Joyce Taylor Gibson, a teacher educator for over a decade and a community volunteer for most of her life, is Associate Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition, she is Co-Director of the Center for Family Work and Community. A member of the Leadership and Schooling Faculty, her work focuses on leadership, change, and cultural diversity in school and community settings. Her peers chose her as the recipient of the First Faculty Teaching Award in 1997.
Professor Gibson has several years of experience as a program evaluator and an educational trainer for the Efficacy Institute, which promotes the idea that all children can learn at high levels when properly taught and supported. Her ideas about children at risk of educational failure can be found in her book, Developing Strategies and Practices for Culturally Diverse Classrooms, published in 1999.
For over a decade, Professor Gibson has taught "Diversity in the Classroom," a required course for pre-service teachers to learn how to work effectively with children from diverse backgrounds. She has worked as a consultant to schools and community organizations focusing on issues of multicultural conflict and understanding, respect and leadership. She has worked extensively with children and parents of immigrant and refugee families, aiding them in understanding and accessing the American education system, to include facilitating the cultural gaps between educational practices of their countries of origin and their new educational systems.