Director of NCRGE Shares Research Findings on Underrepresentation in Gifted Education

Thursday, September 24, 2020

On September 22, the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) welcomed Dr. Del Siegle, who is a professor in the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education and the director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE), to deliver a presentation entitled "Report from the NCRGEProblems and Promising Practices in Gifted Education." The event was recorded and is available below.

Paris Andrew, Duke TIP's Director of Partnerships and Engagement, facilitated the conversation. "Talent is equally distributed, but sadly, not equally recognized," she said. "Addressing this dilemma is top of mind for organizations like Duke TIP, educational institutions, and the communities we serve. It is evident Dr. Siegle truly has a heart for getting down to the core of the field’s strengths and areas primed for institutional change, and we are fortunate to glean from his data-informed insights." 


Reflecting on data that has emerged from both his past and ongoing educational research studies at the NCRGE, Dr. Siegle set the table by sharing what is known about the problems and promising practices of identifying, serving, and nurturing positive outcomes for gifted and talented students. Viewers of his talk will learn about the relationships among poverty, identification, and talent development, as well as the distinctions between multiple criteria and multiple opportunities. They'll also hear Dr. Siegle elaborate on the challenge he poses to educational communities—to be “talent scouts” instead of “deficit detectors.” 

Dr. Siegle is also the former president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and currently serves on Duke TIP's Advisory Board. Among his books is The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement, published by Prufrock Press.

This event is part of the crucial efforts of Duke TIP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council. Duke TIP’s strategic planning efforts laid out the framework for this council, and its purpose, goals, and objectives were informed by a recent survey of TIP’s stakeholders. 

The DEI Council is the engine that will power the organization’s efforts to become a global leader in DEI in gifted education. This group will lead the way by prioritizing DEI in Duke TIP’s work both internally and externally, by driving meaningful conversations and interactions among colleagues around DEI, and by aligning TIP’s work with the overall DEI goals of Duke University as a whole.