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From Where I Sit
The Importance of Making Connections and Networking

Keri M. Guilbault, Chair-Elect, Parent and Community Network
I joined NAGC and the Parent and Community Network (then called "Division") when my son was 3 years old. As a first-time parent of a highly gifted preschooler, I was searching for information to better understand his asynchronous development and guide my role as a parent. It was through this network that I found a home within NAGC and connected with other parents who had "been there" and "done that." Reflecting on my journey with my son who is now a rising high school junior, I realize how important those early connections were to our family.
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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities

At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:
  • Gifted education teachers and specialists are needed by the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Paradise Valley has gifted services for PK-12 students. For more on the positions available and Paradise Valley, learn more at the NAGC Career Center.
  • Teachers are needed in all subjects (grades 7-8) at the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Find out more here.
  • Four teachers of gifted are needed at Lawrence (Kansas) Public Schools. View the listing on the NAGC Career Center.
  • Head of school at the Speyer Legacy School, an independent day school in Manhattan. Find out more.

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A Facelift for
Have you visited the NAGC website lately? If so, you're sure to have noticed the new look. First-time visitors will notice the home page tabs by audience that give you a quick read on what's new. We also have pages devoted to resources for educators, parents and administrators. On the upper right you may log in to view "My NAGC," your member page to view the latest member publication and news for you. You may also update your contact info online, quickly and easily. To log in (upper right, purple box), no need to remember a member number, just use your primary email address and "gifted1" as your temporary password. You'll be prompted to change the password. Even more content (various pages "members-only") will be added in the days and weeks ahead, making this your "one stop" for all things gifted!
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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
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

Parent Corner
Hats Off to Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers and Teachers!

Kathleen Nilles, NAGC Parent Services and Communications Manager
This week we celebrate National Parenting Gifted Children Week, a special time designated by the National Special Events Registry to raise awareness and increase advocacy for gifted children. It's also an important time for the gifted community to pause and recognize how important all adults — parents, grandparent, caregivers, teachers ("honorary parents") are in the lives of gifted children.
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The Learning Curve
The NAGC Convention: What's In It for Me?

NAGC heads to Baltimore Nov. 13-16 to present the 61st Annual Convention & Exhibition. Set your GPS for learning.

While we may not have sessions for the butcher and the baker (or candlestick maker!), we do have relevant and information-packed programs for dozens of audiences around the latest issues facing educators and families. The NAGC Convention offers 400+ sessions in 15 "tracks," so you can bet we have something for everyone. To review the sessions and speakers, visit the NAGC Convention website. While you're there you can create your itinerary!

In the meantime, take a look below at the convention audience flyers we have prepared for you to view and share with colleagues: Online convention registration is now open. Visit and log in to register for the 61st Annual NAGC Convention.

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  Virtual Judges Needed for eCYBERMISSION
eCYBERMISSION, a web-based STEM competition for middle school students and sponsored by the U.S. Army, is seeking dedicated individuals over the age of 18 with a background or interest in STEM—to serve as a virtual judge for the program. MORE.

Community News
2014 International Torrance Legacy Creativity Submissions Due Aug. 8

Your children/students are invited to submit their finest work in the areas of creative writing, visual arts, music composition and inventions to celebrate the legacy of educator and creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance. Co-sponsored by NAGC and various university and enrichment programs nationwide, the awards recognize the creative works of students ages 8-18. Students are encouraged to submit works that interpret these themes:
  • Beyond boundaries or transcending limits
  • Courageous endeavor
  • A huge step forward
  • Finding, discovering or uncovering a solution
  • Choosing a brighter tomorrow
  • Building anew
For more information, view their info sheet.

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  Building Smarter Kids through Play

We offer unique, fun and engaging games and toys for Families, Homeschoolers and Educators, Special Needs, Fundraising and Head Start programs. Our award winning learning products help Build Smarter Kids and Stronger Families Through the Amazing Power of Play!

Save and Celebrate
SimplyFun is celebrating National Parenting Gifted Children Week by extending savings on two NAGC Toy List games from July 21-27 (just $59 for both!). Both Kilter and Mirror Mansion were evaluated by more than 175 students and were top picks! The 2014 NAGC top picks will be published in October and on display at the NAGC 61st Annual Convention in Baltimore.
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 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.

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students
Scientific American
The U.S. education policy world — the entire country, for that matter — is on a quest to increase the ranks of future innovators in science and technology. Yet the programs that get funded in K–12 education do not support students who are already good at and in love with science. These students have potential for outstanding contributions, but without public investment they will not be prepared for the rigors of a scientific career. This is especially true for those without highly educated and resource-rich parents.
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is in Their DNA, Study Says
eSchool News
You may think you're better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you're probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person's ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person's overall learning ability. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, used nearly 1,500 pairs of 12-year-old twins to tease apart the effects of genetic inheritance and environmental variables on math and reading ability.
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Column: New York's Gifted Education System Needs To Shift
Chalkbeat New York
I visited BELL Academy M.S. 294 in Queens on a Wednesday morning in May to see a special breed of education in action Halley Potter writes. In one room, I watched a group of three students photograph a miniature scene made up of Legos and paper cutouts — then make a slight adjustment to the scene — and photograph again. Several thousand frames later, they will have completed a stop-motion animation video.
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NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 61st Annual Convention Sponsors


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