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Frontier Urban Education Lecture Focuses on Culturally Responsive Gifted Education, April 12

Published April 03, 2019

Nazareth College is hosting its annual Frontier Center for Urban Education lecture with a special appearance by Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. The lecture takes place on Friday, April 12, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Nazareth College Arts Center, Theater A-14 on the ground floor. Ford’s lecture is titled, Culturally Responsive Gifted Education and Educators: Models, Resources, and Strategies to Recruit and Retain Underrepresented Students of Color. The event is free and open to the public, and there will also be a book signing after the lecture from 6 - 6:30 p.m. Nazareth is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618. For more information, contact Laura Jones-Soehner at .

Ford conducts research primarily in gifted education and multicultural/urban education. Specifically, her work focuses on: recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education; multicultural and urban education; achievement gaps; minority student achievement and underachievement; and family involvement. She consults with school districts, educational, and legal organizations in the areas of gifted education, advanced placement, and multicultural/urban education.

She is the author/co-author of several books, including Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education (2013), Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students (1996, 2010) Multicultural Gifted Education (1999, 2011), In Search of the Dream: Designing Schools and Classrooms that Work for High Potential Students from Diverse Cultural backgrounds (2004), Diverse learners with exceptionalities: Culturally responsive teaching in the inclusive classroom (2008), and Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students(2005).

Ford is professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the department of special education and holds a joint appointment in the department of teaching and learning. She’s also been a professor of special education at the Ohio State University, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Virginia, and a researcher with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. She also taught at the University of Kentucky. Ford earned her doctorate in philosophy in urban education (educational psychology) (1991), master’s degree in education (counseling) (1988), and bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish (1984) from Cleveland State University.

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