Dona Matthews

Dona Matthews

Dona Matthews, PhD has taught at several universities in Canada and the US, including the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and Hunter College, City University of New York. For several years, she had a private practice as a psychoeducational consultant working with families and schools. She was the founding Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College, and in addition to Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids, her publications include Being Smart about Gifted Education, with Joanne Foster (2009); The Development of Giftedness and Talent across the Life Span with Frances Degen Horowitz and Rena Subotnik (2009); and The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education (2009), with Tom Balchin and Barry Hymer.

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Awards

Professor of the Year Award
Dona Matthews, 2001/02

Upton Sinclair Award
Every year, Education News appoints ten ‘heroes of American education’ as recipients of the Upton Sinclair award. In 2008, Dona Matthews was one of the recipients. The award citation stated, ‘Dr. Matthews’ commitment has been a singular voice for gifted kids, their development as well as their well-being. She has devoted time and energy working on behalf of gifted children, a most worthy cause. An Upton Sinclair leader, indeed!’

Collaboration with Dr. Kaufmann

Felice Kaufmann is studying people–now in their 60s–who were identified as exceptionally high academic achievers when they were still in high school. They emphasize the importance of hard work, perseverance, and personal relationships, and suggest that success is more about self-acceptance and personal fulfilment than it is about formal recognition and prizes.

Dona Matthews collaborated with Dr Kaufmann on the most recent iteration of this important longitudinal study. Published in the Roeper Review (abstract), their findings have been discussed widely, including Faith Brynie’s Psychology Today blog.

Joanne Foster

Joanne Foster

Joanne Foster is co-author (with Dona Matthews) of the award-winning Being Smart about Gifted Education 2nd Edition , (2009, Great Potential Press), and Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids (2015, House of Anansi). She is also a parent, teacher, consultant, researcher, and education specialist. Dr. Foster has over thirty years experience working in the field of gifted education. She writes extensively about high-level development, including the series of articles ABCs of Being Smart featured in the journal Parenting for High Potential, and the column Fostering Kids Success at The Creativity Post. She presents at conferences and learning venues across North America, focusing on a wide range of topics relating to optimal child development. Her book Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination  was released in the spring of 2015 (published by Great Potential Press). Dr. Foster has taught Educational Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto for twelve years, and continues to offer leadership in areas having to do with giftedness and high-level development. She also shares articles and resources on a variety of  parenting and educational topics on her Facebook page.