Gifted students fall through the cracks for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the saddest is that we don’t always recognize their giftedness because of a narrow definition of intelligence. Students living in poverty are often the victims of this definition bias. Why? Because our very definitions of intelligence often hinge on verbal skills, which are typically a weakness in gifted students from low socioeconomic environments. Joyce Juntune, Ph.D. explains in Closing the Achievement Gap, that the intelligence is undoubtedly there, but environment and lifestyle lend themselves to a different perspective and skill set that educators must learn to recognize and hone.
In this 6-hour course, you will learn:
- How poverty impacts achievement
- What intelligence looks like in and out of poverty
- How to foster verbal skills in students with nonverbal strengths
Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. Dr. Juntune earned her M.S. in curriculum and instruction from St. Cloud University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.