Thursday Pre-Convention

Identification Insights: Protocols and Practices that Work

Thursday, November 9
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: 201/202 AB

Researchers and practitioners discuss how to incorporate equitable and realistic methods for identifying gifted students who are from low-income households.

Matthew C. Makel

Director of Research
Duke University TIP

Matthew C. Makel is the Director of Research for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. His research focuses on research methods and academic talent development. Matt earned his PhD in Educational Psychology from Indiana University, an MA in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, and his BA in Psychology from Duke University, where he first started working with academically talented students while an undergraduate.


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Jill L. Adelson

Associate Professor
University of Louisville


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Frank C. Worrell

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Frank C. Worrell is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, the California College Preparatory Academy, and the School Psychology program. His areas of expertise include academic talent development, at-risk youth, sociocultural factors related to educational and psychological functioning, scale development, teacher effectiveness, and the translation of research findings into school-based practice. Dr. Worrell is a past Editor of Review of Educational Research. He is a Fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and an elected member in the Society for the Study of School Psychology. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children and in 2015, the Distinguished Contributions to Research Award from Division 45 of APA, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race.


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Marcia Gentry

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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