USC Rossier Professor Sandra Kaplan was honored on November 16 with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Legacy Award, making her the sixth winner in the history of the organization. Kaplan, a renowned expert in gifted education, was selected for her professional talents and contributions to enhancing the lives of our nation’s most able learners.
Kaplan is one of the most preeminent scholars in gifted learning. During her accomplished career, she has published more than a dozen books on teaching gifted children, consulted for numerous special projects, and provided teaching training to incorporate gifted education into classrooms internationally.
She received the award at a special event in her honor during the NAGC conference in Denver. Before an enthusiastic audience, Kaplan was interviewed about her professional journey, and she shared stories and insights on her remarkable career.
The Legacy Series began in 2007 in an effort to capture a permanent record of prominent leaders in the field of gifted education through audio and video interviews. Led by the NAGC Conceptual Foundations Network, the multi-year project aims to honor the contributions of scholars like Kaplan and preserve their theories for future generations of advocates and educators.
The USC Rossier School has recently introduced an online Master of Education in Advanced Instruction program that includes certification in Gifted Education.