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Making a Difference with Small Actions

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."
— Robert Collier
As educators, most of us look forward to the beginning of a new academic year. There are new students and colleagues to get to know, new courses or subjects to teach, and of course, new challenges to face. The beginning of the school year brings with it optimism and hope about a fresh opportunity to make a difference.

Academics Tailored for Gifted Students

At Laurel Springs School, we understand the unique abilities of gifted students. As an accredited online private school with over twenty years of experience, Laurel Springs is uniquely positioned to provide individualized academics that build on each student’s strengths and needs. Click here to learn more about our Gifted & Talented Academy.

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.

The Results Are In
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NAGC online elections concluded last month and the results are in. Here are the newly elected members of NAGC's leadership team. More

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Teacher Corner
Brit Wit for the End of Summer

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The countdown has begun. A summer breeze seemed to pick up June and July and take them away. Thoughts of the students who will magically appear in a few weeks have seeped into my mind, and before long, we will all be "back to school." In response to this change in focus, NAGC will be posting a new 2012-2013 Back to School Toolkit! Check the homepage in the coming weeks for access to this wealth of audience-specific resources. More

The Learning Curve
Dynamic Resources

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As you heed our President's call to action and seek to make a difference during this new school year, make NAGC your home(page) for ongoing professional development, and pay special attention to the above-mentioned resources.

In the Live Learning Center you will find two winter/spring 2012 WOW sessions directly related to her stated goals: Common Core State Standards: What Gifted Leaders Need to Know and What Parents and Educators Should Know about RtI You can preview the sessions before you decide to purchase them and add great content to your virtual learning library.

Travel Planning for the Mile High City
As you plan for travel to the 59th Annual NAGC Convention, please be sure to first book your hotel room in the NAGC "room block." Staying in one the official 2012 convention hotels allows NAGC to keep convention costs down. When NAGC plans for the Annual Convention we negotiate with the hotels to block a sufficient number of rooms for attendees. Keep in mind that if NAGC does not fulfill our contractual obligation with these hotels, NAGC will be required to pay significant financial penalties, which will affect registration fees for future NAGC Conventions. Please support NAGC by making your reservation by Oct. 17 with the official convention hotels.

Before making your travel arrangements consider arriving in time to absorb your senses in a stimulating pre-convention event, such as an Action Lab or the Gifted Education Essentials program on Wednesday, or Gifted Education Applications on Thursday. Each of these options provides focused learning in an environment that is conducive to cultivating the relationships you’ll value as you navigate the Convention and your profession. The official start of the Convention is the opening general session, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. But if you've not yet been to an NAGC Convention, the First-timers Orientation is at 1 p.m.

See you in Denver! To find out more about the Mile High City, check out our Denver page!

GT Neighborhood News
2012 Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards Deadline is Aug. 15

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Students are invited to submit their finest creative work to help celebrate the great legacy of educator and creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, author of more than 2,000 tests, articles, and books. All submissions must be postmarked by Aug. 15. Visit the Awards site here.

National Math, Science, and Technology Competition
In partnership with the College Board, the Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.

The Siemens Competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.

Students can compete as an individual or as a member of a team. Individual projects promote independent research. Team projects foster collaborative research efforts, as well as individual contributions to the cooperative endeavor. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. Deadline is Oct. 1.

 From the Headlines

The Theory and Practice of Identifying Students for Gifted Education Services
Education Week Teacher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many times when I am giving a presentation on a gifted education topic, whether at a conference or to some other group, a person in the audience raises their hand to ask what they apparently think is a simple question with a simple answer, said Tamara Fisher, president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education. It usually goes something like this: "Just a quick question before you move on … How are the gifted students in your district identified?" … More

The Gift of Gifted education
Chicago Parent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a tough time to be gifted in Illinois. The good news that your child has been identified as gifted may be quickly diminished by the reality of what that means in terms of their education. Districts across the state have been forced to reduce or cut gifted programming. Luckily, parents can make a strong impact on advancing the minds of these bright kids. More

Pilot Program Targets Gifted Rural Students
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Rural advocates have long been concerned about what they see as limited attention and research given to academically adept students in America's rural schools, compared with their gifted and talented peers in urban settings. Even one of the country's premiere institutions for serving the most advanced students — the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, in Baltimore — has devoted relatively little attention to rural, high-performing youths in its 33-year history. More

Gifted Kids Build Mini-Dragsters in Summer Program
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Twenty academically-gifted children in the Chicago area designed and built mini-dragsters this summer. Recently, the 4th to 6th grade students raced their vehicles. It was the end result of Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development summer program. More

Let Charters Bloom. Let Teachers Be Creative
The Washington Post's Class Struggle blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gary Petrazzuolo is a Northern Virginia biochemist who understands complicated statistics. His youngest daughter attends Falls Church High School in Fairfax County. He is angry that resources for that school might be drained away by a proposed public charter school to be called the Fairfax Leadership Academy. And so he sends me detailed critiques of the charter plans. More

Are US Children Too Entitled?
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A friend of mine was on the train from N.Y.C. to Poughkeepsie and watched as a few young children began jumping around the seats and doing pull-ups on the luggage bars, said Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health. As much as most adults would prevent their children from doing these activities in the first place, these children were fortunate enough to have parents and relatives who cheered them on. Apparently they must be training for the Cirque du Soleil. More

Bobak Ferdowsi, AKA 'Mohawk Guy' and STEM Education's New Dream Come True
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues to send back information from the Red Planet, including new images of its descent. The Washington Post's Marc Kaufman writes that, following the rover's dramatic landing, the time has come to take inventory and make sure the rover's systems are all operational and ready for its two years, if not more, collecting and reporting data back to Earth. More

Paterson, NJ, Superintendent Set to Unveil Academy for Gifted Students
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Paterson — a city with some of the worst public schools in New Jersey — will have dedicated classrooms for some of its brightest students in September, part of a sweeping reform package meant to boost student performance. Just weeks before the start of a new school year, schools Superintendent Donnie Evans plans to introduce the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented at a meeting with parents Thursday night, giving them only a short time to complete the application process. Parents need to submit three questionnaires to have their child considered. More

Rural Gifted Students Grateful for Summer Enrichment
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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. Education Week featured a new scholarship program, Rural Connections, here on the blog a few weeks ago, and we took a closer look at it in a recently published article. More

Readers Debate Whether Gifted Students Will Lose Out as State Report Cards Focus on Achievement Gaps
The Ann Arbor News via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Will programs for gifted and talented students be cut in an effort to close the gap between high- and low-scoring students? Readers debated what might be unintended consequences of the new state school report cards. More

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