NAGC Compass Points
Feb. 13, 2014

From Where I Sit
Announcing the 2014 Annual Fund Campaign

Katie Augustyn, 2014 Development and Fundraising Committee Chair
Two years ago, I became involved with the Development Committee because I felt it was vital for NAGC to have a strong base of financial support from within our own ranks, as well as to use fundraising as a way to get our message out to a wider audience. It is already starting to pay off — the Committee made great strides under the leadership of Wendy Behrens, and we are now ready to begin realizing many of the initiatives that were started last year. As the new Development Committee chair, I would like to formally announce the launch of the 2014 Annual Fund Campaign, and invite you to participate in this important fundraising effort.More

NAGC News
Revised GT Teacher Preparation Standards Now Available

NAGC
NAGC and CEC have jointly released revised standards for teacher preparation in gifted and talented education. The standards update the 2006 teacher training standards and are used to guide programs offering masters and certificate programs in gifted education. They also provide guidance for K-12 professional development in gifted education. The standards revision was led by the NAGC professional Standards Committee in collaboration with CEC-TAG and the network of university professionals that train teachers in gifted education.

The standards are used by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) (formerly known as NCATE) as part of the national school/college of education accreditation process and were approved by CAEP in December. The standards, the research base, and an explanation of the differences between the 2013 and 2006 standards are available on the NAGC website.More

Webinars for Members: Diversity Series and Free Leadership Sessions

This week we launched a six-webinar series, “Conversations About Diversity & Equity,” that continues through the spring. Diversity is a progressive and strategic priority both inside and outside the organization and appears in each category of NAGC's Leadership Initiatives for the year. We also know from surveying past webinar attendees that topics such as building multicultural classrooms and identifying and serving low-income and culturally diverse students are important for their professional growth. The Webinars on Wednesday (WOW) sessions are just $29/each for NAGC members and $130 for the series. Site licenses are also available to extend this valuable content to your school or district colleagues.More

Looking for Network Leaders

Participating in a Network is wonderful way to meet people with similar interests, learn new techniques for teaching, counseling, and nurturing gifted children, and make a difference by sharing your experience and expertise. Nine NAGC Networks will elect Chairs-Elect in June and one has a vacancy for a Chair. Nominations are due (emailed or postmarked) by April 7, 2014. Elections open in mid-June and successful candidates will start in their position on September 1.

The two-year term as Chair-Elect gives you an opportunity to learn more about leading the Network and getting to know other Network members while building a strong leadership team. NAGC appreciates the time and dedication of Network volunteers and, along with the Network Board Liaison, supports each Network's scope of work.

Learn more about the open Network positions and what it takes to become a candidate. Many people who serve on NAGC's Board of Directors or Committees started their work with NAGC as a Network leader.More

Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities

At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:

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Teachers' Corner
Scene by Scene: Connecting Filmmaking to Classroom Subjects

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
The snow is falling here in the Northeast and frigid temps have caused me to resort to a bit of "movie time." A Netflix selection, gummy bears, and some M&M Peanuts, and my mind is free to relax. Similarly, the students seated before us share in this same experience, usually with a bit more junk food. Sitting there, I began to think about the interdisciplinary connections to the entire process of filmmaking and how I might share the ideas with my students.

The following topics could be enrichment activities for students who show interest and have some spare time during a particular class period. They can be used during weekly enrichment time, or as part of before- and after-school programs. They may even be inserted into the regular curriculum. Again, these are just a short sampling of what is possible. In some cases you or the student may need to access and make available web or print resources. I hope that they inspire you to make connections of your own.More

Community News
Online Science Fair Now Open

NAGC
The Google Science Fair is now open to students aged 13 to 18. This online science competition offers students a chance to win educational opportunities and scholarships. Go to the Google Science Fair page for more details.More

Can Your Students Solve a Real-World Problem?

The Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge is a free competition open to students globally, with age-group categories from five to 18 and both individual and group submissions accepted. Students across the globe will address the same challenge: create an invention that solves a real-world problem. Designed to inspire and support students, the challenge requires the young inventors to follow key steps in the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center invention process.More

Students Win Research Grants from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth announces the winners of the 2014 CTY Cogito Research Awards of $599 each for the best STEM proposals received from middle school and high school students around the world. Read about this year's 12 winners.

Cogito.org is an online resource for math- and science-minded teens that students can join for free and be among the first to find out when the next CTY Cogito Research Awards competition opens. More

Interview With the Author of 'Twice Exceptional: Smart Kids with Learning Differences'
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
So many people really have no idea what it means to be twice exceptional, much less that a child with learning differences or disabilities can be gifted, too. So we produced a brochure to help you explain it to others. It's called "Twice Exceptional: Smart Kids with Learning Differences".More

A Social Entrepreneur Mixes Minecraft, YouTube And STEM Education
Forbes
This is the story of one of the wilder social enterprises out there trying to address the crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, especially in under-served communities. So here goes.More

The Modern School: Reclaiming Creativity and the Language of Learning
THE Journal
If the modern school is to succeed, teachers must take back the language of the classroom, reclaim their creativity and create a shared vocabulary that makes sense to the children under their care. "I get to talk to teachers all over the country, and what I am hearing more than anything else is a profound sense of unease," proclaimed Chris Lehman, founding principal of Science Leadership Academy in his keynote address last Friday at the FETC 2014 conference in Orlando, Fla. More

Tips for Taming Test Anxiety (Because Even Gifted Kids Get Anxious)
Gifted Challenges
Even gifted kids get anxious. Contrary to popular belief, giftedness does not necessarily endow children with the confidence to sail through exams without a worry. Many gifted children, adolescents and college students suffer from disabling test anxiety that affects performance, achievement and self-esteem. Test anxiety pops up at the most inopportune times, and can be completely unexpected, an occasional nuisance, or a chronic obstacle. Its origins may be simple or complex, and whether you are a sufferer or the parent of one, you can learn how to overcome this burden. More

The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020
Edutopia
Today, teachers are leading the way and spearheading change. They are building rich global online communities using digital media and taking advantage of the Internet and the growing presence of the cloud. According to Marion Ginapolis, Public Schools Superintendent for Lake Orion, Michigan, "It's not about technology; it's about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools." More