Prufrock Book Nominated for Prestigious NAACP Image Award

by Lacy Compton

We are so pleased to announce that Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education, by Donna Y. Ford, has been nominated for the 2014 NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding Literary Work—Instructional category.

Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education presents a passionate call to better identify culturally different gifted students and includes a unique equity formula that districts can adopt to make sure their students are equitably represented in gifted services. Ford, an award-winning author and researcher in the fields of gifted and multicultural/urban education, is the Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Ford noted that the book’s recognition showcases “the urgent issue and crisis of underrepresentation among Black and Hispanic students in gifted education. The honor is less about my work than it is about the Hispanic and Black students whose lives have been affected due to lack of access to gifted education opportunities.”

She admits that she's still "in shock" since learning about the book's nomination earlier this month, but "honored and speechless" about the recognition. Ford is especially excited to know that the needs of gifted students from diverse backgrounds will be put into the national spotlight by the nomination, especially if the book wins its category (fingers crossed!), as the winners will be announced on live TV in February.

“I’m incredibly proud of Dr. Ford and this prestigious recognition of her work,” Joel McIntosh, publisher of Prufrock Press, added. “More importantly, I’m thrilled that the nomination will bring more attention to the need to serve gifted Black and Hispanic students. Dr. Ford’s work is a clarion call for U.S. schools to do a better job of identifying and educating these top students.”

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The Image Award winners will be announced at the 45th NAACP Image Awards ceremony, which will air on TV One on February 22. Voting is open to NAACP members until February 14.