Join Us for an Update on The Excellence Gap!

This Thursday, education policy leaders will be gathering in New York for a public discussion on our nation’s Excellence Gap. America’s low-income students often lack equal access to our country’s Gifted and Talented programs, but the resulting inequity remains off-the-radar for many of our country’s leaders. Inspired by the Cooke Foundation’s report, “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students,” this event will focus on current efforts and recommendations for closing the Excellence Gap.

Tickets for the public are already sold out, but you can join the conversation by watching the livestream and by tweeting using the hashtag #ExcellenceGap during the event. The livestream will be available at this link:

Spaces are available for media representatives; RSVP to

Meet the panelists:


  • David Steiner
    Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy


  • Chester E. Finn, Jr.
    Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D.
    Director of Research, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
    Co-author, “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities”
  • Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D.
    Endowed Professor of Education Leadership, University of Connecticut
    Co-author, “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities”
  • Amy Lynne Shelton, Ph.D.
    Director of Research, Center on Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins School of Education
    Associate Dean for Research, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Final Remarks

  • Harold O. Levy
    Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

To learn more about the Excellence Gap and find out how your own state was graded, explore these resources from the Cooke Foundation:

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