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Your Vote Counts … Now More than Ever!

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are an individual member of NAGC who accesses all of our many benefits, it's time for you to take advantage of yet another one … and that is your opportunity to vote for the leaders who will represent your interests on the NAGC Board of Directors and within Networks over the next few years.

Your "civic" duty on behalf of NAGC has become more important than ever — the challenging fiscal climate requires tough choices about resources, and the dynamic changes in education and on Capitol Hill in a presidential election season will require tenacity and patience from leaders everywhere! The NAGC Board is comprised of 13 members, and every voice counts.

Just this week, individual NAGC members should have received an email that provides you with a link to the ballot. It invites you to choose two at-large representatives to the Board, a person to represent the state perspective, another to represent the parent perspective, and two officers — Treasurer and Governance Secretary. You also have a chance to vote for Network Leaders within those networks to which you belong.

Once you vote, you have an opportunity to get more involved with the NAGC service community. Be sure to review your options for committee service and how you can best contribute your expertise. Or, consider applying to participate in NAGC's Expert Speakers Program. We hope you'll choose to join us to accomplish the work that ultimately supports the needs of gifted and talented learners! Thanks in advance for your vote.

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Capital Update
Fiscal Year 2013: No Funds for Javits Program in Senate
Support for Gifted Education Research

Jane Clarenbach, NAGC Director of Public Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a fiscal year 2013 education spending bill on June 14 that does not restore funding to the Javits Gifted & Talented Students Education Act, but does charge the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), the Department of Education's research arm, to support research and development to support gifted students' learning needs and improve their academic achievement. The research language was recommended by Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, in response to the urging from Senate gifted education supporters and advocates in Iowa. The language is in the written report that accompanies the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Although the new language, if it makes it through to the end of the appropriations process, does not create a dedicated funding stream for gifted education research, it could result in additional grants being awarded across IES's research priorities that support gifted and talented students. IES would use funds from its overall budget to meet the Congressional directive.

The next steps in the appropriations process is that the Senate committee-passed bill will move on to the full Senate for approval. Over in the House, the House Appropriations Committee has not yet considered a Labor-HHS-Education bill and, reportedly, is expected to recommend slashing discretionary education spending this year, as it proposed to do last year. Negotiations for final spending levels, and report language, between the House and Senate on this bill, and the rest of the agency spending bills, may take up nearly the rest of this year. The 2013 Fiscal Year begins on Oct. 1.

Click here to read a highlights of the education spending decisions.

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NAGC News to Note
Summit Identifies Gaps in Research & Practice

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NAGC was pleased to convene a National Summit on Low-Income, High-Ability Learners with the support of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on May 30-31 in Washington, D.C. Invited experts and participants explored the impact of poverty, best practices in serving high-ability students from low-income settings, barriers to access and services, and policies needed to build a systemic approach to developing high achievement in this special population. More

Teacher's Corner
Looking to the Future Makes the Present Productive

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now is the perfect time to look ahead to fall, before the summer break truly begins. It's not too soon to consider a project that will be due at the end of next school year, one that asks students to create several products that demonstrate a range of skills. I know firsthand that it can be quite successful — I just finished grading! More

The Learning Curve
Five Months Out and the Excitement Grows

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In just about five months, 3,000 leaders in the field of gifted and talented education will converge in Denver for the 59th Annual NAGC Convention and Exhibition. And we hope to count you among that group! More

 From the Headlines

Experts Advise on Supporting Low-Income Gifted, Talented Students
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the problems with identifying and nurturing gifted and talented students from low-income and minority families are well established, despite years of attacking the issue from many angles, it remains, said speakers at a recent National Association for Gifted Children's national summit. "It is time for us to be finished with this problem," said Joy Davis of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. "We've been at this for a long time. We've got to do better." More

Summer Camps Get Their STEM On
U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Summer has (un)officially arrived. For many high school students, that means taking a break from the books to sleep in, spend time with friends, and avoid the list of chores left by their parents. But once the initial excitement of freedom wears off, parents may begin to hear the familiar anthem of unoccupied teens: "I'm bored." One way to combat your teen's doldrums is summer camp — with a twist. More

A Gifted and Talented Program Grows in Brooklyn, NY, Neighborhood
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At Samuels Mills Sprole School, a small prekindergarten-to-fifth-grade school in Carroll Gardens — a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood — which opened a gifted and talented program last year, there was only anxiety, as parents were told by officials at the school that there were more children admitted than there were actual openings in the small program. Those parents spent the last few weeks calling the school, one another and the Department of Education, and soliciting advice from public school consultants. More

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Guiding Gifted Students
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For gifted kids to thrive, they need to be among similar peers and have unlimited academic challenges. This is Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber's philosophy, and one that she helped to develop in the founding of the Speyer Legacy School, a kindergarten through eighth grade school for gifted students located on Manhattan, N.Y.'s, Upper West Side. In short, she says there should be "no ceiling" to educational opportunities. More

Geniuses: Born or Made?
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Washington Post's "The Answer Sheet" columnist Valerie Strauss interviews Dean Keith Simonton, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis and an expert in genius, creativity, leadership and aesthetics. More

Gifted Ed Advocates Hope for More Research in Next Federal Law
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gifted education has never been a major focus of federal education research, but since this spring, when Congress eliminated the decades-old Jacob K. Javits grants for research on gifted and talented education in the fiscal 2011 budget agreement, experts say it's been looking pretty grim for the field. "Gifted education is not done brilliantly everywhere; it doesn't always have trained teachers or tests properly aligned to demonstrate students' knowledge," said Jane Clarenbach the director of public education for the Washington-based nonprofit National Association for Gifted Children. More

Apps: The Latest Stand Against School Bullies
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a mobile phone video filmed at a Houston high school this April, dozens of students gather in a stairwell to watch a fight. They stand by as a girl, armed with a sock that has a combination lock in the toe, viciously beats another girl to the point that she will later have multiple staples inserted into her head at the emergency room. Tim Porter is developing an app that he believes can stop violence like this on school grounds. More

In Defense of School Testing
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More parents are pulling their kids out of end-of-year math and literacy assessments. More teachers and administrators are speaking up against testing — like the group of school district superintendents in Georgia who are calling on the state legislature to reconsider its test-based accountability system. And a national resolution condemning testing has now attracted the endorsements of more than 300 organizations and 8,500 individuals. More

New York City Charter Schools Prepare for a New Regime at City Hall
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Seeking to persuade New York City mayoral candidates, long before the 2013 election, to take a stand in support of the growth of charter schools — a hallmark of the Bloomberg administration — charter advocates and students gathered on Wednesday in front of City Hall for a spirited after-school rally. More

Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Neuroscience exploded into the education conversation more than 20 years ago, in step with the evolution of personal computers and the rise of the Internet, and policymakers hoped medical discoveries could likewise help doctors and teachers understand the "hard wiring" of the brain. That conception of how the brain works, exacerbated by the difficulty in translating research from lab to classroom, spawned a generation of neuro-myths and snake-oil pitches—from programs to improve cross-hemisphere brain communication to teaching practices aimed at "auditory" or "visual" learners. More

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