Parent & Community


She Shall Not Be Moved: Advocating Against Assumptions

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 205

Deficit Thinking is the thought process of a person or situation that focuses on that which is viewed as negative. A deficit mindset serves as a barrier, especially for educators who are given the charge to effectively work with students and recognize their gifts and talents -- and when it comes to Black and Hispanic students, the mindset of their teachers is usually the culprit. In this session, the case study of Celise will be presented. Strategies, advocacy suggestions, and suggestions to create and maintain effective parent-teacher collaborations as a means to increase retention levels of culturally different students in gifted, advanced, and accelerated classes are shared.

Michelle F. Trotman Scott

Associate Professor
University of West Georgia

Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, PhD, is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor at the University of West Georgia.
Michelle earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on special, gifted and urban education, Masters of Arts degree (technology education), and Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott’s research interests include the achievement gap, special education over-representation, gifted education under-representation, twice exceptional creating culturally responsive classrooms, and increasing family involvement. She has conducted professional development workshops, been invited to educational practices and reform dialogues, has written and co-authored several articles, and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences. She is the co-editor of five books; Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology of Critical Works and Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools, Gumbo for the Souls: Liberating Memoirs and Stories to Inspire Females of Color, R.A.C.E. Mentoring through Social Media: Black and Hispanic Scholars Share Their Journey in the Academy, and Faculty of Color Navigating Higher Education. She is also on the editorial board for multiple journals, and has also served as the guest editor and co-editor for multiple journals as and has also servered as a reviewer for journals in such disciplines as gifted, special, and urban education.

Dr. Trotman Scott is a co-founder of R.A.C.E. (Research, Advocacy, Culture, and Education) Mentoring, a virtual mentoring network. She also serves on the executive committee of the organizations. Michelle is the former president and executive committee member of CEC-DDEL.
Her professional development includes membership in professional organizations, including the National Association for Gifted Children, Council for Exceptional Children, ASCD (formerly Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and American Educational Research Association.


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