Diversity

Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part Four)

So far in this blog series, I’ve shown the discrepancies between the proportion of Black, Latine, and economically disadvantaged students in a large school district and the representation of students from these identity groups in the district’s elite gifted school. I’ve also analyzed some of the reasons for these inequities. The table below illustrates the …

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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part Three)

Welcome back to my blog series. In Part 1, I explained that the series is an update to my June 2021 article, Promoting Privilege: Selecting Students for a Public Gifted School, a research-based analysis of reasons that Black, Latine, and economically disadvantaged students are grossly underrepresented at a large school district’s state-of-the-art gifted school. Before …

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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part Two)

In Part 1, I explained that the purpose of this blog series is to provide updates to my June 2021 journal article. In the article, I analyzed the criteria for identifying gifted students at a large school district and the procedures used to admit children to the district’s exclusive gifted school. These criteria and procedures …

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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part One)

My most recent journal article, Promoting Privilege: Selecting Students for a Public Gifted School, was published one year ago this month. In the article, I scrutinized a large school district’s criteria for identifying gifted students, as well as the district’s procedures for admitting children to its prestigious gifted school.   The article caught the attention of …

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This Is How YOU See Me? The Dehumanization of Black Bodies In OUR SCHOOLS

“I’m going to curl my lower lip back and let my upper row of teeth come down and rest on my lip.”  “Gently blow air through a very small opening between your teeth and the lower lip.”  “Now can you make the /f/ sound on your own?”    Across the country, many educators are learning …

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Why Gifted Programs Lack Diversity

by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Before taking a central office job with the DeKalb County (GA) School District, I was a classroom teacher at a magnet school for high achievers. Besides testing students to determine if they qualified for the “gifted” label, I taught an afterschool assessment course to teachers who were seeking their gifted …

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