|NAGC Compass Points|
|Jun. 13, 2013|
From Where I Sit
Get Out the Vote
Karen Yoho, Senior Director of Marketing and Member Services, NAGC
It's my turn this issue to introduce you to the candidates who seek your vote for the NAGC Board of Directors. If you are an individual member of NAGC, you have the opportunity to vote for the leaders who will represent your interests on the NAGC Board of Directors and within Networks over the next few years.
Your "civic" duty on behalf of NAGC has become more important than ever — the dynamic changes in education and on Capitol Hill, along with a continuing challenging fiscal climate, will require tenacity and patience from leaders everywhere and demand tough choices about resources. The NAGC Board is comprised of 13 members, and every voice counts.
Capitol Hill Update
Advocacy for Gifted Students Paying Off
Action this week on Capitol Hill reflects the hard work over many years on the part of advocates for gifted learners. Kudos to the community!
In the House, Representatives Polis (CO-2) and Tom Latham (Iowa-3) introduced the TALENT Act on Wednesday. The bill mirrors the bill introduced in the Senate earlier this year (S.512) and would insert gifted students into key sections of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to increase attention to their needs. "Bipartisan agreement is in short supply these days, but Congressmen Polis and Latham have clearly recognized that our nation must act to stop our longstanding slide when it comes to developing our top talent and competing against global challengers," said NAGC's president, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius. Our goal now is to gather cosponsors for the legislation. Please visit the NAGC legislative update page for the latest information about the House bill and how you can help us maintain our momentum!
In the Senate, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) began the process of amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the major federal K-12 education law. The "mark-up" kicked off with a committee rewrite of ESEA that includes provisions that support gifted students. Click here to reach NAGC's news release about the committee bill. There is still more to be done on ESEA to support gifted students. NAGC is working with our Senate supporters to strengthen the bill further, but it's clear that your voices are being heard! More
Now on the NAGC Career Center
Check out the latest job posting on the NAGC Career Center. Wayzata Public Schools is looking for a Gifted & Talented / Vision 21 Teacher.More
Roll Out the Red Carpet — Deadline for Awards Nominations is June 21
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? Which 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 volunteers who serve on the NAGC Awards Committee.
Find full information here. Or, go straight to the online submission site.More
Five Months Out and the Excitement Grows
In just about five months, 3,000 leaders in the field of gifted and talented education will converge in Indianapolis for the 60th Annual NAGC Convention and Exhibition. And we hope to count you among that group!
While NAGC Convention attendees come from all parts of the U.S. and beyond, they share a common goal: to further their knowledge and increase their resource base to better serve the needs of high-ability learners in the classroom and at home. NAGC brings together parents, classroom teachers, college and university faculty, researchers, district and state gifted coordinators and directors, counselors, and more. Together they share a common concern that high-achieving children from all walks of life get the support they need to excel.
The Learning Curve
As members of NAGC, we encourage you to take advantage of our educational resources all-year-round. But summer is associated with swim suits and surfing, so be sure to surf the Web and visit NAGC's Live Learning Center. If you'd rather be on the beach, simply download an MP3 file of a webinar to your iPod (or other device) and listen on your own time, indoors or out.More
Summer Work …
Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist
It is safe to say that by the time you read this, summer break is or will be, on the horizon. Many educators choose to use part of the summer to attend a gifted education conference; others seek to revise and/or construct new and existing curriculum. Students, too, are busy at recreational day and overnight camps or on vacations close to or far from home, where they engage in a variety of enriching activities. I’d like to offer suggestions for both the teacher and the student on ways to educationally enhance the summer months.
For the Teacher
Whether you have experienced the excitement of a summer conference, and like me, cannot wait for the minute you depart, or perhaps you’ve never considered attending. If that is the case, I urge you to give it a shot. Attending a conference in the summer is quite different than during the year. There is a chance to relax, take information in at a leisurely pace, and return home refreshed and ready to use all that is learned. The NAGC Annual Convention is coming in November, but you may want to explore some of these summer conferences listed below. There is sure to be one close to you!More
Polson, Mont., Teacher Earns State Honor
Studying Japanese or Latin, constructing an electric guitar from scratch, dissecting bovine brains, learning computer programming languages, writing novels and self publishing, studying coccidiosis or designing snowboards — these are just some of the subjects students have delved into in Tamara Fisher's class. Fisher, the gifted and talented teacher for Polson District No. 23, was recently honored as Montana Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year.More
Education Week Teacher
Although a smidge late for Teacher Appreciation Week, through this post I want to acknowledge and honor the many amazing teachers and schools out there who understand and reach gifted learners. I work with them. They work with you. Some go unnoticed but do the right thing anyway. Some are well-known in their circles for going the extra mile to challenge and stretch the most advanced learners in their classrooms. For all that they do, Thank You.More
Miami-Dade's Gifted Student Population is Booming
At first, A.J. Vazquez was "kinda grossed out" at the thought of seeing his guts. But it all made sense once he and 20 Coral Gables Preparatory Academy classmates began making life-size diagrams of their own digestive systems. "This green string is A.J.'s small intestine," said Alexander Yagoda, 10, holding up part of a rainbow-colored trail of yarn created to map the path and distance from 11-year-old A.J.'s mouth down through his intestines.More
3 Ways Teachers Battle Students' Giftedness
How easy is it to forget that our gifted learners have truly unique needs? How easy is it to plan lessons straight from our textbooks and use unaltered pedagogy from our credential programs?More
Museums Open Doors to Informal Math Learning
Math has a bit of an image problem. It's often seen as hard, abstract — even pointless. The creators of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City are all about turning that image around and convincing young people that mathematics is cool. More
Tech, Education Leaders Talk STEM Challenges
Education and tech leaders lauded the Obama administration's efforts to open the science, technology, engineering and math fields to more students — but said the resource challenges in underfunded schools remain a major hurdle. Tom Kalil, the White House's deputy director for technology and innovation, said the Obama administration's efforts include preparing and recruiting 100,000 new STEM teachers and opening opportunities to get more younger students interested in STEM. More
Pinellas Schools in Florida to Expand Gifted Program in Elementaries
Tampa Bay Times
On a recent afternoon, just before lunch, two little girls sat face-to-face and giggling on a cardboard packing tube on the lawn at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg, Fla. The girls had been bused in from nearby elementary schools, then armed with throw pillows, which they used to whack at each other's midsections until one of the girls fell off the tube, laughing and losing as she hit the blue mat laid out on the grass.More