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Shining a Light on Multi-Cultural Gifted Populations: The Role of Teacher Perceptions

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 205

It is well documented that multi-cultural populations are underrepresented in gifted programs. Various strategies and attempts to correct this discrepancy have met with success, and others -- not so much. One area that has not been adequately addressed is the perception of teachers in nominating multi-cultural students for identification. In this session, the phenomenon of stereotype threat and the concept of positive feedback bias are addressed as two possible components of why teachers do not nominate minority students for the gifted program. It is not a question of “bad teachers” but rather of correcting environments to create more positive attitudes.

Mark A. Mishou

Gifted Education Coordinator
Denver Public Schools, Denver Colorado

Lamar University: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science: Business Management.
Mississippi University for Women: Master’s of Gifted Studies.
Doctoral Candidate, University of Denver: Curriculum and Instruction: Specialization in Gifted and Talented.
Doctoral Focus: Underrepresentation of Multi-Cultural Populations in Gifted and Talented Programs.
Current and Previous Positions: Gifted Education Coordinator, Denver Public Schools, Colorado.
Gifted Education Resource Teacher: Jefferson County Public Schools, Colorado.
Gifted Education Coordinator: Montezuma Cortez School District, Colorado.
Gifted and Talented Coordinator: Lee Middle School, Columbus Municipal School District, Mississippi.
Upcoming Presentations:
Member/Presenter: 2017 World Council for Gifted and Talented Children in Sydney, Australia (July 20-23).
Member/Presenter at the 2017 National Association for Gifted Children in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Current Offices/Representative: Fiscal Governor of the Colorado Academy of Educators of the Gifted, Talented and Creative.

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