Michael S. Matthews, Ph.D. is professor and director of the Academically & Intellectually Gifted graduate programs at the UNC Charlotte. He is co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, and recently served on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Matthews has served as chair of the SIG — Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent of the American Educational Research Association and also on the boards of a charter school for high-ability learners and for two state-level gifted education associations. His research addresses assessment and identification of gifted children; education policy; science learning; motivation and underachievement; and parenting, including homeschooling, of gifted learners. His scholarship also focuses on gifted and academically advanced learners from diverse backgrounds, particularly English learners. Dr. Matthews is author or editor of five books, about 40 academic journal articles, and numerous book chapters. His work has been recognized with the NAGC Early Scholar Award, the Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award, and the Legacy Award for Best Scholarly Book from the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.