This project will develop and study co-learning, community-engaged educational programs that center STEM education pipelines and pathways for gifted Black girls. The central aim is to bring about an actionable theory of change at the elementary level to foster a sense of belonging in STEM, early STEM exploration and development, and nurturing a STEM identity, through critical and culturally relevant experiential learning. The project will also develop curricular materials for gifted Black girls and their families (See Me in STEM) as well as professional development materials for teachers (Teachers as Talent Catalysts) as part of the educational integration plan.
Assistant Professor, Urban Education
About Me (Bio)
Brittany N. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Urban Education in Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education (MDSK) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brittany is a former Texas elementary educator, who received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Baylor University, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas, and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education. Brittany’s research focuses on pre-service and in-service teacher development in relation to the talent development and talent identification of minoritized youth. Brittany’s research also centers on the lived experiences of gifted Black girls and women, with an emphasis on their academic and social-emotional needs. For the past several years, Brittany has been involved in the professional learning of in-service teachers in urban schools, focused on cultural humility, anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching, STEM and gifted education.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte)