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Identifying, Teaching, and Evaluating the Talented Through Linguistic and Cultural Lenses

This project was directed by Shirley Brice Heath (Education) and Guadalupe Valdés (Education; Spanish and Portuguese) and funded by the University of Connecticut. The focus of the research project was to:

1. Identify adolescents who, within and outside of school, exhibit talents for leadership, translation and interpretation, resilience, and teaching/demonstration

2. Validate theories of learning grounded in apprenticeship, service, collaborative communities of knowledge and skill building that promote qualities of leadership, bilingual communication, and instructional guidance

3. Development of practice guideline for promoting these talents in the interests of academic performance, community building, and conflict resolution

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