NAGC Compass Points
Jul. 10, 2014

From Where I Sit
Vote, No Matter the Motivation

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director
For the first time in several years, I voted by absentee ballot in Maryland's primary last month. My family and I were lucky enough to be enjoying Arizona's Grand Canyon vistas on Election Day in June. I will admit it was guilt or sense of duty rather than any strong desire to see my favorite candidate elected that motivated me to go to the trouble of voting early. Either my parents or a fabulous Civics teacher drilled into me early on that voting is a non-negotiable activity that must be completed without question or excuse — in this case, even when I felt indifferent about my choice for Comptroller for the State of Maryland, and the other races were not close.More

Parenting for High Potential Seeking Contributors

Have a flair for writing? Know a graduate student seeking to be published? Parenting for High Potential, NAGC's award-winning magazine, is seeking 500-1,000 word articles on various gifted topics important to parents and caregivers of gifted children. Upcoming issue topics include identification, testing, acceleration, family dynamics, social-emotional needs, advocacy (classroom, district, state, national) and homeschooling — all from the parent and family perspective. Contact PHP editor Kathleen Nilles if you or someone you know would be interested in contributing.More

GCQ Paper of the Year — Nominations Open Until July 11
NAGC is pleased to recognize an outstanding article from Gifted Child Quarterly as the GCQ Paper of the Year. The award is presented at the NAGC Annual Convention.

Nominations from NAGC members for the Paper of the Year are now being accepted for articles published in Gifted Child Quarterly in 2013 (Volume 57, issues 1-4). Nominated papers should exemplify excellence in topic relevance and importance, innovation, validity of the idea presented, methodology and quality of writing.

Nominations, limited to NAGC members, should be sent via email to Lisa Muller in the GCQ office and must include the following:

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern on July 11.More

NAGC Networks Recognize Educators
NAGC Networks provide members with connections to colleagues who share similar interests. In addition to Convention events and newsletters, several Networks seek to recognize NAGC members with grants and awards. More

Teacher's Corner
Seeing Something in Them

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
Like other professionals, teachers tend to be consulted for a variety of "house calls" and special advice. A phone call to a distant relative, a sit down with someone close by or an email explaining a situation and the resources available, have been known to fill an afternoon or evening, especially during the summer hiatus. I'm usually ready and willing to offer what opinions, suggestions and knowledge I have.More

New e-book in the NAGC Select Series: Early Entrance to College as an Option for Highly Gifted Adolescents
Now available in Amazon's Kindle Store is the latest NAGC Select book, Early Entrance to College as an Option for Highly Gifted Adolescents. Author Alexander Pagnani discusses the history of early entrance to college, how it is beneficial and provides questions to ask if you are considering it for your child.

NAGC Select e-books are a series of concise, informative booklets on topics and issues in education. Intended as a service to practicing educators and/or families, NAGC Select e-books are designed for the non-researcher who needs to know the basics of a particular topic in education. The books have a consistent format: an intro on the importance of the topic, three to five sections explaining what we know and how it translates into practice, a conclusion/summary and five to seven key resources on the topic, with annotations. Also check out the first two in the series:


Voices and Viewpoints
An Early Childhood Advocate

Nancy B. Hertzog Director Robinson Center for Young Scholars, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
This Compass Points column features NAGC members telling us a little about their "day job" while sharing how their work with an NAGC committee or network relates to the field. With National Parenting Gifted Children Week coming up July 20-26, we thought we'd throw the spotlight on Nancy Hertzog, chair of NAGC's parent advisory group, PECAB.More

The Learning Curve
Online Registration Now Open

We appreciate your patience as we integrated a redesigned website with a new membership database. The time was well spent, and we encourage you to visit and log in to register for the 61st Annual NAGC Convention that takes place Nov. 13-16 in Baltimore. Full information on sessions, speakers and exhibitors is now available online.


Community News
We Remember Abraham Tannenbaum

NAGC mourns the death of a giant in the field of gifted education who passed away on June 30 at the age of 90. Dr. Abraham Tannenbaum was Professor Emeritus of Education and Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where he taught for more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Brooklyn College, a master's degree in guidance and educational administration from Columbia University and a doctoral degree in social and educational psychology, also from Columbia University. Early in his professional life he was a public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York. He led numerous research projects concerning gifted and talented students and served as a consultant to many programs, including the influential Head Start Program. NAGC presented him with the Ann Isaacs Founder's Memorial Award in 2010 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1985.

View In Memoriam here.

NAGC members reflect on Dr. Tannenbaum's contributions to the field here.More

What Makes an 'Extreme Learner'?
When Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski was dissecting a sheep's heart during an eighth-grade science class, she had an epiphany that changed her life. "That heart told the story of anatomy and physiology!" she said. Realizing that science is best communicated through stories, Cueva-Dabkoski, now just 19 years old, went on to explore beetles in China. She's now at Johns Hopkins University, and continues to do research during breaks. Cueva-Dabkoski is considered an "Extreme Learner."More

Column: Recommit to Gifted Education
Lexington Herald-Leader
While thousands of Kentucky students graduated from high school recently, nearly 50 achieved this milestone in a particularly impressive fashion. The recent graduates of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky spent their final two years of high school studying on the campus of Western Kentucky University. These students pursued a rigorous and intensive math and sciences curriculum and graduated with at least 60 hours of college credit, with most having engaged in research and/or study abroad. More

Racial Gaps Remain in Gifted Programs, Analysis Shows
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia spends hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on special educational services for a small but elite percentage of students deemed "gifted." And those students are disproportionately white and Asian. Despite aggressive efforts to erase the gap between the races, white students in Georgia are roughly three times more likely than their black counterparts to be enrolled in gifted programs — and roughly two-and-a-half times more likely than minority students.More

Study Finds Math, Science Grads Earn Top Dollar
The Associated Press via Education Week
One's field of study appears to matter more than where they attended college — and math and science are a plus, according to a report from the Education Department. The survey of the class of 2008 provides an interesting snapshot of the nation's educated elite following a crushing economic recession.More

STEM Education Growing, but Still Has Room for Improvement
By Suzanne Mason
The revival of interest in STEM education started with the national Educate to Innovate campaign in 2009. The campaign is designed to bring American students to competitive ranks with their international counterpart when it comes to the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Educators, organizations and the federal government have all taken steps to spark interest in both STEM education and careers. Five years later, the revival of STEM education is still in its infant steps, and it still has room to grow in both diversity and innovation.More

Flipped Learning Skyrockets Across the Nation
eSchool News
Though no learning model is perfect, flipped learning offers educators and students one way to boost engagement and make learning much more interesting and organic. And as more research highlights this learning model's benefits for students and teachers, more educators are motivated to give it a try.More