NAGC Compass Points
Jul. 25, 2013

From Where I Sit
Helping Parents Find Their Voice

Susan Dulong Langley, NAGC Parent Board Member, Framingham, Mass.
Like many national associations, NAGC strives to meet the needs of more than one important membership group through its programs and services. In our case, this means striking an important balance — cultivating both professional educators and parents as members, rather than focusing exclusively on just one or the other. After all, both groups play an essential role in supporting our nation's gifted and talented learners, which is at the heart of NAGC's mission. It is an important dual focus, and one that has been carefully reviewed and revitalized over the years in response to the needs of not only the professionals who work with gifted learners, but also those who parent them.More

Polls are Closed and the Results are In!

NAGC online elections concluded earlier this month and the results are in. Here are the newly elected members of NAGC's leadership team: George Betts, President-Elect, NAGC Board of Directors; Kristina Ayers Paul, Chair-Elect, Computers & Technology Network; Jennifer Riedl Cross, Chair-Elect, Conceptual Foundations Network; Angela Housand, Chair-Elect, Counseling & Guidance Network; Laura Beltchenko, Chair-Elect, Early Childhood Network; Sharon Slodounik,Chair-Elect, Global Awareness Network; Jamie MacDougall, Chair-Elect, Middle Grades Network; Keri Guilbault, Chair-Elect, Parent & Community Network; Lori Comallie-Caplan, Chair-Elect, Professional Development Network; and, Eric Mann, Chair-Elect, STEM Network.

These individuals will begin their terms on Sept. 1.More

News from Our Networks

The deadline to nominate someone for the newly created Annemarie Roeper Global Awareness Award is August 15. More information and the application can be found on the Global Awareness Network page.More

Now on the NAGC Career Center

Check out the latest job postings on the NAGC Career Center:


The Learning Curve
Social Media: Get Ahead of the Curve

There is certainly a learning curve when it comes to social media, and you and/or your organization are at a place somewhere along the curve. Whether or not you've gotten your feet wet, we invite NAGC members to join us for free training.

The focus of "Simple Steps to Strengthen Your Gifted Program with Social Media" will be on Twitter, however best practice examples on Facebook and LinkedIn will be included. Ginger Lewman, an Edupreneur and savvy social media member, will share her expertise during two 90-minute sessions in August. She will demonstrate simple steps that you can take to promote and advocate for your gifted program. You will learn how to leverage these tools to grow and engage a positive, active community that thrives both online and in-person.More

Judge: U-46 Did Not Slight Minorities in Boundary Changes
Daily Herald
Eight years after a group of Elgin Area School District U-46 families sued the district for racial discrimination, Judge Robert Gettleman filed his opinion, finding mostly in favor of the district. In his opinion, Gettleman said the district did not discriminate against minority students when it redrew school boundaries in 2004. The families who brought the case forward argued that black and Latino students were sent to crowded schools that used mobile classrooms more often than schools their white peers attended.More

Obama Budget Threatens Popular STEM Education Initiatives
Scientific American
summer isolating strawberry DNA at a Seattle cancer research center, watching heart cells pulse in a dish and learning about ethical guidelines for animal research. The Summer Fellows program "sparked a little passion in me," says Ayah, a rising 10th-grader whose parents are from Eritrea. "I was kind of interested in science before, but I didn’t really know that much about it. Now I know that science in the real world is what I want to do." More

An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally
NPR via MindShift
About 18 months ago, novice entrepreneur Sue Khim flew to San Francisco from her home in Illinois to take part in an uncommonly public version of a Silicon Valley rite of passage — the pitch. With thousands of other young techies in the audience, she was scheduled to be onstage at the Launch Festival, a showcase for "stealth" startups that have managed to keep their products out of the voracious tech press, or have as-yet-unreleased products to announce. More

Summer Science Camps Stimulate Young Minds
Charleston Post Courier
Speeding down the ramp with the wind blowing fast, Brett Cox's car overturned. The reason? Too much tape. Cox and other kids ages 8-12 have taken part in a magnetic levitation camp in the Trident Technical College’s Kids’ College, a program of summer camps ranging from video game design to culinary training. "Every activity is preceded by a little lecture about what they're about to do," said Meghan Fisher, the class instructor. More

What Genius and Autism Have in Common
Child prodigies evoke awe, wonder and sometimes jealousy: how can such young children display the kinds of musical or mathematical talents that most adults will never master, even with years of dedicated practice? Lucky for these despairing types, the prevailing wisdom suggests that such comparisons are unfair — prodigies are born, not made (mostly). Practice alone isn't going to turn out the next 6-year-old Mozart. More

4 ways educators can save on classroom expenses
U.S. News & World Report
Outfitting school classrooms is big business. Educators spent roughly $3.2 billion last year to stock their classrooms with everything from disinfectant to educational games, according to an annual report by the National School Supply and Equipment Association. Of that total, $1.6 billion came directly out of teachers' pockets, according to the report, which surveyed nearly 400 elementary, middle and high school teachers. More