NAGC Compass Points
Oct. 10, 2013

From Where I Sit
Channeling Member Expertise

Jane Clarenbach, NAGC Director of Public Education
As a membership and advocacy organization, NAGC’s mission and strategic plan goals include developing the expertise needed to support high-ability youth. To the Board and staff this means educating members who are new to gifted education, building and updating GT professionals’ skills, and letting all the members know about trends, research, and challenges that affect our ability to identify and serve high achieving and high-potential students. It also means educating the public, including the broader education community as well as policymakers at every level.

Keeping members current and extending information about gifted education and children to a wider audience is critical work and requires a range of expertise and channels. The NAGC publications program is one of those channels. You are most likely familiar with Gifted Child Quarterly, Parenting for High Potential, and Teaching for High Potential, some or all of which you receive as part of your NAGC membership.More

NAGC News: Twice Exceptional Learners
Share the Articles from Gifted Child Quarterly

As part of its commitment to special populations of gifted students, NAGC has arranged with Gifted Child Quarterly's publisher to "open" the fall 2013 issue on twice-exceptional students to the public. Although NAGC members have free access to the online version of Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ), non-members must pay to download the article PDFs, which often limits the number of articles most K-12 educators read. From now to the end of December, the special issue is available for free download. NAGC urges you to share the journal link with school counselors, special education professionals, assessment teams, and others who work with twice-exceptional learners and who would not otherwise be familiar with GCQ. It's an opportunity to raise awareness and start a conversation about the needs of an often overlooked group of learners.More

Common Core State Standards and GT Students: Article for Secondary School Principals

The October issue of Principal Leadership, the monthly magazine of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), includes an article about the implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for high school principals. NASSP has provided an open link to the article for NAGC members. Co-authored by NAGC President Tracy Cross and Buck Green, principal of Johns Creek High School in Fulton County, Ga., the article provides some of the reasons the CCSS can be problematic for gifted students and provides examples of how secondary schools can address the needs of gifted students in the CCSS era. NAGC urges members to share the article widely with local secondary school and district leaders. More

Check Out the Tools to Reach Administrators

In previous editions of Compass Points, as well as the NAGC website, you’ll find many resources to educate and inform school administrators about the diverse needs of our high-ability students. Now you can tune into a webinar to learn more about how to use the contents of the NAGC Administrator Toolbox to take full advantage of their power!

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 info on the webinars can be found here. More

Teachers Corner
Tricks, Treats and Lessons

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
I am often found jotting down interdisciplinary connections to random topics and so I figured I would share my thoughts for classroom connections during this month of October, where the topic of conversation seems to revolve around the question "What will you be for Halloween?" The fall climate, in combination with the highly anticipated Giant Pumpkin weigh-off this weekend, has led me to reflect upon the season from multiple educational perspectives. I hope you find some great content to use with your curious and/or advanced students, who will certainly benefit from looking at Halloween as more than just a night to go out and trick (hopefully not too tricky) or treat.

NAGC Convention Connections
Time to Book Your Room for the NAGC Convention

We're a month out from NAGC's 60th Annual Convention in Indianapolis and the discounted hotel rates will expire Oct. 16.

The four NAGC Convention hotels are a landmark development of Marriott hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center and located on the edge of White River State Park. NAGC Convention attendees receive complimentary in-room internet. All hotel reservations are made directly with the hotels:

To take advantage of the discounted rates and find out more about the 60th Annual Convention, visit the NAGC Convention homepage, or call the hotel directly to book your reservation by Wednesday, Oct. 16. Reservation requests can be made by phone or Internet. Check the hotel's cancellation policy before making your reservation.

Want to check out the sessions, speakers, and strand offerings for the Convention? The NAGC website has a robust itinerary planner that will feed into a smartphone app later this month. More

Community News
Subotnik Receives National Honors

NAGC member Rena Subotnik was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mensa Education & Research Foundation. These awards are given for "an exceptional body of work in research, theory or other scholarly work by a living person over a period of not less than 15 years. Winners may be educators and/or practitioners in the fields of giftedness, brain function, human intelligence, creativity or intelligence testing." Congratulations to Rena. More

The Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. The Esther Katz Rosen Fund, established in 1974 for the advancement and application of knowledge related to gifted and talented children and adolescents, supports graduate students whose work centers on the psychological understanding of gifted and talented children and adolescents. The Rosen fellowship supports up to $20,000 for one-year graduate fellowships. Submit a completed application online by March 1, 2014.More

Losing Is Good for You
The New York Times (opinion)
Editor's note: Ashley Merryman, author of "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children" and "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing", is among the keynote speakers at the NAGC 2013 Convention. Read what she's got published in The New York Times.

AS children return to school this fall and sign up for a new year's worth of extracurricular activities, parents should keep one question in mind. Whether your kid loves Little League or gymnastics, ask the program organizers this: "Which kids get awards?" If the answer is, "Everybody gets a trophy," find another program.More

Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students
Education Week
From court cases and legislative lobbying to their own fundraising campaigns, parents are putting pressure on states and school districts to boost services for gifted children, whose needs and abilities, they say, often aren't met inside a traditional classroom.More

Through the Looking Glass
The Creativity Post
IQ tests are meant to determine specific cognitive strengths and weaknesses of a student. But, as Kaufman keeps pointing out throughout Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and as the inverse of an old saying goes, your greatest weakness can also be your greatest strength.More

Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies
Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play. "By the time I was 12, 13 years old I was on the road playing with Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and some of the great orchestras. So it was pretty meteoric," Haimovitz says. "I grew up with a lot of classical music in the household. My mother is a pianist and took me to many concerts." More

9 Black Child Prodigies Reveal How They Unlocked Their Genius Potential
Atlanta Black Star
By age 7, Mabou Loiseau, who is from a Haitian family, spoke eight different languages – English, French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese and Russian. By then she had also learned to play the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano. More

Twitter Guide For Teachers: Ideas, Resources and More
Many teachers are using Twitter as a classroom tool. But a lot of schools still view the communication tool as a "toy" students use in their free time, not a serious platform for learning. As sites like Twitter and Facebook become ever more fundamental to how the world communicates, schools will need to shift their policies to move with the times.More