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Reflecting on Acceleration: Experiences of Young Adults from Underrepresented Populations

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 202 B

Academic acceleration is one of the most researched and proven methods of serving gifted students. Numerous studies have shown the positive long-term outcomes that proper acceleration can yield. However, little research on acceleration has delved into the experiences of accelerants from underrepresented populations. This session tells the stories of accelerated Black students with the goal of highlighting their experiences in K-12 education, as well as their choice of and transition to postsecondary education. In this session, various combinations of acceleration are discussed, along with the social and academic implications of each. Common themes found throughout the students’ stories are also shared.

Jessa D. Luckey

Doctoral Student
University of Georgia

Jessa Luckey is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Georgia in the Department of Educational Psychology, emphasizing in Gifted and Creative Education. She received her B.S. in Human Development and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Howard University, and has previously been a Pre-K and 2nd grade classroom teacher. Jessa's research interests focus on acceleration of minority students and family involvement in gifted education.

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