The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children invites you to enjoy the Conference and join Donna Ford Phd, as she Flies a Kite for Giftedness, Talent and Creativity, especially for those in underserved communities such as hispanics, blacks and those with multicultural backgrounds.
Donna Ford Phd
Dept. of Special Education &
Dept. of Teaching and Learning (secondary appt.)
Peabody College of Education
One Magnolia Circle Bldg.
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
“No Gifts Denied: Recruiting and Retaining Black and Hispanic Students in Gifted Education”
I have been working in the field of gifted education for a little over 20 years! Time flies when, you’re having fun and compassionate about your work! And I am! My work focuses on gifted Black students with the greatest attention to addressing their under-repesentation in our gifted and advanced classes, particularly AP. Progress on the national level (U.S) is slow, and I understand that under-representation is a problem and concern in many countries. With this said, I have written my newest book entitled “Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education”. In it, I focus on the twin goal of recruiting AND retaining Black and Hispanic students in gifted education.
The session focuses on the contents of the book and a recent court case where one school district was found to be discriminatory against Hispanic and Black students. I served as the Plaintiff’s expert witness on behalf of these under-represented gifted students. On July 11, 2013, Illinois Federal District Court Judge Robert Gettleman issued a decision holding that District U-46 discriminated against Hispanic and Black students in the district’s gifted program until at least 2009. Despite the over 40% of Hispanic students in the school district, in most years, they were only 2% of the gifted programs. Specifically, the Court found the district discriminated against Hispanic students who had exited from the district’s bilingual program by segregating them into a separate gifted program, not allowing them to be in classes with gifted White students. Judge Gettlemen’s decision renewed the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) principle that ‘separate is inherently unequal’.
The Court also found that the policies, procedures and instruments used by the district to screen and identify gifted students resulted in a “serious disparate impact” on Hispanic and Black students. I urge all school districts to learn from the case and eliminate barriers to gifted education, which is the focus on the session and book. In both I share barriers along with specific solutions. Click here for a copy of the opinion and order.
I will be presenting two other sessions with Stanford O. Amos, Founder and CEO of S.O.S. Consulting for Black Male. That one is called “Saving Our Sons: Supporting Gifted Black Males”
My other session is “Multicultural Gifted Education: Developing Rigorous and Culturally Responsive Curriculum” based another book.
I look forward to seeing you at the conference regarding no gifts denied!
Come Fly with Us!