Category: Special Populations

26 - Freedom Schools: A Space of Talent Development and Family Engagement for the Underserved

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Freedom Schools are positioned as programs that boost literacy and connect the needs of underserved children and families to the resources of their communities in a culturally relevant and sustaining way. The presenters offer findings, recommendations, and future implications for incorporating talent development and gifted education into the Freedom Schools setting, and transferring those models to traditional K-12 contexts.


Brittany N. Anderson

Assistant Professor of Urban-Multicultural Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee

Brittany N. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in Urban-Multicultural Education at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. Brittany is a former Texas educator, who received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Baylor University, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas, and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education. Brittany’s research focuses on pre-service and in-service teacher development in relation to the talent development and talent identification of underserved youth. For the past several years, Brittany has been involved in the professional development of in-service teachers in urban school districts around issues of recruitment and retention of culturally, linguistically, linguistically, and economically diverse students. In 2017, Brittany was awarded the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Doctoral Student Award. Brittany also serves on several committees aimed to increase diversity and inclusion in K-12 settings.