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Celebrating Success . . . The Gifted Way

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last week I experienced a wonderful convergence of gifted mojo. The occasion was the annual celebration of gifted and talented education in Maryland, hosted by the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education. During the evening program, all of the elements were in place for a demonstration of state support and celebration.

So here's what made the magic:
  • First, we heard from the students themselves. Students from elementary, middle and high schools across the state were on hand to share in their own words, how the services and support they have received has made a difference in their lives. The audience was also treated to a video, "10 Myths in Gifted Education," created and produced by a group of Maryland students. If you would like to see this creative example of advocacy through the voices of our brightest learners, visit this link.

NAGC News to Note
"And the NAGC Award Goes to … "

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While the red carpet may be just be a television phenomenon, the honor and the recognition is what takes a starring role at the annual NAGC awards presentation at the NAGC 59th Annual Convention, November 15-18, in Denver. NAGC is accepting nominations for awards until April 16, 2012; whether it's for an outstanding scholar, community leader or advocate, please do not delay in submitting the name of individuals worthy of recognition. Each candidate's completed application is carefully reviewed by the Awards Committee, which consists of NAGC member volunteers.

2012 Javits-Frasier Scholarship Application Now Available
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NAGC values equity and excellence and is committed to developing leaders who can effectively advocate for historically under-represented groups. The Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development seeks to identify passionate, innovative educators in communities across the country where students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are historically under-represented in gifted programs. Application deadline for this program is May 15, 2012. Find out more online.

Capital Update
Federal Funding for Gifted Education — Your Voice Needed

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The Congress has begun the fiscal year 2013 process and your Members of Congress need to hear from you.

As the House and Senate appropriations committees begin their work each year on the separate bills that fund federal agencies and programs, they conduct hearings to receive input from the administration on its goals, and they receive letters from individual offices about Members' priorities.

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The Learning Curve
Identifying Students from Special Populations

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NAGC Webinars on Wednesday are back next week, March 14, with "Using the P-12 Gifted Programming Standards to Identify Gifted Low Income & Minority Students." This week's expert will be Jaime Castellano from Ganado Unified School District, Ganado, Ariz., and co-editor of Special Populations in Gifted Education. More

Teacher's Corner
If You Want Something Done …

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is no such thing as a typical "day in the life" for an educator of gifted and talented students. While structured schedules and prepared lessons can create an illusion of organization, as soon as the bell rings and class begins, it is truly anyone's guess as to how the class and overall day will proceed. Although this environment makes for exciting discussions, autonomous learning, and individualized evaluations of work, it can be exhausting. How can we squeeze in time for a bit of creative productivity on a personal level? I'm not speaking of hobbies or activities, but rather offerings that can engage the wider audience of fellow faculty, administrators, and community members; designed to improve overall understanding of what the field of gifted and talented is all about. More

 From the Headlines

Unwrapping The Gifted: Two Seconds
Education Week (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sometimes it's those two second moments with our students that light the day, demonstrate evidence of progress, and cause us to pause as we catch an insight through their eyes, writes Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist for a school district located on an Indian reservation in northwestern Montana and President of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education. More

Maryland State Board Endorses New Standards for Gifted Education
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Maryland state educators have worked for the past six years on a standard for gifted students, but it was always put on the back burner until recently when it was completed and passed by the state board. More

Identify Gifted Children to Reduce Reoffending
Children & Young People Now United Kingdom    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Staff working with young offenders must be trained to identify gifted children to prevent cycles of reoffending, according to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC United Kingdom). According to the association's report, "Releasing Potential," children who have the potential to achieve exceptionally well in a range of subjects, can display challenging behavior, experience boredom and refuse to work or underachieve. More

House Panel Gives Partisan Approval to ESEA Bills
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On a partisan vote, the House Education and the Workforce Committee gave its stamp of approval to GOP-backed legislation reauthorizing portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A pair of bills, both of which were introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, would scale back the federal role in education and give states much more running room when it comes to K-12 policy, a 180-degree pivot from the current version of the law, the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act. The measures passed on a party-line vote of 23-16. More

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Lack of Funding Leaves New Jersey's Gifted and Talented Students at Mercy of Their Schools
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New Jersey's Department of Education requires school districts to identify and offer programs to children considered "gifted and talented." But while millions of dollars are allocated by the federal and state government to assist students who struggle, there is no funding that targets gifted students; each district is left to decide how to meet the rule. Results are impossible to measure, but advocates say programs have suffered in the recession. More

Can DC Handle Gifted Education?
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gifted education receives little notice in low-income urban school districts because it often doesn’t exist there. Big-city schools have more pressing issues than serving children with unusual intellectual talent. Such districts might designate some students as gifted but rarely do much with them. That is going to change in D.C. public schools. More

New Study: 4-Day School Schedule Improves Math and Reading performance
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mary Beth Walker, dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, has just published the draft of a study looking at four-day school weeks and their impact on elementary school students. Her study offers a surprising conclusion: The adoption a four-day school week had a positive and often statistically significant relationship with performance in both reading and mathematics. More

Common Core Brings K-12, Higher Education Together
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If college and university faculties do not embrace the common-core standards as solid indicators of college readiness, what do the standards mean? That was one of the big questions hovering over a national forum about how pre-collegiate and higher education can work together to use the new English/language arts and mathematics standards as the basis for stronger curricula, instruction, teacher preparation and college success. More

Reading, Writing, Tweeting
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day. That's because Evan and others in first-grade teacher Jodi Conrad's class use Twitter to send out a weekly newsletter, update the days' activities and give parents reminders about upcoming programs. More
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