NAGC Compass Points
Sep. 12, 2013

From Where I Sit
Looking Ahead

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President
Greetings from a new voice in the leadership. While I am about two weeks into the Presidency of NAGC, I am a long time member of the gifted community and a steady supporter and contributor to NAGC. While I am happy to serve in the president’s role, I am still learning about it. Nancy Green and the NAGC professionals who run the headquarters have been wonderful in their efforts to prepare me for what lies ahead. I would also like to publically welcome George Betts, who begins his term as president-elect as I begin mine as president. I’m sure George will bring to this role both respect and appreciation for past practice, as well as enthusiasm for what NAGC can be in the future.More

Get Back to Class with NAGC Webinars

The 2013 Fall Semester of Webinars on Wednesday is now underway, but you can still get in on the learning. Each session airs live with audience interaction encouraged and following the event those registered may view slides and listen to audio via the NAGC Live Learning Center. NAGC members may register for the full series of six webinars for just $150 (or $39 per webinar). A site license is also available to deliver top-notch professional development to your school or district. Register here.More

Teacher's Corner
The Lesson Plan: What to Leave In? What to Leave Out?

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential

During a short conversation recently with friend of mine who just began his teaching career, I reflected on my first days of teaching, some 15 years ago. I had everything planned out. Five to 10 minutes for the introduction, 7 minutes for the first activity, 9 minutes for this, 15 minutes for that, and so on. The end of each lesson always contained a "wrap-up" questioning time and assigning of homework. Each lesson of my unit was neat and organized. I was ready!

In truth, the written plan looked more like a schedule of events than a class. More often than not, student questions, ideas, and answers led the class in a different direction, and I rarely kept to my anticipated time blocks. My planned classes were certainly not going as planned!More

The Learning Curve
Milton Chen: Online Next Week and In-Person in Indy

In a little less than two months, NAGC will be at the starting line in for the 60th Annual NAGC Convention and Exhibition. Make plans now to join us in Indianapolis, Nov. 7-10. We have a great lineup of speakers who will share their insights and encouragement for the work you do with nigh-ability students. Coming around the first lap at Convention will be Milton Chen as our opening keynote speaker on Thursday, Nov. 7. He is the Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus, at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). We know many NAGC members visit the Foundation’s award-winning website, Edutopia.

You can speak with Milton on the NAGC Convention Facebook page, Wednesday, September 18-Thursday, September 19. Post a question. Share a success story. Connect with other Convention attendees.

Now is the time to register for the NAGC 60th Annual Convention before the early bird registration deadline. The early-bird discount pricing, as well as registration for the Action Labs, and discount pricing for groups, expires Sept. 20. Register today. More

Community News
Mensa Recognizes Researchers

Congratulations to these NAGC members for winning Awards for Excellence in Research from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation and Mensa International, Ltd. These annual awards are given internationally for outstanding research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness and related fields. This year's winning papers included examinations of personal intelligence, adult STEM productivity, students' time outside the classroom, trends in education excellence gaps, and reexamining the role of gifted and talented programs for the 21st Century.More

Research Grant Opportunity for Middle and High School Students

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Cogito have established the CTY Cogito Research Awards to enable bright middle- and high-school students to conduct research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. A committee composed of Johns Hopkins CTY faculty will select students who submit the most compelling, promising research proposals. Up to 10 award winners will be chosen this inaugural year to receive grants to help cover expenses associated with their research projects and will be paired with a mentor to support them through the research process.

Proposal submission deadline is Oct. 31, so please share with your students and families. More

Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted
Education Week Teacher
Does the child who has the clothes in her closet arranged by color have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or Autism, or is that level of organization simply a manifestation of a quirk of her high intelligence, i.e. attention to detail and rational structure? More

New North Carolina PAGE Organization Advocates and Supports Gifted Education in Guilford County
Adventures in Giftedness
It began simply with one parent's question about her academically gifted child's education and blossomed into the formation of Guilford County PAGE, an affiliate of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT). Guilford County PAGE, which stands for Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education, has an active board of directors preparing to launch its organization focused on advocating for gifted education in Guilford County public schools and supporting families and educators of gifted students. More

STEM Interest Declining Among Teens
CBS News
The number of job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is expected to increase significantly over the next five years. There are already thousands of well-paid STEM jobs that employers struggle to fill because they say the talent pool is too shallow, and experts at the Partnership for a New American Economy project say that there will be a shortfall of 230,000 qualified advanced-degree STEM workers by 2018. More