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Bringing Springtime (and the Wallace Symposium!) to Washington, D.C.

Susan Assouline, Director, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa
Longing for spring? What better opportunity to welcome this much-anticipated season than in our nation’s capital, March 22-25, at the Wallace Research and Policy Symposium, which is co-located and planned in collaboration with the NAGC Affiliate Conference.

Partnering with NAGC to co-host The 11th Wallace Symposium has been a highlight of the preparations, which will feature dozens of keynote, invited, concurrent, and poster presenters. The entire list of presenters (more than 60!) is too numerous to print, but view it online here. You will recognize many familiar names including gifted education specialists (Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, Nick Colangelo); policy experts (Chester Finn, Rena Subotnik, Jane Clarenbach, and Jonathan Plucker); and you will hear from experts outside of the field of gifted education (Richard Duschl and Martin Storksdieck) as well as our featured speaker, Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class. People from all over the world will attend. The symposium hotel, the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in Arlington, Va., has a great conference space and is located just a few minutes from Reagan National Airport. We couldn’t be happier with this venue for the 11th Wallace Symposium because the setting offers a special atmosphere that will help us maintain the intimacy that many of come to expect from the Wallace Symposium, while still allowing us to think expansively and creatively.

Registration remains open. You can register on site or online.
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Action Needed on Funding the Javits Act in 2015

The annual funding cycle for federal programs and services is underway in Congress. Now is the time to contact your Senators and Representative in support of funding for the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act (Javits) in fiscal year 2015. The Javits Act is the only federal program that specifically supports gifted and talented students. Your action is needed by March 21.
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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities

At the NAGC Career Center, you’ll find these available positions:
  • Sheridan County School District #2 in Sheridan, Wyo., is looking for a Gifted and Talented (GATE) English Teacher for grades 6-8. Listing available until March 28.
  • Cleveland State University has an opening for a Visiting Assistant Professor, Gifted and Talented Education. The one-year position, with a second year possible, starts August, 2014. Listing available until March 30.
  • The search for a Director for Ricks Center for Gifted Children is still open. Ricks Center serves 250 gifted students from age three through 8th grade.

  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

Webinars on Wednesday
Mark your calendar and register today for four NAGC webinar events! Two are free to members:

April 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
A Twice-Exceptional Discussion to Help Teachers and Parents Better Advocate for Services
In advance of the session, read the NAGC Position Paper, Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment. The paper makes five recommendations to improve identification processes so that 2e students will be recognized and served as having both gifts and talents and disability(ies).

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You are NAGC

Have you been putting it off? Thinking about running for a Network or Board position, or nominating a deserving individual for an NAGC recognition?

Don't put it off one second longer, check out these opportunities to stay engaged in your organization!

Looking for Network Leaders
Nine NAGC Networks will elect Chairs-Elect in June and one has a vacancy for a Chair. Learn more about the Networks and what it takes to become a candidate. Nominations are due (emailed or postmarked) by April 7. Elections open in mid-June and successful candidates will start in their position on September 1.

Board Position Vacancies
This year, six positions are open on the Board: two at-large positions, two officer positions (that require prior board service), one Network Representative position, and one School/District Representative position. View the complete list of qualifications and position descriptions. The deadline for applications is April 7.

NAGC has awards to recognize gifted education professionals in just about any position, at any point in their career, as well as awards for people outside the field who have taken part in advancing services for advanced students. NAGC’s new award, the NAGC Gifted Coordinator/Administrator Award, was developed to recognize a district level gifted education coordinator or administrator. Learn about all the NAGC Awards and go to the NAGC Awards site to start your nominations today. Awards nominations are open until May 2.

NAGC Bookstore
Uncommon Resources for Using National Content Standards with High-Ability Students


A day doesn’t go by without a media story on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. NAGC is pleased to support your work in integrating the Standards, along with the Next Generation Science Standards, for your high-ability learners. In the NAGC Bookstore, you'll find five books written by experts in the field that include examples of differentiated assignments in each standard area. Check out these publications and "Common Core State Standards and Gifted Education" on the NAGC website.

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Teachers' Corner
Take a Hike…

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
In the spring of 1996, I travelled to the western states on a geological hiking expedition that left a lasting impact on me, both as a student of science and a human on the planet. It was there, on the trails, that I began to solidify my belief in the importance of observation, experience, and questioning as tools that directly apply to education. They have become the underlying themes of my own educational philosophy and units of instruction. Even though I have yet to return to such a humbling place, rock samples, trail maps, photographs, and memories have reminded me of the lessons learned during that 10-day adventure … until now!
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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 PreK-grade 12 to delve deep into a subject of intrigue and connect with peers. Residential or commuter, Northwestern University.

 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.

Skipping a Grade is Rare, But it Might Just Save the World
The Washington Post
When Linda Mc­Veigh began second grade at Kit Carson Elementary School in Lawndale, Calif., her teacher saw she was far ahead. She had learned to read at age four from her 12-year-old aunt. The blonde 7-year-old from a rural Oklahoma family was funny and talkative. Her math scores were very high. The school recommended she skip ahead to third grade.
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Program Helps Gifted As Well As Struggling Students at Catonsville Middle School in Maryland
The Baltimore Sun
The Tracie Marcus Academic Leadership program in Maryland is helping students like Catonsville Middle School student Donnell Jones, live up to their academic potential. "It's taught me a lot about life and how to succeed," the seventh-grader said. Jones is a new student in the Gifted and Talented Education Program, which provides more rigorous academics for students who show, "potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students," according to Maryland Public Schools information.
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  A Best Choice for Gifted Education

Ball State University’s online gifted and talented education license and certificate program prepares you to recognize high ability students and to design appropriate curricula. Our professors have a long history in the field, and Ball State is ranked No. 11 by U.S. News for its online graduate education programs.

Supergenius High School Student Wins Intel Science Talent Search
Fox News
Californian Eric Chen, 17, walked away with a cool $100,000 after winning the Intel Science Talent Search for his research on influenza treatment drugs. This isn't the first major international science competition the California native has won. Chen took the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair for his work on medication to fight against all influenza viruses including pandemic strains.
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Colorado House Education Committee Passes Gifted Education Spending Bill
Chalkbeat New York
The House Education Committee passed another schools spending bill, this one intended to improve gifted and talented education at a cost of $5 million.
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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus
The Atlantic
The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The computational set expands to include bigger and bigger numbers, and at some point, fractions enter the picture, too. Then in early adolescence, students are introduced to patterns of numbers and letters, in the entirely new subject of algebra. A minority of students then wend their way through geometry, trigonometry and, finally, calculus, which is considered the pinnacle of high-school-level math.
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Traveling STEM Fair Draws In Teachers and Students
Education Week Teacher
Thousands of students and teachers took over the campus of George Washington University in the nation's capital to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math.
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