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From Where I Sit
Running and Serving as a Network Leader

By Kimberley L. Chandler, NAGC Board of Directors
I first attended the NAGC Convention in 1995. (Wow!) As I was walking through the convention center that year, I ran into Mary Slade, who had taught many of the courses in my master's degree program. She told me that I should attend the Professional Development Division (now Network) meeting. As a first-time attendee, I was a little nervous about going, but quickly found that this group was welcoming and shared similar interests. For a long time, the Network was my home within the very large NAGC organization and convention. I went on to serve as the chair of that Network and later, the Early Childhood Network.
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Board Election Application Deadline Approaching

2015 Board election nominations are now open and applications must be postmarked by April 8. The NAGC Board of Directors, comprised of 13 elected members, leads decision making about the future of NAGC, member services and resource allocation in concert with the national office staff, networks and committees. Elected by NAGC Individual and Lifetime Members, NAGC Board members are the stewards of the association and are responsible for reflecting the views and interests of all of its members. The Board is responsible for the fiscal health of the organization and provides leadership, a shared vision, and sense of mission.

NAGC voting members in good standing are invited to submit their applications for: *Officer positions require prior term on NAGC Board of Directors within the past 10 years

Find out more here and don't delay!

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2014 Year in Review Now Available Online
The NAGC 2014 Year in Review highlights our past year's programming achievements, celebrates development successes and demonstrates NAGC's mission-driven focus and passion for supporting the needs of gifted and high-potential learners. We know you will be impressed by the important work NAGC does. Read the Year in Review now.
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Recognize an Advocate
Advocating on behalf of gifted learners with local, state and federal legislators is imperative to ensure that gifted learners in every state and every school receive the education they need. NAGC applauds the many advocates who take the responsibility to inform officials, such as legislators and policymakers, and urge them to support our high-ability learners. The David W. Belin Advocacy Award is presented to an individual who advocates on behalf of gifted students at the state or federal level. Last year, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) received the award, but the award is not just for elected officials. Past honorees include Ginny Burney at Ball State; Jacquelin Medina, Director of Gifted Education in Colorado; and Frances Karnes from the University of Southern Mississippi. It is vital that we acknowledge our advocates to let them know their work is appreciated and vital for the future of our children. Do you know someone who tirelessly pushes that stone forward without losing heart? Go to the NAGC award site and start a nomination. The deadline for submissions is May 4.
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Creativity Network Award Seeks Nominations
Are you a member of the NAGC Creativity Network? Now is the time to nominate the next recipient of the E. Paul Torrance Award. This award honors contributions of individuals and groups whose work facilitates the enhancement and spread of creativity, especially among gifted children. Nominees do not need to be Creativity Network members. The Creativity Network chooses the winner in the June Board and Network elections process. The nominations deadline is April 30. Find out more information and view list of past winners on the NAGC website.
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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

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The Learning Curve
Online Store — Books and More

The Online Store offers members discounts on books and webinars that are suitable for spring training. From classroom practice to resources on standard implementation, NAGC wants members to be equipped for serving gifted and talented students.
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NAGC Convention Registration Opens Soon
Soon you can register for the 63rd Annual NAGC Convention that takes place November 12-15 in Phoenix. Volunteers and staff have been hard at work on developing informative programs and energizing sessions. Convention highlights include pre-convention sessions (Wednesday and Thursday), offsite educational programs (Thursday), concurrent education sessions, poster sessions, exhibit hall, general sessions, Parent Day (Saturday) and networking events (both formal and informal!). Details on the Convention schedule, and the link to the Convention website, will be posted soon. Registration opens April 15. Please join us for "Everything Gifted Under the Sun!"
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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

Community News
Javits Act Grant State Competition Announced: Applications Due May 4

The grants announcement and application for the statewide grant competition under the Javits Gifted & Talented Students Education Act is now available online.

The competition will provide grants to state educational agencies to carry out activities — such as professional development, model projects for serving students, technical assistance, distance learning — that builds or enhances the ability of schools to meet the needs of gifted and talented students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds/underrepresented groups.

The project period is up to 36 months. The Department of Education estimates that six to 10 awards will be made, at an average of $350,000 per year. The application deadline is May 4.

More details are available in the Federal Register.

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DeGennaro Receives Teacher of the Year Award
Global Awareness Network Chair-Elect April DeGennaro was named Georgia Association for Gifted Children Teacher of the Year at their annual conference earlier this month. April is an enrichment teacher at Peeples Elementary in Fayetteville, Georgia. This honor is presented each year to a gifted education teacher who has demonstrated exceptional teaching, dedication and positive parent relations in his/her school, community or the state of Georgia.
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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.

$2 Million Grant to Fund Study of Gifted Education for Rural Students
Augusta Free Press
Amy Azano, an assistant professor in Virginia Tech's School of Education, will work with rural school districts in Virginia to identify gifted and talented students and develop programs to serve them, thanks to a federal grant. Azano is collaborating with Carolyn Callahan, professor of education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and an expert in gifted education. Callahan is the principal investigator on the five-year grant of nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program.
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iD Tech Summer Camps

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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.

The Top 25 Public Colleges Where Students Graduate the Fastest
One casualty of the ongoing budget problems and overcrowding at public colleges is speed. The average time public college students take to earn what used to be called a "four-year degree" is currently about 4.6 years. In fact, only one-third of public college students earn their bachelor's degree in four years, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
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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.
As the leading education services company, Pearson applies deep education experience and research, invests in innovative technologies, and promotes collaboration throughout the education ecosystem. MORE

What Does a School Need to Enable Student Competency-Based Learning?
Many teachers have long been frustrated with static, canned curriculum that doesn't seem connected to kids' lives, and testing requirements that drive the learning experience. So they, often in partnership with daring leaders, are pushing back, trying to find ways to meet the long-held goal of educators: Meeting each student's needs and helping all to be successful.
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K-12 Digital Curriculum Growing; Print Shrinking
THE Journal
Curriculum publishers in K-12 have been shifting their product development to digital and away from print, according to Education Market Research, which surveyed around 100 publishers and manufacturers. The most common medium mentioned for delivering supplemental products was "online/digital" delivery; 82 percent of respondents cited that. Print followed with 65 percent. Over the course of 2013, the entire population of digital products grew by 43 percent; non-digital offerings dropped by 8 percent.
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Intellectually Gifted Kids and Learning Disabilities Often Go Hand in Hand
Science 2.0
Mention the terms "intellectual giftedness" and "learning disability" and there is a general understanding of what each term means. However, most people are unaware that in many circumstances the two can go hand in hand. Current U.S. research suggests that 14 percent of children who are identified as being intellectually gifted may also have a learning disability. This is compared to about 4 percent of children in the general population.
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