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Advancing Minority Gifted Identification: Evidence from a Randomized Trial of Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow

Friday, November 10
1:35 PM - 1:55 PM
Location: 213 D

This paper reports preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial of a multi-component nurturing program designed to increase gifted identification among minority students. In 2014-15, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), in partnership with Duke University, implemented Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow (“Nurturing”) in response to chronically-low gifted identification among Black and Hispanic students in two-thirds of the district’s elementary schools. Our preliminary results suggest that Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow has had promising results on a preliminary measure of giftedness. We look forward to reporting final results in 2017-18 when students are formally assessed for gifted status.

Matthew A. Lenard

Director, Data Strategy and Analytics
Wake County Public School System

Matthew Lenard is Director of Data Strategy and Analytics at the Wake County Public School System. Prior to joining Wake County, he was Policy Analyst at the Southern Regional Education Board and a Teach for America Corps Member. His work at Wake County focuses on program and policy evaluation, improving the quality and use of data across the district, and developing research-practice partnerships. He regularly presents his research to various stakeholder groups, including teachers, school leaders, district leadership, and the board of education. His work has appeared in various education conference proceedings (AEFP, AERA, APPAM, and SREE) and is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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