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From Where I Sit
Super Results for NAGC and the Field

By Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President
The weekend of March 20-22 was a very important and exciting one for NAGC and for the field of gifted education. As it always does, the NAGC Board of Directors met for its third meeting of the fiscal year. NAGC also held the annual state affiliate conference, which involves hosting leaders of state advocacy gifted organizations for a series of shared learning 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," was the meeting of the Program Committee to finalize the presentations for the upcoming Convention in November in Phoenix.
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News from Capitol Hill
Senate Committee Bill Includes Gifted Students

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The legislation contains provisions gifted education advocates have long been calling for.

The Every Child Achieves Act was unanimously approved after a series of amendments were considered. Notably for gifted education supporters, Senator Barbara Mikulski's (MD) amendment to restore the Javits Gifted Education Act to ESEA was approved by the Committee on a voice vote. As you know, the Javits program supports the National Center for Research on Gifted Education as well as demonstration research grants. In 2015, the Act will also support grants to states to support gifted education activities.

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Looking Forward to Meeting you in the NAGC Community

Your NAGC membership allows you to connect to others in the gifted and talented community who share your interests in specific topics and subject areas through the NAGC Networks. To foster those connections and nurture the power of Networks, NAGC will soon launch the online NAGC Community. All NAGC members are welcome and encouraged to fully engage in these online discussion groups. You'll find Network Neighborhoods (Groups) and resource libraries where you can make contacts, ask questions and share some of your wisdom with others.

Within the month, you will receive an invitation from the Networks to which you belong with information about how to access the Community and select how you want to participate and what information you want to share with others.

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A New NAGC Network for Members!
At its March meeting, the NAGC Board of Directors approved a new Network. After nearly 20 years within NAGC making presentations on, and advocating for, gifted sexual-minority learners, the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Network was formed as a Special Interest Group in 2011. Since that time, the SIG has grown significantly in membership, collaborated on projects and newsletter articles with existing networks, and developed content on the needs of gifted GLBTQ youth for Parenting for High Potential, Teaching for High Potential and the NAGC website. Learn more about this new Network and the resources they have developed on their NAGC website page. For further information about the Network's many activities, you may contact any of its officers: Coordinator Terry Friedrichs, Advocacy Liaison Teresa Manzella, Communications Officer P.J. Sedillo, or Social Secretary Sue Fischer.

Both NAGC Individual and Graduate Student members may join the new Network when they renew. If you have any questions on your membership status, call NAGC Headquarters at 202-785-4268.

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New Position Statement on Excellence Gaps
In March, the NAGC Board of Directors approved a new position statement that members may want to use in their education and advocacy efforts:

Addressing Excellence Gaps in K‐12 Education
Reducing and eventually eliminating excellence gaps is an issue of equity and social justice, community development, economic advancement and national security. NAGC calls on policymakers and educators to set a goal of closing achievement gaps at every level of achievement.

Find out more about NAGC Position Statements and White Papers online

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Could You Be the Next Association Editor?
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. Application deadline is June 15. Find out more about the position and application process.
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Member Access for Parenting for High Potential
All NAGC members now have access to the digital issues of Parenting for High Potential magazine. Logging in as an NAGC member on the website allows you access to the digital issues. NAGC believes it is important for all members to receive relevant content about nurturing the gifted and talented child. The March double issue is focused on creativity.
  • Discovering Creative Thinking Process Skills: A Win-Win for Children by Bonnie Cramond
  • Creative Underachievers: Children Who are too Out of the Box by Sylvia Rimm
  • Keeping a Legacy Alive Through the International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards by Joan Franklin Smutny, Stephen T. Schroth, Jason A. Helfer, Connie Phelps
  • Creative Thinking Skills for All Seasons: A Reflection by Sarah E. Sumners
  • Parenting the Creatively Gifted Child by Kathryn P. Haydon

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Javits-Frasier Scholarship Deadline is May 15
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, and
  • have demonstrated a desire and commitment to increase culturally and linguistically diverse students' access to talent development opportunities.
Scholarship winners receive professional development opportunities that include:
  • $500 travel stipend to attend along with complimentary registration and lodging for the 2015 NAGC Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ, November 12-15.
  • 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

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

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Final Opportunity for Parent Representative Election
Nominations for the Parent Representative position on the NAGC Board of Directors will be extended until Tuesday, April 28. If you are interesting in applying, please submit all materials by 11:59 p.m. EDT on this date. Candidates must have service in a leadership position within a state or local advocacy or parent group, or state affiliate. For more information about the qualifications, responsibilities and how to apply, click here.
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Last Call for Award Nominations! Deadline for submissions is May 4
Do you know a district administrator who has incorporated gifted education into his/her district and is committed to serving gifted students? Is your gifted coordinator up on best practices and passionately teaching others to use them in his schools? Do you know a parent or a teacher who has advocated for gifted students in the community as well as in the schools? Is one of your doctoral students surpassing expectations in her contributions to research and the gifted community?

Show these individuals you appreciate their good work on behalf of advanced students. NAGC has 11 awards for activities and roles important to changing the lives of gifted students. Sure you can find cute recognition ideas on Pinterest, but a Starbucks gift card is not enough. Share your colleagues' successes so they can be recognized nationally by their peers and inspire others with their stories. Go to the NAGC award nomination site today. Don't delay!

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NAGC Convention
Follow the November Sun

Online registration is now open for NAGC's 62nd Annual Convention and Exhibition that will take place Nov. 12-15 in Phoenix. You can register and book your hotel room at the special discounted rates. Keep a lookout in your mailbox for the preliminary program booklet that describes the enriching pre-Convention sessions, provides a sampling of enticing Signature sessions and announces the many engaging keynote speakers. You will see (with or without sunglasses) that there is "Everything Gifted Under the Sun" to choose from for both our veteran and newcomer attendees alike. For school groups and graduate students, check out the details about how to successfully register. Any questions, please call the NAGC office for assistance at 202-785-4268.
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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.

Gifted Education Among Amendments to ESEA Bill
Education Week
States would be required to adopt policies to prevent unnecessary use of restraint and seclusion in schools, and a federal gifted education grant program would be reauthorized for six years, under amendments that were added to the proposed rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Senate education committee unanimously approved the bill April 16. Its next step is debate before the full Senate.
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5 Tech Tools That Support Common Core State Standards
THE Journal
According to the 4th Annual Principals' Assessment of Public Education, 95.7 percent of schools in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards have implemented or are in the process of implementing the standards. Many of those schools are also getting ready to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments for the first time. To get a sense of what is working in districts around the country, we asked educators to share the technology tools they're using to help implement CCSS and prepare students for the upcoming assessments.
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Stay Balanced as the School Year Intensifies
It's the time of year when our teaching responsibilities are mounted high. We may find ourselves feeling stretched thin by the hectic pace of things we must do and things we should do. If we're lucky we get to do some things we want to do. But it isn't easy. We continue with our regular routines of lesson planning, co-planning, faculty meetings, parent communications and professional development opportunities. We can add the testing season, which far too often brings unnecessary stress.
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A New Era in Teaching: The Rise of Personalized Learning
By Brian Stack
Education is changing. Schools are evolving into places where students can choose their learning pathway and build their own personalized and customized program that will fit their learning goals and needs. Gone are the days when the one-size-fits-all, stand-and-deliver approach to instruction was appropriate. Today's teachers are coming to recognize their new role as a learning facilitator or coach. From sage on the stage to guide on the side, America's teachers have entered into a new era in their profession.
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Emphasize Real Problems To Boost STEM Learning
Problem solving is at the heart of engineering. No wonder, then, that engineering teacher Alexander Pancic leverages his own problem-solving skills to improve his students' learning experiences at Brighton High School in Boston. Teachers interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM fields, are likely to benefit from Pancic's strategies and the resources he finds useful.
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When Does Nurturing a Gifted Child's Abilities Become Pushing?
Miami Herald
Parents of high achieving students are advocates of their child's abilities, commonly at the front lines to ensure that their child has the opportunities for growth. Most often they are correct. But when does nurturing and accommodating become pushing? Carol Bainbridge, a gifted child expert, says "nurturing is child-centered, while pushing is adult-centered. When we nurture we follow the child's lead, but when we push, we ask the child to follow us, to do what we want him or her to do."
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Where Kids Learn More Outside Their Classrooms Than in Them
The Atlantic
It's time for the morning meeting at Pittsfield Elementary School, and several kindergartners jostle for a spot on the carpet next to 16-year-old Anitrea Provencher, who is helping out in their classroom this semester. As the students settle into a circle, their teacher, Lenore Coombs, starts off the day's discussion with a question: What's something you've never done before that you would like to try?
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