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Elissa F. Brown

Distinguished Lecturer, Gifted and Talented Education, Special Education

(212) 772-4618
919 West

Director, Hunter College Center for Gifted Education


-Ph.D. The College of William and Mary, Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership with a specialization in Gifted Education

-Educational Administration and Supervision-Advanced Certificate-Western Carolina University

-MAEd Western Carolina University, Special Education

-BSEd University of Georgia, Education


As program coordinator, I teach all courses leading to an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education, which is an extension on the candidate's current certificate. SPED 753, SPED 754, SPED 755 & SPED 756


My research interests include gifted education policy, curriculum and instruction, program evaluation, and leadership. Dr. Elissa Brown is a Distinguished Lecturer and Director, of the Hunter College Gifted Center. She is an education policy fellow under the Institute for Educational Leadership. Previously, she was the Director of Teacher & Leader Education Programs and Gifted Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. From 2002-2007, she was the Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has served as a state director of gifted education, a federal grant manager, a district gifted program coordinator, principal of a specialized high school and a teacher of gifted students. As a professor, Elissa coordinates and teaches the Advanced Certificate program in Gifted & Talented at Hunter College and has served as an adjunct professor at several universities, including Rutgers and Duke University. She is a published author in the field of gifted education and presents widely. She lives in East Harlem, New York.


Referred articles in Journals:

Brown, E. & Rinko-Gay, C (under review). Moral framework for leaders of gifted programs and services, Special Issue, Roeper Review

Brown, E. & Garland, R. (2015). Reflections on policy in gifted education: James J. Gallagher. Journal of the Education of the Gifted 38 (1), 90-96

Book chapters in edited books:

Brown, E. (2015). Leading Policy, Advocacy, and Relationship Building in Rural Schools. In T. Stambaugh and S. Woods (Eds) Serving gifted students in rural settings. pp 317-340. Chapter 14. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Brown, E. (2015) Common Core standards and gifted education. In F. Karnes & S. Bean (Eds.), Methods and Materials for the Gifted, (4th ed.) pp 43-65 Waco, TX: Prufock Press

Spielhagen, F. R. & Brown, E. F., and Hughes, C. E. (2015). Excellence vs. Equity: Political forces in the education of gifted students. In Cooper, Fusarelli, & Cibulka (Eds.). Politics of K-12 Education: A handbook of theory, applications, and reform.

Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum VanTassel-Baska, J. & Brown, E. (2015). An analysis of gifted education curriculum models. In F. Karnes & S. Bean (Eds.), Methods and Materials for the Gifted, (4th ed.),pp 107-138, Waco, TX: Prufock Press


PSC-CUNY $ 5600. (2012-2014) US Department of Education $ 1.5 million (2007-2012)
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