In Thinking Like A Lawyer (Seale, 2020) the author builds a strong case for gifted education. Growing up in a world of stark inequalities, Colin, a young, Black boy, found solace and intellectual challenge in the gifted and talented classroom. As he states, qualifying for this program proved to be, “the most important event of my K-12 career.” Reading this book highlighted the importance of gifted and talented programming for all students, especially those from underrepresented communities. As Seale points out, brilliance is distributed equally, but opportunity not so much.
While geared towards educators, the book is engaging and easy to read, and parents and students will also enjoy this story.
WATG Board Member
During our WATG fall virtual conference, many of us were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to join Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings’ presentation, “Racial Disparity in Academic Achievement.”
Dr. Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and an internationally known expert in the field. She has won numerous honors and awards, is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a former president of the American Educational Research Association. She has written two books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms.
At the conclusion of Dr. Ladson-Billings’ presentation, she was asked to share some ideas for readings on her topic that are suitable for adults and teens. She has graciously shared this list with us, and we’d like to share it with you:
Ford, Donna. Recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education (2013)
Love, Bettina. We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of education freedom (2020)
Muhammad, Gholdy. Cultivating genius: An equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy (2020)
Paris, Django & Alim, H. Samy (Eds.). Culturally sustaining pedagogies. (2017)
Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The origins of our discontents (2020)
Wright, Brian. The brilliance of Black boys: Cultivating school success in the early grades (2016)
Behnke, Alison, Racial profiling: Everyday Inequality. (2017)
Lewis, John. March (Books I,II, III). (2013, 2015, 2016)
Magoon, Kekla. How it went down. (2015)
Reynolds, Jayson. All American boys. (2015)
Reynolds, Jayson & Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped: Racism, antiracism and you. (2020)
Watson, Renee. This side of home (2015)
Watson, Renee. Piecing me together (2017)
Zooboi, Ibi. American Street (2017)
Zooboi, Ibi & Salaam, Yusef. Punching the air. (2020)
We thank Dr. Ladson-Billings for her expertise and her generosity. We look forward to utilizing these resources as we continue our journey together!
The WI Association for Talented and Gifted Board of Directors