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From Where I Sit
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Engagement with Gifted Education

Ann Robinson, NAGC Past President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Building principals and the school superintendents are key stakeholders in the development of talents and the provision of services for gifted students. We know that administrators can make programs with their understanding and support or break them by their reluctance and failure to allocate resources. With the full spectrum of students on their minds and with their professional plates overfull, few principals and superintendents attend the annual NAGC Convention, access our print or electronic resources, or actively participate in the leadership of our organization.

It has been decades since a sitting principal or superintendent served on the NAGC Board of Directors although they did so in the early years of the Association. In fact, the last superintendent to serve as President of NAGC was elected over 50 years ago. Clearly, as an organization, we did not meet the needs of principals and superintendents, and they voted with their feet.

From where I sit, the failure to engage school leaders and to provide them with the resources they want (not what we think they want) is a serious problem for the field of gifted education.

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Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High-Ability Students with presenters Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and NAGC President; and Carol Horn, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Va. You'll hear compelling findings from a white paper that focuses on both a research and practice agenda for the field and the needs of promising learners from poverty. More

We Know You Have Something to Say!
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Now is the time to submit your carefully crafted proposals to present at the NAGC 60th Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 7-10.

We encourage you to submit your best ideas, research, and practical classroom strategies for consideration by Feb. 1. 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. To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, NAGC invites proposals with an historical perspective or flair. This special session could focus on changes in the field, the influence of leaders, and impact of research on a specific "strand" of gifted and its possible futures.

Gifted Education Seminar-National Edition

45 hours of interactive training: flash drive, differentiation book, and CD. This innovative, economical professional development, developed/field-tested by Illinois State Board of Education, ensures a solid foundation in gifted education with resources from experts including Bertie Kingore, Carolyn Coil, Jim Delisle,
Frances Karnes, and Kristen Stephens.
Modules: Perspectives, Understanding Gifted, Differentiation, and Curriculum/ Programming.

Capital Update
Share your Story for NAGC and CEC Advocacy

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NAGC encourages gifted education advocates to share their stories of the value of programs and services for gifted education with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) as part of its "Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children" report. The stories are shared with Congress and the Administration to help policymakers better understands the value of these kinds of programs and the need to do more.

Stories may be submitted by anyone in contact with gifted children (with parent's permission) — including, teachers, school administrators, and parents.

Click here for instructions on how to submit a story via email.

NAGC is pleased to join with CEC in our federal advocacy efforts. Your examples put a personal touch on the facts and figures that accompany our funding and legislative proposals.

The Learning Curve
Conversations That Are Anything BUT "Common"

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The winter 2013 WOW series offers teachers and district coordinators the opportunity to listen in on a variety of approaches and explore strategies and practices for implementing the Common Core State Standards in the classroom while modifying them for gifted and advanced learners. "Common Core Conversations," a series of six Webinars on Wednesday, kick off on Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. Eastern. Each session is just $39 for NAGC Members ($59 for Nonmembers). Register now here.

But don't keep all this good information and resources to yourself, bring it to your school or district with a WOW site license.

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 From the Headlines

Skilled Immigration Reform and STEM Education Advocates Get Spotlight in Inaugural Address
The Washington Post (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Advocates for greater investment in math and science education and for changes to the nation's visa laws for skilled immigrants got a surge of nitrogen to their engines. In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama placed both issues front and center, emphasizing their priority with their placement in one of the most high-profile speeches of his presidency. More

Gifted Students Have 'Special Needs,' Too
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Are our national education-reform priorities cheating America's intellectually ablest girls and boys? Yes — and the consequence is a human capital catastrophe for the United States. It's not as dramatic or abrupt as the fiscal cliff. But if we fail to pay attention, one day we'll be very sorry. More

Advice For New Gifted Education Specialists
Education Week Teacher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist for a school district located on an Indian reservation in northwestern Montana and past-president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education, writes: "Welcome to the best job on Earth! Whatever route you took to land here, I'm glad you've landed. Some of us aimed to be here. Others were re-routed. Still others have turned a detour into a permanent location. …" More

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What Makes Gifted Kids Tick?
Chicago Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In her Gifted Matters column, Rhonda Stern — who sits on the Social and Emotional Committee of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and is a lecturer and writer on gifted and talented issues — discusses what she calls the "work hard/play hard syndrome." More

Baltimore Elementary School's Gifted and Talented Program Receives State Honor
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hickory Elementary School near Bel Air, Md., has received state recognition for its gifted and talented program. The school was named by the Maryland State Department of Education and the State Advisory Board on Gifted and Talented Education as one of eight Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education, or EGATE, schools for 2012. More

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Montgomery County, Md., Will Offer 'Compacted' Classes for Advanced Math Students
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Montgomery County, Md., students moving faster than their peers in math will have the chance to take "compacted" classes starting in fourth grade under new education standards designed to make instruction more challenging and uniform nationwide. The compacted courses will teach material in a shorter amount of time and will be available at all schools. But the district will have very strict guidelines as to which students will be eligible for the classes. More


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