Category: Poster

31 - Gifted Hispanic Students Overcoming Barriers to Advanced Placement

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Prior studies have repeatedly extolled the advantages of Advanced Placement participation for high school students. This research, however, has primarily focused on the typical student population, ignoring both the needs and the unique characteristics of gifted learners in general and gifted learners from underrepresented populations in particular. This research examined factors that were potentially predictive of success on Advanced Placement exams for Hispanic gifted students at a high school that received grant funding to increase diversity in its Advanced Placement courses. We discuss findings, implications for practice, and suggestions for future research.

Amy Graefe

GT Program Coordinator
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Amy Graefe is a high school gifted education specialist in Weld County School District Six in Greeley, Colorado. This is her 22nd year in public education. In addition to this work, Amy helps to coordinate the master’s program in gifted education at the University of Northern Colorado and is an adjunct professor in that same program. She serves on her district’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council and on the Gifted Education State Advisory Committee for the Colorado Department of Education. Her research interests include secondary gifted education and creativity in the content areas.

Jennifer Ritchotte

Assistant Professor of Special Education- Gifted and Talented
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Dr. Jennifer Ritchotte is assistant professor of special education with an emphasis in gifted and talented education at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to teaching students pursuing graduate degrees in gifted and talented education, she co-directs Creativity Quest and serves as the Educational Director for the Summer Enrichment Program. Dr. Ritchotte is active in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). She serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, the Journal of Advanced Academics, and Teaching for High Potential. Her research interests include gifted underachievement and post-school outcomes for gifted students. Through publications, conference presentations, and workshops, she advocates for the needs of gifted students.