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From Where I Sit
Come to Convention!

George Betts, NAGC President Elect
As Convention Program Chair, I highly encourage you and your colleagues to attend NAGC's 61st Annual Convention and Exhibition that will take place in the great city of Baltimore, Maryland, November 13-16, 2014. This Convention will be incredible! It will feature 6 keynotes, 18 Signature Series, over 300 presentations within the 15 Networks, and over 100 exhibitors!
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NAGC Network Leaders Assume New Positions

Members of NAGC Networks recently elected new chairs-elect and prior chairs-elect take on the chair role next month. Please join us in supporting the following individuals who will begin their service to their Networks on Sept. 1:

Newly Elected Network Chairs-Elect
  • Clar Baldus, Arts Network
  • Billie Woodel, Creativity
  • Denise Drain, Curriculum Studies
  • Julie Smith, Early Childhood
  • April Keck DeGennaro, Global Awareness
  • Angela Novak, Professional Development
  • Matthew Makel, Research & Evaluation
  • Tarek Grantham, Special Populations
  • Anne Johnson, Special Schools & Programs
New Network Chairs (effective Sept. 1)
  • Bess Wilson, Arts
  • Kyung-Hee Kim, Creativity
  • Leighann Pennington, Curriculum Studies
  • Laura M. Beltchenko, Early Childhood
  • Sharon K. Slodoudnik, Global Awareness
  • Megan Foley Nicpon, Research & Evaluation
  • Wendy S. Leader, Special Populations
  • Ellen Honeck, Special Schools & Programs

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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
RSVP for Mirman's Informational Evening

Mirman School serves highly gifted children from ages 5-14. Join us in the fall to learn more about our innovative and award-winning programs.
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Open Access to Gifted Child Quarterly Ends Aug. 31
NAGC has granted open access to the Oct. 2013 special issue of Gifted Child Quarterly that focused on twice exceptionality. To access the special issue, visit the GCQ webpage and click on the announcement (it's in a pink box). The link takes you to the table of contents of the issue, from which you can browse and select an article for printing. The link will be open until the end of August, so share this news with your colleagues and fellow advocates.
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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:
  • Baltimore County Public Schools (Maryland) is looking for a Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator. BCPS serves 110,000 students and is the nation's 25th largest school system. Find out more in the NAGC Career Center.

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Measure Gifted Students' Growth Accurately
Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Research-based assessment identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students. MORE
As the leading education services company, Pearson applies deep education experience and research, invests in innovative technologies, and promotes collaboration throughout the education ecosystem. MORE

Back from Summer Break?
NAGC launched a redesigned website at the end of June. Visit the redesigned website.
  • On every visit to the site, you will log in with your primary email address (the one where you received this email).
  • On the first visit your password is gifted1
  • When logging in for the first time you will create a new password and continue to use your email address as your username.

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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.

The Learning Curve
NAGC Members have Access to FREE Webinars this Fall

NAGC is pleased to announce the following "free-to-member" Webinars on Wednesday launching this fall:

Oct. 1
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
NAGC: Leadership Directions and Priorities for 2015
Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Paula M. Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Oct. 15
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
Guiding Gifted Programming from a District Leadership Perspective
Dina Brulles, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Peoria, AZ; Lauri Kirsch, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL

Oct. 22
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
George Betts, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO; Tracy C. Missett, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA

Oct. 29
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education: New Curricular Strategies for Educators
Felicia A. Dixon, Ball State University, Muncie IN; Branson D. Lawrence, Jr., Carl Heine, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL ; Ken Stuart, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Muncie, IN

Registration will open soon. Watch your mailbox for details and descriptions.

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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!

Voices and Viewpoints
She Has Stars in her Eyes

Christine Nobbe, Adjunct Professor, Webster University
This Compass Points column features NAGC members telling us a little about their "day job" while sharing how their work with an NAGC committee or network relates to the field. In the last issue of Compass Points, we shared with you the availability of two new Position Statements. As NAGC Governance Secretary, Christine Nobbe helps keep the Board motivated to provide a formal viewpoint on issues, policies, and practices that have an impact on the education of high-ability and high-potential learners. Christine's term on the board ends August 31.
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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.

Gatton Academy Named Top US High School for Third Consecutive Year
SurfKY News
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been named the No. 1 high school in the nation by The Daily Beast for the third consecutive year. The school, which is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, ranked No. 1 in 2012 and 2013 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast joint list, and this year's list is solely from The Daily Beast.
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Bright Kids: America's Most Underserved Group
Psychology Today
Imagine you're in the third grade and reading on a fifth grade level. You're required to listen to kids struggle to read aloud third grade level books or to help a child who's still having trouble with "The Cat in the Hat."
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Grading Practices That Better Support 21st-Century Learning
By Brian Stack
If you'd like to see just how polarized a high school faculty can be, survey them on how much they think homework should count in their overall course grade. You'll get the full range of responses from zero to 100 percent. The start of a new school year for many teachers necessitates the writing of course syllabus documents, which means it is time to decide how much weight will be given to categories such as homework, class work, tests, quizzes and class participation. Here are some grading practices that you can implement right now in your own classroom that will better support the 21st-century learning of your students.
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14 Signs your Grandchild May Be Gifted via The Huffington Post
You think your grandbaby is off-the-charts smart, but how do you know? According to the National Association for Gifted Children, about 6 percent of U.S. children are gifted. There are characteristics linked to a higher IQ, and knowing what to look for will help you get your grandchild get the attention, education and support he or she needs.
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Back to School Blues: Why Gifted Teens Dread Returning to School
Gifted Challenges
Some gifted teens look forward to starting back to school. But many do not. Many are filled with anxiety, foreboding and dread. At best, they may anticipate another year of boredom and disappointment. At worst, they are consumed with fears about academic performance or social isolation.
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Gifted Kids Aren't Going to 'Be Fine'
I was thinking...
Heidi, a contributor for I was thinking..., writes: "Hearing about Robin Williams and his apparent suicide yesterday, I find that I feel like I've lost a friend. Or at least an acquaintance. Through his many movie roles, interviews and such, he's been part of my memories for a very long time. And beyond his roles, he just struck me as a really decent human being."
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NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 61st Annual Convention Sponsors


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Karen L. Yoho, CAE, NAGC Senior Director, Marketing and Member Services, 202.785.4268

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