Is There A Gifted Gap?

Is There A Gifted Gap?

Schools have long failed to cultivate the innate talents of many of their young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. This failure harms the economy, widens income gaps, arrests upward mobility, and exacerbates civic decay and political division.

To address these issues, researchers Christopher Yaluma and Adam Tyner examined the extent to which access to and participation in gifted programs vary for different groups of students, particularly in high-poverty schools. Here’s what they found:
  • More than two-thirds of elementary and middle schools have gifted programs.
  • Overall, high-poverty schools are just as likely as low-poverty schools to have them.
  • Yet students in low-poverty schools are more than twice as likely to participate in such programs.
  • Even when black and Hispanic students have gifted programs in their elementary and middle schools, they participate at much lower rates than their peers.
  • In schools with gifted programs, only Maryland, Kentucky, and New Hampshire enroll more than 10 percent of the state’s black and Hispanic students in those programs; in twenty-two states it’s less than 5 percent.

Increasing the participation of qualified yet underrepresented students in gifted programming in elementary and middle schools would change the trajectories of these children and gradually lessen social and economic inequality. We offer three recommendations to help on this front:

  1. Consider universal screening and other ways to streamline identification processes and make them more equitable.
  2. Identify students for gifted programs using local norms.
  3. Counter bias in identifying and serving minority gifted students.

For tomorrow’s leaders to reflect America’s diversity, today’s schools must cultivate able kids from every kind of background. Toward that end, first-rate gifted programming in high-poverty schools can contribute a great deal.


Eckerd College (FL) Newsletter: Triton Times

Welcome to Issue 30 of the Triton Times!

We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and that the Spring is off to a great start. We are excited to have reviewed many students’ applications. This Spring, our admission counselors will be traveling to your areas for college fairs, receptions and one-on-one interviews with admitted students. We encourage students to come meet us at these different events.

In this issue, you can read about:
Also read these exciting stories: 
The Center for Visual Arts scheduled to open in February
Former skinhead speaks out against hate
2018 Writers in Paradise Conference kicks off

Eckerd ranks near the top among institutions for students who study abroad 

In a ranking of baccalaureate colleges, the Institute for International Education’s 2017 Open Doors Report for the 2015–2016 academic year shows Eckerd College as No. 4 in the U.S. for students participating in short-term study abroad and No. 10 in the U.S. for total participation in study abroad. “We appreciate IIE’s recognition of our efforts to give all students at Eckerd College an opportunity to study abroad, which provides experience and perspective we feel are essential to their education,” said Diane Ferris ’86, director of international education. “With more than 70 percent of our students participating at some point during their four years already, we feel confident we will meet our goal of 100 percent participation by 2021.” The news from IIE came just weeks before about 415 Eckerd students led by Eckerd faculty will depart in January to nearly 30 international destinations for Winter Term study. Students will again participate in the College’s annual Winter Term Photo Contest and Video Contest, which provide an annual gallery of their adventures.

Center for Visual Arts set to open in February 

We’re washing windows, making way for furniture and equipment, and packing boxes! Faculty soon will move into the new Center for Visual Arts, which will be used first for Winter Term courses in January. Grand opening events will take place in early February, and all will be welcome to see and enjoy this stunning new facility!

Former skinhead speaks out against hate

Frank Meeink shared with nearly 300 Eckerd students and guests on November 16 a colorful and raw tale of his rough upbringing in South Philadelphia, recruitment by neo-Nazis in the 1990s, ascent to leadership within the movement and his eventual incarceration—all while he was still a teenager. His introduction to the neo-Nazi movement took him from fearing his home, school and neighborhood to being the cause of fear in others. “I was craving the look of fear in others’ eyes because I feared everything,” he said. Although he’d had positive interactions with inmates of other races in prison, when he was released, he returned to the movement. It wasn’t until a Jewish business owner hired him, fostering in Meeink kindness and self-confidence, that he was changed. “He met me as a human being and showed me respect,” Meeink said. “I had a really bad karma score … but every time I did good things, my life got better,” he said. “In today’s world, it’s all about empathy for me.” He reflected on the alt-right movement in the U.S., saying, “The alt-right is just my group re-politicized and rebranded.” But noting his own story, he said, “Humanity is going to step up again.”

2018 Writers in Paradise Conference kicks off

The 2018 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise kicked off on Jan. 13 in Eckerd’s Miller Auditorium with a reading and talk by Ana Menéndez, author of four books of fiction who has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and abroad, lastly as a prizewinning columnist for the Miami Herald. Award-winning novelist Russell Banks will close the weeklong conference and celebration of writing with a reading and Q&A. View this year’s full lineup at Books will be available for purchase onsite during the readings, which are free and open to the public.

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BARD: January 2018 News and Updates

Bard A Place to Think
News & Updates
January 2018
Image Profile: New Yorker Contributing Writer and Bard Alum Ronan Farrow Ronan Farrow ’04 talks about Hollywood, journalism, and the Weinstein exposé that launched a movement in this wide-ranging interview. more>>

Image Neil Gaiman, Frances McDormand, “Lemony Snicket” to Appear at Bard Neil Gaiman, Frances McDormand, Susan Orlean, and Daniel Handler, author ofA Series of Unfortunate Events, will all be featured at upcoming events at Bard’s Fisher Center. more>>

Image Bard College Raptors’ Historic Victory Over St. Lawrence Includes ESPN Top 10 Play A spectacular dunk from Bard’s men’s basketball team in Friday’s victory over St. Lawrence University earned a spot on ESPN SportsCenter‘s daily roundup of Top 10 Plays. more>>

Image A Matter of Degree: Helping Young Moms Succeed at Bard Microcollege Holyoke A Bard program is meeting more than academic needs by providing food, childcare, and laptops to help students earn an associate’s degree.more>>

Image Seizing Every Opportunity: Sara Xing Eisenberg ’18 Takes on International Research and Local Engagement Sara grew up in Manhattan and attended Bard High School Early College (BHSEC). After four years immersed in BHSEC’s advanced curriculum, she knew Bard was the next step. She is completing a joint major in Environmental and Urban Studies and Asian Studies. more>>

Image Review: Bard Historian Richard Aldous on Netflix’s The Crown and the Triumph of Duty “It’s an interesting thought, and one as unfashionable today as it was in the 1960s, that some traditions might be worth holding on to even when they appear anachronistic.” more>>

Image US-China Music Institute Presents Music from China: East Meets West, a Concert of Contemporary Works for Chinese and Western Instruments Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts hosts a celebratory concert to launch the Chinese Music Development Initiative, a new collaboration between the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.  more>>

Image Esteemed Filmmaker Charles Burnett Joins Bard College Faculty Bard College announces the appointment of award-winning filmmaker Charles Burnett as visiting artist in residence in the Film and Electronic Arts Program. more>>

Image Two Bard College Students Win Prestigious Study Abroad Scholarships for 2018 Saúl García Amezcua ’19 was awarded a Gilman Scholarship and Corrina Gross ’19 a Freeman-ASIA grant in support of their studies abroad this spring. more>>

Image Invasive Species Forecast: Bard Biologist Felicia Keesing on the Effects of Arctic Air on Local Tick Populations Professor Keesing, who is codirecting a study aimed at reducing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, says that ticks are remarkably well adapted to surviving extreme temperatures. more>>

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Skidmore College (NY): 2018 Summer Pre-College Program

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Know a student getting ready for college?
At Skidmore, they can try college on before taking college on.
High school students enrolled in our Pre-College Program get a head start on college life by living and learning with other exceptional students from across the country and around the world.
June 30—August 4, 2018
Learn more
Described as “the best summer ever“, the Pre-College Program gives high school students the opportunity to explore the academic and social aspects of college life, including:

  • Living in a residence hall
  • Meeting new people from places near and far
  • Jumping into new experiences that open the door to life after high school
“In high school, I felt limited by requirements and a lack of opportunities. After Pre-College, opportunities and possibilities feel endless.

- Mary Brimmer ’19, Pre-College Grad

Students can earn college credit in a wide range of courses, including:

  • Human Genetics
  • Intro to Media and Film Studies
  • Drawing Workshop
  • Physics: Sound and Music
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Intro to Cultural Anthropology
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NCAA Eligibility Center Newsletter: January 2018 H.S. Newsletter


Updated Resources
The Division I and Division II quick reference sheets have been updated to include the redesigned SAT concordance in the sliding scale. As you assist students and families, use these documents to help them better understand the required academic standards their student must meet. The “Division I Academic Requirements” and “Division II Academic Requirements” documents are both found on our Want to Play College Sports webpage under “Initial-Eligibility Toolkit,” and on the High School Portal’s Resources Page under “Important New Rules.” Please feel free to download them (below) and share with your college-bound student-athletes and their families.

Division I Academic Requirements
Division II Academic Requirements

Student-Athlete Profile Account
When the NCAA Eligibility Center redesigned its registration website at , one of the most significant enhancements was the creation of the profile account.  The profile account gives college-bound student-athletes the opportunity to make the best decision about their college choices earlier in their high school careers. Students may now choose from the traditional certification account for those wanting to attend and compete at Division I and II schools, or a free profile account for those attending Division III schools and students who are not yet sure at what school they want to attend and compete.

Registration for a profile account is free and easy. Students should expect 10 to 20 minutes to complete a profile account. Also, if a student with a profile account decides to compete at the Division I or II level, they can easily transition their profile account to a certification account. (A registration fee of $80 (domestic/Canada) or $135 (international) is required to begin the certification process.) Please encourage your freshmen student-athletes to register for a free profile account. 

The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is our most comprehensive student resource.
Our Initial-Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements.
Students can learn which NCAA division may be right for them by comparing the three NCAA divisions.
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Siena College (NY): Instant Admit Day, February 20th

Siena College will be holding an Instant Admit Day for high school seniors on Tuesday, February 20.

Students who attend are guaranteed to get an admissions decision, including a merit scholarship worth up to $21,000/year.

Please share this with your seniors!

The students and their families will also have the option to meet one-on-one with a financial aid advisor about their eligibility for our new Saint Francis Scholarship program. This could mean an additional $12,000 toward their Siena degree!

We recommend saving a timeslot as soon as possible, as we expect them to fill up fast.

See you soon,

Katie Szalda ’01
Director of Admissions




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Discover Adelphi University (NY): Summer 2018

Volume 5 | January 2018
Discover Adelphi this summer! World-class academics with a personal approach. [Adelphi University New York logo]
How did you spend your summers while in school? 
I think back to my summers and I remember fun-filled vacations with family, relaxing trips to beautiful Long Island beaches and escaping the summer heat in the air-conditioned Broadway theaters in nearby New York City (my special mother-daughter memories!). 
But there was a summer experience that stuck out to me as one of a kind: a career explorations camp at a university in Rhode Island.
It was my first time away from home. My first time on a college campus. And my first time truly diving into an academic area that interested me. The result? I walked away energized and confident for my studies in college.
As sophomore and junior meetings begin, or as students are ready to begin the transfer process, consider how they’ll spend their summer months. 
Are they ready for a hands-on academic experience near the excitement of New York City? 
Our community offers an incredible array of summer courses and programs for every type of student. Read on for an inside glimpse of summer at Adelphi.
It’s never too early to start thinking summer!
Kristen Capezza, M.B.A. ’12
Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management
Adelphi University
Introducing Our New Director of High School and Pre-College Programs
Dorey Veron is very excited to have joined the pre-college team and hopes to be able to welcome students to Adelphi this summer for an unforgettable college experience!
With a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University and a strong belief in experiential education, Veron aims to be a resource for students as they live and learn here at Adelphi. Prior to this role, she served as a residence hall director at the University and was a student teacher for high school sophomores and juniors in the Bronx and on Long Island.
Her favorite thing about Adelphi is the commitment to student learning in and outside of the classroom.
Email her at or call 516.877.3106.
This summer, students can earn college credits, have fun in New York and experience Adelphi’s personal approach to learning.
See you this summer!
Adelphi’s Summer Pre-College program is an exciting way for high school students to get a taste of college life while earning college credit. But, more importantly, it can be an unforgettable experience that leads to a fulfilling, lifelong career.
Open to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school, Adelphi’s pre-college experience brings together diverse students from all over the world to live, learn and explore all that our University has to offer.
Visit and have your students apply today!
Email or call 1.800.ADELPHI to learn more.
Top 5 reasons to choose. Adelphi's Summer Pre-College Program (July 22 to August 4, 2018)
Exciting class trips to New York City and nearby hotspots
Chance to receive personalized attention from caring and nationally recognized professors and instructors
Opportunity to live on our Garden City campusin one of our new residence halls, dine in campus dining halls, use the pool, gym and other recreational facilities, and attend classes for two weeks from July 22 to August 4, 2018
Adelphi has been recognized as one of the 50safest campuses in the nation.
Spotlight on Two Amazing Pre-College Experiences
Photo of Evan Leider
My experience in Adelphi’s pre-college program helped shape the direction I’ve taken for the past four years. It was an eye-opener when I learned that many others in my area were just as invested in game development as me. When I returned to my senior year in high school, I chose to pursue my degree at Adelphi. Since then I’ve had many opportunities to really share, learn and get creative with others, and it has been an experience like no other!
Evan Leider took the pre-college Video Game Programming course in summer 2013 with Lee Stemkoski, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer science. He worked as a teaching assistant for the 2015 and 2016 summer programs, and has co-authored a textbook with Dr. Stemkoski that is used for both our pre-college program and our Video Game Design course. He’s currently a senior majoring in computer and management information systems with a minor in video game design.
Photo of Sophia Muratore
Doing the pre-college nursing program at Adelphi really showed me how wonderful Adelphi is! I learned not only about their nursing program—in a classroom and through trips to local hospitals—but I learned about the campus, about friendships, about time management, but above all else, I realized how much I truly wanted to be a nurse.
Sophia Muratore attended the pre-college Introduction to Nursing course in summer 2016 and is currently enrolled as a first-year nursing student at Adelphi. She credits one person in particular for inspiring her to pursue nursing: Irene Auteri Ferguson ’79, coordinator of special projects for the College of Nursing and Public Health, who, she says, “was super-attentive to everyone. She showed me that there are many different types of nurses, and hearing her nursing experiences made me even more determined to become a nurse.” 
Thinking About Taking a Summer Class?
Adelphi offers open enrollment in summer courses to anyone interested in taking one of our college classes, including high school students, transfer students, visiting students, teachers, family, friends and more.
Summer Session I: Tuesday, May 29–Monday, July 2, 2018
Summer Session II: Monday, July 9–Sunday, August 12, 2018
Visit or email for more information.
Visit Opportunities for You
Performing Arts Shows of Your Choice
Join us in February for one of our upcoming guest performances at the Adelphi UniversityPerforming Arts Center. Email to arrange for tickets.
Mandy Gonzalez
Friday, February 2, 2018
Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City Campus
Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Dance Theatre, Adelphi University, Garden City Campus
SingStrong International A Cappella Music Festival
Friday, February 9–Sunday, February 11, 2018
Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City Campus
For the Love of Art
We offer spring intensives exclusively to high school juniors in Art Foundation and Graphic Design. And the best part? You can attend with your classes! Deadline for Spring 2018 registration is Monday, February 26, 2018.
Personalized Events for Your Students
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Art Portfolio Review Day—RSVP
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Adelphi University, Garden City Campus
Information Sessions—RSVP
Saturday, February 3, and Monday, February 19, 2018
Adelphi University, Garden City Campus, Nexus Building lobby
Spring Undergraduate Open House—RSVP
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Adelphi University, Garden City Campus
Daily Visits
Daily visits include options of sampling classes, taking campus tours and attending Information Sessions. Students can register at
Prospective students can register for one of our upcoming events:
Transfer Admission Day—RSVP
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Adelphi University, Garden City Campus
Transfer Admission Day—RSVP
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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Meet Our President, Dr. Christine Riordan
Photos of Dr. Riordan from her Momentum Tour
Dr. Riordan’s Momentum Tour 2017–2018: “Stories of Lives Changed: Hear Ours, Tell Yours” may be coming to a city near you. Throughout the year, she’ll share our personalized approach to higher learning and how it is transforming lives across the nation and around the world. Counselors, advisers, principals, students and their families are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018—Los Angeles, California
Friday, February 2, 2018—San Francisco, California
Thursday, February 15, 2018—Washington, D.C.
Email to register for any of the above-mentioned events.
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Help Your Students Discover Their Own Personal Journey at Adelphi
Meet and connect with your regional enrollment counselor.
Like reading the Discover Adelphi e-newsletter? Recommend it to a friend.
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Garden City, NY 11530-0701

Summer Discovery 2018 Internships (HS & MS)

Find Your Perfect Campus Today

Here at Summer Discovery we hope your 2018 is off to a great start! We’re happy to announce the launch of our new website. Check out our new look and see our website highlights:

  • Find your perfect campus Use our program finder to search program options by academic interest, campus, grade and length.
  • About us Learn about our 52 year history of success and meet our leadership team.
  • Middle School Options. Learn about our Enrichment and Gifted & Talented programs at Yale University, UCLA and Georgetown University.
Take a Comprehensive Academy

We partner with several universities to offer academies, special academic programs focused on specific subject areas, exclusively for our students. Academies typically meet 4 or 5 times a week, both morning and afternoon. Academy highlights include:

The Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports Academy @ UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Bruin Leadership Academy @ UCLA

Science & Engineering Research Academy (SERA)@ UC Santa Barbara

STEM Academies @ University of Colorado at Boulder

Neuroscience Academy @ University of Texas at Austin

Fashion Academy @ University of Texas at Austin

Global Leadership & Social Change Academy @ University of Michigan

Law Academy @ Georgetown University

Psychology Academy @ Penn State

Penn Law Academy @ University of Pennsylvania Law School

Global Business Leadership Academy @ New York City

College Admissions & SAT Prep Academy @ Boston

Politics & International Relations Academy @ Cambridge University

International Business Academy @ London

Interested or need help finding the perfect course? Contact us at

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Kenyon College (OH): Happenings on the Hill

Kenyon College
Happenings on the Hill
News and Admissions Tips from Kenyon College
January 2018
Ask the Dean
What should I keep in mind as I begin my college search? Read what Dean of Admissions Diane Anci has to say.
Scholarship Opportunities
All Kenyon applicants are considered for merit scholarships, which recognize academic achievement and range from $10,000 to full tuition. You also can apply for talent scholarships in artmusic or writing or our KEEP and STEM scholarships.
Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadlines
Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision applications are due January 15. Already applied Regular Decision? You can change your application to Early Decision 2 if Kenyon is now your top choice. Email for details.
Programming Humanity
A new interdisciplinary course explores the promise and peril of artificial intelligence.
Season’s Readings
Kenyon Review editors offer up favorite works to brighten your winter reading list.
Drawing Abroad
For Russian and studio art major Henry Uhrik ’18, illustrationhelps transcend cultural and language barriers.
Reilly Brock and Emily Carter
After Kenyon
Reilly Brock ’12 and Emily Carter ’17 work together to squash food waste and put “ugly produce” to good use.
Your Burning Questions
We asked you what fires you up, and you answered. Here are the burning questions on your minds, as well as a response from Professor of Biology Joan Slonczewski to the question, “Why should students study ‘despicable’ views?
Kenyon College
Office of Admissions
Gambier, OH 43022
(800) 848-2468
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Happenings on the Hill is sent monthly to high school students and their parents who have expressed interest in Kenyon College.