Clemson’s Flowers discusses student diversity in gifted education at national conference
CLEMSON — Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of Clemson University’s Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education, discussed strategies for increasing student diversity in gifted education at a recent conference sponsored by the Council of the Great City Schools.
Flowers spoke on “Expanding Opportunities in Gifted Education for African-American Males in Urban Schools” at the organization’s 57th annual fall conference on Oct. 31 in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Council of the Great City Schools is a national organization that represents the needs of urban public schools. Comprised of 67 large city school districts, the organization advocates for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations.
The council’s member school districts educate approximately 14 percent of all public school students in America and approximately 28 percent of all African-American public school students.
The annual conference is held for urban school leaders who work in schools that comprise the council.
During the presentation, Flowers discussed strategies that teachers and school leaders can implement to increase the number of African-American males in gifted education.
“Diversifying the representation of America’s gifted and talented population may help to strengthen our nation’s educational pipeline,” he said.