MasterMind Session: Monday


Monday, March 30, 9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

MasterMind Conversation in Gifted Education: Achieving Equitable Identification & Services



Despite many conversations about the importance of equitably identifying and serving all gifted students, equity continues to be an obstacle for many gifted education programs. How can districts cast a broader net to find gifted students and ensure they are serving them appropriately? What research-based and best practice strategies should you be implementing to broaden your identification processes? This special MasterMinds conversation brings together three experts on identification and equity, Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez, Ph.D., Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D., and April Wells, in an open, honest discussion about the struggles of overcoming issues related to equity and identification and practices you need to adopt to improve your identification practices.


Get to Know Our MasterMinds:

Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Texas A&M University in the College of EducationandHumanDevelopment in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture. Before pursuing her graduate work at the University of Connecticut, she was a classroom teacher in Texas for 10 years. Her research interests include novel applications of multilevel modeling and growth modeling, the assessment of educational interventions to improve STEM education, and access for all students—particularly high achieving and underrepresented students—to high quality education. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education. 

Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D., is professor emerita of the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University. She is editor-in-chief of Gifted Child Today and has written more than 300 articles, monographs, technical reports, chapters, and other books related to gifted education. She has written three tests used in identifying gifted students. She is past president of TAGT and CEC-TAG. She has received national and state awards for her work in the field of education.

April Wells is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, where she facilitated the redesign of the District’s gifted program in 2012-2013. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. Her interests focus on equity pedagogy, underrepresented learners, developing gifted continuum of services and providing instructional supports that allow students to maximize their pursuits. She received one of the 2018 Gifted Coordinator Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children. Her first book, Achieving Equity inGifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential was recently published.