As Black History Month comes to a close, we want to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions of Black leaders in the field of gifted & talented education. Today, we are sharing this post originally written in 2017 on Dr. Alexinia Baldwin who started the first gifted program for Black students in Albama and went on to make numerous contributions to the field.
Underachievement can be reversed, but teachers must be trained on how. Many more gifted and other children will succeed when we make understanding underachievement a required course in teaching training.
Gifted students need challenge and students from backgrounds underrperesented in gifted education often need that challenge to come from their public schools. After almost 10 years of research from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and others, we know a lot of what works to identify low-income and minority students and how to serve them in gifted programs.
I know that when I return to school, I will think a little differently about our students who were accustomed to waking up early, getting dressed, packing their bags, catching the bus, taking their seats, prepared to learn and who have had to adjust to a virtual environment. It’s not easy. But, whether in person or online, it is what happens next, when the class is quiet and the teacher begins to speak, that makes all the difference.
NAGC’s Parent, Family & Community Network feels it’s essential that educators and parents tune in and listen to the voices of gifted children. Gifted teen Sophia D. shares her insights on giftedness and offers advice to adults on how to best serve gifted youth.