Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education

Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education

by Donna Ford Ph.D.

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Nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award!

One pervasive educational issue is the national underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students in gifted education. Virtually every school district is grappling with having too few students from these groups identified as gifted and served in gifted classes and programs. Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education addresses this long-standing national problem through the dual lens of recruitment and retention. The focus is on how to equitably recruit (screen, refer, and/or assess) culturally different students and, just as importantly, to retain them. Recruitment and retention require providing academic, cultural, and social supports to culturally different students and ensuring that educators are willing and able to address issues and barriers. No time is better than now to address and correct the underachievement albatross, and the focus on recruitment and retention holds the greatest promise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618210494
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 125
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D., professor at Vanderbilt University, is an award-winning author in gifted and urban education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: A Mind Is a Terrible Tiling to Waste and Erase 1

Chapter 1 Beyond Colorblindness: Culture and Cultural Differences Among Black and Hispanic Students 13

Chapter 2 Recruitment and Retention: Desegregation and Integration to Address Underrepresentation 35

Chapter 3 Underrepresentation and Equity Formulas: Examining Data and Setting Minimal Goals 55

Chapter 4 Subjectivity and Underrepresentation: The Dangers and Tragedies of Deficit Thinking 83

Chapter 5 Tests as Gatekeepers: Pitfalls and Promises With Recruitment 105

Chapter 6 Policies and Procedures: Culturally Irresponsive 143

Chapter 7 Gifted Programs and the Learning Environment: Retention and Integration 171

Chapter 8 Summary and Conclusions: Journey to Equity-The Future Is Now 201

References 211

Appendix A Position Statement: The Role of Assessments in the Identification of Gifted Students 227

Appendix B Position Statement: Identifying and Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students 239

Appendix C Position Statement: Snapshot Survey of Gifted Programming Effectiveness Factors 249

About the Author 265

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