The Equity Imperative in Gifted Education: Refocused and Ready for the Shift!

Mark your calendars for the KAGE Online Fall Workshop 2020 on September 15. This virtual workshop on identification of the underrepresented will be led by April Wells.

Participants will be guided through practices that move the field from the rest stop of courageous conversations to a pathway that outlines courageous actions aimed at meeting the needs of gifted learners from underserved populations. Guidance will be given on the development of policies aimed at highlighting a strengths-based approach to developing a continuum of services that merges equity and excellence in gifted education. Instructional “look fors” in the classroom will be shared to permit classroom teachers, coordinators, counselors and other educators to provide an appropriate environment where all learners can thrive.


April Wells is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, the second largest school district in Illinois. She facilitated the redesign of the District’s gifted program in 2012-2013. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. She has presented extensively at conferences including Illinois Association for Gifted Children, National Association for Gifted Children, the Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, The College of William and Mary Center for Gifted Education, Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University. Her interests focus on equity pedagogy, underrepresented learners, developing gifted continuum of services and providing instructional supports that allow students to maximize their pursuits. She received one of the 2018 Gifted Coordinator Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children. 

Her first book, Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential is available from Prufrock Press.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm CENTRAL TIME via Zoom

COST: $125 current KAGE members, $155 if joining or renewing with registration.

Planned Agenda for September 15 (All Times Central Time).

  • 8:30 AM welcome and KAGE announcements
  • 8:35 Session 1
  • 10:15 break
  • 10:30 Session 2
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Session 3
  • 2:45  Break
  • 3:00 Reflection and closing
  • 3:30 End

last updated 09/09/2020