Meet Florida ASCD President Jaime Castellano

Dr. Jaime A. Castellano is a nationally recognized and award-winning principal, author, scholar, and researcher; a published author with four books in the field of gifted education, including dozens of articles and chapters written for multiple publications. His 2011 book, Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds was awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Gifted Education. Published in March of 2014, his latest book is titled Talent Development for English Language Learners: Identifying and Developing Potential. A Rationale for Connecting Gifted Education with Dual Language Programs is another one of his popular publications

Dr. Castellano is recognized as one of our nation’s leading authorities in the education of Hispanic/Latino students and in identifying and serving low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse gifted students with particular expertise on identifying gifted Hispanic/Latino students, African American students, Native American students, gifted English language learners, students from poverty, and gifted preschoolers, ages 3-5.

Castellano has served as a graduate school professor for Arizona State University (gifted education), Florida Atlantic University (educational leadership, special education, and English to speakers of other languages), Lynn University in Florida (educational leadership, special education, English to speakers of other languages), NOVA Southeastern University in Florida (educational leadership, special education), and National Louis University in Illinois (bilingual education, special education).

He has served as the Co-Chair of the Diversity/Equity Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in 2007 and 2014. He also served on their board of directors from 2008-2012. He served on the international board of directors for ASCD from 2006-2009. He is currently president of Florida ASCD. He also founded the Gifted Education Special Interest Group (SIG) with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and the Professional Interest Community (PIC) on Gifted and Advanced Learners for ASCD.

With more than 30 years as an educator advocating for the educational rights of Hispanic/Latino students, he has served as a teacher of the gifted, assistant principal and principal supervising gifted education programs, district-level gifted education coordinator and director, and state department of education specialist/expert in the field. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Academics (JAA), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG), Gifted Child Today (GCT), and Roeper Review.

Castellano is a nationally recognized speaker and professional development trainer and has served as the key note speaker for eight state gifted associations and continues to consult with school districts across the country on the education of Hispanic/Latino students and the inclusion of low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students in gifted education programming. He currently resides in Lake Worth, FL and is the Assistant Director of the Luciano Martinez Child Development Center, Adjunct Professor for Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Exceptional Student Education, and is a principal trainer and consultant specialist for Maverik Education, an independent professional development corporation.