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Taking A Stand — Why Official Positions Are Important

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most national organizations take positions on issues. It's part of "speaking with one voice" on behalf of a group of stakeholders who share common views. Some organizations are quite prolific about their positions. For example, the National Education Association has 362 official positions— probably due to the fact that they also represent the collective interests of more than 3 million members. Others are a bit more conservative about their official stance on issues. Here at NAGC, we have 22 position papers, all published on our website. More

NAGC News to Note
New NAGC Position Paper: Identifying and Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students

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As the nation becomes more and more diverse, gifted education programs should reflect changing U.S. demographics. Diverse populations are too often overlooked. Reversing the underrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse students (CLD) in gifted education will require that educators have a thorough understanding of the reasons that CLD students have traditionally been excluded from participation in gifted programs.

Last month, the NAGC Board approved, "Identifying and Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students." You may view all of NAGC Position Papers online. Click here to go straight to this new Position Paper.

Recognize the Efforts of Your Peers
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At a time when many schools and institutions are planning for end-of-the-school-year appreciation events, we would like to remind every NAGC member to consider colleagues in the gifted community and education advocates worthy of national recognition from NAGC.

Who are the leaders in your school or district community or state that need to be recognized for their efforts? What emerging leaders need to be applauded for their efforts? Imagine their delight in being acknowledged for their contribution to the field.

Honorees will take center stage at the annual NAGC awards presentation at the NAGC 59th Annual Convention, Nov. 15-18 in Denver. NAGC is accepting nominations for awards until May 1, 2012; 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.

Using and Applying Teacher Preparation Standards: Call for NCATE Program 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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Capital Update:
Appropriations Process Now Underway

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The annual appropriations process in Congress is now underway. Subcommittees are holding hearings to get input from the public and from the Administration on priorities for program funding for every federal agency. For example, Education Secretary Duncan has already testified before the House Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education; he will appear before the comparable Senate subcommittee later this spring. In this extremely difficult funding environment, many programs will see spending reductions again this year or possible elimination.

NAGC is working with our partners at CEC and with supporters on Capitol Hill to keep a toe hold in the federal budget. House and Senate supporters of gifted and talented students have sent letters to the Appropriations Committees urging the committees to restore funding for the Javits program and if not a restoration, they ask for a directive to the Institute for Education Sciences within the Department of Education to continue a research focus on the needs of gifted and talented children. The House and Senate letters are posted under Fiscal Year 2013 on the NAGC Legislative Update page.

Supporting the TALENT Act
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State leader visits to Congressional offices and support from other gifted education supporters is beginning to show results in a slight uptick in the numbers of Representatives who have become cosponsors of the TALENT Act. It's difficult to persuade some Members of Congress to the need for federal support for gifted students in a "less involvement is best" environment. NAGC urges its members to make their views on including gifted and talented students in the nation’s education policy known to all their elected officials. In this election year, there will be many opportunities to share your concerns and urge action. Constituents matter!

Acceleration Hearing in the Senate
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Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM), a longtime supporter of the Advanced Placement program and leading proponent of AP test fee waivers for low-income students, chaired a Senate hearing on the benefits of AP as an accelerated learning opportunity on April 18. The 90-minute hearing is archived online along with the statements of all of the witnesses. (Note that the video begins at approximately the 15-minute mark.)

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Network News
I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Stephen T. Schroth, Chair, NAGC Arts 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.

I wish someone had told me about the various individuals and institutions that offer tremendous programming opportunities that help teachers and parents incorporate the arts into the lives of gifted children.

Parent and Community Corner
Webinars on Wednesday Wind Down: Access WOW! Year Round with the Live Learning Center & #NAGC Chats

Mariam Willis, Parent Outreach Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NAGC's 2012 spring season of WOW! Webinars on Wednesday have wrapped up, but you can access this season's valuable webinars and much more at the NAGC Live Learning Center. Available now are critical topics affecting the 2012-13 school year, such as: "Common Core State Standards: What Gifted Leaders Need to Know" with Joyce VanTassel-Baska, "The NAGC Pre-K – Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards: Getting Started" with Susan Johnson, and "Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Assessments and Products Within the Classroom" with Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman. More

The Learning Curve
Register Now to Reach the Summit and Beyond

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Hang out around your mailbox, because you won't want to miss the arrival of the NAGC 59th Annual Convention and Exhibition Preliminary Program. It should hit your box next week, but if you just can't wait, click on the link here!

Online registration is now open and group registration is available online with savings for groups of 10+. Join us in the Mile High City for the 59th Annual NAGC Convention, Nov. 15-18, in Denver.

Our Community
Gatton Academy: 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Finalist

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Congratulations to the Carol Martin Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University, which was named a finalist in the 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction in the science division – one of three.

Ann Robinson Receives 2012 Faculty Excellence University-Level Award
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Congratulations to NAGC Past President Ann Robinson who was recognized earlier this month by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Faculty Excellence Award- Research and Creative Endeavours. This award recognizes, encourages, and rewards those individuals whose research or creative endeavors have been particularly successful and are so recognized locally, regionally, and nationally.

 From the Headlines

Children Who Ace New York City's Gifted Test Outnumber Seats 4 to 1
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Officials at New York City's Education Department announced that the number of children who earned top scores on the admissions tests for gifted and talented programs had risen by 47 percent this year, virtually assuring that children who were not at the top end of scorers would be shut out of the most selective schools. This was unwelcome news to the parents who had assumed that a score in the 99th percentile would guarantee their child a seat in one of the five most selective schools, which enroll children from across the city. More

Cuts Force Ohio Schools to Nix Gifted Programs
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Talented and gifted students often grow bored in regular classrooms, and can be ostracized by fellow students because of their intelligence, education experts say. Ohio state law does require that districts identify gifted children and provides a set of guidelines for possible programs, but what districts offer, if anything, is up to each district’s philosophy and budget constraints. Nearly 16 percent of Ohio students have been identified as gifted learners, yet less than one-fifth received services to meet their needs, according to the Ohio Association for Gifted Students. More

Parents Group Says Mankato, Minn.'s, Gifted and Talented
Students Are Being Underserved

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Derek Engen was bored in his sixth-grade math class last fall. He went from being a student who loved school, who excelled on the Math Masters team, who scored well on tests, to a kid his mother described as completely miserable. "He was not being challenged," said Jean Willaert of North Mankato in Minnesota. "He was drawing fish with all the scales on them on his math sheets." Due to what Willaert and numerous other parents describe as a flaw in the system, Derek was not placed in the gifted and talented math class at Garfield Elementary School, which is where both of them thought he belonged. More

Math Teaching Often Doesn't Fit With New Standards
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Many mathematics teachers are teaching topics at higher or lower grade levels — and for more years — than the Common Core State Standards call for, according to preliminary results from new research. That finding suggests that when the new standards are fully implemented, many math teachers could face significant shifts in what they will teach. More
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