Special Populations


Shining a Light on Talent Development for English Language Learners and Students Impacted by Poverty

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 207 A

A talent development program designed for students from traditionally underrepresented populations and using the SEM and DICE models is examined. We review program components used to cultivate talent among high-ability students while promoting diversity. Resources and sample lessons are shared, with focus on linguistic skill development, study skills, creative and critical thinking, and affective education. Quantitative techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of the program are also reviewed. Participants leave with an understanding of the essential role of talent development for underrepresented populations and a framework to design a program to meet their school or district needs.

Jeanette Lukens

Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Project ELEVATE
Seminole County Public Schools, Florida

Jeanette Lukens is the Project Director & Co-Principal Investigator for Project ELEVATE (Jacob K. Javits Grant) for Seminole County Public Schools. She was honored as a Leader to Learn From by Education Week in 2017. Jeanette is a nationally certified and state licensed school psychologist who has spoken at local, national, and international conferences on topics of identification and development of high ability students, professional development of teachers, and social/emotional needs of gifted learners. She has also served as an expert witness in litigation involving gifted education.


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Gillian Eriksson

Coordinator: Gifted Education Program, Co-PI Project ELEVATE (Javits)
University of Central Florida

Gillian Eriksson, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of the Masters in Teacher Leadership in Gifted Program, Gifted Education Certificate Program, the Lead Instructor in Gifted Education and Multicultural Education, and also teaches Curriculum, Global and Comparative Education at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Eriksson has a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Research and Evaluation, and Special Education: Gifted (University of Connecticut). She has an international reputation as a specialist in underserved gifted and talented students; has served as the USA elected delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children for 3 terms (2007-2013), and has presented at 12 world Gifted conferences and 9 times at NAGC annual conventions. She is the UCF PI for Project ELEVATE (Jacob K. Javits Grant) and previously served as the Project Coordinator of Project Step-Up, a Javits Grant at Lamar University, Texas (1993-1994). She was the Co-Pi on the Working on Gifted Issues (WOGI) Grant at UCF for the Florida Department of Education (2002-2003) and rewrote the Teaching Special Populations of Gifted Training Manual used by school districts in 2007. She coordinates the UCF Semester Teacher Education Abroad Program and has conducted study and internship abroad programs to The Netherlands, England, and South Africa. She served on the Morgridge International Reading Center Council; has received awards for UCF Women of Excellence for Global Achievement (2016); Teaching Excellence (TIP Teaching Incentive Program); Internationalization; Minority Mentorship and a Fulbright scholarship. She received the 2015 Board of Educational Affairs Golden Psi Award of Excellence (APA) for developing the Gifted Curriculum at a charter school for gifted. Her textbook addresses underserved gifted (Wallace, B; Eriksson, G.I. (2006) Diversity in Gifted Education: International Perspectives on Global Issues. Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis) and she is widely published and a consultant editor of Gifted Education International (Sage).


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