|NAGC Compass Points|
|Feb. 9, 2012|
From Where I Sit
Voices for Gifted: We All Must Lead
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC President
I suspect that most of us work in contexts in which we are the only individual knowledgeable about gifted children or trained in gifted education — the only teacher in our school or district or the only faculty member of a college or university. That puts each of us in a very special (if not lonely at times) position and obligates us to be leaders and vocal advocates for gifted children and for gifted education practices and models. How can we prepare for and succeed in this leadership role that we may not have sought, but necessarily must fulfill?
First we must be well informed, particularly about the BIGGER PICTURE of gifted education — the scene beyond our own local setting.
So, much information comes our way on a daily basis that it is very difficult to choose what is most important to read. Here is my list of "must reads" for our roles as zealous gifted education supporters.More
NAGC News to Note
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Beginning today, if you attempt to register for an NAGC event or access the Live Learning Center, you will be asked to "activate" your existing login.
Over the past several months, NAGC staff has been working to identify sections of the website that will be members-only access, such as special reports, timely articles, and Network newsletters. In addition, several high-traffic pages will ask that visitors register for a free account with their name and email. NAGC individual Members have access to all of it!
FIRST - You will "activate" your login by selecting a new and unique user name and password. No more remembering the multiple digits of your NAGC member number when you wish to register for an NAGC event!
SECOND - Each time you visit the NAGC website or the NAGC Live Learning Center you will use this new user name and password to log in.
THIRD - If you come back to the website and forget to log in, no worries! The website will tell you when you have reached restricted content.
FOURTH - We're here to help! Let us know if you need assistance by calling 202/785-4268. We trust the process will be a smooth one, and that you will give us some time as we work out any kinks during this transition. In the end, you and your fellow NAGC members will find more content created for your exclusive access ! More
Does Your Summer Need a Kick Start?
Tune in live to Education Talk Radio on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) for "A Kick Start to Summer Camps." The segment features NAGC member Bob Schultz, from the University of Toledo, discussing summer enrichment options for high-ability learners. The segment shares the same title of the article Schultz is writing for the spring 2012 edition of Teaching for High Potential. If you can't make it next Thursday, you can listen to an archive on the Education Talk site here. Check out the NAGC website for a listing of summer programs.More
Workgroup Convenes at NAGC
Concerns that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) do not meet the needs of highly able learners prompted 10 NAGC volunteers to spend the weekend of Feb. 3-5 focused on how to make appropriate modifications for gifted and talented students. The group of leaders, with special expertise in mathematics and English Language Arts, spent about 20 hours drafting the beginning of what will be two separate booklets for teachers on how they can modify the common core state standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts for high ability and gifted students.More
And They're Off ... Wednesdays are WOW! with NAGC
NAGC Webinars on Wednesdays are off to great start! And, now our Wednesdays have a little more WOW! with #NAGC chat on Twitter at 8:30 p.m./EST. #NAGC chat offers an opportunity for chatting about each week's webinar topic with our community of gifted advocates, teachers and parents.
On Jan. 25, we heard from Susan Johnsen of Baylor University about ways schools can implement the recently revised NAGC PK-12 Gifted Programming Standards and explored the differences between the 1998 and revised 2010 standards including a reframing of the standards into student outcomes. Following Susan's presentation, #NAGC chat on Twitter focused on ways these important standards can support parents in evaluating, advocating, supplementing, or homeschooling their gifted child.More
The Learning Curve
Standards Soup: A Primer
Jane Clarenbach, NAGC Director of Public Education
Many teachers, educators and families are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of standards tossed around in education conversations at in-house and public meetings. NCATE, InTASC, Common Core, 21st century skills, state content standards, P-12 gifted programming standards. How can they all be important? What do they all do? How are they related?More
The Teacher's Corner
The Wonder Years (A Vicarious Experience)
Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist
It started and ended with a kiss. In between, more than 100 episodes of "The Wonder Years" aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993. It still remains high on my list of favorites. My friends and I were about the same age as the main characters and the show had a big impact on us as we moved through our teenage years. As I reflect on the show, I realize that we learned so much from the trials and tribulations of Kevin, Winnie, Paul, and their extended families and friends. Just think of the effect it could have on the young students encountered in today's classrooms.More
Obama Unveils STEM Education Plans at White House Science Fair
President Barack Obama hosted the second White House science fair, using the event both to highlight the work of talented youth and to roll out a series of plans from his administration — and from private partners — to give a boost to STEM education. One item on the president's agenda is an $80 million proposal for a new federal competition to support "effective STEM teacher preparation programs," according to a White House press release. In addition, the president is seeking to create a $60 million fund to improve mathematics education, to be jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. More
A Visit to an Exceptional Charter School
One of the criticisms of charter schools is that they cater to a specialized class of students who are not representative of the student body of a typical public school. Based on that notion, the argument is often heard that charter schools extract the best and the brightest from the public schools, while leaving at-risk students to fend for themselves and fail for themselves. More
States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools
At a time when U.S. political and business leaders are raising concerns about the need to better nurture creativity and innovative thinking among young people, several states are exploring the development of an index that would gauge the extent to which schools provide opportunities to foster those qualities. More
Rockford, Ill., Schools' Creative and Performing Arts Program Clarified
Rockford Register Star
Dozens of parents, students and teachers came to the Education Committee meeting prepared to fight for the Creative and Performing Arts program, housed at Ellis Arts Academy for middle school students and at Auburn High School in Rockford, Ill. Parents heard before the meeting that Rockford School District officials were planning to eliminate that arts programming, called CAPA, in favor of developing full-fledged arts programs at all the district's middle and high schools. More