Ken Dickson has been an educator for 41 years, with 30 of those years serving in K-12 administrative roles for exceptional needs learners. His primary interest focuses on maximizing the potential of children with exceptional needs and relationships between cultural and academic diversity. These interests include: Overcoming underrepresentation in advanced academic environments and overrepresentation in special education programs; K-12 special and general educational public policy and practice; Administrator and teacher for professional development regarding learners with unique learning needs and parent/community engagement. Ken frequently presents and writes on advanced educational topics, topics focused on cultural diversity and academic relationships in a variety of forums. He continues to support exceptional needs learners through his service on numerous committees and Boards, including The Association for Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) where he serves as Child Youth Advocacy Network Coordinator; CEC’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners Division; The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Twice-Exceptional Community of Practice; NAGC ‘s Special Populations Network (Past Chair) and current member; Past Member of the CEC Board of Directors and Past Member of the NAGC Board of Directors.