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From Where I Sit
School's Out for Summer … Or is it?

Kathleen Nilles, Parent Services and Communications Manager, NAGC
Every year around this time, my son and I eagerly count down the number of days of school left. I dream about relaxed mornings, sunning myself around a pool, and creating lazy family adventures. What I often forget during these fantasy moments is that for many gifted children, including my son, it's impossible to put their insatiable curiosity on the back burner, even in summer. For us parents, knowing we have at least 75 days of activities to plan is enough to send shivers down the spine — not unlike the sudden chill of a dip in the pool on a hot summer afternoon!

As I talk with fellow parents of gifted children, I've found there's no secret to summer success. Some parents send their children to camp from that day school lets out to the day school starts. Others view summer as a time to take a complete break from intellectual pursuits to enjoy unstructured time or recreational activities. Most parents I know do a little of both — plan a few weeks of camp so their children can explore their passions with like-minded peers, balanced with a few weeks of downtime to hang out in the neighborhood.

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Learning Curve
O Say Can You See Charm City?

Robin Feldman, Director of Professional Development and Meetings
During a recent Metro ride in Washington, D.C., I overheard a conversation between two families about the attraction of Baltimore. "We are just drawn to Baltimore … there is so much to do everywhere you look … the Inner Harbor, the aquarium, fascinating museums, yummy crab cakes, Camden Yards, historic neighborhoods with fun shops, and great nightlife," he explained. In planning for the upcoming NAGC Convention and making more frequent trips to Baltimore, I am in complete agreement. Appropriately nicknamed "Charm City," it has a certain magnetism and outsider appeal that I have not found in any other U.S. city.
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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities

At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find the following positions:
  • Greenfield Hebrew Academy, a community day school (infant – grade 8) located in a suburb of Atlanta, is seeking someone with experience in developing and running a gifted program. See their posting in the NAGC Career Center.
  • Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wisconsin, is looking for a Director of Talented and Gifted. The District seeks to become a model urban school district that serves children and families better. "We believe that nothing matters more than great teaching and schools are the driving force of change in our district." View the posting for more information.
  • The Texas Academy of Math and Science, a residential early admissions college program at the University of North Texas, is searching for a new Dean. Application review begins June 1st and continues until the position is closed. Find out more here.
  • Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, is looking for a Director of Academic Technology. Quest Academy is a private school for gifted students age 3 through 8th grade. Visit the NAGC Career Center to view the posting.

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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

Voices and Viewpoints
Ensuring a Legacy

Hope (Bess) Wilson Assistant Professor University of North Florida
Welcome to the return of a popular Compass Points column. "Voices and Viewpoints" will feature NAGC members telling us a little about their "day job" while sharing how their work with an NAGC committee or network enhances the field. Building on the topic of our lead article in this issue, we kick this series off with Bess Wilson, a mom of gifted children and an active NAGC volunteer.

What is your connection to gifted children/education?
I am the parent of gifted children and do research in gifted education.

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Community News
NAGC Member Honored with University Award

Scott J. Peters was presented with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Award for Outstanding Research. This annual award honors a faculty member for making significant advances to knowledge, technique, or creative expression in his or her professional field. It recognizes a faculty member who excels at research and is an exemplary teacher/scholar. Scott is assistant professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and serves on the NAGC Professional Standards Committee.
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Gifted LearningLinks Individualized, Online Courses

Power up your gifted child’s learning with an online Gifted LearningLinks course. GLL offers challenging curriculum and flexible pacing for kindergarten–high school. MORE
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

 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.

For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities
When parents find they have a two-year-old who can read, or a five-year-old who wakes up talking about square roots, the task of ensuring that these exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the kids, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student's ability rather than age.
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5 Suggestions For Better STEM Education, From Students
Although demand for workers with STEM qualifications has only grown in recent years, a minority of students elect to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics in high school and college. To spark a discussion about how U.S. schools can motivate more students to pursue STEM fields, the USA Science and Engineering Festival brought together its youth advisors for a Twitter chat recently. During the discussion, several themes emerged — suggestions about how to improve STEM education from the very people who stand to benefit from that training.
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Data Shows High School GPA Could Indicate Future Earnings
The Washinton Post
A report published in the Eastern Economic Journal by researchers from the University of Miami found that a person's grade-point average in high school not only indicates the person's chances of getting into college and whether he or she will finish college or graduate school. It could also be an indicator of how much that person will earn later in life.
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Is It ADHD Or Giftedness?
The Courier-Journal
Last weekend, I authored a story about Kentucky's top-in-the-nation rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children and why experts believe the numbers are so high, Laura Ungar writes. A few days later, a local counselor contacted me to let me know about an issue no one else had raised — that gifted children are sometimes incorrectly diagnosed and medicated for ADHD.
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Gifted Kids May Not Be Well-Served
The Cincinnati Inquirer
More than half the students in Ohio's Indian Hill school district are considered gifted — the highest percent in our region and fourth highest in the state. But only about 8 percent of those students are receiving gifted services, according to data from by the Ohio Department of Education. In Wyoming schools, half the kids are gifted but 5 percent are getting served. At Cincinnati Public Schools, zero kids are being served.
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