Special Populations


Identifying Minority Gifted Students: A Ten-Year Longitudinal Study

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 203 A

Identifying gifted students in diverse populations is a concern that all school districts share. Since 2008, our Gifted and Talented Education Program has implemented a universal screener for identifying gifted students and a curriculum unique to our Title I schools. Using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Third Edition, as well as designing an alternative gifted curriculum specific to these Title I schools, we have been successful in increasing the identification and participation of students from underrepresented populations. This overview of our last 10 years covers our efforts in design, scheduling, training, and annual data analysis toward better serving these underrepresented students.

Christine Self

Gifted Program Specialist
Clark County School District

Christine Self began her career teaching gifted students in a small rural district in Ohio for ten years beginning in 1995. She obtained her master’s degree from Youngstown State University as a gifted education specialist. After relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada, Christine had the opportunity to teach gifted students for eight years before accepting a job at the central office for Clark County School District’s Gifted Education Services. Her role as a Gifted Education Program Specialist is to provide programmatic and technical assistance to GATE Specialists, administrators, general education teachers, and parents in the implementation of Gifted and Highly Gifted services. These services cover the referral/identification process, assisting in the development of appropriate service delivery models that meet the needs of identified gifted students, and to create/provide professional development sessions for all GT Specialists, and classroom teachers based on the individual school site needs and requests. In addition, Christine has had the opportunity to be a part the Clark County’s ten-year district initiative to implement a universal screening to assist with referring and identifying the underrepresented population of gifted students. Currently, Christine provides professional development and support to over one hundred GT teachers to promote successful implementation for over 18,000 CCSD students during the annual universal screening.


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