Special Schools & Programs


It Takes a Village: Strategies for Promoting Social Capital in Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 208 B

Gifted students benefit from specialized opportunities and connections with individuals who can help them develop their talents and expertise. Yet many high-achieving students who are low income lack the financial and social capital necessary to gain access to these crucial support structures. Through the use of case study, student voices, real-world examples, and relevant research, we discuss promising program models, community partnerships, and strategies that effectively develop agency and social capital in low-income, high-achieving students and their families. We also share the impact these strategies and programs have on students’ future college and career choices.

Tamra Stambaugh

Associate Research Professor; Executive Director, Programs for Talented Youth
Vanderbilt University

Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., is an associate research professor in special education and executive director of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University. Stambaugh conducts research in gifted education with a focus on students living in rural settings, students of poverty, and curriculum and instructional interventions that promote gifted student learning. She is the co-author/editor of several books including but not limited to: Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners (2007) (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska); Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students (2007) (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska), the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension, Nonfiction, and Affective Program Series (with Joyce VanTassel-Baska), Practical Solutions for Under-represented Gifted Students: Effective Curriculum (2012) (with Kim Chandler), Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings (Legacy Award Winner) (with Susannah Wood), and The Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth ELA and Integrated Curriculum units (with Emily Mofield et al.). Stambaugh has also written numerous articles and book chapters and was co-editor of the special Gifted Child Quarterly issue (January 2018) focused on students from low-income households. She provides keynotes, professional development workshops, and consultation to school districts nationally and internationally and shares her work at refereed research conferences. She also serves on multiple NAGC committees.

Stambaugh is the recipient of several awards, including the Margaret The Lady Thatcher Medallion for scholarship, service, and character from the College of William and Mary School of Education; the Doctoral Student Award, Early Leader Award, and several curriculum awards from the National Association for Gifted Children; the Jo Patterson Service Award and Curriculum Award from the Tennessee Association for Gifted Children; and the Higher Education Award from the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt she was director of grants and special projects at the College of William and Mary, Center for Gifted Education, where she earned her PhD.


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Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn

Director, Scholarship Programs
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


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