From Where I Sit
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC President, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill
My term as president of NAGC is coming to a close. As of Sept. 1, Tracy Cross, College of William and Mary, will assume this honor and responsibility. It has been my sincere pleasure to serve NAGC as president. I thank all of you for this tremendous opportunity.
During my presidency, I often felt like the gifted student placed into a new, advanced and accelerated class. I was initially struggling to adjust to a faster pace, trying to fill gaps in my knowledge, increasing my effort in response to increased challenge, and coping with anxiety and self-doubt while simultaneously growing and learning at an incredible rate. Thankfully, I received support and encouragement from my "teachers," executive director Nancy Green and the staff of the national office, and from my peers — the board of directors and the many volunteers and stakeholders of NAGC.
Congress at Home: Opportunity to Advocate for Gifted Students
Your Congressmen and women are home again for the summer recess. They will spend time meeting with constituents and gathering information for upcoming legislative activity, including approving a federal budget and revising K-12 education policy. You can have an impact on how gifted and talented students are viewed in Washington by educating those who represent you.
U.S. Support for Gifted Pales in Comparison to Others
NAGC Executive Director Nancy Green and Dr. Julia Roberts of Western Kentucky University co-authored an opinion piece that appears in the Aug. 8 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. The op-ed draws attention to the needs of gifted students using the upcoming 20th Biennial World Conference meeting in Louisville as the hook. As always, these pieces are designed to raise awareness and keep gifted students' needs in the public conversation. Indeed, Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers is a key leader in the upcoming negotiations over federal funding levels.
Simple Steps to Strengthen Your Gifted Program with Social Media
Looking for ways to energize your gifted education community? NAGC is pleased to offer members opportunities on August 19 and 27 to learn about the power and tools of social media to advance your important work. Participants will learn how to select the right tools for the job and leverage those tools to grow and engage a positive, active community that thrives both online and in-person from Ginger Lewman, Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, Hutchinson, Kan.
NAGC Teams Up with University of Iowa for 2014 Symposium
NAGC is pleased to partner with the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa for the 2014 Wallace Research and Policy Symposium. The Wallace Research and Policy Symposium is a premiere scholarly conference at which the latest research findings and policy implications for gifted education and talent development are addressed. The Symposium will take place March 22-25 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington, D.C.
Deadline for proposals for an individual or poster/roundtable presentation is Aug. 30. Submit your proposals here. Registration for the Symposium will be open soon.
Member Access for Parenting for High Potential
All NAGC members now have access to the digital issues of Parenting for High Potential magazine. When you visit the Parenting for High Potential page on the NAGC website, select "Click here to access the digital issue." You will log in and be able to view the digital issues. NAGC believes it is important for all members to receive relevant content about nurturing the gifted and talented child.
In this NEW issue:
- Upstander Parents Choosing to Homeschool Gifted Black Students by Dr. Tarek C. Grantham & Krista Henry Collins
- Connecting Learning Inside and Outside of School by Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC President
- Accidental Homeschooler by Suki Wessling
- Summertime and the Livin' Is Easy by Dr. Christy D. McGee, Chair, Parent and Community Network
- ABCs of Being Smart: L Is for Learning by Dr. Joanne Foster
The Learning Curve
Back to School. Back to NAGC Webinars.
NAGC is pleased to present the 2013 Fall Semester of Webinars on Wednesday that launch on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The session will air live with audience interaction encouraged. Following the event, those registered will also be available to view slides and listen to audio via the NAGC Live Learning Center. NAGC members may register for the full series of six webinars for just $150 (or $39 per webinar). A site license is also available to deliver top-notch professional development to your school or district. Register here.
Map Your Route for the NAGC Convention
Share the link to the NAGC 60th Annual Convention itinerary planner with your colleagues as you head back to school. It's a great tool to see the full "track" of sessions that will run Nov.7-10 in Indianapolis.
The early-bird discount pricing, as well as discount pricing for groups, expires Sept. 21. Register today.
Is It August Already?
Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
With the first days of school just a short time away for many of us, even the most seasoned teacher feels a variety of emotions. I am about to embark on my 15th year of teaching. While I am excited for the hustle and bustle of the daily planning, instructing, evaluating, and encouraging my students, I still feel a bit of hesitation about getting to know a whole new group of students. They come to me with different interests, learning styles, and preferences, from a variety of backgrounds, situations, and experiences. Apart from instruction and skill development, they will need individualized attention when it comes to their affective needs.
|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.
Rural Gifted Students Grateful for Summer Enrichment
A handful of rural gifted students got the chance this summer to spend time in a three-week residential program, and many said they enjoyed the experience so much that they didn't want to go home.
STEM Learning, Inspiration Sparked as Teachers Take to the Sea
Four teachers recently shipped off on a sea adventure, tagging along with scientists conducting research for NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Along the way, they're building their knowledge of science and related fields and getting a decidedly hands-on STEM experience.
Arizona Common Core Standards Spur Focus on Parent Involvement
The Arizona Republic
School course material in Arizona will be more difficult this year, not only for students but for their parents. It is two weeks into the school year in the Chandler Unified School District, and teacher Karen Meyer already has sent home three newsletters to the parents of her Tarwater Elementary School third-graders.
The Exploratorium's STEM Seller
Los Angeles Times
Americans love the fruits of science, but the rigors it takes to grow them — that's another matter. A full-court press for more STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — students and teachers is still coming up short. Since 1969, the groundbreaking Exploratorium in San Francisco has made a highly successful case for hands-on science learning. Its new $300-million bayside quarters opened a few months ago, and its executive director (and resident STEM education expert), Dennis Bartels, is experimenter-in-chief, charged with making science teachable, visible, accessible and gee-whiz fun.
Don't Forget the C in STEM
The Boston Globe
The omnipresent catchword in reshaping the American educational infrastructure and economic future is STEM education: coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Policymakers, business leaders, elected officials, and of course parents all know how important STEM education is for the economy of the future. There is considerable investment in STEM education at all grade levels, and it’s a catchword that has a connotation of future growth for our community.
The Decline of Science Education in Mississippi: A View From the Classroom
The Hechinger Report via The Sun Herald
Two 10th-graders stand over a large whiteboard in their chemistry class at Gulfport High School in Mississippi, trying to recall the previous day's experiment so they can present it to the class. "What substances did we use?" the first student asks. His classmate picks up a paper with notes and examines it for a moment. "It was sodium hydroxide and … " The first interrupts excitedly before his classmate can finish and quickly writes on the whiteboard.
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