June 16, 2011



NEW BOOK in Gifted Education:

RUNNING THE LONG RACE IN GIFTED EDUCATION: NARRATIVES AND INTERVIEWS FROM CULTURALLY DIVERSE GIFTED ADULTS (2016), Editors: Joy. M. Scott-Carrol, PhD and Anthony Sparks, PhD. ISBN;  978 -1945  271  00  7.  1st Edition

Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults is divided into five parts, the fourth of which is about navigating families. After many hours of going back and forth with my editor, I noticed that it lacked a parenting perspective close to my heart: out of classroom alternatives to intense gifted education classrooms. Following much deliberation, I decided that the missing perspective was my own—not as a gifted child, but as the parent of a gifted child. So my parental perspective as an educator felt like a natural and necessary contribution to the book.

The book is a collection of narratives and case studies useful for families, educators, and others who encounter gifted children from culturally diverse backgrounds. We did not interpret or analyze the collection, letting each individual part speak for itself. Numerous studies and publications draw conclusions about the culturally diverse gifted child’s social and emotional well-being; their academic challenges and obstacles; underrepresentation in gifted classrooms; and feelings of isolation. The book is different. Its unaccompanied narratives permit reader to gain knowledge without the influence of predetermined interpretation. This openness created the opportunity to develop a new theory.

Fifteen diverse adults identified as gifted in childhood offer insights on: gifted education programs, advanced educational pursuits, familial expectations, cultural and racial diversity, social-emotional influences and, living up to the designated “gifted” identity.  

Scott-Carrol is an international gifted education university professor, scholar and practitioner.  With 30-plus years of direct experience teaching and mentoring gifted young people, she has enjoyed affiliate memberships in professional associations, namely, the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and also the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGT).  She is executive co-founder of IGET-Network, LLC.

Sparks is an award-winning television writer-producer and assistant professor of Television and Film at California State University, Fullerton.

Through personal narratives, the chapter contributors describe how they negotiated careers, higher education, cross-cultural differences, challenges and family choices.  This book is a must read for educators, parents and others interested in nurturing high intellectual potential.

Hardbound:  $29.95 USD

6” x 9”; 328 pages

Paperback: $19.95 USD

eBOOK: Kindle, Nook, $9.95 USD

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Whether one is seeking innovations within education systems, the corporate world, manufacturing, infrastructure or government, more often than not there is never a need to re-invent the wheel. This book offers multiple perspectives on constants such as class, culture, race, gender and nationality in relation to intellectual abilities.

Across the globe, a precious mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste! In our fast-paced world there just isn’t enough time to sort through the impact one circumstance will have over another on the gifted individual’s life.  Each chapter contributor in Running the Long Race in Gifted Education present perspectives on being different not so unique across cultures, across borders and oceans. This book is a tremendous contribution to gifted education and how we seek to nurture potential among high achievers.


Marriage and family therapist, Ivy League doctoral graduates, National and international university professors, State senior performance auditor, STEM professionals, Computer science professionals, Mechanical engineer professor, Medical doctors, Biomedical engineer, School psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Published authors, Theater Directors,  Jewelry designer, Entrepreneurs, Civil engineer, CEOs, Oncology pathologist,  Gifted and talented scholar, University rehabilitation and human services department chair,  Hollywood television writer, Career changers


Black/African America, Spaniard, Mexican, South Asians, Caribbean, White American, Muslim, Jewish, American Southern Married, Divorced and Single Parents; Lower Socioeconomic Status, Higher Socioeconomic status, Clergy, First generation college graduates, Generation Xers and Baby boomers

Book Sections

Part I:      Identification and Participation in Gifted and Talented Programs

Part II:    Navigating Adulthood and Careers

Part III:   Navigating Cross-Cultural Access, Survival, and What’s Expected of Me

Part IV:   Navigating Families

Part V:     Navigating Self: To Belong or Not to Belong

How this book came about:

The seeds for Running the Long Race in Gifted Education were planted twenty-five years ago when Joy Scott-Carrol served as program director of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development NU-Horizons counseling program for gifted, economically disadvantaged, and culturally diverse college-bound tenth graders. The NU-Horizons program began by canvassing Chicago’s public schools for economically disadvantaged but academically gifted and culturally diverse students.

For three years (1988–1990) under Scott-Carrol’s leadership, approximately forty gifted students received extensive pre-college counseling and academic preparation for their likely admittance to highly selective universities. Despite challenges for securing long-term grant funding, the NU-Horizons program was a smashing success. Many of the mostly Black students were admitted to institutions of higher education, such as Harvard University, Cornell University, Rice University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. At sixteen years old, I was one of the students in the program and went on to attend University of Southern California (USC) on scholarship.


Next up!!!

Volume II:  Running the Long Race in Gifted Education

    Narratives and Interviews from Intellectually Gifted Adults in India, co-editors, Anitha Kurup, PhD and Ruksana Osman, PhD.

Sponsored by PRODIGY (Promoting Development of India Gifted Young) and IGET-Network, LLC (International Gifted Education Teacher Development Network. Call for proposals are forthcoming.


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Howard University Alumnus Announces Book Release

 Global Insights: The Zen of Travel

and BEING in the World 

                                                 by: Nicole Monteiro, Ph.D.

Follow Monteiro and her love of travel as she visits off-the-beaten-path locations in diverse parts of Africa, the Middle East and Europe, the book written as a collection of essays, details her international travel experiences and the insights Monteiro has gained about the various ways that travel and interacting with different cultures can lead to a richer and more fulfilling life. These all converge synchronously to shed light on what it means to live outside of one self and connect with others through travel.

Monteiro has had a passion for traveling and exploring different countries and cultures from the time she was a young girl. Born and raised in Philadelphia and educated on the East Coast and internationally, she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Howard University and went on to gain further training through Columbia University, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and Washington School of Psychiatry. She has also worked as a therapist, professor and researcher, recently at the University of Botswana. Whenever opportunity availed, she traveled both as a part of her profession and to fulfill her passion.

From spiritual insights to the experiences and benefits of living abroad while including all the trials, tribulations, mishaps and tips for globe-trotting, the book explores global travel from all angles. Readers will be captivated by personal stories and spell bound by descriptions of exotic locales and unique perspectives both on modern international travel and life as a global citizen.

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International Association on Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults (IA-CDGA)

Purpose: To meet the educational and supportive needs of gifted adults who are persons of color and/or from culturally diverse backgrounds.  Members are adults identified as gifted or participated in gifted programs in childhood.

Membership: Please consult this page for further information (posted January, 2016)


Dr. Joy M. Scott-Carrol


Dr. Nicole Monteiro




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2014 Summer Opportunity for Gifted Learners ages 10-17. SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR THE GIFTED–University of California-Berkeley (USA)
Classroom teachers, school principals, parents and others do you know of a gifted student eligible and ready to participate in a residential summer program (June-August) abroad? ELIGIBILITY: interested youth ages 10-17 years recognized as gifted, talented or high potential by 1) two or more classroom teachers; 2) a school psychologist or 3) has achieved at or above the 90th percentile on achievement or standardized tests in two or more subject areas.  IGET-Network’s initiates qualifying determination consistent with the Summer Institute for the Gifted acceptance requirements. Please indicate interest by checking off Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) on our website Contact Us page. We also strongly recommend that interested persons take advantage of the Additional Information block on this form and write to us with your initial questions.  Replies are sent within 14 days from date of receipt.

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