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Understanding and Using the Naglieri General Ability Tests: A Call for Equity in Gifted Education


October 28, 2022

Book Details

This book is written for all who are involved in gifted education, including teachers, administrators, and university faculty. For many years, we have known that there are disproportionate numbers of Black, Hispanic, and Native American students; English language learners; and students living in poverty in gifted education programs. Understanding and Using the Naglieri General Ability Tests: A Call for Equity in Gifted Education addresses these issues and provides strategies and suggestions to identify and enfranchise students who have previously been denied access. This book is divided into three parts, all focused on identifying and providing services to the "invisible gifted," students who are really smart but have been left out of gifted services due to obtaining scores "below the cut".

Author Description

"Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the gifted program coordinator at Arizona State University and the former gifted education director at Paradise Valley Unified School District. She serves as governance secretary on the NAGC Board of Directors, and previously as NAGC's school district representative. Dina's work and publications center on increasing inclusion and building equity in gifted education programs and services using culturally responsive practices. Dina has authored numerous articles and chapters and coauthored books, including A Teacher's Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning; Designing Gifted Education Programs; The Cluster Grouping Handbook; Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classrooms; and Helping All Gifted Children Learn.Kimberly Lansdowne, Ph.D., is the founding executive director of the Herberger Young Scholars Academy, a secondary school for highly gifted students at Arizona State University (ASU). She received her doctorate at ASU and has a lengthy career in teaching and administration at universities, colleges, public and private schools. At ASU, she develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate level education classes on curriculum, instruction, testing, measurement, and special needs. Previously, Kim was the director of gifted services at Scottsdale Unified School District, a gifted specialist, a middle school math teacher, and an elementary general education teacher. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., has held faculty appointments at Northern Arizona University, The Ohio State University, and George Mason University. He is currently a research professor at the University of Virginia, senior research scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and emeritus professor of psychology at George Mason University. Dr. Naglieri has developed many tests used by psychologists and educators such as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, the Cognitive Assessment System, Autism Spectrum Rating Scale, Devereux Student Strength Assessment, and Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory. He is widely known for his efforts to increase participation of traditionally underrepresented students in gifted education and remains an active presenter on related topics. Dr. Naglieri is committed to equitable and valid assessment though high-quality tests and rating scales and a continual effort to help professionals make positive differences in the lives of the students they evaluate. He lives near Washington, D.C."

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