Category: Poster

63 - Rural and Remote: Challenges and Strengths in Gifted Education

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Gifted education in rural and remote settings faces challenges of competing priorities, limited resources, perceptions of misunderstanding, and embedded values. How can gifted children in these settings best be served? How are traditionally underrepresented children referred and identified? How are teachers and administrators prepared to address this challenge? How does the community support these efforts and engage in educational processes? Through surveys, interviews, and site visits, these questions and others are examined. Trends in perceptions and operational approaches are identified. Implicit and explicit values are explored with implications for service. Effectiveness of strategies and potential interventions are offered for application.

Kristina A. Hesbol

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Denver
Denver, CO

Justine Lopez

Doctorial Candidate
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado

Justine López, MA, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Denver. She is currently a member of the Right4Rural Research Team/Javits Grant, examining the impact of school/district leaders on the identification of underrepresented gifted students in rural areas. Teaching experience includes affiliate faculty at Regis University’s Dual Language Program; Department of Marketing, The Colorado Women’s College, Multicultural Voices of Discovery at the University of Denver; and Graphic Arts Communications instructor at the Community College of Denver. Her leadership perspectives align with 15+ years as a business owner, educating, leading, building, implementing, and guiding non-profit and for-profit business ventures.