Sub-Genre: Special Education
Publisher: Harvard Education PR
Author: Jonathan A Plucker & Scott J Peters
Item Number (DPCI): 247-22-2755
In Excellence Gaps in Education, Jonathan A. Plucker and Scott J. Peters shine a spotlight on "excellence gaps"--the achievement gaps among subgroups of students performing at the highest levels of achievement. They argue that these significant gaps reflect the existence of a persistent talent underclass in the United States among African American, Hispanic, Native American, and poor students, resulting in an incalculable loss of potential among our fastest-growing populations. Drawing on the latest research and a wide range of national and international data, Excellence Gaps in Education has the potential for changing our national conversation about equity and excellence and bringing fresh attention to the needs of high-potential students from underrepresented backgrounds.
"As a school administrator charged with developing programs for gifted and talented students I am painfully aware of the limited understanding school personnel have regarding the advanced learning needs of this population of students. All school administrators should read this book, especially those needing research-based support for their efforts advocating for academically advanced students."
--Dina Brulles, director of gifted education, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Arizona
"Plucker and Peters present a clear road map for leaders in education to increase equity and eliminate excellence gaps based on solid research."
--M. Renï¿½ Islas, executive director, National Association for Gifted Children
"Excellence Gaps in Education is a must read for all who are interested in the education of high-potential students. The book will be an eye opener for many as they read about the extremely low percentages of children from lower-income backgrounds and children from African-American and Hispanic families who are achieving at advanced levels."
--Julia Link Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University
Jonathan A. Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, with a joint appointment at the university's Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. Scott J. Peters is an associate professor of educational foundations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.