Joy Davis, PhD
As a global community, our origins vary, yet the intellectual and academic needs of our advanced ability and gifted learners are the same. Advanced and gifted students need to experience intellectually challenging environments that help them connect with the concerns of the world around them and with their own interests and inclinations. Concomitantly, these students also need instruction that will position them to solve the future's problems as they explore symbiotic relationships across disciplines. This new framework employs the strengths and unique traits of diverse cultures as a foundation for units of instruction designed to appeal to and relate to students across cultural and gender groups. The framework uses principles of culturally relevant pedagogy and best practices in the design of rigorous curriculum to provide exemplars for primary through secondary education.
Dr. Davis is a career educator with experience as practitioner, scholar, author, and consultant. She is currently serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. In addition to local district and university experiences, Davis served for five years as the Virginia State Specialist for K–12 Gifted Services. In addition to state and local experience, Dr. Davis served for four years at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. She also served as the director of the Center for Gifted Education at the University during her tenure there. She is currently an associate professor of education and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Davis is a staunch advocate for equity in gifted education and diversity education. As such, Dr. Davis is often called upon by the school districts, organizations, and the media to respond to issues related to how schools should address the needs of disenfranchised groups including culturally and racially diverse students and those from low socio-economic communities. She has been a program consultant and served as a keynote speaker and distinguished guest lecturer in the United States, South Africa, and the Caribbean. Dr. Davis has published numerous articles, technical reports, and book chapters. She writes a regular column for
Teaching for High Potential
, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children. Her award-winning book,
Bright, Talented and Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners,
is the first of its kind on the market to specifically address the advocacy needs of Black families raising gifted students. Her new book,
Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices, and Directions for the Future,
is co-edited with Dr. James L. Moore III. Dr. Davis holds master’s and doctorate degrees with a focus in gifted education from The College of William & Mary in Virginia.