Arkansas Gifted and Talented Study Incorporates EiE

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Kristy Kidd of STEM Starters+ at an EiE workshop.
Chris San Antonio-Tunis, EiE
STEM Starters+ director Kristy Kidd (l) at an EiE workshop.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are using EiE in a study that aims to promote equity in gifted and talented programs. STEM Starters+ is a five-year, $2.5 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students program.

“We know one big way talent comes to the surface is through alternative ways of learning,” says project director Kristy Kidd. “Most traditional assessments emphasize reading skills, but some students who are not in the top percentile for reading excel in science, which is more hands-on.”

About 3,000 elementary students in four Arkansas districts will be learning with EiE plus two other enriching STEM curricula. The researchers predict that with raised awareness of how STEM skills indicate talent, more students who are black, Hispanic, or from low-income families will be enrolled in gifted and talented programs.

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