Celebrating Excellence and Commitment
September 14, 2020

Recognizing Excellence and Celebrating Commitment in the Field of Gifted Education

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) announces the 2020 NAGC Award winners!  We congratulate these outstanding educators, leaders, scholars, and advocates who support the growth and development of all gifted and talented children. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the virtual Celebration of Excellence during the NAGC 67th Annual Convention Reimagined! November 12-17, 2020!

Ann F. Isaacs Founder's Award
Carolyn Callahan, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

President's Award
Sally Krisel, Ed.D., Adjunct Faculty, University of Georgia

A. Harry Passow Teacher Scholarship
Konnie Davidson Risinger, Teacher, Madison County, MS

Michael Grego, Ed.D., Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools, FL

Carolyn Callahan Doctoral Student Awards
Ophélie Desmet, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Purdue University 

Lisa Ridgley, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University

Anne M. Roberts, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut

Community Service Award
Mihyeon Kim, Ph.D., Director of Precollegiate Learner Programs, Center for Gifted Education, William & Mary

Jacqueline DeVries, Retired Teacher, IL

David W. Belin Advocacy Award
The New Jersey Association for Gifted Children, Advocacy Committee—Roberta Braverman, Elaine Chesebro, Michelle Falanga, Lynne Henwood,  Michael Kaelber, and Jennifer Madsen

Distinguished Scholar Award
Jean S. Peterson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Purdue University

Distinguished Service Award
Catherine Little, Ph.D., Professor, University of Connecticut

Early Leader Award
Cindy Gilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Academically or Intellectually Gifted Graduate Concentration Coordinator University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Early Scholar Award
Nielsen Pereira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Gifted Coordinator Award
Ladona Gorham, Advanced Program Coordinator, Fauquier County Schools, VA

Lori Leibowitz, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented, Norwalk Public Schools, CT

Kathleen Plott, Advanced Academic Officer, Klein ISD, TX

Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey, Gifted Coordinator, Virginia Beach Public Schools, VA

Master’s & Specialist
Lynne F. Henwood, Head of School, FLEX School, NY

The NAGC Awards Committee reviews the nominations from the field, and they make recommendations to the NAGC Board who selects the winners.

2020 NAGC Book of the Year Awards

Last month, NAGC announced the winners of the 2020 NAGC Book of the Year Award, recognizing excellence in books published in gifted and talented education.

American Psychological Assocation
The Psychology of High Performance: Developing Human Potential Into Domain-Specific Talent, Edited by Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, and Frank C. Worrell

Free Spirit Publising
The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model, Dina Brulles, Ph.D. and Susan Winebrenner

The NAGC Publications Committee oversees the annual Book of the Year Award program, and every book that is submitted is reviewed by several members who bring expertise to a specific area: Scholar, practitioner, and parent/caregiver.