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Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education


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Author: Donna Y. Ford Ph.D.
Product Code: 0494
ISBN: 978-1-61821-049-4
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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.

Nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional Category

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Review by: Anthony Washington, Roeper Review - September 1, 2014
Ford presents a clear, well-organized position on the current status of gifted education recruitment practices, methods of retention, and the discrimination that often results from the continuation of practices that produce inequitable outcomes. She provides compelling examples of students she has encountered throughout her research, personal, and professional experience who have been subjected to discriminatory practices during the screening and/or identification process. Practical examples are offered in the text, including tools to measure the level of discrimination within a given population so that program administrators are able to quantify the extent to which they are deficient and to track progress.
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