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Parent Engagement: An Avenue for Referring More Underrepresented Students to Gifted Education

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 205

Relative to their white peers, nonwhite and economically disadvantaged students remain underrepresented in gifted programs. One factor contributing to this disparity is a failure in the identification process. For example, if a teacher holds an implicit bias towards certain races, ethnicities, or children from poverty, he or she may disproportionately favor certain groups of students in the referral process. One potential avenue for addressing this issue is to increase parent engagement and awareness. Based on lessons learned from an ongoing Javits project, this session focuses on addressing barriers to engaging parents from underrepresented groups with an eye toward helping these parents learn to advocate on behalf of their children.

Tonya Moon

University Professor
University of Virginia

Tonya R. Moon is a Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and a co-director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity. Tonya spends her professional career actively engaged in teaching assessment, research, and statistics courses at the University and conducting research in K-12 classrooms investigating teachers’ use of data for designing instructional actions. Tonya has published and presented widely on the topics of
assessment, differentiation, identification of gifted students, and program evaluation. She is a co-author with Carol Tomlinson on the ASCD text, Assessment and Student Success in the Differentiated Classroom, and the author of a chapter on differentiation and assessment within a diverse classroom setting in the recently released Handbook of Human and Social Factors in Assessment. She works both nationally and internationally with
educators on issues associated with assessment.

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Catherine Brighton

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs
UVA

Catherine Brighton is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs and is an Associate Professor in the graduate program Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. Additionally, Dr. Brighton serves as the Director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity. She earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology - Gifted Education at the University of Virginia in 2001. Prior, she was a curriculum coordinator/assistant principal, teacher of the gifted, and classroom teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, (Charlotte, NC). She was recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2005 as the Early Leader for the Association. This award is given annually to an individual who has exhibited the highest and most consistent degree of leadership in the field of gifted education since receiving the doctorate. Her current research interests include investigations surrounding high quality teaching and learning (authentic problem solving, differentiated instruction, critical and creative thinking, and teacher content knowledge) and qualitative methodologies.

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Christine Carr

Graduate Student
UVA

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Kerrigan Mahoney

Post Doc
UVA

Kerrigan Mahoney, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and educational technology from The College of William and Mary. Formerly a high school English teacher, she earned a B.A. from Hamilton College and a M.S. in Secondary English Education from the University of Bridgeport, CT. Kerrigan's current research interests include literacy, qualitative research methods, teacher education, and educational technology.

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