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2.4.9 Talent development academies: Providing access and opportunity to advanced learning for underserved students

In this presentation, authors will share data from an innovative approach to talent development, which focuses on teacher development, whole school involvement, and low income schools serving elementary age students. This project is funded by the US Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Education Grant and offers evidence-based approaches to systematically developing student talent.


Julie Swanson
College of Charleston
United States

Julie Dingle Swanson has taught in and coordinated K – 12 gifted programs and directed federal projects focused on high poverty gifted students. A professor at the College of Charleston, she teaches in and directs Gifted and Talented Education Certificate Program. Swanson is active in gifted education leadership at state and national levels as past president of the SC NAGC Affiliate and member of the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary’s National Advisory Board. She received several state and federal grants impacting gifted students and teachers and has authored articles, book chapters and books.

Laura Brock*

Laura Brock serves as the external evaluator for the Talent Development Academy Project. In that role, she works to plan and coordinate data collection and analysis to determine the impact of the TDA project. Brock, an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the College of Charleston, has a doctorate in Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. Her research interests have in common her desire to understand children’s development in context of a child x environment model. She has published research in numerous journals and has received many grant awards to conduct research.


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