In Blog, STAY Chat

For this STAY Chat we will be focusing on “the modern-day form of segregation that occurs within the same school through academic tracking, which selects certain students for gifted and talented education (GATE) programs.”  Please read the article below and join us for an open dialogue about this issue and how we can collectively work to address it.


The Other Segregation
Whitney Pirtle
The Atlantic


Gifted, Talented and Segregated
Integrated Schools, Episode 15

Episode Notes:

Dr. Allison Roda (Molloy College) joins us to discuss Gifted and Talented programs and segregation. Gifted programs (sometimes called G/T, GATE, TAG, etc) have long been criticized for serving a disproportionately large percentage of white and/or privileged students. Dr. Roda’s research looks at how access to these programs is often ‘gamed’ by white/privileged families. In this episode, we discuss this research along with the the perceived importance of the label of “gifted” (and the stigmas of not acquiring the label). We talk about the challenges that gifted programs create for educational justice and what Dr. Roda suggests we could do about it.

Check Out:
– Dr. Roda and Halley Potter on pushing in verses pulling out for GT services
– Dr. Roda on Parenting in the Age of High-Stakes Testing
– Dr. Roda calling for an end to separate gifted programs

Let us know what you think of this episode, suggest future topics, or share your story with us – @integratedschls on twitter, IntegratedSchools on Facebook, or email us

The Integrated Schools Podcast is produced by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits. Audio editing and mixing by Andrew Lefkowits. Music by Kevin Casey.

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