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What Makes our Super Weekend "Super"

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This past weekend was a very important and exciting one for NAGC and for the field of gifted education. The NAGC Board of Directors met, as it always does in March, for its third meeting of the year. NAGC also held its annual affiliate conference, which involves hosting leaders of state advocacy gifted organizations for a series of sessions and making visits to senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for federal legislation that supports gifted education and gifted learners. The third annual event, during what NAGC staff affectionately calls "Super Weekend," is the meeting of the Convention Program Committee to finalize the presentations for the upcoming Convention in Denver in November. More

NAGC News to Note
Election Season is Upon Us

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No stump speeches. No interviews with the media. No showdown at the polls for delegate seats. It's all a lot easier than that! The NAGC nomination and election process has begun and you are invited and encouraged to consider submitting your application for a seat on the NAGC Board of Directors.

You don't have to kiss any babies on the election trail or board a bus crisscrossing across the country, but you do have to have a desire to serve as a steward of the association and be responsible for reflecting the views and interests of NAGC members. The Board is responsible for the fiscal health of the organization and provides leadership, a shared vision, and sense of mission.

Nominations are now being accepted for:
At-large Members: three-year term (Two Positions Available)
Governance Secretary: Two-Year Term (Officer Position*)
Parent Representative: Three-year term
State Representative: Three-year term
Treasurer: Two-Year Term (Officer Position*)

*Officer positions require prior service on the NAGC Board of Directors.

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 9. Please don't delay. Click here for full information.

Recognize the Efforts of your Peers
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This past weekend we had dozens of leaders in gifted and talented education on hand for myriad events in Washington, D.C. Whether they came from the classroom or the university, a parent advocate or a community leader, they have committed their efforts to ensure that high-ability learners are served in the classroom. Who are the leaders in your community or state that need to be recognized for their efforts? Imagine their delight in being singled out for their contribution to the field.

Honor and the recognition take a starring role at the annual NAGC awards presentation at the NAGC 59th Annual Convention, Nov. 15-18, in Denver, Colorado. NAGC is accepting nominations for awards until April 16; 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 volunteers of the NAGC membership.

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Capital Update
State Leaders on "The Hill"

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State gifted education association leaders, in D.C. on March 17-20 for the 20th Annual NAGC State Affiliate Conference, visited more than 200 Congressional offices on behalf of the needs of gifted and talented students in their states. State advocates asked Members of Congress to cosponsor the TALENT Act and to support funding for the Javits program in fiscal year 2013 to ensure that research can continue into classroom best practices, especially with high-ability students who have been under-represented in gifted and talented programs. More

Network News
I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Pat Hollingsworth, Special Schools Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We recently asked our NAGC Network leaders to contribute to Compass Points by completing the sentence: "I wish someone would have told me ... ." It could be a teaching technique, something about gifted children, a great resource a Network or a general NAGC member should know about. We hope you enjoy this series. More

Parent and Community Corner
#NAGC Chat on Twitter: Bringing the Experts to You

Mariam Willis, NAGC Parent Outreach Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
#NAGC chat on twitter has kicked engagement up a notch by bringing experts and dynamic advocates in our community to you on Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m./EST. Our guests this month were Stacia Taylor, founder of Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted, and Lisa Erickson, an educator and psychotherapist specializing in gifted adults. More

Connecting For High Potential: Learn the Lingo
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All disciplines have their own language; a set of terms associated with the materials and methods of the discipline. The field of gifted and talented education is no different. As educators and parents, it is important to clearly understand these terms not only in their own right, but also within the context of supporting the needs of this population. Connecting for High Potential is a publication from NAGC that addresses questions from teachers and parents around one issue. Each CHP provides an opportunity to explore how the "other side" might view the issue. Try using it with your child's teacher or with the family of one of your gifted students. Login to the NAGC website to access a PDF of the March 2012 issue, "Gifted Lingo: What Does It All Mean?"

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 From the Headlines

High-Quality STEM Education for All: It Takes a Village
U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the last few years we've seen a marked increase in the attention to STEM education, especially at the federal level. President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have worked to bring STEM to the forefront of the nation's education dialogue as a necessary focus for a successful and competitive future workforce and economic development. They have encouraged growth in STEM learning opportunities with their branded programmatic initiatives like Educate to Innovate and Investing in Innovation. More

Survey: Teachers Place Little Value on Standardized Tests
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Most teachers do not believe standardized tests have significant value as measures of student performance, according to a new report published jointly by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report, based on a survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers, finds that only 28 percent of educators see state-required standardized tests as an essential or very important gauge of student achievement More

Food Safety: A Job For 10-Year-Olds?
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Earlier this month, I watched groups of kids ages 9 to 16 present their own original ideas for solving major food safety problems, writes Anna Kuchment, a Scientific American blogger. They were participating in the annual First Lego League challenge, the robotics competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen and Lego. We heard ideas for better ways of monitoring the pH level of water used to raise farmed salmon and another idea for sorting safe, raw oysters from those contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio vulnificus using a conveyor belt equipped with a sensor and a robotic arm. More

Create a Good Environment for Studying at Home
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A core goal of education is to create lifelong learners. Success in the workplace requires an ability to pick up new high-quality knowledge. The foundation for these learning skills is the study habits that are acquired from early in school. After all, most learning in life takes place outside of the classroom. More

Admissions 101: Ban Parents From Final College Visits
The Washington Post's Class Struggle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You can feel the excitement. The college acceptances are about to arrive. (There will be rejections, too, but this blogger is a devout optimist, so humor him.) Each college that offers admittance is a different fork in the road of life. Which would be best? Often, the April visits to the campuses that have accepted you are vital to the decision process. More

Predominantly African-American AP Calculus Class is Exceptionally Rare, Marked by Camaraderie and Success
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The eagerness and camaraderie in the room at the private North Portland, Ore., school are not what you might expect in a tough Advanced Placement calculus class, but they're genuine. Even more unusual: Two-thirds of the students, including Faison-Donahoe, are African-American; only one of the 15 students is white. More

What Does the Colorado Early Literacy Act Mean for Gifted Students?
Fort Collins Gifted Education Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As much as some might like to use reading level as a proxy for giftedness, this simply isn't so. Some children read early and well and are not gifted. Some students struggle in reading early on and take off later. Gifted students are also no less likely to have learning disabilities than are students of more average ability. More

States loosening 'seat time' requirements
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States have established an array of policies in recent years to free schools from having to award academic credits based on "seat time," with the goal of making it easier for struggling students to catch up, exceptional students to race ahead, and students facing geographic and scheduling barriers to take the courses they need. More
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