America’s low-income students often lack equal access to our country’s Gifted and Talented programs, but the resulting inequity remains off-the-radar for many of our country's leaders. On October 29th, we will address the so-called “excellence gap” in a public discussion of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s report, Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students. The Foundation’s report provides a state-by-state analysis of the income-based “excellence gap” and recommendations on how to close it.
Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities' lead author, Jennifer Giancola, will present her key findings and recommendations. Amy Shelton, the Director of Research at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, Jonathan Plucker, Endowed Professor at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education, and Chester Finn, Distinguished Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, will respond based upon their respective national and international research. David Steiner, Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, will moderate the discussion.


David Steiner
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy


Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Co-author, Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities
Amy Lynne Shelton, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Center on Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins School of Education
Associate Dean for Research, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor of Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut


Harold O. Levy
Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation