NAGC Compass Points
Sep. 11, 2014

From Where I Sit
Executive Staff Transition Announcement

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President
I am writing to announce that after more than 10 years at the helm, Nancy Green will step down as Executive Director of NAGC, effective November 17th. As a longstanding member of NAGC and current president, I applaud Nancy's immeasurable improvements to the organization across her decade of leadership. The strides that have been made have left us well prepared for the future.More

Data on Gifted Education around the US

NAGC has several reports on its website that contain data about policies, programs and services for gifted students at the state and local levels. The reports can be helpful to researchers and for advocates working to develop and/or strengthen gifted ed opportunities.

Browse the results of a national survey of schools, conducted by the University of Virginia for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. The results are reported by elementary, middle and high school levels and includes a separate overview. View the links to the reports.

State policy data is reported in the biannual State of the States in Gifted Education report, which NAGC produces in collaboration with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted. The 2012-2013 report, which includes searchable state-by-state data, is available from the NAGC online store. Read an NAGC overview of the report or view selected policy and practice data by state.More

NAGC Early Bird, Action Lab and Group Convention Registration Deadline Coming Fast
NAGC's 61st Annual Convention & Exhibition is the largest annual event devoted to gifted and talented learners and when you register before Sept. 20, you'll save $30 on your individual registration. Sept. 20 is also the deadline for Action Lab and group registrations.

Classroom teachers, gifted/talented coordinators, school administrators, researchers, parents, college and university faculty and more, will converge Nov. 12-16 in Baltimore for pre-convention events, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, exhibits, general sessions and networking events.

Visit the NAGC Convention website and with just a few clicks of your mouse, you can see the stellar lineup of sessions and speakers that await you. Browse by one of the 15 strands, date or speaker. On the website you can select events to save to your personal plan and view it on the app that will launch in October.

Lock in your registration and reserve your discounted hotel room today. We want to make this an easy process for you, so we even compiled a page of ideas on how to get funding from your district or institution for this unparalleled professional development opportunity. Find more info on the NAGC website, too.More

Gifted Child Quarterly is Now a Click Away for NAGC Members
NAGC Individual, Lifetime, and Graduate Student members may view issues of Gifted Child Quarterly back to issue 1...via your login on the NAGC website. No need to remember a separate log in for GCQ!

In the October 2014; 58 (4) edition:More

Teachers' Corner
Getting to Know your Students

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
The start of the school year can bring about feelings of exhaustion, apprehension, confusion, and difficulty for teachers and their students. I know my first two weeks of school always prove to be the hardest to get through. I have recently taken on a new position after 15 years in the classroom; I feel as if I am starting over again. Apart from not knowing the names of the students sitting before me, I'm unaware of what their interests are, how they like to learn, what their work ethic is, or the knowledge they already possess. Curricular responsibilities, faculty meetings, and a host of other back-to-school tasks can often cloud the first and most important order of business in any educational environment: getting to know the students. More

The Learning Curve
Register Today for FREE Webinars

Register now for these "free-to-member" Webinars on Wednesday. When you register you will receive confirmation on access to the live event at the date and time indicated. Following the event, you will find the webinars stored in the "My NAGC" section of the website when you log in. Just click on "My Webinars."

The following Webinars on Wednesday launch in October:

Oct. 1
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
NAGC: Leadership Directions and Priorities for 2015
Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Paula M. Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Oct. 8
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
NAGC: Leadership Directions and Priorities for 2015
Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Oct. 15
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
Guiding Gifted Programming from a District Leadership Perspective
Dina Brulles, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Peoria, AZ; Lauri Kirsch, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL

Oct. 22
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
George Betts, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO; Tracy C. Missett, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA

Oct. 29
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education: New Curricular Strategies for Educators
Felicia A. Dixon, Ball State University, Muncie IN; Branson D. Lawrence, Jr., Carl Heine, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL ; Ken Stuart, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Muncie, IN

Find full descriptions on the NAGC website. Nonmembers may register for WOWs for $29 each. Did you notice that the web page is called "Online Learning?" Wait until you see how NAGC is enhancing online learning for education professionals in the coming months beyond these information-packed webinars! More

Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:


Minnesota Program Expands on Goals for Gifted and Talented
Mankato Free Press
Mankato Public Schools' new talent development program will take gifted and talented services to a whole new level, according to staff. With a new full-time coordinator and plans to train pre-K through 12th grade teachers to better serve their highest academic achievers, the initiative makes a concentrated effort to ensure students are given multiple enrichment opportunities throughout their academic career.More

Teaching Computer Science — Without Touching a Computer
The Hechinger Report
A group of children on a playground, each kid clutching a slip of paper with a number on it, moves along a line drawn in chalk, comparing numbers as they go and sorting themselves into ascending order from one to ten. Another group of children, sitting in a circle, passes pieces of fruit — an apple, an orange — from hand to hand until the color of the fruit they're holding matches the color of the T-shirt they're wearing. More

How Do Unschoolers Turn Out?
Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school. The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book, "Free to Learn." Over the years, as he encountered more and more families who had adopted this approach at home (these so-called "unschoolers" are estimated to represent about 10 percent of the more than 2 million homeschooled children), he began to wonder about its outcomes in that setting.More