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The Victoria Fellows
In 2011, Bowling Green's Linda and John Kelly and their daughter, Victoria, gave a gift to establish an initiative to build an advocacy group for young people who are gifted and talented in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The resulting Victoria Fellows is composed of decision-makers from throughout the state.
The group first met in September 2011 where they learned about the excellence gap from Dr. Jonathan Plucker, then-director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, and the latest in mathematics from Dr. Linda Sheffield, Regents Professor Emerita of Mathematics Education and Gifted Education at Northern Kentucky University and internationally-known authority in mathematics education.
Victoria Fellow Dr. Matt Constant shared his appreciation for the program: "Thanks to the generosity of a very special donor, the Victoria Fellows program affords the chance for focus. As educators, we deal with so many variables. However, The Center for Gifted Studies and the Victoria Fellows allow our coming together to focus on this particular issue of advocacy for giftedness. It is truly refreshing to be treated this way, and I feel it's been an honor to have taken part in this program. I am humbled to be a part of the group." He continued, "Forming the group spreads the advocacy voice out among school district leaders. With this partnership, we can pinpoint the issues and propose possible solutions on identification, programming, and funding. "
At the February 2012 meeting, Ms. Anita Davis, assistant superintendent of Oldham County Schools, shared her district's journey of evaluating and revamping their gifted and talented policies and services. With such a strong foundation, the group then focused on its charge: to create a Task Force for the legislature which would evaluate the state of gifted education in Kentucky. Dr. Julia Roberts said, "Advocating for excellence in education is essential for a bright future. The Victoria Fellows constitute a core group to create momentum for gifted education across Kentucky. They encourage you to speak out for academic excellence in your school and school district as well as at the state and national levels."
The Victoria Fellows' potential for positive change is tremendous. Bullitt County Superintendent Keith Davis emphasized: "As a group, I would like to change the world. I hope that we can set a process in motion that will lead to the child who may not yet be born to a place where he or she discovers the cure for cancer or invents a way to produce affordable clean and renewable energy."
In April 2013, the group met again to discuss advancements in gifted education in the past year. Keynote Speaker for the April meeting was Dr. Cecelia Boswell from Waco, Texas. Dr. Boswell talked with the group about her current endeavor, Project ATLAS. This project focused on keeping students in the Waco Independent School District by creating an academy that would challenge gifted students to new goals.
|2013 Victoria Fellows|
|Ms. Lynette Baldwin|
|Mr. Will Begley|
|Mr. Dale Brown|
|Ms. Karen Cheser|
|Dr. Matthew Constant|
|Superintendent Keith Davis|
|Ms. Pam Harper|
|Superintendent Sean Howard|
|Superintendent Walter Hulett|
|Superintendent Lisa James|
|Superintendent Michael Lafavers|
|Superintendent Brady Link|
|Mr. Pete Mahurin|
|Superintendent James Neihof|
|Ms. Lori Richey|
|Dr. Julia Link Roberts|
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