Category: Curriculum Studies

27 - Fewer Dead White Guys: Creating a Multicultural AP English Curriculum That Makes a Difference

Friday, Nov 16
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Literature teaches more than plot, tone, and character – it’s about differences in experience, culture, and worldview. With the goal of creating socially engaged students, one AP English teacher redesigned the curriculum to give students a diverse perspective by including authors from different genders, races, ethnicities, and religions, thereby encouraging gifted students to directly confront racism, misogyny, and similar issues.


Nan Janecke

Program Coordinator
Academically Talented Youth Program/Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Nan Janecke has worked as Program Coordinator for the Academically Talented Youth Program since 2009. She holds a degree in English from the University of Michigan, and is currently working towards her Masters in School Counseling at Western Michigan University. Nan has served as editor of Images and MAGC's Communication Officer since 2008, and also sits on the NUMATS Advisory Board. A co-founder and President of Partners in Learning for Unlimited Success (PLUS) of Southwest Michigan, she gives many presentations at the local, state and national level on gifted education, parenting the gifted, and the college search process. Nan is also the proud parent of three gifted daughters who are in various stages of adulting, and who still offer unique challenges to her parenting abilities.

Kelly Schultz

Academically Talented Youth Program/Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Dr. Kelly Schultz, Director and instructor at WMU’s Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP), has been a
member of the mathematics/computer science faculty at both Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo
College. She holds a PhD in mathematics and is working toward a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She is the creator of its AP Computer
Science course. Through these experiences, she has learned how talented students think about
concepts and how to introduce ideas in ways that work for them. She has received Kalamazoo County's
Excellence in Education "Significant Educator Award" from ATYP graduates, and is the recipient of teaching
awards from WMU, as well. She currently serves as President of the Michigan Association for Gifted Children
(MAGC) and is on the Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search
(NUMATS). Kelly presents frequently for both MAGC and at the NAGC
annual conference.