MasterMinds Session: Wednesday Afternoon

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

MasterMind Session: Addressing Excellence Gaps: Promoting High Achievement in the 21st Century

Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Today’s economy and culture has a tremendous need for talent. Regardless of one’s field, there is always a shortage of talented people. A major cause of this shortage is the excellence gap – the achievement gap at the high end of learning. In this session, we will review the barriers to talent development faced by low-income, Black, and Latinx students, discuss the problems caused by excellence gaps, and share several research-based strategies for creating more equitable approaches to advanced education. In particular, we will discuss identification strategies, research-supported approaches to grouping, and steps for creating equitable talent development plans for schools and districts.

Get to Know Our MasterMind:
Jonathan Plucker is the Julian Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University. His research examines creativity and intelligence, education policy, and talent development. Recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters and From Giftedness to Gifted Education with Anne Rinn and Matt Makel. Prof. Plucker is president-elect of NAGC.

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