|NAGC Compass Points|
|Sep. 26, 2013|
From Where I Sit
The Purpose of Priorities
Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director
As I thought about how best to share some of the themes from NAGC's recent Leadership Retreat, I couldn't help but put a great quote to use in the illustration of my point. It's a well-known assertion from Thomas Edison, who said, "Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability … We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation." It would seem then, that the concept of being purposeful and strategic about setting priorities is not unique to the 21st Century.More
Connecting Parents and Teachers
For eight years Connecting for High Potential has been helping teachers and parents work together to provide a positive school experience for their gifted students. Many of the issue topics are relevant long past the issue date. Such is the case with the Connecting for High Potential from Fall 2005. As school progresses, if a problem or opportunity arises and you don’t know how to approach your child’s teacher or parent, search the Connecting for High Potential archives for possible solutions. Seeing the experience from another's shoes is a productive way to begin a conversation. Each issue is meant to be shared, so please do! If you have suggestions for issues you would like to see explored by Connecting for High Potential, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a happy, peaceful, and enriching school year! More
Advocacy in the States
TALENT Act Sponsor Receives Iowa Award
Representative Tom Latham (IA-3) is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association. ITAG selected Congressman Latham based on his support for gifted and talented education in Iowa and at the federal level. Rep. Latham was one of the original sponsors of the TALENT Act (H.R. 3448) earlier this year and the Association is recognizing him at their fall conference for giving a federal voice to the needs of high-ability students.More
The Learning Curve
Carve Out Some Time in the Pumpkin Patch
Linus, who has often been described as the most intelligent of the Peanuts group, is still waiting for the Great Pumpkin, hoping for some guidance to bold questions. This October we offer you three WOWs, as part of the Fall Semester series that will add heft to your toolbox and a greater understanding of current hot topics in education.More
Make Your Hotel Plans Now
Now is the time to take advantage of discounted rates for your hotel stay during the NAGC 60th Annual Convention. Visit the NAGC Convention page for listing and more information about the JW Marriott Indianapolis (the headquarters hotel and location of the majority of Convention events), SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown, Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown, and Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown. All the hotels are connected and within steps of the lovely White River State Park.
The deadline for hotel reservations is Oct. 16. Thanks to those who have already registered for the NAGC Convention. We look forward to welcoming you to our 60th annual celebration. Like any host, we want to know you’re coming, so please register today.More
Tufts' Center for Engineering Education and Outreach brings STEM Education to Local Schools
The Tufts Daily
There is no doubt that the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be intimidating for many students. Tufts' Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), however, is working to break down the barriers that deter so many students from starting to explore these important fields at a young age.More
National Science Board Releases STEM Education Data and Trends Tool
National Science Foundation
How much are states spending on their schools? What is the science and engineering job market outlook for U.S. graduates? How proficient are primary school students in math and science? Today, the National Science Board (NSB) released the STEM Education Data and Trends tool, a rich resource for anyone searching for answers to those and many other questions.More
Talented and Gifted Learning: Where's the Diversity?
The "talented and gifted" label is one bestowed upon the brightest, and most advanced, students. Beginning in early elementary grades, TAG programs separate student peers for the sake of individualized learning initiatives. Though the ideology is sound, the reality is often a monotone, unattractive look at contemporary American public schools.More
Mensa Kids Can Face Difficulty Finding Right School
Victoria, Elizabeth and Kate Wilson share more than just their DNA. The 9-year-old triplets have also all qualified to join Mensa, the exclusive high IQ society. The sisters scored within the top 2 percent on a designated IQ test, allowing them entry into Mensa. As they approach their next birthday, their parents are considering how to get them into the right education program. The family recently moved to New Jersey from Florida.More
What Should Teachers Tell Parents About the Common Core?
Education Week Teacher
A recent PDK/Gallup poll found that most Americans, including more than half of public school parents, are unaware of the Common Core State Standards, which are now being implemented in the vast majority of school districts. The survey found that even respondents who knew about the standards were often confused or misinformed about them.More