NAGC Compass Points
May. 23, 2013

From Where I Sit
Celebrating Milestones

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director
One truly satisfying aspect of sentience is the very human ability to reflect on past events and accomplishments to gain insight into the future. As the school year winds down, NAGC staff are gearing up to explore and identify the very best ways to reflect on and celebrate the impressive milestone of 60: Sixty years of holding annual meetings, 60 years of serving members, 60 years of research and theories, 60 years of classroom practice, and most importantly, 60 years of advocating for services that support and challenge gifted learners.More

Deadline Extended for Title I Teacher Scholarships

Title I teachers who are new to the field of gifted and talented education, or are in a new gifted/talented position are invited to apply for the 2013 Javits Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development. Scholarship winners receive professional development opportunities that include travel stipend, registration, and lodging to attend the 2013 NAGC Annual Convention in Indianapolis; a two-year NAGC individual membership; participation in a Javits Frasier Scholar discussions with other scholars, members of the NAGC Diversity and Equity Committee, and NAGC leadership; and a teaching resource toolkit and personal mentor. The application deadline is May 29. Access the 2013 application, flyer, and complete instructions here. Share information with your colleagues and direct any questions concerning the Javits Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development to Jeff Danielian.More

Last Chance for Comments on Revised Teacher Prep Standards in Gifted

June 4 is the deadline to submit comments on the proposed revisions to the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education, which were originally approved in 2006. The standards are used to guide reviews of teacher training programs in gifted education as part of the school/college of education accreditation process. The revised standards include new supporting descriptions for each standard that explain the standard’s scope and intent.

After NAGC has reviewed your comments and made any revisions, the standards will go to NCATE (soon to be known as CAEP) for approval. After that, university programs – and those who base in-service teacher training on the principles contained in the standards – may begin using the standards to guide their work beginning in the spring of 2014.

Please submit your comments online here. More

Now on the NAGC Career Center
Now on the NAGC Career Center
Check out the latest job posting on the NAGC Career Center. The Palmetto Scholars Academy, the only charter school in South Carolina dedicated to gifted and talented learners, is looking for a principal.More

Roll Out the Red Carpet

At a time when many schools and institutions are planning for end-of-the-school-year appreciation events, we would like to remind every NAGC member to consider colleagues in the gifted community and education advocates worthy of national recognition from NAGC.

Who are the leaders in your school or district community or state that need to be recognized for their efforts? What emerging leaders need to be applauded for their efforts? Imagine their delight in being acknowledged for their contribution to the field.

Honorees will take center stage at the NAGC Celebration of Excellence event at the NAGC 60th Annual Convention, Nov. 7-10 in Indianapolis. The online award nomination process is open only until June 21; please do not delay in submitting the name of individuals worthy of recognition. Each candidate's completed application is carefully reviewed by the Awards Committee, which consists of volunteers of the NAGC membership. More

The Learning Curve
Mindsets, Motivation, and Meaningful Work

"Often it's not that kids don't want to do work, it's that kids don't want to do meaningless work. If we can inject some meaning into what they do, we can take care of some of their negative responses to stereotype threat or boredom, any of the affects that afflict both underperforming and gifted kids." -Joshua Aronson

NAGC, together with generous support from the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program in collaboration with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and the American Psychological Association, aired two dynamic webinars on the topic of Malleable Minds last week. The publication, Malleable Minds: Translating Insights From Psychology and Neuroscience to Gifted Education, brought together psychologists and neuroscientists who have different research interests related to topics such as motivation, stereotype threat, creativity, early learning, and cognition with researchers in the field of gifted education to discuss the intersections of their work and the implications of that work for school practice.More

G/T Community News
Accrediting Body for Educator Preparation Seeks Volunteers

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is the merger of NCATE and TEAC, is seeking volunteers to serve on its governance committees. This is an unprecedented opportunity to truly shape CAEP as the new accrediting body for educator preparation through service on its first governing bodies. In its commitment to inclusivity and transparency, CAEP is opening the application process to self-recommendation in addition to recommendations from CAEP member and affiliate organizations, including NAGC. CAEP is soliciting volunteers from various sectors, including P-12 practitioners, policymakers, post-secondary faculty and administrators, employers, parents, school board members, and the public at-large. To learn more about the opportunities for service, visit the website. All application materials are due by Sunday, June 16.

Governance committees currently seeking volunteers include the following:


Setting the Record Straight on Ability Grouping
By Paula Olszewski-Kubilius via Education Week Teacher
If committed educators could be easily trained to implement a low-cost intervention that boasted consistent learning gains for all students, headlines would herald the discovery of the educational holy grail. That low-cost intervention is here and readily available. It's called ability grouping. Unfortunately, despite overwhelming evidence that the flexible and appropriate use of this intervention benefits learners at all levels, some have opted to smear it as an evil twin of tracking and to lament its resurgence in the nation's classrooms.More

Student STEM Competition Offers $100,000 Awards
THE Journal
The Siemens Foundation has opened its annual Competition in Math, Science & Technology. This year's program will offer scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The competition, administered by the College Board, calls on high school students to submit original research in technology, science, or math, either as individuals or in teams. More

Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?
It's a common refrain that there aren't enough women in jobs that require math and science skills like engineering and computer science. Though more programs are cropping up geared towards girls involved in science through camps, rocketry clubs or with more focused courses on STEM subjects, the gender imbalance is still striking.More

New Jersey Program Stems From Efforts of Student at Academy for Math, Science and Engineering
"Why?" Samantha Rizzuto grew up always asking this question, which her parents encouraged. Developing an inquiring mind has led the teen on a path to the Academy for Math, Science and Engineering at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway,N.J., and someday, NASA. Samantha, who is in 10th grade, recalled that as a little girl, her father created opportunities for her to question the world around her. In fact, her father would often ask her questions such as "Why do you think this is?" and "What do you think is going to happen?"More

Blacks, Hispanics Underrepresented in Gifted Programs
The Virginia Gazette
In November 2009, two months before leaving office, then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine ordered a study on the number of minority students in gifted education programs operated by the states public schools. "Virginia is proud of both the high standards of our educational system and the wealth of diversity in our communities," Kaine said in directing the Virginia Department of Education to conduct the study. More