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Dr. Gail L. Thompson, the former Wachovia-Wells Fargo Endowed Professor in Education at Fayetteville State University, has written six books: A Brighter Day: How Parents Can Help African American Youth Have a Better Future; The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students; Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life; African American Teens Discuss Their Schooling Experiences; What African American Parents Want Educators to Know; and Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know but are Afraid to Ask About African American Students, a book that has received a considerable amount of attention from educators, talk show hosts, and news reporters across the nation.  This book is also used in numerous Teacher Education courses and professional development programs. Dr. Thompson co-wrote a seventh book, Exposing the Culture of Arrogance in the Academy: A Blueprint for Increasing Black Faculty Satisfaction, with Dr. Angela Louque.

Dr. Thompson has written chapters that were published in three edited books, From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor, Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Educating Latino, Black, and Asian Students, and. Adolescent Literacy: Field Tested Effective Solutions for Every Classroom.   One of her essays was published in USA Today, and her work has been published in numerous academic journals.   She has appeared on PBS television’s Tony Brown’s Journal, National Public Radio, Tavis Smiley’s radio show, KJLH, WAMO, WURD, KPCC, WBAI, WSOU, and KXAM. She has been interviewed for Scholastic Instructor and Inside Higher Education, and has been quoted in numerous newspaper articles. She has served as a reviewer for the Educational Broadcasting Network, Millmark Education, Houghton Mifflin, and several academic journals, and has done presentations, keynote addresses, workshops, and consultant work throughout the U.S. and two presentations in Canada. In 2009, Claremont Graduate University awarded her its “Distinguished Alumna Award,” and in 2008, the Black Graduate Students’ Association gave her an “Award of Distinction.” In May 2009, the California Department of Education selected her to be a member of its newly formed “African American Advisory Committee.”

Dr. Thompson is married to Rufus, an educator, and they have three children, Dr. Nafissa Thompson-Spires, NaChe’, a high school teacher, and Stephen, a college undergraduate, and are the proud grandparents of Iveren.

A Special Note from Dr. Thompson

Dear educator, parent, student, or policy maker:

Thank you very much for your interest in my work.  Please refer to my books if you have questions about research, achievement gaps, NCLB, school reform, classroom management, parent involvement, teaching methods, and the schooling experiences of African American and Latino students.  To invite me to speak at your school or conference, please email me at or contact me by telephone at Tel: 951.202.0507.

Best wishes and take care.

Dr. Gail L. Thompson