Deb Delisle is the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the United States Department of Education. Deb has been an educator for more than thirty-five years, and has served as Ohio’s State Superintendent of Education, a school superintendent, a curriculum director, an elementary principal, a teacher of primary and middle school kids, and a K–12 gifted coordinator. She is coauthor of Building Strong Writers in Middle School and Growing Good Kids and author of numerous articles on gifted child education and reform-based education.
Jim Delisle, Ph.D., has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than forty years, including twenty-five years as a professor of special education at Kent State University. He has taught students in elementary and secondary schools and, for the past six years, has worked part time with highly gifted ninth and tenth graders at the Scholars’ Academy in Conway, South Carolina. The author of more than 250 articles and twenty books, Jim is a frequent presenter on gifted children’s intellectual and emotional growth. Jim and his wife Deb live in Washington, D.C., and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.