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ITAG Spring 2020 Workshop
Changing the Face of Gifted Education: Increasing Access & Equity in Gifted Education/Advanced Learner Programs
Dr. Joy Lawson Davis and Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
Description: This day-long session will provide participants an overview of current trends in research and evidence-based best practices that have potential to permanently change gifted education programs. Currently, gifted education programs nationwide are under scrutiny to become more equitable and accessible for students across populations. With equity and access as underpinnings, all session discussions, materials, and small group interactions will be designed to help educators create enhanced gifted education programs. Identification protocols, critical professional learning activities, rigorous culturally responsive curriculum, and parent/family engagement models. Each of these sub-components of programming will be ‘unpacked’ and solutions discussed. Deliverables include effective strategies that all participants can utilize in their respective school districts.
|Dr. Joy Lawson Davis||Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd
About the Workshop Presenters
Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.
Author, Scholar, Consultant: Cultural Diversity Issues in Gifted & Advanced Learner Education; Teacher Education; Parenting/Family Advocacy
Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., is Associate Professor and Chair, Dept of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University. She holds two advanced degrees in Gifted Education from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. An active member of the National Association for Gifted Children, currently serving her second term as chair of the NAGC’s Diversity and Equity Committee, Dr. Davis is also a co-editor of the Special Populations Newsletter and writes a column for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential focusing on special populations of gifted learners.
Recently, Dr. Davis became a board member with Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. As an educational consultant, she has provided extensive services to school districts and presented at conferences in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa.
Among Dr. Davis’ accomplishments
Winner of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
Davis, J.L. (2019) Reframing Professional Learning to Meet the Needs of Teachers working with Culturally Diverse Gifted Learners. In A. M. Novak & C.L. Weber (Eds). Best Practices in Professional Learning and Teacher Preparation: Special Topics for Gifted Professional Development, Vol. 2. Prufrock Press. A service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.
Bright, Talented & Black: A guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Talented-Black-Families-American/dp/1935067028
Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future (co-editor, James L. Moore, III) Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education, vol 3 https://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Children-Color-Around-World-ebook/dp/B01K23IPBU/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd
Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd serves as Director of Professional Learning for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is former State Director of Gifted Education for the Alabama Department of Education. With over twenty-six (26) years of experience, she has served as a classroom teacher, gifted instructor, school improvement specialist, ARI-PAL literacy coach, district gifted education coordinator, and assistant principal. She has conducted school improvement, strategic instruction, and gifted identification training for educators and school leaders in Alabama, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Floyd’s scholarship and research focus on racial equity in gifted education, educator efficacy, equity and diversity training for educators, mentoring, identification of gifted African American students, and rural African American gifted students. She has published book chapters and articles, including, Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): Theory, Design, Practice, and Impact (2018); Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future, Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education (2016); Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated and Desegregated Minds (2013); Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds (2008); and Using Picture Book Biographies to Nurture the Talents of Young African American Students (Gifted Child Today, 2010).
Dr. Floyd is an inaugural recipient of the Dr. Mary Frasier Teacher Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development. She and her devoted husband of fourteen (14) years are the proud parents of two gifted children, a son (13) and a daughter (8).
Credit option through the University of Iowa
The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education will offer RCE:4124:0WKA Ethnic and Cultural Issues & Giftedness: Increasing Access & Equity in Gifted Education. (one semester hour of credit)
The class will start on April 21, giving interested individuals time to get enrolled; it will end on May 11.
Description: This section will extend the ITAG Spring Workshop, continuing to explore current trends in research and evidence-based best practices that have potential to ensure broader representation in gifted education programs. Gifted education programs nationwide are under scrutiny to become more equitable and accessible for students across populations. With equity and access as underpinnings, all discussions and materials will be designed to help educators create enhanced gifted education programs, providing opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students.
Attendance is required at the ITAG Spring Workshop.
This class falls in the Psychology strand for the endorsement. Tuition for graduate students is currently $560; participants in this class will automatically receive a 50% tuition scholarship. The total cost, whether registering as a graduate or undergraduate student, will be $280.
Those who are interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about registration for this course (registration is restricted to ensure that participants attended the ITAG Workshop).