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Achieving Equity Through Student Self-Advocacy

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Achieving Equity Through Student Self-Advocacy

Presented by Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., Gifted Education Practitioner, Scholar, Author, and Consultant; and Deb Douglas, M.S., Educational Consultant

Sponsored by Free Spirit Publishing

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What can you do right now to improve services and empower your students to self-advocate? When we formally identify or informally recognize gifted learners, we also need to help them find their voices and choose their own paths to success. This edWebinar, based on the research and lived experiences of gifted education experts, is designed to help allies better support underrepresented gifted learners as they break through the barriers to self-advocacy and follow their dreams.

Self-advocacy is especially critical for students who face these obstacles:

  • limited family/community/school connections
  • lack of opportunities
  • limited familiarity with navigating the system
  • insufficient educator training in culturally responsive practices
  • inequitable instructional and support services for diverse gifted learners
  • faulty identification processes

Attendees will:

  • Recognize ways that the self-advocacy needs of students from special populations may differ from those of the gifted stereotype
  • Identify the barriers to self-advocacy of gifted learners from underrepresented populations
  • Examine the four steps to successful self-advocacy: recognizing rights and responsibilities, assessing and reflecting on learner profiles, exploring options, and connecting effectively with advocates
  • Discover ways to encourage and support the self-advocacy of gifted learners from underrepresented populations.

This edWebinar will be of interest to K–12 classroom teachers, gifted teachers, school counselors, and administrators. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Joy Lawson DavisAbout the Presenters

Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., has over 40 years of experience in equity, gifted education, and cultural competency education. She is author of the award-winning Bright, Talented & Black and co-editor of Gifted Children of Color Around the World. Along with leading professional learning workshops across the nation and the world, Dr. Davis is also co-founder of the Jenkins Scholars program, a national program developed to recognize highly gifted Black students. She lives near Richmond, Virginia.


Deb DouglasDeb Douglas, M.S., author of The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners (Free Spirit Publishing, 2018), consults and advocates for gifted individuals, specializing in workshops that help students take charge of their education. She is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and a contributor to Parenting for High Potential. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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