Joy Lawson Davis has been a career educator for 36 years. She has been a teacher; coordinator of district services for gifted students in three school divisions ; coordinator of one of the nation's first Javits grants for special populations of gifted learners; the first Director of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the arts & technology in Virginia; and served for five years as the State Specialist for Gifted Programs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an assistant Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Dr. Davis now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Diversity Education & Gifted Education. Dr. Davis is also Director of the Center for Gifted Education at ULL. Since September, 2011- Dr. Davis has served as a an At-large member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children.
Often sought-out as an expert on the topic of diversity in gifted education, Dr. Davis has provided extensive services to school districts across the nation and presented at conferences in the United States, Trinidad/Tobago, and South Africa.
Davis has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters, with the primary focus being improved equity and access to gifted programs for African Americans and other underrepresented groups. She holds two degrees in gifted education from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. Dr. Davis is author of the award-winning ‘Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Children’ published by Great Potential Press. Dr. Davis also writes a Special Populations column for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential. Davis was recently invited to join the Advisory Board of Gifted Child Today, a popular peer-reviewed journal w/ the nation’s largest practitioner subscription base. She is married, with three adult children, and shares four grandchildren with her husband.
Members of 'Bright, Talented & Black' network are a broad representation of families, educators, community leaders from around the world. Members include parents, research scholars, professors, educational organization leaders, church leaders, home school leaders, artists, published authors and families with one interest in common~ IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR HIGH ABILITY/GIFTED LEARNERS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS WORLD-WIDE.