Professor Jonathan A. Plucker


Prof. Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was Raymond Neag EndowedProfessor of Education at the University of Connecticut and  Professor of Educational Psychology and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, where he was the founding director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry education and M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut, then after briefly teaching at an elementary school in New York, received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia. His research examines education policy and talent development, with over 300 publications to his credit and over $40 million in external funding to support his work. His recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters (Harvard Ed Press) and Creativity and Innovation (Prufrock Press), both of which have received the National Association for Gifted Children Book Award.

He is an APA, APS, AERA, and AAAS Fellow and recipient of the 2012 Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Psychology of Creativity from APA and 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He is a past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and immediate past-president of the National Association for Gifted Children.

enlightenedKeynote Title

Excellence Gaps 12 Years Later: What We Know About Causes and Solutions

enlightenedKeynote Description

The first paper on excellence gaps was published in 2010. In the dozen years since that original report, researchers and educators have learned a great deal about excellence gaps. In this talk, we will review the current state of the research on causes of excellence gaps and strategies for shrinking and eventually eliminating them.