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From Where I Sit
An Inside Look at the NAGC Convention

By Donna Campbell, Chair of the Convention Local Arrangements Committee and George Betts, NAGC President Elect and Convention Program Chair
It's always good to turn to the "insiders" when making a decision and the NAGC Convention is no exception! We asked two NAGC members who are veteran Convention attendees and have been part of the planning team working to ensure your NAGC Convention experience is first-rate. Donna Campbell is the chair of the Arizona Local Arrangements Committee and serves on the board of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented. George Betts is NAGC President-Elect and in that position serves as Convention Program Chair. Let's hear their thoughts on what sets the NAGC Convention apart and why you need to register today!

How many NAGC Conventions have you attended and what role did you have in gifted and talented education?

Donna: I have been attending conventions since the 1980s first as a gifted specialist, then as a district coordinator of gifted programs and services, teacher/facilitator of a program for highly gifted students, and as president and board member for the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented.

George: I have attended 33 NAGC Conventions since 1980. I started attending when I was a teacher/counselor and coordinator of alternative education at Arvada West High School. I had some knowledge about gifted education but I knew there was much more for me to learn. I made connections and friendships that first year that are still important to me today.

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TALENT Act Introduced in House — Your Help Needed

Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO-2) and David Young (R-IA-3) introduced H.R. 2960, the TALENT Act, on July 7. The bill, which is the companion to S.363 introduced in the Senate earlier this year, would increase federal attention to the needs of high achieving and high-potential students though increased teacher awareness, investment in research and dissemination of best practices in gifted education, greater attention to high-ability students in poverty and by requiring states to report advanced achievement data, disaggregated by subgroup.

We now need your help to gather cosponsors for this bipartisan bill. Cosponsorship is an important way that members of Congress indicate their support for an issue, which in turn, can open critical conversations with congressional leaders. Please contact your representative and urge him/her to show support for the needs of gifted students by becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 2960.

Visit the NAGC website for more information about the TALENT Act. Read NAGC's news release on the bill introduction.

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Online Election Open until July 14
NAGC Individual and Lifetime members may vote for the vacancies on the NAGC Board of Directors via the online ballot they received (a reminder email was sent earlier this week). Those with memberships in Networks with elections will also have an opportunity to vote for Network chairs and chairs-elect.

As you complete your ballot submission, you are encouraged to consider serving on an NAGC organizational committee. Committee service begins in September, but your application is due by July 14. NAGC depends on the efforts and expertise of its volunteers to advocate, develop relevant publications and products and so much more. We couldn't do it without you! If you are already serving on a committee and would like to continue, please fill out the online form. Visit the Call for Committee Members to apply for service on one of NAGC's important committees.

Please contact Carolyn Kaye at the NAGC office if you have questions on the election.

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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find the following positions:
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Teachers' Corner
The THP Article Catalog

By Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
It only takes one visit to the NAGC website to notice that NAGC members are a click away from a host of research-based materials and resources. Whether you are a parent or educator, administrator or policymaker, or combination of these, there are resources for YOU.

As NAGC's Teacher Resource Specialist, I have the opportunity to work on a variety of short and long-term projects, most notably the publication Teaching for High Potential (THP). Designed with K-12 educators in mind, each issue of THP is filled with practical guidance and classroom-based materials for educators striving to understand and challenge their high-potential students.

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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

 From the Headlines

Senate Poised to Take Up Education Bill
USA Today
The U.S. Senate, for the first time in 14 years, is debating an all-new federal education policy. The bipartisan proposal would do away with the No Child Left Behind law and reduce — but not end — the federal government's role in public elementary and secondary education.
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Educators, Advocates See Increased Importance in US STEM Education
Fox News
When it comes to education reform in the United States, science, technology, engineering and mathematics is the term that is usually at the tip of the tongue of every policymaker, teacher or school advocate. For its detractors, STEM is a buzzword for more standardized tests or a de-emphasis on humanities education. For its proponents, STEM signifies an increased dedication to making American schools globally competitive — preparing students for a job market that is becoming increasingly more reliant on science and technology skills.
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100 Percent Is Overrated
The Atlantic
At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid "You did a great job" and "You are smart" isn't subtle. That is, at least, according to one growing movement in education and parenting that advocates for retirement of "the S word."
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What Is Personalized Learning And How Do You Get There?
No two students are alike. They have different preferences, strengths and weaknesses, but in most schools all children are expected to learn the same way. There is very little choice as to how content is absorbed and by what method knowledge is demonstrated. Technology is changing that and as schools continue to invest in the right digital tools, the options for how students learn are endless. This has given rise to what is known as personalized learning.
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What Education Technology Could Look Like over the Next 5 Years
In a fast-moving field like education technology, it's worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.
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Center for Talent Development Summer Program
Challenging and engaging courses inspire students age 4-grade 12 to delve deep into a subject of intrigue and connect with peers. Residential or commuter, Northwestern University. MORE
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To Test or Not to Test? That Is the Growing Question
By Brian Stack
Recently, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan took a bold step in the debate over whether students can opt out of standardized testing. She vetoed a bill that would have allowed students to do so. Hassan's move comes in the wake of a heated national debate on whether students should have the right to opt out of standardized testing that is used as a measure of accountability for schools. This year, with the implementation of the Common Core, many states moved to new accountability tests.
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