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Meet Our Special Consultants

Dr, Howard Stevenson

Dr. Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor for Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies in the Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served for 32 years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in neighborhoods across the country. His research and clinical work has been centered on the development of culturally relevant "in-the-moment" strengths-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy skills to youths and adults alike.

Dr. Stevenson is also the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) which researches, develops programs, and trains community leaders, researchers, authority figures, and communities, to study and promote racial literacy and health in neighborhoods and schools. He has developed a range of successful programs. Cheltenham will specifically benefit from his Can We Talk? program, a classroom-based racial negotiations skill-building intervention for teachers and students.

The article linked below provides a framework for his approach to racial negotiation interventions and also contains a related video:

For a broader view of his accomplishments see below:

Upcoming Dates CSD Will Work With Dr. Stevenson:

February 17th: Dr. Stevenson will speak to all CSD faculty and administration on his approach to racial negotiation interventions.
February 28th: Dr. Stevenson will speak with parents, CSD leaders, and community members at the United Parents Group (UPG) at 7pm in the administration building.


Dr. Donna Ford

Dr. Ford is Professor of Education and Human Development in the Special Education Department of the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research in the field of gifted education focuses on the recruitment and retention of culturally different students, multicultural and urban education, closing the achievement gap, minority student achievement and underachievement, and the role of family involvement.

She is a prodigious researcher with over 200 scholarly articles, is a two-time board member of the National Association for Gifted Children, and she is a regular editor of academic papers in her fields of expertise. She works regularly with school districts across the country to evaluate their systems and methods for gifted identification and helps support the work of equity access nationwide. We are excited to bring Dr. Ford to CSD to help support the goals of our strategic plan.

A short video introduction of Dr. Ford can be found below:

For a broader view of her accomplishments see below:

Dr. Ford's Visits

January 26th: Dr. Ford will take a tour of our buildings. Following her district tour she will work with administrators to review our processes and procedures. Her expertise will help support our work in educational equity.

January 27th: Dr. Ford will conduct a full day of professional learning for our Challenge Consultants centered around discussions relating to minority recruitment and retention of gifted learners.

Date TBD: Dr. Ford will lead a community discussion on the role of families, and how they can support the process of gifted recruitment.