Dr. James (Jim) Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 35 years. Jim retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service there as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots,” volunteering as a 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 8th grade teacher in 1991, 1997, and 2006. Too, Jim taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998-2008 in the Twinsburg, Ohio Public Schools. Currently, Jim works part-time with highly-gifted 9th and 10th graders at the Scholars’ Academy in Conway, South Carolina.
The author of more than 250 articles and 19 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media, such as The New York Times, People Magazine, on Oprah! Jim’s newest book, Dumbing Down America: The War on our Nation’s Brightest Young Mind (and what we can do to fight back), was published in 2014.
Jim’s wife, Deb, served as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Ohio and was chosen by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education. Their son, Matt, is an Emmy Award- winning Flame artist in San Francisco and the source of many of their stories about raising gifted and creative kids. In his retirement, Jim plans to walk as many beaches as possible and to write children’s picture books where the main characters are based on young people he has taught or counseled during his career.