Moving from Enrichment to Acceleration: Preparing Underrepresented Students for Upper Level Mathematics

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 209 B

Math Hall and Ball is a program through which 4th and 5th grade students who exhibit high potential in mathematics are able to receive enrichment and acceleration. The program seeks to nurture and cultivate students’ abilities by first having students engage in enrichment, to bolster their confidence and curiosity for advanced mathematics. This is followed by a full year of acceleration, to prepare students for accelerated mathematics in middle school. This session shares the journey students take from enrichment to acceleration, and the program structure through which these students are supported.

Jessa D. Luckey

Doctoral Student
University of Georgia

Jessa Luckey is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Georgia in the Department of Educational Psychology, emphasizing in Gifted and Creative Education. She received her B.S. in Human Development and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Howard University, and has previously been a Pre-K and 2nd grade classroom teacher. Jessa's research interests focus on acceleration of minority students and family involvement in gifted education.


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Tarek C. Grantham

University of Georgia

Dr. Tarek C. Grantham is Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia (UGA), and he teaches in the Gifted and Creative Education Program (GCE), primarily in the Diversity and Equity Strand. Dr. Grantham’s research addresses the problem of under-representation among ethnic minority students, particularly Black males, in advanced programs. He co-edited Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology of Critical Works (2011), and Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools (in-press). Dr. Grantham serves as the Chair for the Special Populations Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. He has served as a Board member for the Council for Exceptional Children, Talented and Gifted Division. Dr. Grantham has been awarded the Mary M. Frasier Excellence and Equity Award by the Georgia Association for Gifted Children for outstanding achievement in practices that promote equitable identification procedures and/or provision of high-quality services to gifted students from under-represented groups. He is the fortunate husband of a wonderful wife, Dr. Kimberly D. Grantham, and the proud father of three children: Kurali, Copeland, and Jovi.


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Meg E. Hines

Lecturer, Gifted Education
University of Georgia

Dr. Meg Easom Hines is a Lecturer and the Coordinator of Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) Online Programs in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hines has worked in the GCE Program teaching graduate courses and conducting practica/internship experiences in gifted education since 2005. Before her position at UGA, Meg was an instructor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, teaching graduate courses for in-service and pre-service educators in the School of Education. Meg also worked as an elementary public school teacher for eight years in Atlanta, GA, Augusta, GA and Charleston, SC. Meg consults with teachers, administrators and policy makers in the local schools on creativity, differentiated instruction, curriculum design and innovative programming. Her research interests include the underachievement of creative students and how creative problem solving and critical thinking meet the needs of this special population. Meg is a recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) 2003 Doctoral Student Award. Currently, Meg serves as a member of NAGC’s Special Populations network and as a member of the editorial review panel for Teaching for High Potential, one of NAGC’s leading journals for practitioners.


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Harun Tadik

PhD Student
University of Georgia

Harun TADIK is a doctoral student at University of Georgia, where he is pursuing a degree in Educational Psychology with concentration on Gifted and Creative Education. He completed his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Cincinnati, USA and earned his bachelor degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Istanbul University, Turkey. He is currently a research assistant in Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at University of Georgia. His research interest includes social-emotional needs of gifted children, assessment of creativity, divergent thinking, and environmental influences on creativity.


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Moving from Enrichment to Acceleration: Preparing Underrepresented Students for Upper Level Mathematics

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