The Special Populations Network Early Career Award

Description and Award Criteria:

 The Special Populations Network Early Career Award will recognize 1-2 individuals who have:

(a) contributed to the mission of the Special Populations Network;

(b) advanced the recognition of the talents and abilities of specific populations, while recognizing the impact of other factors on the process of talent development, and;

(c) created change and had an impact among gifted children from special populations.

The Special Populations Network (SPN), would like to recognize those early career individuals who are supporting the talent development of children from special populations. Special populations of gifted children include, but are not limited to, children who are:

  • From Cultural/Linguistic/Ethnically diverse backgrounds;
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered/Questioning (GLBTQ);
  • Twice-exceptional (2e) Gifted Children with Disabilities;
  • Highly and Profoundly Gifted;
  • Experiencing the impact of gender issues;
  • From Low Socio-Economic Status (SES) backgrounds;
  • Impacted by geographic issues, such as urban and rural settings.

Eligibility

Awards can be given to active members of the Special Populations Network or individuals in the public who are in the first 10 years of their career after completion of the last earned degree

Nomination Guidelines & Schedule

We will invite NAGC members to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution in advancing the field’s understanding of the unique needs of students from Special Populations (e.g., racially and ethnically diverse; twice exceptional; rural). Nomination materials will be emailed to the Special Populations Awards Co-Chairs (currently, Dr. Nielsen Pereira -  and Dr. Jessa Luckey Goudelock by October 15, 2020. Nominators must submit:

  • Nomination letter
  • Nominee’s current CV

Nominators will be asked to address the following criteria in the nomination letter and describe how the nominee has:

  • Contributed to the mission of the Special Populations Network
  • Advanced the recognition of the talents and abilities of specific populations, while recognizing the impact of other factors on the process of talent development
  • Created change and had an impact among gifted children from special populations

The SPN Awards Committee will review all nominations using the review form included in this proposal (See Appendix). The award winner(s) will be notified by October 26 via email and will be invited to attend the SPN Awards Ceremony.

Honoree Award Recognition

The award winner(s) will be announced and recognized at the NAGC Annual Convention during the Special Populations Network Reception (Day, Time, and Location TBA).

The winner(s) will be invited to write a piece for the SPN newsletter describing why they are passionate about their particular special population, and the route they took to build awareness.  Honoree(s) will be provided with instructions and deadlines to submit article to the SPN Publications Chairs.