NAGC Compass Points
Mar. 12, 2015

From Where I Sit
Get Active this Spring

By Kristen Stephens, Chair, NAGC Leadership Development Committee
As you prepare for spring and clear out the old and prepare for the new, please consider "springing forward" to become a more active participant in NAGC. It is only through involved members that NAGC can fulfill the 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 five ways, both small and large, that YOU can become more involved in NAGC.More

Honor Exceptional Teachers

Classroom teachers are essential to the success of gifted students. NAGC has two awards to honor exceptional gifted teachers.

It is easy to show someone how much you appreciate their efforts. Begin the online submission process today. The deadline for completing your nomination is May 4. More

Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities


Connecting for High Potential New Look — Great Content
NAGC is pleased to announce the redesign of one of NAGCs parent-teacher pubs, Connecting for High Potential (CHP). This new design debuts with Issue 26, "The Technological Revolution," now online.

Since the launch in 2005, Connecting for High Potential (CHP) design and content was meant to be "tear and share." Since the redesign of the new NAGC website, PDFs of CHP are accessible as a "members-only" publication, but we encourage both teacher and parent members to print it out and share widely. Log in to view the PDF. Remember your user name to log in is always your email address and you create your own password (if you have not yet done so, use "gifted1"). More

Teachers' Corner
Communicating in One Voice: Your State Affiliate

By Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
Each year around this time I have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., where NAGC's national office is located, and take part in a variety of meetings and activities related to "Super Weekend." At this event close to 50 state association leaders will discuss the importance of gifted education programming, plan Capitol Hill visits, construct common messages and share what works in their state. Over the course of four days, your state leaders will hear from a variety of speakers, seek to increase their understanding of the important issues currently on the table, speak directly with United States senators and congressmen and their staff and come away from the experience with resources, ideas, direction, and a renewed awareness of what needs to be achieved. More

Gifted Education Advocates Praise Leadership of Outgoing Senator
Education Week
U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland who plans to retire in 2016 after 30 years in Congress, has been a dogged supporter of programs intended to identify and educate underrepresented populations in gifted education, advocates said. Thanks to Mikulski's work, the federal government restored funding to the $10 million Jacob K. Javits grant program after three years of its absence from the U.S. Department of Education's budget, said Jane Clarenbach, the director of public education for NAGC.More

How Tech Enables College-Level Learning 'Everywhere'
National Public Radio
A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college debt. But author Kevin Carey argues that those problems might be overcome in the future with online higher education.More

Research: Active Learning More Important Than Flipping the Classroom
THE Journal
Active learning produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University. In the flipped classroom model, students watch video lectures outside of class time and participate in active learning activities during class time. The approach has been growing in popularity, so researchers at BYU decided to test its effectiveness.More

How to Make Elementary Teachers Stronger in STEM
eSchool News
Despite renewed interest, calls for funding and presidential appeals, true STEM integration is missing from a large number of classrooms across the country. And to hear Patty Born-Selly tell it that's especially true at the elementary level. "Most elementary teachers when they are placed in the classroom often just don't feel comfortable teaching STEM subjects," said Born-Selly, who is the executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education, an organization embedded within Minnesota's St. Catherine's University, colloquially known as St. Kate's. More

In the World of Gifted Advocacy, We All Have a Voice
Crushing Tall Poppies
Within the world of gifted advocacy, whether we are teachers, college professors, mental health professionals or parents, we are all advocating in ways we feel are necessary and make sense to us — from the pot-stirrers to the advice-givers to the healers and the helpers. The tools we utilize to communicate, the information we are communicating and the focus of our communications vary, but all are needed and necessary. More