Presenter: Carolyn Strong, MAT, MEd
”Acting White” and “Acting Black” have long been terms used within the African- American community. For African-American gifted students, this dynamic presents a unique set of challenges with regard to identity and sense of self. This interactive workshop is designed to identify the origins of this dichotomy and develop strategies for gifted students moving forward so that their academic achievement and cultural identification are no longer the source of internal conflict.
Carolyn Strong, MAT, MEd, is an educator with more than 10 years of experience working with inner-city youth. She is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 2,100 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional discipline. She holds multiple master’s degrees in both curriculum and educational leadership and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Carolyn’s research focuses on bullying and the black aesthetic, girl bullying, and minority representation in gifted education. She is the founder of BulliesStink.com and has conducted training at schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Carolyn has also presented on the topic of Black Girl Blues at several regional and national conferences, including the recent National Conference on Girl Bullying. From http://www.sengifted.org/friday-july-19-2013-breakout-sessions