Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Dean Malik S. Henfield Awarded 1.4M Grant to Examine Gifted Education Policies and Programs

Malik S. Henfield, Dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Education, and research colleagues William “Sandy” Darity and Kristen Stephens, both from Duke University’s Cook Center on Social Equity, were awarded a $1.4-million grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES). Starting in July 2019, this four-year research grant will investigate the extent to which gifted education programs contribute beneficial academic and social-emotional outcomes for Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and economically marginalized students.  According to Dean Henfield, “It is widely thought that gifted education has a positive impact on all student who participate in such programs. Using rigorous qualitative and quantitative research methods, we hope to gain an understanding of the degree to which this is true for the most marginalized students who are often ‘the only one’ in such academic settings.”

The research team is comprised of faculty and students in the Loyola University Chicago School of Education, the Cook Center on Social Equity, and other North Carolina universities. The researchers will analyze data drawn from over 50 different K-12 schools located in rural, urban, and suburban settings in North Carolina, as well as representative secondary data sets. Outcomes of the research, including evidence of what types of gifted education policies work, for whom, and under what conditions, will be available in peer-reviewed publication(s) once research concludes.

For more information about this funded research study, please visit the IES website.