NAGC Compass Points
Oct. 25, 2012

From Where I Sit
Exploring the World of Gifted and Talented

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Each year when I go to the NAGC Convention, I look forward to the growing level of excitement and "buzz" throughout the halls. The enlightening conversation, hugs, laughter, and firm handshakes make it a safe and supportive place for us to come together and expand our knowledge. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned pro, being knowledgeable about the journey ahead and being equipped to "make the climb" is your first undertaking at the 59th Annual NAGC Convention.

You'll check-in at NAGC Registration and receive a bag full of valuable resources before heading to the Opening General Session on Thursday at 2:30 pm. If you are a first-time attendee, I suggest that you attend the 1:00-2:00 pm orientation session to gather more knowledge and tools for your journey. It's not as harrowing an adventure as a climb up the side of a Colorado peak, where there are no exits, but it is just as important to make each step count from Thursday through Sunday. I further suggest that you attend every reception and special event possible since networking with your colleagues and meeting new ones is paramount to reaching the summit.More

NAGC News to Note
New Report with Recommendations from the National Summit

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NAGC is pleased to announce the release of its report on meeting the needs of low-income, high-ability students. The report, Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High-Ability Students, includes the practice, policy, and research recommendations for developing the talents of this special population of learners that were presented and discussed at the 2012 National Summit on Low-Income, High-Ability Students. The Summit was hosted by NAGC with the support of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. "For decades, our nation has failed to heed our obligation to develop our high-ability and high-potential talent, the students of today who will drive our national prosperity tomorrow. Summit participants explored the many challenges in this area, but more importantly, focused on identifying well-supported and replicable solutions to reverse this neglect," said NAGC President Paula Olszewski-Kubilius. The full report may be downloaded from the NAGC website. The report will be the focus of several sessions at the Annual Convention in Denver and will be distributed to Convention attendees. Look for more information in early 2013 about follow-up initiatives to disseminate and build on the report's findings.More

Teacher Corner
Now Available: Exclusive Members-only Access to THP Library

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Teaching for High Potential has undergone a makeover and in conjunction with the debut of the new design, NAGC members will be able to access back issues of THP! Once in the library, you'll find THP articles categorized by one of the following topics (each have additional subtopics):

Simply click on one of the four areas and you're directed to a list of annotated articles, columns, and special features. Each article includes the issue date, which you can then locate in the issue library. Please log in to the NAGC website, and check out the new Teaching for High Potential library page.More

Voices and Viewpoints
Ellen Honeck, NAGC Early Childhood Network Chair

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"Voices and Viewpoints" features NAGC members telling us a little about their "day job" while sharing how their work with an NAGC committee or network relates to the field. In this issue we highlight an NAGC Network leader. Every NAGC member may select three Networks to join as part of their membership. Check out the opportunities to "network" with your Network at the NAGC Convention here, including a Thursday night visit to the Ricks Center at the University of Denver brought to you by the Early Childhood, Special Schools, and Middle Grades Networks.

What is your connection to gifted children/education?
I have a background in education and taught Preschool to 8th grade students at the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and currently serve as Associate Director at the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education and also teach gifted education graduate courses at the University of Denver.

How long have you been an NAGC member?
Since 1999
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The Learning Curve
"Click to Read" or "Touch" the Convention Program Book

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The long awaited NAGC 59th Annual Convention Program Book is now available in digital format. To open the 2012 NAGC Program Book just select the "click to read" button to open it in page viewer. You don't need to download the PDF (which requires registration) to view it. However, if you're someone who loves to do searches, and wants to find specific topics and speakers, we recommend downloading the program book. Each registered attendee will obtain a printed program book upon check-in at the registration desk in the Colorado Convention Center.

The NAGC 2012 Convention App provides you with easy mobile access to each day’s events, or the schedule at a glance. When you "touch" a session, it will open up a full description along with time and place. You can create your own personal schedule by clicking on "add to calendar." Be sure to check the "alerts" for timely information, the "maps" for room locations, and the exhibitor listing to get situated in Base Camp. And don't forget to check Facebook or send us a Tweet, anytime day or night, before Denver or while in Denver. And don't forget that the Convention hotels are providing complimentary in room internet to all NAGC attendees. You may still reserve your hotel room at the Grand Hyatt through October 31. More

GT Neighborhood News
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Dissertation Fellowship

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Now in its third year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award four Fellowships of up to $25,000 to support advanced doctoral candidates in a variety of fields, including education and the social sciences. All candidates must have successfully completed all pre-dissertation requirements.

Share this flyer with your colleagues. Additional information is available at JKCF website. Application Deadline: February 4, 2013. More

30 Years of Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Education Week
Back in the early 1980's, individuals committed to helping others learn more about and positively support the social and emotional aspects of giftedness came together to found an organization that would do (and has done) just that. SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) fulfills this mission with webinars, parent discussion groups, conferences, continuing education (including home study courses), videos, an articles library and publications.More

Making Sure the Twice-Exceptional Student is Challenged
Chicago Now
Rhonda Stern, a certified mediator, an attorney and has been in the field of gifted and talented education since 2000, writes: "As adults responsible for the growth of the next generation, we ... [must give youth] a ... society in which men and women, rich and poor, the gifted and the handicapped, have an equal opportunity to use and to increase all of their abilities, each according to her or his talents. Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure (1993) ... Last week, we looked at strategies to engage the twice-exceptional child (gifted and learning disabled). This week, we focus on methods to ensure that the twice-exceptional child is appropriately challenged."More

Maybe Gifted Underachievers Are More Creative
Psych Central
"Einstein is a classic example of a highly creative and highly gifted individual that did not do well in traditional school environments." That is a quote in a research paper by Kyung Hee Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of Educational Psychology at The College of William and Mary. She thinks "the cause of the underachievement of many gifted and talented students may be their creativity, which tends to clash with traditional school environments."More

New Gifted and Talented Test Leaves Parents Stumped
DNAinfo.com New York
The new gifted and talented test isn't just tough for 4-year-olds — it's also stumping their parents. The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test — which preschoolers have to ace to win one of the city's coveted public gifted and talented kindergarten seats for fall 2013 — quizzes kids on their spatial reasoning skills, asking them to analyze complex geometrical patterns. Parents across the city are helping their kids prepare — and must decide if they will request a test by early November — but many said they first had to teach the material to themselves.More

Building Confidence in Creativity
Byrdseed
Too often we ask kids to create a story or a picture, and we hear: "I'm just not creative." Deep down, we know that everyone possesses creativity, yet this quality seems so elusive. Some kids do just seem to jump into creative tasks while others flounder. Can we teach students to be creative? Can we practice it as a skill? How can we help kids become confident in their creativity.More

Absenteeism and Ability Grouping
Gifted Exchange
Laura Vanderkam, a New York City-based freelance writer, writes: "I get press releases on various educational studies. Recently, one from Johns Hopkins caught my eye. Prof. Robert Balfanz authored a report on chronic absenteeism, defined as missing more than 10 percent of the school year. Balfanz and his co-author, Vaughan Byrnes, estimate that 10-15 percent of the student population misses this much school. The report finds that "missing school matters." Chronically absent kindergartners do less well in first grade. Sixth grade attendance strongly correlates with graduating on time." More