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Successful Collaboration: How Joint Efforts Come Alive Within NAGC

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director and
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC President
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In a continued tough economy, collaboration is not only smart thinking, but essential for any organization to accomplish its goals. As president, I have encouraged NAGC's 15 Networks and 14 Committees and Task Forces to identify joint projects that have the potential to enrich your experience as a member … twice as much. Broader perspectives and more useful products are just two of the benefits of working together on a joint outcome! Here are a few great examples that have come out of NAGC's volunteers working together. More

NAGC News to Note
Recognize the Efforts of Your Peers

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Whether gifted education leaders come from the classroom or the university, whether they are parent advocates or community leaders, they have committed their efforts to ensure that high-ability learners are served in the classroom. Who are the leaders in your school, 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 recognition take a starring role at the NAGC awards presentation at the NAGC 59th Annual Convention, Nov. 15-18, in Denver. NAGC is accepting nominations for awards; 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.

Association Editor Position — Call for Applications
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NAGC is seeking applicants for the next Association Editor. The Editor chairs the Publications Committee and coordinates work with the NAGC Board of Directors and the NAGC National office. The three-year appointment begins on Sept. 1. Click here for more information. Application deadline is June 15.

NCATE Program Reviews: Call for Interested Reviewers
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Participating in the NCATE accreditation process is a key part of NAGC's commitment to standards-based teacher preparation and program design. The volunteer reviewers who examine university teacher preparation programs for alignment with the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Program Standards are central to our participation. NAGC invites qualified educators — in K-12 as well as in higher education — to consider becoming a reviewer. The application deadline is May 7. Click here for more information; click here for the application.

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NAGC Bookshelf
Collaborative Efforts Result in New Book in the NAGC Bookstore

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Malleable Minds: Translating Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience to Gifted Education

Editors: Rena F. Subotnik, Ann Robinson, Carolyn M. Callahan, E. Jean Gubbins

How does talent develop in individuals? Using case studies, researchers and gifted educators explore key concepts from psychology and neuroscience that can support the optimal performance of gifted and talented students. Cases focus on thinking programs for gifted preschoolers, motivation loss and stereotype threat in talented adolescents, and teacher beliefs about instructional practice in elementary classrooms. The project was developed by the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) and is the result of a collaboration of psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists and gifted education researchers from the NRC/GT, NAGC, and the American Psychological Association.

Advocacy Voices
Have you Shared Your Views?

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As voters listen carefully to the views of candidates for office at the local, state, and national levels, have you shared your views about the need for gifted and talented education with the candidates? Many officials hold regular public events that provide a forum for gathering input. Candidates for office also hold gatherings large and small where they ask attendees about their concerns. Consider attending these kinds of events and letting the candidates know about your views of our nation's education policies and the need to support students capable of advanced performance. You may need to dispel myths about gifted students, but raising awareness is where education begins!

The NAGC website has numerous resources that could be helpful in preparation for a candidate forum. For example, you could visit the advocacy in the media page to see how others have framed the issues. You might check the myths in gifted education page for a refresher on rebutting some of the most common myths that all too often impede delivery of gifted education services. It's up to supporters of gifted education to emphasize to candidates at every level that our schools must do more than focus on grade-level performance. Be sure your voice is heard. Excellence also needs support!

Network News
I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Linda Sheffield, STEM Network Chair    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Editor's Note: 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

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Teacher's Corner
Students Hungering for More: Making The Hunger Games Connection

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When I was 11 years old, I opened to the first page of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Seven books, and just as many months later, I finished the entire Chronicles of Narnia. I was completely captivated by both the incredible story and the talent that went into writing the series. I've since returned to that collection of books, both personally and in the classroom. A few years ago I read them aloud to my daughter, who found them just as fascinating. More

The Learning Curve
Elevate Yourself!

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Join us in the Mile High City for the 59th Annual NAGC Convention, Nov. 15-18 in Denver. Watch your mailboxes for the preliminary program arriving soon. Online registration opens next week and the Convention website is your destination for the latest news.

Our Community
Do You Haiku?

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April is National Poetry Month. The National Gallery of Art invites people of all ages to create original haiku inspired by Itō Jakuchū's extraordinary 30-scroll set of paintings and to share them with others by submitting them for publication online. The exhibition "Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800)" is on view in the West Building for one month only (March 30–April 29, 2012). Download the family guide.

Help Children Appreciate their Strengths and Talents
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BYTES Power Smarts is a new FREE resource for elementary age children, families, teachers, and counselors. FREE stories for elementary age children are featured to help them recognize and appreciate their strengths and talents. Power Smarts are the multiple intelligences identified by Harvard research psychologist Howard Gardner. Younger children will delight in having the stories read to them, and parents and grandparents will enjoy the stories too. Each story comes with optional discussion questions to spark lively conversations with friends and family to develop face-to-face conversational skills.

 From the Headlines

I Am a Twice-Exceptional Student
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Graduating high-school senior Andrew Edward Collins describes what it is like to attend school as a student with learning disabilities who is considered twice exceptional. "Now that I'm in 12th grade and set to graduate this year, I have decided to reflect upon my experience as a twice-exceptional student in the public school system. The system has failed me." More

Gifted and Talented Labeling Debate Comes To the Fore in Maryland
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With a recent mandate from the state Board of Education that school systems throughout Maryland provide "different services" for students who are identified as gifted and talented, some education experts are arguing that less labeling would be more beneficial. 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.

Gifted Students in Iowa to Get Their WINGS
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A number of middle school students in the Council Bluffs, Iowa-area already know what they'll be doing April 21. That's the Saturday for the Weekend Institute for Gifted Students. WINGS is a series of classes designed to stimulate the interest and curiosity of bright students, according to Lorraine Duitsman, coordinator for the Lewis Central School District Talented and Gifted program. More

In And Of Itself
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Those of us who work with gifted learners know well the misconceptions that abound regarding what we do — and why. It's easy to judge something from a distance based on the glimpses one gets when passing in the hallway. But as with anything in life, the true picture is deeper and more complex than what a glance gives. Gifted programs are often a target of budget cuts because they aren't seen by decision-makers for their true purpose and value. More

The Best and the Brightest: Paterson School Creating New Program for Gifted Students in New Jersey
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The city Paterson, N.J.,'s students will be placed in a new gifted and talented program starting in September, Paterson education officials announced during a meeting on Tuesday. The district plans to offer the program to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, although at first the gifted classes may be limited to several grades, officials said. More

Clumsy Teaching Happens Even in Great Schools
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If you thought my column about a struggling Maryland fifth-grader was an indictment of the Prince George's County school system, please read the flood of comments to my blog about that. The issue I discussed — some teachers being unable or unwilling to help a bright child with a learning disability — is not a Prince George's problem, the responses show. It is every district's problem. More
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