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Developments in Excellence Gap Research, Interventions, and Advocacy

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 208 B

Eliminating excellence gaps has become a priority of many educators and policymakers. During this symposium, presenters share cutting-edge research on excellence gaps and describe a number of interventions being used around the country to shrink excellence gaps. The session concludes with advocates providing updates on attempts to implement policies in several states to address related issues.

Jonathan Plucker

Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development
Johns Hopkins University

Jonathan Plucker is teh Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works at the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. Prof. Plucker studies high achieving students from an education policy and psychological perspective, with a focus on creativity, 21st century skills, and excellence gaps.


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Scott J. Peters

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Scott J. Peters is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater where he teaches courses on gifted education, educational assessment, and research methods. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University specializing in gifted and talented education with secondary areas in Applied Research Methodology and English Education. He has presented at the state, national, and international levels on topics dealing with gifted education, educational policy, and research methodology and currently serves on committees and as an officer of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, the National Association for Gifted Children and the American Education Research Association. He is the past recipient of the Fedlhusen Doctoral Fellowship in Gifted Education, the NAGC Research an Evaluation Network Dissertation Award, the NAGC Doctoral Student of the Year Award, and the UW – Whitewater Innovation and Outstanding Research Award. His scholarly work has appeared in Teaching for High Potential, Gifted Child Quarterly, the Journal of Advanced Academics, the Journal of Career and Technical Education Research, Ed Leadership, Ed Week, and Pedagogies. He is the first author of Beyond gifted education: Designing and implementing advanced academic programs – published by Prufrock Press.


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Crystal Coker

Postdoctoral Associate
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


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Myles X. Mendoza

Untapped Potential Project

Myles Mendoza is the Founder of the Untapped Potential Project (UPP) a national education policy organization operating in Colorado and Illinois.  UPP is a charitable organization pursuing tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) and currently supported by its fiscal agent “One Chance Illinois”. UPP works to optimize educational outcomes for children with unique abilities through policies and practices that effectively respond to: low-income and gifted, autism, twice exceptional, learning disorders, social and emotional barriers.

Myles comes to his work as a results-proven leader with 20+ years of success in the non-profit sector as well as experience advising philanthropists about investments in education, healthcare and social services for under-served children.   

Prior to serving in his current roles, Myles developed multiple organizations from the ground up.  Myles began his career as social worker and inpatient psychiatry adolescent therapist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he supported the creation of Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Psychiatric Summer Program. Later in Denver, he developed the Colorado Children’s Hospital adolescent HIV/AIDS program, and was a member of the founding executive team at the Denver Scholarship Foundation that raised $62,000,000 in college scholarships for low-income students in Denver Public Schools.

At Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), Myles supported the creation of 12 state chapter offices nationwide and was a leader in the development of a 200 member national coalition in support of “Waiting for “Superman”.   

Additionally, in conjunction with an Aspen-based philanthropist, he developed edXchange, a Denver-based education shared space which fosters strategic collaboration, ideation, and joint ventures among the leading education policy organizations in Colorado.  

Myles led a team that researched, developed, and passed the "Untapped Potential Act” - legislation that changes the Illinois school code to improve identification of low-income gifted children.


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Joshua Dwyer

Policy Director
Untapped Potential Project


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James L. Moore

EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education & Executive Director of the T. A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
The Ohio State University

Dr. James L. Moore III is the inaugural executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University and the EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

He has a national- and international-recognized research agenda that focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education/counseling, and STEM education. Dr. Moore has published over 100 publications, obtained nearly $9 million in grants, contracts, gifts, and given over 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the United States and other parts of the world (e.g., Jamaica, Canada, United Kingdom, France, India, China, Indonesia, Bermuda, and Spain). He is also a presidental appointee on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children and currently serves on many more prestigious boards, taskforces, etc.


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