Dr. Mary Slade has taught in higher education, since 1990, in teacher education, special education, and gifted education. Previously she taught in elementary, middle, and high schools as a fourth-grade, gifted education, and English teacher. Dr. Slade is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, and was the recipient of NAGC's Early Leader Award in 1997. Over the past 15 years, she has presented over 200 inservice sessions to educators in pre-K-12 education, as well as more than 175 professional papers. Dr. Slade has published widely including more than 40 articles, book chapters, and reports as well as three books. She is co-author of a staff development book in gifted education and co-editor of Aiming for Excellence: The NAGC Pre-K-12 Gifted Program Standards both published collaboratively by Prufrock Press and NAGC.