One pervasive educational issue is the national underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students in gifted education. Virtually every school district is grappling with having too few students from these groups identified as gifted and served in gifted classes and programs. Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education addresses this long-standing national problem through the dual lens of recruitment and retention. The focus is on how to equitably recruit (screen, refer, and/or assess) culturally different students and, just as importantly, to retain them. Recruitment and retention require providing academic, cultural, and social supports to culturally different students and ensuring that educators are willing and able to address issues and barriers. No time is better than now to address and correct the underachievement albatross, and the focus on recruitment and retention holds the greatest promise.

Nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional Category

chapter |11 pages


A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste and Erase

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Beyond Colorblindness

Culture and Cultural Differences Among Black and Hispanic Students

chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

Recruiting and Retaining

Desegregation and Integration to Address Underrepresentation

chapter Chapter 3|27 pages

Underrepresentation and Equity Formulas

Examining Data and Setting Minimal Goals

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

Subjectivity and Underrepresentation

The Dangers and Tragedies of Deficit Thinking

chapter Chapter 5|37 pages

Tests as Gatekeepers

Pitfalls and Promises With Recruitment

chapter Chapter 6|28 pages

Policies and Procedures

Culturally Irresponsive

chapter Chapter 7|30 pages

Gifted Programs and the Learning Environments

Retention and Integration

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

Summary and Conclusions

Journey to Equity—The Future is Now