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No More Dreams Deferred: Breaking the Barriers to Self-Advocacy for Underserved Gifted Students

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 208 B

Learning to self-advocate is critical for African American gifted students whose unique needs may be overlooked in the traditional school setting. They are empowered to take charge of their own educations and lives when provided with the information, affirmations, and skills they need to successfully speak up for themselves. In this session, participants discover ways to ensure that underserved gifted students recognize and break through the barriers to self-advocacy.

Deborah O. Douglas

GT Carpe Diem

Deb Douglas advocates for gifted children in the US Midwest and beyond, empowering our brightest young people to assess their needs, speak up for themselves, take positive risks, and effectively self-advocate. She was a board member of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) for nine years and President from 2011-13. A former high school teacher and director of gifted education for over 20 years, she now consults around the country, delivering GT Carpe Diem workshops for gifted youth as well as professional development for educators and support for parents.


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Joy Lawson Davis

Associate Professor & Chair, Dept of Teacher Education
Virginia Union University


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Gilman Whiting

Dir. Scholar Identity Institute
Vanderbilt University

Gil Whiting is an Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt University.
He earned his Ph. D. at Purdue University in Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, & Evaluation and Assessment.
Whiting has authored over forty scholarly articles and book chapters.
Since 2002 he has chaired the Achievement Gap Institute at Vanderbilt’s George W. Peabody College of Education,
a weeklong workshop that brings teachers, administrators, and program coordinators with researchers from across the country.
His areas of research interest include: Special and Gifted Education; Educational Disparity; Psycho-Socio Behavior, Race,
Sports, and American Culture. Whiting'is the creator of the Scholar Identity Model™ from the development of his SIM, he co-created the Scholar identity Institute. A nationally recognized program assisting schools, programs, and district acroos the county. Dr. Whiting is a highly sought after speaker consulting with school districts nationally and internationally.


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