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The Untapped Potential Project defines unique abilities broadly – including a wide array of students requiring specialized learning environments, ranging from gifted children, kids with psychiatric diagnoses, those with “twice exceptional” abilities, to children with autism.

The goal of the unique abilities strategy is to establish a unified group not stigmatized into divisive polarization between too high or low levels of expectations. For example, gifted education policies are often tainted as elite – believed to give undue advantage to privileged pupils expected to do “just fine” without policies specific to them. Conversely, policies that support students living with autism sometimes get branded with the “special education label” and, consequently, expectations for these children are inappropriately limited.

By grouping a wide array of unique ability kids and advocates together, we can counteract these stigmas and ensure all populations get the attention and improved outcomes they deserve.

Myles X Mendoza

Myles X Mendoza

Executive Director
Joshua Dwyer

Joshua Dwyer

Policy Director
Sinthu Ramalingam

Sinthu Ramalingam

Policy Associate
Jill Aloia

Jill Aloia

Western Institute for Neurodevelopmental Studies and Interventions
Jennifer Diamond

Jennifer Diamond

Psychologist
Robin Lake

Robin Lake

Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington
Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

ReSchool Colorado
Maryellen Butke

Maryellen Butke

Impact for Education
Neal Edelstein

Neal Edelstein

Film Producer
Betty Lehman

Betty Lehman

Lehman Disability Planning
Eric Lerum

Eric Lerum

America Succeeds
Scott Peters

Scott Peters

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Jonathan Plucker

Jonathan Plucker

Johns Hopkins University
Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson

Spies, Powers, & Robinson
Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Bartlit Beck
Carolyn Welch

Carolyn Welch

Education Lawyer
Brandon Wright

Brandon Wright

Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Ben Austin

Ben Austin

Kids Coalition
Marti Awad

Marti Awad

Cardan Capital Partners
Robin Baba-Koncilja

Robin Baba-Koncilja

Koncilja Consulting
Kate Bachtel

Kate Bachtel

SENG, SoulSpark Learning
Lisa Berdie

Lisa Berdie

A+ Colorado
Margo Branscomb

Margo Branscomb

The School Fair Foundation
Brent Bushey

Brent Bushey

Oklahoma Public School Resource Center
Sarah Butcher

Sarah Butcher

SEL for Washington
Jacqui Byrne

Jacqui Byrne

FlexSchool
Ronisha Carson

Ronisha Carson

Attorney
Stephen Chou

Stephen Chou

Summit Center
Trey Cobb

Trey Cobb

ACE 23 Teaching Fellow
Austina De Bonte

Austina De Bonte

NW Gifted Child Association
Papa Dia

Papa Dia

African Leaders Group
Peter Droege

Peter Droege

A Little Portion, LLC
Eric Eisner

Eric Eisner

YES Scholars
David Ervin

David Ervin

The Resource Exchange
Joanna Haase

Joanna Haase

Gifted Research and Outreach
Norma Hafenstein

Norma Hafenstein

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
Michael Harris

Michael Harris

University of Chicago Charter School
Jimmy Henderson

Jimmy Henderson

EdFuel
DIana Higuera

DIana Higuera

Aurora Welcome Center
Margaret Horn

Margaret Horn

CenterPoint
Michael Horn

Michael Horn

Entangled Ventures
M. Rene Islas

M. Rene Islas

National Association for Gifted Children
Jarrad Jackson

Jarrad Jackson

Erickson Inc
Laura Jimenez

Laura Jimenez

Center for American Progress
GG Johnston

GG Johnston

Downstream Partners
Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

Institute for Educational Advancement
William Knudsen

William Knudsen

National Association for Gifted Children
Tim Kubik

Tim Kubik

Project ARC
Jason Lehmbeck

Jason Lehmbeck

Ann Lupkoski-Shoplik

Ann Lupkoski-Shoplik

Acceleration Institute, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa
Julie Luck-Jensen

Julie Luck-Jensen

Illinois Association for Gifted Children
Matthew Makel

Matthew Makel

Duke University Talent Identification Program
Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Robin McEvoy

Robin McEvoy

Developmental Neuropsychologist
Rosa Medina

Rosa Medina

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
Jen Merrill

Jen Merrill

Author, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
Susan Miller

Susan Miller

Jefferson Association for Gifted Children
Heidi Molbak

Heidi Molbak

FlexSchool
James L. Moore III

James L. Moore III

Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
Ed Nichols

Ed Nichols

Joshua School
Jesse Ogas

Jesse Ogas

Firefly Autism
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University
Jamie Pagliaro

Jamie Pagliaro

Rethink Autism
Dan Peters

Dan Peters

Summit Center
Jessie Pocock

Jessie Pocock

LEAD Foundation
Brian Prestes

Brian Prestes

Bartlit Beck
Kim Preston

Kim Preston

Foundation for Excellence in Education
Luke Ragland

Luke Ragland

Ready Colorado
Arun Ramanathan

Arun Ramanathan

Pivot Learning Partners
Heather Reams

Heather Reams

Michael Redmond

Michael Redmond

District of Columbia Public Schools
Lihi Rosenthal

Lihi Rosenthal

Seneca Family of Agencies
Amy Rushneck

Amy Rushneck

Center for Bright Kids
Tony Saliba

Tony Saliba

Saliba Venture Management
Susan Scheibel

Susan Scheibel

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
Nita Seelinger

Nita Seelinger

Pennsylvania Association of Gifted and Talented
Beth Sigall

Beth Sigall

Eastside Education Network
Deborah Simon

Deborah Simon

Northwest Gifted Child Association
Julie Skolnick

Julie Skolnick

With Understanding Come Calm
Amy Slothower

Amy Slothower

Cause Effect Advisory Services
Annie Slothower

Annie Slothower

Colorado Children’s Campaign
Ann Smith

Ann Smith

Gifted Support Center / California Association for the GIfted
Greg Smith

Greg Smith

YES Scholars
Marc Smolowitz

Marc Smolowitz

13th Gen
Gila Steinbock

Gila Steinbock

Pediatrician & Psychiatrist
Mary Ann Stinson

Mary Ann Stinson

Truesdell Education Campus
Kristina Tober

Kristina Tober

Freelance Writer
Beverly Trail

Beverly Trail

Professor
Janis Traven

Janis Traven

The Washington Coalition for Gifted Education
Melissa Turner

Melissa Turner

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Jon West

Jon West

Heading West, LLC
Ken Winn

Ken Winn

Firefly Autism
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