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From Where I Sit
Serving Has Been a Privilege

By Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President
As my time serving NAGC as its president winds down, I have been taking stock in what we have attempted to accomplish over the past two years. From my perspective, this period within NAGC's history has been both a time of transition and continuity, during which we have seen incremental improvement. In the past two years, we experienced the resignation of Nancy Green, the previous executive director (ED), who had served NAGC for more than 10 years. We relied on Jane Clarenbach to wear two hats for six months, including that of interim ED, while we searched for Nancy's replacement. The NAGC Office staff worked extra hard, and I modified my role as president to include a different type of interaction and set of responsibilities with the NAGC Office. During this time we carried out the search process for the new ED, recently hiring M. René Islas for this position. We also held elections twice, with some new professionals coming aboard to help the cause and others shifting to different roles. All of these changes could have shaken an organization, but with the dedication of the large number of people who carry the weight of the work within NAGC, we soldiered forward with grace. Overseeing these sorts of evolutionary change are largely behind-the-scenes activities, which, if done well, leave the organization poised to more fully reach its objectives. I believe we are at that place.
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Be an Early Bird

Register now for the NAGC 62nd Annual Convention, Nov. 12-15, in Phoenix and receive an "Early Bird" discount.

Your learning experience in Phoenix begins with pre-convention opportunities (additional registration required) that include Wednesday morning and afternoon workshops for teachers, and Thursday Offsite Educational Programs. The opening general session begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Phoenix Convention Center. To check the full schedule for the convention, and to begin planning your itinerary, check out the online planner.

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Back to the Classroom
NAGC website visitors and those who follow us on Twitter and Facebook are sure to have noticed we have been sharing information to equip teachers, parents, and administrators for back to school. In addition to the "Back to School Resource Roundup" on the website, check out these up-to-the-minute tools:
  • The latest issue of Parenting for High Potential is all about giving you a voice in speaking up for the needs of your gifted child. Including these articles:
    • Important Voices: Gifted Children and Parents Share What They Need by Janette Boazman
    • Communicating Effectively with Your Gifted Child's School by Joan Franklin Smutny
    • Gifted Homeschooling: Our Journey with a Square Peg by Gwen Olmstead
    • Which Middle-Level School Should We Choose? by Linda E. Pfeiffer
    • How to Identify High-Growth Schools by Linda E. Pfeiffer
    • ABCs of Being Smart: W, X, Y, Z by Joanne Foster
  • The most recent Teacher's Corner features several ideas to help educators with their messaging to generate support for high-ability students.
  • You may register for any and all of the Webinars on Wednesday that kick off in September. The six webinars are free to NAGC members (nonmembers: $29 each). You can find a list of topics and register now online.

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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

Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find the following positions:
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The Learning Curve
First Online Learning Course a Success: Registration Open for 6-Week Course

NAGC successfully launched its first online course this past February with a group of teachers, gifted coordinators and enrichment specialists.

Two third and fourth grade teachers from Zachary Elementary School in Louisiana told NAGC that the first course "has already made such a positive impact on our students within our self contained gifted class." A seventh grade English teacher from Bryan Middle School in Illinois who "found it to be quite applicable to all of my students" proved that the course is a valuable resource for all educators, not just those who work specifically in gifted programs.

A bit surprisingly, the course's appeal was international, and the beauty of online education is that you can participate from anywhere. In February we had three educators from the International School in Bangkok; in September we will have two teachers from the International School of Panama. In this course, educators will understand how to use the CCSS or NGSS as a foundation and how to design learning experiences beyond these standards for those learners who meet the standards earlier and faster.

Based on the highly popular NAGC Books on using the common core and next generation science standards with gifted and advanced learners, Differentiating Content and Instruction for High-Ability Learners: Using The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is facilitated by Cheryll Adams, NGSS book author and Director Emerita of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development at Ball State University. The course is scheduled to start September 14 and run for six weeks. The cost is $395 for NAGC members and $595 for nonmembers.

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  Building Smarter Kids through Play

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How the U.S. Is Neglecting Its Smartest Kids
National Public Radio
Chester E. Finn Jr. has three very bright granddaughters. He thinks they "have considerable academic potential and are not always being challenged by their schools." Finn is not just a proud grandpa; he's a long-established expert on education policy with the Fordham Institute and Hoover Institution. So it's not surprising that his grandkids got him wondering about — and researching — a big question: How well is the U.S. educating its top performers?
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Homework Battles: When Parent Help Negatively Affects Students
Homework has become as much work for parents as it is for kids in many families when parents slog through assignments together with their kids every night. They see it as part of their parental duty to help their children. But when it comes to assisting kids with challenging subjects or an unfamiliar way of learning, frustration that builds from struggling over the homework can foster anxiety.
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Gifted Students Deserve Greater Support
Education Week
The U.S. is so obsessed with helping students reach minimum proficiency that it has been blind to those who have already cleared that bar. As a result, we are shortchanging the very students who could one day become the nation's stars in their respective fields. This treatment of the talented perplexes our competitors abroad. They have no qualms about differentiation in education.
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National Science Foundation Grant Boosts Gifted Students
The Star-Ledger
Who knows where the next Stephen Hawking or Steve Jobs will come from? With an economy that depends more and more on a highly skilled workforce, New Jersey is endlessly on the lookout for new ideas and the innovators who can turn them into reality.
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Intelligence, Creativity and Bipolar Disorder May Share Underlying Genetics
The Guardian
Serious mood disorders such as bipolar may be the price humans have had to pay for our intelligence and creativity. That's according to new research which links high childhood IQ to an increased risk of experiencing manic bipolar traits in later life.
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5 Tips to Kick Start the School Year
It's the end of summer. Kids' minds have been on autopilot for three months, yet we expect them to walk into school on that first day ready to learn. It can often take weeks to develop a relationship with the kids and get them engaged in class, so here are some ways to fire up the kids for their first day.
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