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Milwaukee Makes a Difference: Recognizing Gifted Students From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
O'Brien, S., Coleman, M. R., Schuller, D. L., López, M. A., & Díaz, G.
From the abstract: "Gifted education today faces a significant challenge in reaching equity as well as excellence. This is reflected in the disproportionate underrepresentation of children from Black, Hispanic, Native, and low-income families. This pattern of underrepresentation within programs for students with gifts and talents is pervasive and pernicious and impacts gifted education programming across all 50 states in the United States of America. This article describes the efforts of Milwaukee Public Schools, a large urban school district in Wisconsin, to address the need for both equity and excellence within their gifted education programming. The U~STRARS~PLUS model formed the foundation for changing the culture of the schools from “at risk” to “at potential”. Dedicated leadership and the combination of securing external support, developing internal trust, and building capacity across the district were critical to creating a strength-based focus within the schools. While the journey is not over, the authors hope that others can learn from Milwaukee’s experiences."
O'Brien, S., Coleman, M. R., Schuller, D. L., López, M. A., & Díaz, G. (2021). Milwaukee makes a difference: Recognizing gifted students from culturally and linguistically diverse families. Education Sciences, 11(10), 578. doi:10.3390/educsci11100578