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Dr. Sandra Kaplan

University of Southern California
Professor of Clinical Education
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused on Gifted/Talented economic, linguistic, and culturally diverse students in Title 1 K-8 California schools. Project T.W.O (1998-2003) focused on the development of differentiated curriculum in the social studies disciplines. Project Think Like a Disciplinarian (1997-2003) focused on introducing the disciplines into the regular curriculum.  The Effects of Models of Teaching on Academic Achievement (2005-2010) focused on the development of differentiated instruction using a repertoire of research-based pedagogical practices and the comparative effects on the achievement of gifted and non-gifted students of diversity. Project Linking Learning (2009-2012) developed a link between an after-school and in-school program to specifically research the effects of the link to identify under-represented students as gifted and to provide a transition curriculum to enable them to be academically successful in the gifted program.  Dr. Kaplan has been an international and national consultant for districts, State Departments, and other educational agencies to provide professional development in the areas of differentiated curriculum and instruction.  She has written over 40 articles and 10 books related to identifying and providing appropriate educational services to gifted students.  Currently, Dr. Kaplan is an active member and past president of the California Association for the Gifted and chair of both the Blue Ribbon Committee and Education Committee for the organization to research a non-traditional identification instrument to recognize the underrepresented students as gifted.  Dr. Kaplan has recognition for her work, receiving awards for Excellence from the Council of Exceptional Children, National Association for the Gifted for Service and Achievement and Research awards from the California Association for the Gifted. You can find her website at http://rossier.usc.edu/faculty/sandra_kaplan.html.


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