Jonathan Plucker to Address Achievement Gaps in Elementary Education

Plucker is the co-author of Excellence Gaps in Education: Expanding Opportunities for Talented Students.

JPlucker2.jpgOn Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D., co-author with Scott Peters of Excellence Gaps in Education: Expanding Opportunities for Talented Students, will discuss where to find the next generation of talented students.

The event will take place on the fifth floor of the Kelly Commons on the campus of Manhattan College.

Plucker’s book addresses the fact that there are more third-grade students than there are eighth-grade students achieving excellence in the United States, a sign that students are not fully developing their abilities throughout early education. During his talk, he will review recent research on excellence gaps and discuss a new intervention model that educators can use in schools, as teachers, counselors, and principals.

An education policy and talent development scholar, Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry education and M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut. After briefly teaching at an elementary school in New York, he received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which is free and open to the general public. The event is co-sponsored by Manhattan College’s Center for the Study of the Future of Education, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and the Center for Learning Leaders.  

By Pete McHugh