Research & Evaluation

Combined Concurrent

A New Spotlight for Academic Talent Search

Saturday, November 11
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 218 B

Academic talent search has a history of administering assessments designed for older students to younger students who score at the ceiling of grade-level assessments. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach to ‘shine the light’ on those who might qualify for gifted education services. A new test, PSAT™8/9, recently was added to the arsenal of talent search assessments. Using data from one talent search, this session examines how the PSAT 8/9 scores of talent search students in grades 3-6 compare with national grade 8 norms. Evidence of the validity of PSAT 8/9 for continued talent search use is provided.

Juliet Frate

Program Coordinator, Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University

Juliet B. Frate, M.Ed.

Julie Frate brings the knowledge, skills and understanding she has gained from various perspectives—researcher, educator, school consultant, site visitor and workshop leader —to her work as Coordinator of Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search. In particular, Frate aims to make an impact with regard to identifying and supporting gifted students in under-identified and underserved populations. For 30 years, she worked with high-poverty, minority groups as an educator and researcher. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson, Mississippi awarded Frate Educator of the Year for her work as a School Counselor & International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme Coordinator. Her research experience includes working as a Research Associate in the Rural Health Research Program at The University of Mississippi’s Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and as a Research Assistant in the Office for Community Health Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Frate received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in Russian Language & Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a master of education, with a focus on Educational Psychology, from The University of Mississippi. As both a parent of a gifted child and an educator, Frate is passionate about supporting the academic, career, and personal/social development of gifted children.


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Rhoda Rosen

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University

Rosen oversees Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) program, CTD’s Weekend Enrichment Programs, Creative Studies, CTD’s parent outreach initiatives and outreach for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars and College Scholarship Program. Rosen also chairs the CTD-wide Diversity Committee, tasked to find ways to increase diversity within CTD classrooms and to provide a thriving, welcoming classroom environment for our diverse student population.


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