Category: Parent & Community

63 - The Effects of Giftedness: A Parental Perspective

Friday, Nov 16
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

What do parents of students with gifts and talents believe about giftedness? How do they think it affects their children, family, and parenting? This presentation examines results from a study of parents of students in high-ability programs in a mid-size Midwestern school district. Implications for how schools can improve parent outreach and programming are highlighted.


Alissa Salazar

Graduate Research Assistant
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Alissa Salazar is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies under the advisement of Dr. Marcia Gentry. After graduating from Purdue with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, she taught Kindergarten in Indiana. She has worked for the Gifted Education Resource Institute's Saturday and Summer programs as a teacher and counselor, and she is currently a Counseling Co-Coordinator of the Summer Residential program. She also teaches a course for undergraduate students about effective classroom management. Her research interests include parental and society influence on gifted education, underserved populations, and the effect of resource availability on the development of gifted students.