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From Where I Sit
Help High-Ability Students Succeed! Pass the TALENT Act!

By Jack Andraka
At 15 years old, I developed a revolutionary new test for early-stage pancreatic cancer that is faster, cheaper and more accurate than any other test. I was given the youth achievement Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. All of a sudden I was being called everything from a prodigy to a genius! But I think I was just a kid who had the support from teachers who believed in me to take on this huge project. Unfortunately, that's something most students don't have.
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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
Make a difference in NAGC by running for the NAGC Board of Directors. 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 nominations is April 8.

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NAGC Early Childhood Network Chair-Elect Vacancy
Have you been a member of the Early Childhood Network for two or more years? Are you interested in keeping parents and educators informed about important issues regarding children in their early years? Consider submitting your nomination to serve as chair-elect of the Early Childhood Network, or one of the other eight Network position vacancies. Serving in one of these essential leadership positions allows you the opportunity to work together with NAGC members who share your passion. If you have any questions, contact Carolyn Kaye at NAGC, or the Network Chair Laura Beltchenko. 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
Check out these positions now on the NAGC Career Center:
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Community News
Fordham Institute Report on Common Core and Gifted Students

A new issue brief from the Fordham Institute summarizes four steps schools should take to ensure that advanced and gifted students are able to maximize their full potential in the new Common Core environment.

The brief, written by Jonathan Plucker from the University of Connecticut, is available for free download. Get the brief and see the panel discussion from Feb. 23 and other supporting documents.

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Roberts Recognized for her Impact on Gifted Education
NAGC member Julia Link Roberts was recently honored with the 2015 Palmarium Award from the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education at the University of Denver.

The award is presented to the individual most exemplifying the vision of the IDGE: A future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced and systemically nurtured throughout the nation and world. Recipients demonstrate that vision through practical impacts on education, advocacy outreach, educational publications and influential research.

Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University and executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

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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
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

Reviewers Needed for 2015 Javits Grant Competition
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking qualified reviewers to evaluate applications for the 2015 Javits Gifted & Talented Program grants program. The review will occur over two weeks in June. It will be conducted online and by conference call, and will not require travel. Reviewers will be required to participate in a training webinar prior to the competition and participate in all panel discussions and conference calls established by the panel facilitator. There will be an honorarium paid to reviewers after all competition work is complete.

Interested reviewers should submit a resume that documents that you are highly qualified in areas pertinent to the program and have a background in one or more of the following areas:
  • Gifted and talented education research and practice
  • Capacity building and implementation of gifted and talented programs
  • Educational needs of economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities
  • Professional development models
  • Educational interventions to support advanced learning
Please make sure your resume is current and includes the following information:
  • Full name
  • Education (degrees, with dates of degrees, institutions and majors)
  • Professional positions in chronological order with the most recent first, with titles and responsibilities detailed.
  • Contact information, including telephone number(s), preferred email address and mailing address.
Please send your resume to Lyn Johnson. Lyn can also answer your questions via email or by calling 202-260-1990.

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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.

Will Gifted Education Weather the Common Core?
THE Journal
According to a study by the Fordham Institute, some districts and states believe that the Common Core gives them a reason to ditch services for gifted students, equating the standards with advanced education. "The Common Core was really meant to be a floor and not a ceiling," said Jonathan Plucker, a professor of education at the University of Connecticut and an expert in gifted education, who wrote the Fordham paper examining the situation for high-achieving students.
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Gifted Underachievers: Underachieving or Refusing to Play the Game?
Crushing Tall Poppies
Gifted children who are not challenged in school and are not taught the way they need to learn can eventually give up on school and may then become what we term gifted underachievers. Sadly, it happens more often than it should.
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iD Game Design & Development Academy

Don’t just play video games—create your own! Intensive, pre-college experience in game design & development, game programming, and 3D modeling & animation held at top universities nationwide. Ages 13-18 meet industry professionals, tour a local gaming studio, and learn how their passion can benefit their future., 1-888-709-8324
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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.
Discovery Toys
Baby Grooves. Exploration, Motor Skills, and Thinking Skills. This rhythm rattle band is designed to promote stimulation, coordination and musical awareness. Instruments are safe for tiny fingers and mouths. Includes: Cage Bell, Maraca, Cymbal Shaker Bead Roller and Music CD.

School Is About More than Training Kids to Be Adults
The Atlantic
Michael Godsey writes: Years ago, as a junior-varsity baseball coach, I was once stunned by a player who had to remind me that he and his teammates — the people I was training — were only kids. I had just finished giving a pretty typical speech to my team, telling them that, over five years, I had 16 players who went on to play in college or professionally.
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Report: Fewer Kids Are Frequent Readers
The Boston Globe
Books can be a hard sell as kids get older and spend more time texting, on YouTube or playing games on their phones. A new report by children's publishing company Scholastic shows how reading habits change through childhood, and offers hints for parents looking to get their kids to read more. The biannual Kids & Family Reading Report, based on a 2014 survey of more than 2,500 parents and kids, found that the number of kids ages 6-17 who frequently read books for fun is lower than it was four years ago.
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Gifted LearningLinks Individualized, Online Courses
Power up your gifted child’s learning with an online Gifted LearningLinks course. GLL offers challenging curriculum and flexible pacing for kindergarten–high school. 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.

What Happens To Students on the Fast Track To College?
Psychology Today
Most of us spend four years in high school, but every once in a while you'll hear about some prodigy who enters college earlier than typical. For example, Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize winning physicist, entered Yale University at age 15. Gell-Mann turned out pretty successful, but what about people who entered college early as a whole? What happens to them later in life when they grow up?
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