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Roundtable

Native American Indian, Alaska Native Youth: Analysis of their Identification (or Non-Identification) as Gifted.

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 7

The underrepresentation of Black, Latino, Native American, ELL, and low-income youth in gifted education is a familiar topic. The extent of identification and programming for Native youth has been largely missing from this conversation. We analyzed the Office of Civil Rights Data Collection census data from 2000 and 2011-12, which includes all schools nationally, and compared public, private, and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools for representation of Native youth as gifted. We included schools that report identification data and those that do not, to better understand where these youth are recognized as gifted and where they are overlooked. This is the first study of its kind focused on Native youth.

Anne M. Gray

Graduate Student, Former Teacher, Lukachukai, AZ
Purdue University

Anne Gray is a fourth year PhD student at Purdue University in the College of Education, Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI). Prior to graduate school she taught for six years at a Bureau of Indian Education grant school in Northeastern Arizona. Currently, she is a research assistant on a grant addressing equity of student gifted identification. Her research interests are education for gifted, creative, and talented Native American and Indigenous students; education for marginalized students; and education in rural areas.

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Marcia Gentry

Professor
Purdue University

MARCIA GENTRY is the director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute and Professor of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Her research has focused on the use of cluster grouping and differentiation; the application of gifted education pedagogy to improve teaching and learning; student perceptions of school; and on non-traditional services, and underserved populations. Marcia developed and studied the Total School Cluster Grouping Model and is engaged in continued research on its effects concerning student achievement and identification and on teacher practices. She has served on the boards of NAGC and the AERA SIG, Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent, actively participates in NAGC, frequently contributes to the gifted education literature, and regularly serves as a speaker and consultant. Prior to her work in higher education she spent 12 years as a teacher and administrator in K-12 settings. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running and fitness, gardening, hanging out in the horse barn, collecting contemporary Navajo weavings, spending time at her cabin on Whitefish Bay, and working with her doctoral students.

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