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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935067028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935067023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joy Lawson Davis has over 30 years of experience in gifted education as a teacher, administrator, writer, researcher & consultant to schools nationwide. Davis is presently an Associate Professor of Education and Chair, Dept of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University in Richmond VA. Dr. Davis previously taught courses in Gifted Education and Diversity Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Davis is a native of Virginia. As a practitioner, scholar and writer she has focused her work in advocating for increased attention to the needs of diverse gifted students, in particular African American students and their families. Davis has published widely in books and is host of a blog-WeAreGifted2.blogspot.com, the only blog dedicated to sharing resources and information re: Culturally & Linguistically gifted students. A graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia Davis is now serving a Second Term as Chair of the National Association for Gifted Children's Diversity & Equity Committee, is a member of the Advisory Board of Gifted Child Today, a practitioner oriented peer-reviewed journal with the largest subscription base of any gifted journal nationwide. Davis is also a member of the International Gifted Education Teacher Development network (Iget-Network) providing training for teachers interested in meeting the needs of underserved gifted children in the Caribbean and South Africa.

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I highly recommend the book to both parents and educators.
Multi-Tasking Lady
It's well researched, thorough, covers a wide range of topics, and offers practical suggestions as well as advice on many aspects of giftedness.
Corin Goodwin
As this has not been systematically or adequately done with African American youth of any socioeconomic group - there is a lot of work to do!
Karen E. Dabney

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Rivero on February 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., begins Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners with the poem "Genius Child" by Langston Hughes. Her book is indeed, in Hughes's phrase, "a song for the genius child," comprehensive in scope and unfailingly friendly in tone. Unlike so many books about giftedness that read as dry textbooks or choppy advice manuals, Bright, Talented & Black finds the sweet spot where we come away better informed, newly motivated, and touched by the words of a gifted writer.

The book's chapters tell the story of what it means to be young, Black, and gifted in the United States, and how families can help gifted children to understand their differences, navigate complex peer relationships, find their rightful place in community, and make best use of the school system. Parents who are new to the idea of giftedness will learn valuable knowledge and vocabulary to advocate for their children, and parents who are well-versed in gifted literature will gain fresh insight into the challenges specific to gifted Black children. Here are just a few examples:

* "Many African Americans live with the understanding that they, as individuals, represent their entire race to the majority culture. When a Black person fails at something, the perception often is that all Black people have failed in some way. When a Black person succeeds or even becomes eminent, all Black people are raised up in the wake of this success. This phenomenon is known as `the burden of the race'." (p. 163)
* Because Black children may be in gifted programs that are predominantly White, parents can work to support friendships that transcend race.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corin Goodwin on April 3, 2011
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This is really a terrific book... for ANYONE who cares about gifted children of any genetic background (black, white, green, purple, whatever). It's well researched, thorough, covers a wide range of topics, and offers practical suggestions as well as advice on many aspects of giftedness. Joy Davis has obviously done her homework and knows her subject intimately.

Perhaps the best part of this book is how refreshingly straightforward it is about so many difficult issues. There is no tiptoeing around the challenges facing families of children who are gifted, nor the additional and potentially complicating factors of twice exceptionality (gifted AND learning differences) or what one might call "thrice exceptionality": being gifted while Black. This is not the kind of book that encourages you to long, thoughtful navel-gazing, but rather a matter of fact discussion of real life. It's a useful resource on giftedness for parents, teachers, administrators, relatives, and friends. If you're Black, you'll find specialized suggestions. If you're not, you won't feel put off or left out. Most importantly, unless you live in a world that is sparkly white and never touches on the lives of anyone who is not Caucasian (say, another planet), you should read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Banks on January 25, 2011
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We at The Black Academy are delighted to purchase this book and share this information with our students. We see many signs listed in the book in our students and are happy to have a professional point of view as it relates to identifying these indicators. We will also use the book to encourage other parents in our community to find out how they can enhance their child's abilities by cultivating their minds. It is very important that we in the black community work together to build our children through education and I can definitely see Dr. Joy Lawson Davis' book as a positive step towards achieving this. This book is a must have and I would encourage, parents, educators and community leaders alike to purchase it.

T. Banks
The Black Academy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on February 14, 2011
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"Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners" challenges the reader to rethink their definitions and attitudes toward gifted children. As a girl that was identified as gifted at the age of 8, navigating this new world was both exciting and challenging for me, my parents and educators. Social position, race AND gender are all factors in identifying and educating "special children".
thank you, Dr. Davis for sharing your experience, research and insights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Baytops on February 4, 2011
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"Teaching Your Child to Survive and Thrive;" "The Role of Mentors;" "What It Really Means to Be Gifted and African American..." Those are just three of the many helpful chapters aimed not only at parents of gifted African American children, but at any person whose objective is to maximize a child's educational career:
If I'm a teacher, I'll understand a population of my students even more intimately, and discover ways to improve their school experience. If I'm a parent, I'll learn to recognize, support, and advocate for my child in his/her school setting, be it public, private, charter, whatever. If I'm African-American, I can share the resources here, such as "options outside of public school education," with my family, friends, church members and others. If I'm White, I can receive a greater understanding of a culture that's not my own, and support a positive movement. If I'm a non-African American minority, I will see the similarities in our cultures, and surely take gems of knowledge that will help me further my and my peers' educational goals. The appendices of enlightening reading for children and for families add immense value, so your learning experience doesn't stop at the last chapter.
This book reads as if Dr. Davis is speaking directly with you, teaching you and encouraging you to be strong and steadfast in your efforts to cultivate an advanced educational experience. I'm convinced she wrote it for me--read it and find out what she wrote for you.
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