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From Where I Sit
Your Voice is Essential: Make a New Year's Pledge

By Jane Clarenbach, NAGC Director of Public Education
The 114th Congress convened in Washington earlier this month. The two-year cycle begins again, providing opportunities — and obligations — for gifted education advocates if we are to be successful in increasing federal attention to the needs of gifted and talented learners, including those with the potential to become high achievers.

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We DID it! Thank You 2014 Annual Fund Donors!

We'd like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all of our Annual Fund Donors for your generous contributions in 2014, the first full year of our annual fund campaign. Your gifts to NAGC allowed us to reach and surpass our Annual Fund Goal this year, raising more than $40,000 and helping to extend the reach and impact of our programs and initiatives.
More than $21,000 was earmarked for Javits-Frasier scholarships alone, a program that makes such a difference in the learning and lives of gifted children in Title I schools. For those who gave in 2014, we hope you will consider giving again (and more!) in 2015. For those who haven't yet made a financial commitment, consider the impact your gift will have on gifted students around the country and the amazing and passionate teachers who serve them.

It's all up to you.
With your help we can reach even higher in 2015. Thanks so much for your support.

Donate now

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New Resource for General Education Teacher Preparers
NAGC's State of the States report, regardless of the year, reminds us that the most common method of serving gifted students is the regular classroom. We also know that only one state requires general education teacher candidates to receive coursework on the nature and needs of advanced students. Where does that leave our gifted students? How can we help? The Syllabi Project was started as a way to share the knowledge of gifted educators with those outside the gifted community who prepare teachers. By infusing gifted practices into the core courses, our regular education teachers will be more prepared for the advanced students they will encounter in their classrooms.

Syllabi for three typical teacher preparation courses have been modified to address advanced learners. These syllabi can be shared with your colleagues to help them adapt their own course outlines.

NAGC is looking for more examples of extended syllabi to extend our reach. Are you interested in providing exemplar syllabi to your institution and sharing it with NAGC? Read more about the Syllabi Project and the guidelines for modifying syllabi.

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Now's the Time
Submit an NAGC Awards Nomination
We need your help to identify the best contributors, scholars and leaders in gifted education and in NAGC. It's time to nominate your most accomplished teacher, administrator, colleague, grad student or community leader for an NAGC award. Online nominations are now open through May 4.

Consider Service on the Board of Directors or a Network Chair/Chair-Elect Position
Make a difference in NAGC by running for a Network Chair or Chair-Elect position or the NAGC Board of Directors. Seven Networks seek nominations for Chairs-Elect and one Network seeks a Chair. Members of the Board of Directors are stewards of NAGC and bring the views and interests of members to discussions and decisions about NAGC's direction and priorities. Deadline for board and network position nominations is April 8.

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  Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Challenging K-12 students in an intellectual community through early entrance and outreach programs:
  • Transition School
  • UW Academy
  • Saturday Enrichment
  • Summer Programs
  • Professional Development
For more information, visit our website

Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
The Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University has an opening for a Coordinator for College Counseling. The Carol Martin Gatton Academy is a residential program for advanced high school students interested in STEM subjects. Find out more.

Visit the NAGC Career Center to learn more about open positions around the country.

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Research and Evaluation Network Dissertation Award — Deadline Feb.15
Each year, the NAGC Research and Evaluation Network presents a Dissertation Award for a high-quality dissertation relevant in gifted education (including creativity and talent development). Beyond recognizing superior dissertations, the award is designed to support the development of emerging scholars through critical review of and substantive feedback about completed dissertation research, and to provide a forum for the presentation and dissemination of dissertation research conducted by leaders among emerging scholars. The award winners will present a session at the NAGC Convention in Phoenix. Submitters must be members of the R&E Network and have defended their dissertation during the 2013 or 2014 calendar year. The deadline for 2015 submissions is Feb. 15.

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Say the Right Thing
"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
― Benjamin Franklin

The right place is the NAGC 62nd Annual Convention, Nov. 12-15 in Phoenix!

We encourage you to submit your best ideas, research and practical classroom strategies for consideration by Feb. 11. The Networks and Convention Program Committee, essential in the proposal review and selection process, will look for topics with broad appeal and carefully schedule a variety of topics in each time frame.

Themes identified for the 2015 convention include: supporting underrepresented populations; equity of access to identification, programs and services; attending to the whole child; addressing social and emotional needs; arts education and fostering creativity; the twice-exceptional learner; innovative uses of technology.

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 From the Headlines

Disclaimer: The information contained herein, other than organizational news, is not intended to reflect the position or opinion of NAGC nor does NAGC endorse any vendor or product mentioned. These headlines are provided solely for informational purposes. While NAGC makes every effort to be sensitive to our readers, please note that articles might not reflect NAGC’s positions on giftedness or related topics. We encourage our readers to contact those media outlets directly in the spirit of educating and informing journalists.

5 Ways to Encourage Kids to Grow Up to be Innovators
Fast Company
It's not easy being a kid today. They face shifting curricula requirements, a strong focus on standardized test results, piles of homework and a seemingly never-ending quest for achievement in everything from academics to sports. A recent documentary, "Race to Nowhere," delves into the rigors and risks of growing up in the 2010s. Former elementary and high school teacher Tony Wagner says he is worried this concern with business and benchmarking is stripping children of their creative nature.
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Looking for adventure this summer?

The Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. MORE
Serving Gifted Children Ages 5-14
Mirman School is proud to be celebrating 52 years of educating highly gifted children. Join us online to learn more about our innovative and award-winning programs.

Gifted Students Can Count on This Billionaire
Inside Philanthropy
In recent years, a big buzzword in education has been "gifted students." The term sometimes draws accusations of elitism, conjuring images of frenzied parents of privilege priming hothouse kids for the Ivy League and beyond. However, the National Association for Gifted Children notes that many of the nation's three million gifted kids come from "all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic groups."
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  Ambitious Teenagers: Study in Cambridge!

The Cambridge Scholars' Programme was founded to give ambitious high school students the opportunity to meet similar peers from around the world, prepare for college life, explore the famous historic and cultural landmarks of Britain and optionally Paris, and meet students from the world's top universities. Places limited - apply today.

Meet the Classroom of the Future
National Public Radio
The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain. It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants. This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Beneath all the human buzz, something other than humans is running the show: algorithms.
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Center for Talent Development Summer Program
Challenging and engaging courses inspire students age 4-grade 12 to delve deep into a subject of intrigue and connect with peers. Residential or commuter, Northwestern University. MORE
Dinah Zike
Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. MORE

A Quest for a Different Learning Model: Playing Games in School
The Hechinger Report
When the New York City middle school Quest to Learn welcomed its first class of sixth graders in 2009, it hailed itself as "the school for digital kids." Its founders from the Institute of Play promised a technology-rich environment that would parlay children's passion for video games into riveting educational experiences and authentic engagement.
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