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Gifted Cubed – The Expanded Complexity of Race and Culture in Gifted and 2e Kids

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This week, Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT joined with Gifted Homeschoolers Forum to introduce their latest free brochure, “Gifted Cubed – The Expanded Complexity of Race and Culture in Gifted and 2E Kids.”

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Our guest and primary author of Gifted Cubed was Dr. Doresa Jennings. Dr. Jennings is a well-respected adjunct professor at the University of Alabama – Huntsville and Colorado State University – Global Campus in Communications Studies. She also homeschools her 3 profoundly gifted children. In the past, she has worked for NASA and the CDC.

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“Gifted Cubed” – a free printable brochure (pdf) from GHF


So, what exactly is ‘gifted cubed’? It refers to children of color with learning differences/difficulties who are also identified as gifted. Unfortunately, when the first two labels are present, the possibility of gifted is often overlooked by schools. Add in the fact that these children may choose not to participate in gifted programs for cultural reasons or their lack of diversity and you see the reasons for the inequitable makeup of these programs.

As Dr. Jennings pointed out, “Often kids who ‘look different’ from others [at] their age-level of ability are seen as misbehaving or even pathological. These kids are more likely to be medicated rather than appropriately identified.” Michelle Mista, a homeschooling mother in San Francisco, added, “Some minorities are labeled troublemakers, period; and the issue is so endemic that their being gifted isn’t even considered. There’s also the issue in cultures where smarts = achievement; giftedness is [not seen as] a possibility.”

Moving forward, what needs to be done to ensure that these kids will be identified and have their needs met? GHF’s brochure is a good start to raise awareness that the problem exists. Educating teachers and parents about the identification process will help as well. All children deserve to have their educational and social-emotional needs met regardless of ethnicity, language, learning differences or being gifted. A full transcript of this chat may be found on our Storify page.


gtchat thumbnail logoGlobal #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:



“What is Gifted Cubed?” from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum website

Gifted Cubed – The Expanded Complexity of Race & Culture in Gifted & 2e Kids brochure (pdf) from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

The Rise of Homeschooling among Black Families

Parenting the Culturally/Racially Diverse Gifted Child from SENG

Highly Capable Native American Students: Who are They? (YouTube 16:09)

Gifted and Minorities Resources and Links from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Black Parents Exercising their Options: Educating their Gifted Children by Dr Joy Davis via Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds (Amazon)

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League (Amazon)

Giftedness in Underserved Populations: A Call to Action by BobYamtich

Underachievement Among Gifted Minority Students: Problems & Promises (1997)

Diversity & Gifted Children: Are We Doing Enough? from IEA Gifted

Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education (Amazon) by Donna Y. Ford

Racism and Sexism in Diagnosing A.D.H.D. by Donna Y. Ford

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, 2nd Edition (Amazon) by Annette Lareau

Kids Don’t Want to Fail: Oppositional Culture and the Black-White Achievement Gap (Amazon) by Angel L. Harris

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners (Amazon) by Joy L. Davis

Why Aren’t More People of Color Labeled ‘Gifted’? Unlocking the Genius in All of Us 

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