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Closing the Excellence Gap for English Learners and Students of Color

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Closing the Excellence Gap for English Learners and Students of Color

Presented by Dr. Julia Nyberg, Professor, Purdue University Global; and Dr. Misty LaCour, Professor, Purdue University Global

Sponsored by VIPKid


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English Learners (ELs) and students of color are persistently underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. This underrepresentation has created an excellence gap in which the needs of high-ability ELs and students of color are not being adequately met. This is often due to the false assumption that these students need remediation instead of enrichment and acceleration. Strategies can be implemented to close this excellence gap.

This edWebinar shares the current statistics related to the excellence gap among ELs and students of color. Details of how the excellence gap is persisting as well as the challenges this presents for educators will be shared. The presenters share strategies that educators can implement to create a bridge between home and at school to close the excellence gap for underrepresented students. Strategies include a parent workshop and methods educators can implement in the classroom to meet the intellectual and academic needs of underrepresented students.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school leaders at all levels.

About the Presenters

Dr. Julia Nyberg is a professor at Purdue University Global. Dr. Nyberg was a K-6 classroom teacher and professional development expert before entering higher education. Her research focuses on curriculum and instructional design for diverse gifted and high ability students. She speaks at state and national conferences and provides demonstration lessons for school districts related to her expertise on curriculum design and differentiated instruction for diverse gifted and high ability students. Dr. Nyberg serves on professional organizations, including as a board member for the California Association for the Gifted.


Dr. Misty LaCour is a professor at Purdue University Global. She has served in higher education through various teaching and leadership roles. Previous to entering higher education, Dr. LaCour was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher. Her primary research area focuses on best practices to meet the needs of at-risk, diverse learners in the P-12 classroom. She is active in professional organizations by serving in leadership roles at the state and national levels.


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Monday, August 26, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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