Bright, Talented, & Black: Guide for Familiesof African American Gifted Learners

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-01
  • Publisher: Great Potential Pr Inc

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Bright, Talented, and Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners provides essential information about the parenting and education of Black gifted children. Based on her personal experience as a parent, as well as a gifted education professional, Dr. Joy Davis offers many practical suggestions to help parents and educators who work with bright, talented, African American children. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
What It Really Means to Be Gifted and African Americanp. 1
Being Black and Gifted Is Nothing Newp. 3
Definitions of Giftednessp. 6
Gifts versus Talentsp. 8
What Does It Really Mean to be Gifted?p. 10
Nurturing Your Child's Strengthsp. 12
External and Internal Challenges of Being Young, Gifted, and Blackp. 15
External Challengesp. 15
Discriminationp. 15
Lack of Understanding of Black Culturep. 19
Low Expectationsp. 20
Internal Challengesp. 22
Overexcitabilities and the Giftedp. 22
Idealismp. 26
Underachievement in Gifted Childrenp. 28
Boysp. 34
Girlsp. 36
The Role of Guidance Counselorsp. 39
Underachievement and Peer Relationshipsp. 39
Visual-Spatial Learners: Seeing the World in Picturesp. 43
Twice-Exceptional Gifted Childrenp. 45
Meeting the Challengep. 47
The Immeasurable Value of Family Involvementp. 49
The Family's Role as Nurturer and Encouragerp. 51
Family Stories and How They Can Helpp. 54
The Importance of Family Valuesp. 55
The Values of Hard Work and Resiliencep. 56
Spirituality and Black Gifted Childrenp. 60
Conversations with Your Gifted Childp. 63
Keeping Your Gifted Child Fully Engagedp. 66
The State of Flowp. 69
A Parent's Responsibility: Becoming Your Gifted Child's Best Advocatep. 73
The Black Community Educating Its Ownp. 73
Gifted Education Todayp. 74
How Schools Identify Gifted Studentsp. 79
Bias in the Use of Testsp. 81
Determining Eligibilityp. 84
Best Practices in School Options for Gifted Studentsp. 84
Competitions, Mentorships/Internships, and Community Servicep. 89
Gifted Education in Public Schoolsp. 93
Early Identification and K-3 Programmingp. 94
Early Entrance and Grade-Skip Issuesp. 95
Elementary Programming for Grades 3-5p. 98
Middle School Challengesp. 99
High Schoolp. 104
Talent Search Programsp. 106
Beyond the Classroomp. 109
Collegep. 111
The College Application Processp. 111
What Colleges Are Looking for in Their Studentsp. 116
What Should You Look for in a College?p. 116
Other Options Outside the Public School Systemp. 119
Independent, Private, Parochial, and Charter Schoolsp. 120
Independent Schoolsp. 120
Private Schoolsp. 121
Programs Bridging the Gap between the Haves and the Have-Notsp. 126
A Better Chancep. 126
Black Student Fundp. 126
Connecting Communities to UCLAp. 127
Davidson Institute for Talent Developmentp. 127
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academyp. 128
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Programp. 128
Jacob's Ladderp. 129
North Carolina Project SEEDp. 129
Oliver Scholars Programp. 130
The SEED Foundationp. 130
Step Up for Studentsp. 130
The Black Homeschooling Movementp. 131
There Are Choicesp. 134
Books, Storytelling, and the Power of Wordsp. 137
Gifted Children and Booksp. 139
"Mirror" Books and "Window" Booksp. 141
The Oral Tradition of Debatingp. 142
Storytelling: An Ancient Art Revivedp. 145
Rap Music: A Modern American Phenomenonp. 146
Nurturing a Love of Words in Our Childrenp. 148
Teaching Your Child to Survive and Thrivep. 155
Navigating through Multiple Worldsp. 158
Bearing the Burden and the Blessings of the Racep. 163
The Difficulty of Finding True Peersp. 165
Accepting Your Children's Other-Race Peersp. 167
The Power of Positive Supportp. 168
The Role of Mentorsp. 172
Accentuating Strenghts and Supporting Weaknessesp. 173
The Impact of a Strong Work Ethic on Student Successp. 175
Final Thoughtsp. 179
Glossary for Gifted Education Advocatesp. 181
Special Enrichment Programs for gifted and Advanced Learnersp. 189
Organizations, Clubs, Advocacy Groups, and Other Resources of Interestp. 191
Books to Inspire Our Children and Our Communityp. 193
Books by, for, and about African Americansp. 195
Biography/Autobiographyp. 195
Fiction/Nonfictionp. 197
Poetryp. 197
Folklore: African and African American Folk and Fairy Talesp. 198
Picture Booksp. 198
Gifted Education: A Reading Collection that All Parents Should Havep. 199
Endnotesp. 201
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 215
About the Authorp. 225
List of Tables and Figures
Renzulli's Definition of Giftednessp. 7
Characteristics of Gifted Childrenp. 11
Overexcitabilities of Gifted Children and Adolescentsp. 23
"Challenges and Obstacles" Quotesp. 59
Criteria Used to Evaluate Students for Gifted Servicesp. 80
Commonly Used Ability, Achievement, and Intelligence Testsp. 83
Advantages and Disadvantages of Selected Service Options for the Giftedp. 88
Characteristics of Successful Schools for African American Studentsp. 124
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