NAGC Compass Points
Feb. 14, 2013

From Where I Sit
Enhance Yourself: Let Your Leadership Grow

Kristen R. Stephens, Duke University, Durham, N.C. and Chair, NAGC Leadership Development Committee
As you maintain those New Year resolutions designed to enhance your health and spirit, please consider resolving to become a more active participant in NAGC. It is only through involved members that NAGC can fulfill its mission of addressing the needs of gifted and talented children. There are many areas where your participation in the work of the Association is both welcomed and needed. Here are four ways, both small and large, that YOU can become more involved in NAGC.More

NAGC Membership: Your Ticket to Savings

We want NAGC members to have access to more. More resources. More information. More thought-provoking content.

NAGC members can now subscribe to Gifted Child Today with convenient, electronic access to every quarterly issue. You'll save close to 40 percent off the printed issue price, plus you get online access to every article back to the very first issue. Searchable. 24/7. No waiting for snail mail delivery!

Add Gifted Child Today to your NAGC membership for just $32! Published quarterly by Sage Journals, Gifted Child Today (GCT) offers timely information about teaching and parenting gifted and talented children. This offer is a 12-month electronic subscription and includes access to current and back issues. ($48 value)

Click here to log in to the Member Portal. Select "Add Gifted Child Today to your NAGC membership …"

And in the "more" column, all NAGC members can now access the digital issues of Parenting for High Potential. When you visit the Parenting for High Potential page on the NAGC website, select "Click here to access the digital issue." You will log in and be able to view the digital issues. NAGC thinks it is important for all members to be exposed to relevant content about nurturing the gifted and talented child.More

Supporting Teachers who Champion Diversity: The NAGC Javits Frasier Scholarship
by Dina Brulles and Kim Lansdowne
Gifted students in poverty, and those from other underrepresented populations, need champions at their schools who advocate for their educational opportunities. NAGC supports these individuals through the Javits Frasier Scholarship Program. The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to increase access to talent development opportunities for all students through educator training. The scholarship program provides educators a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover how their knowledge, supported by training and a strong commitment, can make a difference in the lives of children and impact the future of our nation. Of necessity, we must identify and help educate those most likely to impact historically underserved groups in their home schools.More

Join in on the Conversation

• Are you wrestling with implementation of the Common Core State Standards in your school or district?
• Are you wondering how to make the CCSS effectively address the needs of your advanced and high-potential learners?
Then you won't want to miss "Common Core Conversations," a series of six Webinars on Wednesday that kicked off on Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The series offers teachers and district coordinators the opportunity to listen in on a variety of approaches and explore strategies and practices for implementing the CCSS in the classroom while modifying them for advanced learners. Each session is just $29, but NAGC Members save when registering for three or more for just $19 each! And bring all this valuable learning to your school or district with a WOW site license. Register now.More

Capital Update
Exchange about Gifted Students with Secretary Duncan in Senate Hearing

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan responded to a question from Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse about what could be done to support extremely gifted children who, in Senator Whitehouse's words, are "out of sync with the traditional [education] program." Duncan provided a few brief suggestions. Whitehouse emphasized that he and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski were very interested in this area and would like to work with the secretary to make sure that these students were not forgotten. The Feb. 7 hearing focused on the education reforms being implemented through the waivers granted to states under ESEA.

The short exchange begins at approximately 1:29 p.m. in the hearing. View the podcast here. More

Teacher Corner
Educators Were Once Students, Too!

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist
It is February, and it seems that around this time each year, students start to settle in, which can reflect either positively or negatively in their work, attitude, and friendships. The dynamics of any school environment pose a variety of challenges to educators, whether novice or experienced. Despite careful planning for curriculum, attention to the social and emotional needs of young adults, and efforts to offer individualized learning opportunities, some students need something extra. What that "extra" is depends upon the situation, and there are resources galore for any educator wishing some assistance in solving a problem or diffusing a situation. I'll share a few of these in upcoming Teacher Corner columns, but first I'll share the foundation of a message I often present to my students. It's important for them to realize that I was once a student, too!More

Community News
New Accrediting Body for Educator Preparation Seeks Public Comment on Next Generation of Accreditation Standards and Evidence

As the new national accreditor for educator preparation, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is seeking public comment on the draft of the next generation of accreditation standards and performance measures. All stakeholders in education and educator preparation are encouraged to review the draft standards and submit feedback during the public comment period Feb. 15–March 29. Please visit or follow @CAEPupdates on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.More

Charlotte, NC, middle school finds success with blend of high school, college
The Charlotte Observer
Antonio Hernandez-Blanco of Charlotte, N.C., was doing well at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, a magnet school with academic admission standards. But when he seized the chance to move to Cato Middle College High as a junior, he found himself in a whole new environment. Now he's among 200 high school students, all capable of doing college-level work, who share classrooms with older students at Central Piedmont Community College. It's exciting and a bit humbling, says Antonio, a 17-year-old senior.More

Measuring Student Creativity Topic of New Report
Education Week
Can student creativity be assessed in a meaningful way? Should it even be evaluated? And if so, how? These are some of the questions explored in a new working paper published by the global Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. "Creativity is widely accepted as being an important outcome of schooling," according to the paper, by researchers at the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester in England. "Yet there are many different viewpoints about what it is, how best it can be cultivated in young people, and whether or how it should be assessed."More

When It's Time to Cut yYour Gifted Child Some Slack
Psychology Today
Christopher Taibbi, who specializes in gifted education, writes: "I am standing in a classroom, a second grade room if the décor on the walls and bulletin boards is any indication. Before me is a small mixed group of parents and teachers, about 45 in total, some standing, some leaning, some seated in the too-small chairs. I have been asked to join this group as part of an information night seminar because the one thing all these folks have in common is that their kids have been identified for placement in this school division’s gifted program." More

Schools Need to Invest in More than Words to Tap STEM's Transformative Powers
The cries from the battlefield about the need for more STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) soldiers have been ringing loud in clear in education circles and in the media. The "crisis in STEM education," as Inc. magazine describes it, has made the American workforce less competitive with rising nations like China and India, which churn out high-quality STEM students en masse.More

Gifted and Talented Education: Using Technology to Engage Students
The Guardian UK
Do gifted and talented pupils need gifted and talented teachers? I agree that G&T students do need exceptional teachers, ones who don't feel threatened by them, who are open to being challenged beyond the usual and open to many things, writes Matthew Jenkin. Indeed a multi-subject specialist of some sort would fit the bill. G&T students too often coast and we must push and stretch them. It's also why an online global community would be something many of them would enjoy.More

How Segregated Gifted And Talented Programs Are Hurting America's Poorest Students
Catalyst Chicago, a publication focused on urban education, reported that smart students from poor neighborhoods in that city are less likely to test into gifted elementary schools. This follows on the heels of a New York Times article highlighting a similar trend in the Big Apple.More

Clemson Professor Publishes Research on African-American Males in Gifted Programs
Clemson University
Lamont A. Flowers, distinguished professor of educational leadership in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, has been published in a new book titled "A Call for Change: Providing Solutions for Black Male Achievement," produced by the Council of the Great City Schools. The book consists of new research from a variety of national experts on the black male experience in education. More

Why Introverts Shouldn't Be Forced to Talk in Class
The Washington Post
Suddenly there is a lot of talk about introverts and the power of silence, in part because of a popular new book by Susan Cain called "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking." Making a different argument is a piece in the Atlantic magazine advocating required participation in class. Here's a look at the issue, by Katherine Schultz, a professor and dean of the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland. She is the author of the2009 book, "Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices."More

Don't Let Programs for Gifted Students Suffer
The Memphis Commercial Appeal (commentary)
Over the past six months, a diverse group of parents and students has lobbied Shelby County, Tenn.'s unified school board to retain special education services for intellectually gifted students from pre-kindergarten through the ninth grade.More