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From Where I Sit
Reaching New Heights for Learning and Growth

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC Convention Program Chair and NAGC President-Elect
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In this space, twice each month, you hear from NAGC Executive Director Nancy Green or NAGC President Paula Olszewski-Kubilius. I have taken over the helm for this issue of Compass Points to extend to you an invitation to join us at the 59th Annual NAGC Convention, Nov. 15-18. In 2011 we had blue dogs and Mardi Gras when we were hosted on the shores of the Mississippi in New Orleans. This time we are ready to scale the summit to the Mile High City — Denver, Colo. More

NAGC News to Note
Call for Gifted Child Quarterly Articles

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Gifted Child Quarterly is planning a special issue on twice-exceptionality for the fall 2013 issue and is seeking proposals for manuscripts. For the special issue, we will define twice-exceptional as possessing high levels of talent in one or more domains as well as a mental, emotional, or physical disability. We are most interested in empirical articles but will also consider review and theoretical papers. The deadline for proposal submissions is Sept. 1. Prospective authors can find more information here.

Share Your Experience and Expertise — It's Not Too Late!
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As an NAGC member, we invite you to contribute your expertise through committee service. NAGC's 13 standing committees and task forces accomplish important work in many content areas. Consider applying to join an NAGC Committee. As a committee member, you will devote time, energy, and ideas to lead NAGC projects and programs forward, and in turn, lead the field in supporting wide-ranging efforts on behalf of gifted children. You would be appointed to a one-, two-, or three-year term. Your involvement makes a world of difference. Find out more here. Applications are due by July 23.

We also welcome those of you who are experienced speakers or consultants who want to support NAGC while sharing a message with state or regional conference attendees to participate in the NAGC Expert Speakers Program. We work to match conference organizers to those speakers who are well-versed on the theme or topic they wish to present to attendees. If you'd like to be an "expert," click here. If you’re a conference organizer, find out more about ESP here.

Welcome to New NAGC Staffer
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We hope you'll join the NAGC staff in welcoming Robin Feldman, NAGC's new Director of Professional Development and Meetings. She comes to NAGC from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) where she was most recently director of online education. While at CASE, she also served as manager and acting director of educational programs. Feldman's work will focus primarily on building NAGC's online/professional development offerings with a secondary focus on meetings management.

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Teacher's Corner
Declaring Educational Independence

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A few years ago, on the eve of July 4th, amid fireworks and flags, I sat down to write a "Declaration of Educational Independence." Perhaps I'd read one too many stories about budget cuts to local and national programs, where educational leaders talk about improving schools with new educational strategies, but fail to recognize that the research, foundational work, and classroom practice they speak of so highly is rooted and takes shape in the programs that have been slashed. I may have been tired of refuting persistent myths about gifted and talented students’ needs. I know I was frustrated by the overwhelming number of parent and teacher inquiries about the lack of support for gifted and talented education. I know though, that I was optimistic that the gifted education community would continue to advocate for high-potential students and that somehow our voices would be heard. Access the July 2010 Teacher's Corner here. More

The Learning Curve
Celebrating Parenting Gifted Children Week

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Did you think the summer lacked any national holidays until Labor Day? Think again! This Sunday, July 15, marks that start of National Parenting Gifted Children Week. NAGC urges you to use this celebration as an opportunity to raise awareness of gifted children and the importance of high quality gifted education. National Parenting Gifted Children Week creates an occasion for you to reach out to local media to discuss the needs of advanced students and to advocate for gifted and talented education. We've included sample letters-to-the-editor to help you get started. More

Our Community
Advocacy Success in the 'Show Me' State

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The Gifted Association of Missouri reports that Missouri Governor Nixon signed Senate Bill 599 into law on July 11. The new law adds information about gifted and talented students and programs to the state report card required for every school district (and its individual schools) and each charter school in the state. The report card will now include whether the school district (or building) or charter school currently has a state-approved gifted education program, and the percentage and number of students who are being served in the gifted education program. "This is a big victory for gifted education and will open up new opportunities for GAM to work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for more gifted education programs," said GAM board member Sue Winter.

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 From the Headlines

Differentiated Instruction: A Solution to the School Finance Crisis?
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When Judy was in elementary school, the gifted and talented coordinator in her school suggested that she skip third grade to be placed in the fourth grade, writes Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Even then, she was put in the advanced math section of the fourth grade class. Since then, she has been doing math two grade levels above most of the other students her age. A couple of days ago, her parents told me that all this special help is coming to an end. The special programs for gifted and talented students have been eliminated. More

America Desperately Needs More STEM Students. Here's How to Get Them
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There is no doubt that to advance our economy and our society we need to create the next great technology innovations, not just consume them. That's why there is such urgency for the U.S. to develop a stronger workforce of experts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). After all, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5 percent of U.S. workers are employed in fields related to science and engineering, yet they are responsible for more than 50 percent of our sustained economic expansion. More

School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Kentucky Deemed a Model for Gifted Education
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Fayette County's School for the Creative and Performing Arts is among four programs in Kentucky designated as gifted education model service delivery options. The Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education cited SCAPA's outstanding and innovative practices in providing appropriate educational services for students who excel in art, music, dance, drama and creative writing. More

New Options Emerge to Enrich Gifted Students' Education
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According to the National Association of Gifted Children, there are three million elementary and secondary students in the United States who have been identified as gifted. "It's a bad time to be a gifted child in America," said Sally Reis, professor of education at the University of Connecticut. Despite research suggesting that gifted children perform better academically when instructed together with similar ability peers, support for these programs is at an all-time low. More

What Genius and Autism Have in Common
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Child prodigies evoke awe, wonder and sometimes jealousy: how can such young children display the kinds of musical or mathematical talents that most adults will never master, even with years of dedicated practice? Lucky for these despairing types, the prevailing wisdom suggests that such comparisons are unfair — prodigies are born, not made (mostly). Practice alone isn’t going to turn out the next 6-year-old Mozart. More

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In Defense of Eminence as An Outcome of Gifted Education
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We very much appreciate Jim Borland's comments on our monograph, "Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Research". Jim has often asked compelling questions that have pushed the field to think hard about basic assumptions and beliefs, and we appreciate his support for many of our ideas. However, his critique of our assertion that eminence should be the goal of gifted education prompts us to clarify this recommendation that perhaps we did not explicate as clearly as we had hoped. More

Using Technology With Gifted Students
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The one student population whose needs have been most ignored throughout the No Child Left Behind testing era of the past decade is undeniably gifted students. As school districts have been urged to "close the gap" between high- and low-performing students and between various subgroups of students, it seems they've taken that mission quite seriously: vast resources go toward helping struggling students attain certain standardized measures of success. At the same time, gifted students' needs are often ignored, if not sabotaged). They are already "good enough," and, after all, the easiest way to close the gap between high-achieving and low-achieving students is to slow down the progress of the high achievers. More

Gifted and Talented Students Design and Test Robots During the Maryland Summer Center for Space Engineering
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The Maryland Summer Center for Space Engineering: Robotics is a program for students entering seventh through ninth grades that are interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Students will design, build and test robots using censors to conduct missions. The students will also have the chance to meet astronauts, engineers and others in the science field. More

Rural District Expands Gifted Options With Online Courses
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When a student who hoped to study engineering in college wanted to take a physics class at Deming High in rural southern New Mexico a few years ago, she couldn't. It had been offered a few years earlier, but there weren't enough other students to warrant offering the class by the time she was ready for it. "She had to deal with it when she got" to college, said Kakee McInturff, who was the gifted adviser at Deming High for the last decade until her recent retirement. More

Twice Exceptional
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Sulam, Inc., a Jewish school currently located at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, the Torah School of Greater Washington and the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, is celebrating the one year anniversary of a trailblazing new program entitled Twice Exceptional. Funded by the late Lucille Weidman, longtime special educator, the Twice Exceptional program opened in September 2011, providing educational needs to students inside of their mainstream classrooms. More

Are Girls Leading the Way in Educational Attainment?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new report released by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit group based in Irvine, Calif., in collaboration with Blackboard Inc., has found that the typical student interested in taking an online class today is likely to be a "middle school girl who values the use of a mobile device in school and sees online learning as her ticket to a more personalized learning environment where she is in control of the learning process." Girls, the report seems to suggest, have adapted to the advances in technology and prefer to direct their learning. More

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