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An Interview with Dr. Donna Y. Ford

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donna fordDr. Donna Y. Ford

This week, Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented welcomes Dr. Donna Y. Ford to discuss Multicultural Gifted Education on Friday at 7/6 C.

Dr. Ford is Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She is the former Betts Chair of Education and Human Development, and currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ford has been a Professor of Special Education at the Ohio State University, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. A full bio may be found here.

Dr. Ford’s latest book is Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education from Prufrock Press. She was a 2014  NAACP Image Award Nominee for Literature-Instruction. 

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Below is an interview we recently…

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DC triplets can take their pick of Ivy League schools

Saluting Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. HBCU Standouts #PBS100


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated (ΦΒΣ) was founded on January 9, 1914 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three African-American men A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown. We salute their Founders  and thousands of HBCU Sigma men whose “cause speeds on its way.”

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James Weldon JohnsonSALUTING SIGMA STANDOUT – JAMES WELDON JOHNSON | Initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., poet, professor, songwriter and diplomat, James Weldon Johnson graduated from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1894. Co-author of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” Weldon is also well-known for God’s Trombones and The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.

Robert Russa MortonSALUTING SIGMA STANDOUT – ROBERT RUSSA MOTON | Initiated into the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., educational leader Robert Russa Moton graduated from Hampton University in 1890. As the second president of Tuskegee University, the school…

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A Black Professor’s Decision to Teach White Students

I share many of these sentiments!!


It’s 2014 and while I’ve never been one to make new year resolutions, I do engage in deep reflection at the start of a new year. Something that has been on my heart (as they say in the Church), for which I am presently developing the words to convey, is my decision not to teach at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Or rather, my decision to teach at a predominately white institution (PWI).

Because really, I never decided against HBCUs; I decided in favor of PWIs.

I decided in favor of teaching where I would be most effective. In favor of teaching to affect and effect change. In favor of teaching what I knew.

And what I knew was that my life experiences had not prepared me to teach at an HBCU.  In fact, they’d prepared me to do the exact opposite: to teach white students. This is…

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Why is Black Barbie Less Important? Talking To Kids About Race

Thanks for another interesting piece. Beautiful story.

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Howey MacAuleyGuest BloggerGuest blogger Howey McAuley graduated with a BFA in Surface Design from East Carolina University. The best job she ever had was managing school book fairs for an independent bookstore. These days most of her artwork centers around crafts with her children. You can find her on Twitter at @23catsinaroom.

Several weeks ago my daughter Boogie (who just turned 5) had a Barbie doll eaten by one of our dogs. Normally this would lead to a meltdown of epic proportions. This time, however, she shrugged nonchalantly and said, “She’s just the Black one.” Keeping my voice calm (while internally freaking out) I asked her if that made the Barbie less important. She said yes. YES. What?Black children, especially girls, need to be told that they are important. It isn't something they just assume. The racial bias is simply out in the ether.

Boogie is African American/Caucasian with very light skin and bright red hair. She has hazel eyes. Her little brother Bear is African American. He is very dark. So I then asked if…

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Giving Thanks: Thanksgivukkah and Native American Heritage Month

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If you haven’t heard already, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap this year, creating a hybrid holiday known across the internet as Thanksgivukkah. This overlap won’t happen for another 70,000 plus years, meaning people have been coming up with some very creative ways to celebrate (turkey menorahs aka menurkies, anyone?).

While it’s fun to enjoy the novelty of this rare holiday, November is also Native American Heritage Month, which means we’re thinking about the complicated history of Thanksgiving, but also giving thanks for recent steps that have been taken towards Native American equality. November 29 is Native American Heritage Day, and we can’t think of a better way to honor the day with a some great books about American Indians, including Killer of Enemies and Under the Mesquite.

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Ultimately, we hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday! If you need some holiday food-spiration…

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Whitewashing Book Covers: A Trip to Barnes & Noble Part II

Both parts of this series is terrible.

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Allie Jane BruceAllie Jane Bruce is Children’s Librarian at the Bank Street College of Education. She guest bloggerbegan her career as a bookseller at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC, and earned her library degree from Pratt Institute. She tweets from @alliejanebruce and blogs at Bank Street College.

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Over the course of the last academic year, I co-taught a year-long unit that allowed a sixth-grade class to explore prejudices in books and the book industry. After studying how book covers and content can marginalize groups (we studied treatments of race, ethnicity, gender, body image, sexuality, class, ability, and more), we took a field trip to Barnes & Noble—by far my favorite piece of the project. The kids exited the store with steam issuing from their ears.Society is almost afraid of putting a dark-skinned or Asian character on the cover of a book.

The next night, I read their reflections with joy, wonder, and, I’ll confess, a tear or two in my…

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