Jaime Castellano

Jaime A. Castellano is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the identification, assessment, recruitment, and retention of low-income, culturally and linguistically different gifted students. Dr. Castellano has particular expertise and success in working with school districts across the nation to increase the number of Hispanic/Latino students, Native American students, as well as English language learners in gifted education programs. With more than 25 years in the field, he has served as a teacher of the gifted, assistant principal and principal supervising gifted education programs, district-level gifted education coordinator and director, and state department of education specialist in the field.

Castellano is an award-winning principal and author, as well as a noted researcher and scholar in gifted education. He has written and edited four books on understanding our most able students from diverse backgrounds, written and/or edited multiple chapters, articles, and monographs in the field. His 2011 publication: Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds was awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in the field of Gifted Education. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Academics (JAA), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG), Gifted Child Today (GCT), and Roeper Review.

Castellano has served as the key note speaker for seven state associations and continues to consult with school districts across the country on the inclusion of low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically different students in gifted education programming. He currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL and is a principal trainer and specialist for Maverik Education, an independent professional development corporation. 

Speaker Topics:

  • Working Within the System to Build Effective Policies, Procedures, and Practices: A Professional Development Imperative in Gifted Education
  • Talent Development, Language Development, and the Academic Achievement of Economically, Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Different Students in Gifted Education
  • Conceptualizing Talent Development, Motivation, and Advanced Academics for English Language Learners
  • Strategies to Promote Talent, Motivation, and Language Growth with Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Different Gifted Students
  • Educating Gifted, Advanced, and High Ability Learners who are Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse: An Emphasis on Classroom Environment, Questioning, and Rigor