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The Silent Voices of Gifted African American Males

Saturday, November 11
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 213 A

A qualitative research study was conducted to examine what factors positively and negatively influence the academic success of gifted, African American male high school students who attend urban schools. Sixteen students were interviewed to shine a light on this unique population and highlight their journey in and through gifted education. This study shares an in-depth perspective through the lens of these students as they explored teacher and parental expectations, peer influences, and their own understanding of their gifted identity. This study has the potential to help urban educators better understand the school experiences of gifted, African American male students.

Kirsten J. Smith

Doctoral Candidate
The Ohio State University

Kirsten J. Smith is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She is working on her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership with a minor in Human Resources. While working on her Ph.D., she completed her K-12 administrative license and her gifted license. She resides in Westerville, Ohio with her husband, two children, and one enormous dog. Kirsten is an alumnus of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in English Education. She also earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. Kirsten taught English at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia for five years before returning to Columbus. In addition to pursuing her Ph.D., Kirsten works in Columbus City Schools as a gifted resource specialist. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for Support for Talented Students which awards scholarships to financially in need gifted students to attend summer enrichment activities. In the summers, Kirsten works at Kenyon College with the Camp 4 Program’s rising high school juniors. Her class focuses on writing, etymology, and college readiness. Kirsten is currently researching the psychological, emotional, and cultural factors of gifted, African American high school males. She hopes her research informs teachers, administrators, and parents on the challenges of this special population.


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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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