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From Where I Sit
1 + 1 = 3

Nancy Green, Executive Director, NAGC
A few weeks have passed since NAGC held its Super Weekend events near Washington, D.C., on March 21-25. Since then, we were hit with one final arctic blast, the cherry blossoms have nearly bloomed, and the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s teams came out on top at the end of March Madness. While life goes on, part of me is still back at the conference hotel, marveling at some of the impressive outcomes achieved by NAGC leaders sitting around the Board of Directors’ table, and rolling up their sleeves at the National Convention Program Committee meeting. In different ways, informed and dedicated leaders struck just the right balance between honoring past practice while considering what’s relevant for the future. With this level of thoughtful commitment and decision making, NAGC is in good hands.
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Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development is Accepting Applications

NAGC is looking for Teachers, school counselors, or school psychologists who:
  • work in a Title I school,
  • are new to the field of gifted and talented education, or are in a new Gifted/Talented Position
  • have demonstrated a desire and commitment to increase culturally and linguistically diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities, and
  • whose interests and professional goals are aligned with the purpose of this professional growth opportunity and are beneficial to their culturally and linguistically diverse students, school, or community
Scholarship winners receive professional development opportunities that include:
  • $500 travel stipend to attend along with complimentary registration and lodging for the 2014 NAGC Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD, IN. November 13-16, 2014.
  • Two-year NAGC individual membership.
  • Participation in discussions with other scholars, members of the NAGC Diversity and Equity Committee, and NAGC leadership.
  • Teaching resource toolkit and personal mentor.
Access the scholarship information and application materials now.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014

Contact Jeff Danielian if you have questions about the Javits-Frasier Teachers' Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development.

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Advocates Secure Support for Javits Funding
Thanks to the work of gifted education advocates, six Senators co-signed a letter in support of continued funding for the Javits Gifted Students Education Act in fiscal year 2015. The “Dear Colleague” letter was led by Senators Charles Grassley (Iowa) and Robert Casey (PA). They were joined by Robert Menendez (NJ), Tim Johnson (SD), Dick Durbin (IL), and Charles Schumer (NY). The letter, as well as in-person support for continued funding from state leaders who walked the halls of Congress in late March, will help inform the House and Senate subcommittees that handle education funding. The entire appropriations process will take the better part of 2014 to finalize. Fiscal year 2015 begins on October 1.
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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
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find the following position at Quest Academy, a school for 290 gifted students in Palatine, Il:
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Webinars on Wednesday Continue
Mark your calendar and register today for five NAGC webinar events! One webinar is free to members:

April 16
12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET
Creating a Diversity Toolbox for Gifted Education
NAGC's Diversity and Equity Committee plans to create a diversity toolbox this year to address the needs of our members and provide guiding questions as districts review their diversity strategies. The Committee co-chairs will share their vision and plans, and seek your ideas and input for what should be included in the toolbox.

Register for this free webinar today.

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Still Time to Tip Your Hat to a Deserving Colleague
May 2 is the deadline to submit your nominations for NAGC awards. This prestigious national recognition can be earned for scholarship, leadership, and advocacy. In addition, a new award, the NAGC Gifted Coordinator/Administrator, 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.
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Teachers' Corner
Take a Hike: Part II
The Encyclopedia of Life

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
Welcome back to the Teacher’s Corner! I hope you had fun on virtual hikes in our National Parks from the March issue. Due to the positive feedback received for that installment, I have decided to continue the theme by exploring one of the resources I mentioned, The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). It has changed the way students can access information about and research conducted within the natural world.

An online database of over one million species and counting, the EOL provides a platform for the scientist and citizen-scientist to collaborate on scientific information for every living thing on Earth. This "open-science" website provides rich and detailed text descriptions, photos and video clips, sound files, and links to research and associated research. Students may search, archive, collect, and add to the ongoing EOL collaboration. EOL registration and usage is free.

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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

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Get on Board for Academic Excellence
Education Week
Americans have long celebrated excellence in athletics and enjoyed excellence in the arts. However, they have been far more reluctant to celebrate and enjoy excellence in academics. In fact, barriers are often intentionally or unintentionally placed in the way of children and young people reaching excellence in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.
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Tacoma, Wash., to Offer More Classes for Gifted Students
The News Tribune
For too long, Tacoma Public Schools officials say, too few seats have been available in too few of the city's classrooms to meet the needs of gifted students. "We haven’t grown the highly capable program in years," said Kathleen Casper, the program's facilitator. That's about to change.
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STEM Hubs Emerge to Bolster Math, Science Education
Education Week
For Emmely Briley, a high school chemistry and physics teacher, working in the rural logging community of Molalla, Ore., for the past 13 years has at times felt isolating. While students 30 miles north in Portland had access to STEM fairs and camps, Briley's students have historically had few such programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics closer to home.
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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.

Why aren't you advocating for your gifted child?
Gifted Challenges
You watched as your gifted child struggled with boredom, apathy and underachievement. And at some breaking point, you decided to do something. You planned to speak with the teacher, challenge the administration, maybe even go to a school board meeting and complain. But then … you backed down. Nothing happened. The moment passed.
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Gifted+Learning Disabled = No Desk For You, Says New Study
The Huffington Post
The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that "students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students."
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Creating Personalized Practice for Students
Psychology Today
For a few decades now, educators have suggested that computers would vastly improve our ability to teach students. The assumption has been that with computers we would be able to transport students to places they could not go on their own, allow them to communicate with people around the globe, and get more personalized instruction.
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