(Please note, these cohorts are for Kentucky educators only.)
About the Cohorts
The recent global pandemic has highlighted racial and economic inequities in many
areas of schooling, including opportunities for advanced learning. Inequity in gifted
education suggests that we are missing a large percentage of students whose potential
may remain untapped and whose contributions may never be realized.
We invite elementary and middle school principals who are committed to learning more
about finding and serving students with high potential from racially, culturally,
ethnically, and linguistically different populations to join these Cohorts. Participants
will engage in lively discussions with national experts and other passionate principals
focused on cultivating equity and access to advanced learning.
Who Should Attend?
Principals who want to take intentional and deliberate actions to address equity and
access to advanced learning in their schools should join these Cohorts. The Cohorts
provide school leaders with a safe, collaborative and action-oriented learning space
for courageous conversations about these very important issues.
What Will I Learn?
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with gifted education experts focusing
on issues of equity and access like:
What do the data show about the percentage of students from minority and low-income
backgrounds who perform at advanced levels?
What are barriers to equity in identification and services for students with high
What promising practices can be implemented that will increase the number of students
from minority and low-income backgrounds who are identified and provided with opportunities
for advanced learning?
How can schools ensure that high ability minority and low-income students are prepared
for, have access to, and feel comfortable in advanced programs?
Dates and Details
Cohort members will participate in two face-to–face meetings at the Augensten Alumni
Center, 292 Alumni Ave., in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Meetings will begin at 1:30
p.m. CT and conclude at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Dates for the elementary principal Cohort will be September 15-16 and October 20-21,
Dates for the middle school principal Cohort will be September 16-17 and October 21-22,
Delicious meals and snacks will be provided and hotel expenses will be covered.
Featured Consultant – April Wells
April Wells is a national educational consultant, conference presenter, and author.
She is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, where she facilitated
the redesign of the District’s gifted program. Her work has served as inspiration
for other organizations highlighting universal screening, talent development and the
use of local norms for gifted programming. She has presented extensively at conferences.
She is a national consultant and professional development trainer whose message centers
around the equity imperative. Her interests focus on equity pedagogy, underrepresented
learners, developing gifted continuum of services and providing instructional supports
that allow students to maximize their pursuits.
Her first book, Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential was published in January 2020. Copies will be provided for all participants.
Sept. 15-16 & Oct. 20-21, 2021
Middle School Principals
Sept. 16-17 & Oct. 21-22, 2021