. Jade also consults through speaking and workshops to discuss the characteristics of neurodivergent children and how to develop strategies that best serve their education and social-emotional development. Recently she was honored by the California Association for the Gifted for distinguished service.

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