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C June Maker




C. June Maker is professor of special education. In this capacity, she coordinates graduate degree concentrations in education of the gifted at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. She has been active in several organizations, including the Board of Directors of NAGC for 19 years. She has served as officer and chair of various committees in organizations such as TAG and WCGT.

Her publications are related to the topic areas of gifted handicapped, teacher training, the development of talents in exceptional children, teaching learning-disabled students, curriculum development for the gifted, teaching models in education of the gifted, education of gifted minority students, teaching gifted students in regular classrooms and alternative assessment of gifted students. She serves on editorial boards for journals in education of the gifted and special education, and is editor of the book series, Critical Issues in Gifted Education.

In the past, she has been a teacher, a regional supervisor for a state department of education and administrative intern in the federal office for the gifted and an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico. She has consulted with numerous local school districts, state departments of education and other public and private agencies, both in the United States and in other countries. Her educational background consists of degrees in education of the gifted and related areas from the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), Southern Illinois University (M.S.), and Western Kentucky University (B.S.).

Her current research and development interests are related to assessment and enhancement of multiple forms of giftedness from a problem-solving perspective and in finding gifted students from underserved or overlooked groups such as Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Asian-American and students with disabilities. She is principal investigator of the DISCOVER Projects, a series of research and development projects funded by governmental agencies such as the Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program and the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs.

Dr. Maker's research has resulted in the development of a unique performance-based assessment of problem-solving in multiple domains and curricula designed to enhance the strengths and talents of all students. DISCOVER Projects also have a strong emphasis on arts integration, a constructivist philosophy and development of students' sense of self. Research on this assessment and curriculum model are in the United States, Mexico, Mainland China, Hong Kong and other locations.