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From Where I Sit
Executive Staff Transition Announcement

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President
I am writing to announce that after more than 10 years at the helm, Nancy Green will step down as Executive Director of NAGC, effective November 17th. As a longstanding member of NAGC and current president, I applaud Nancy's immeasurable improvements to the organization across her decade of leadership. The strides that have been made have left us well prepared for the future.
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Data on Gifted Education around the US

NAGC has several reports on its website that contain data about policies, programs and services for gifted students at the state and local levels. The reports can be helpful to researchers and for advocates working to develop and/or strengthen gifted ed opportunities.

Browse the results of a national survey of schools, conducted by the University of Virginia for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. The results are reported by elementary, middle and high school levels and includes a separate overview. View the links to the reports.

State policy data is reported in the biannual State of the States in Gifted Education report, which NAGC produces in collaboration with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted. The 2012-2013 report, which includes searchable state-by-state data, is available from the NAGC online store. Read an NAGC overview of the report or view selected policy and practice data by state.

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NAGC Early Bird, Action Lab and Group Convention Registration Deadline Coming Fast
NAGC's 61st Annual Convention & Exhibition is the largest annual event devoted to gifted and talented learners and when you register before Sept. 20, you'll save $30 on your individual registration. Sept. 20 is also the deadline for Action Lab and group registrations.

Classroom teachers, gifted/talented coordinators, school administrators, researchers, parents, college and university faculty and more, will converge Nov. 12-16 in Baltimore for pre-convention events, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, exhibits, general sessions and networking events.

Visit the NAGC Convention website and with just a few clicks of your mouse, you can see the stellar lineup of sessions and speakers that await you. Browse by one of the 15 strands, date or speaker. On the website you can select events to save to your personal plan and view it on the app that will launch in October.

Lock in your registration and reserve your discounted hotel room today. We want to make this an easy process for you, so we even compiled a page of ideas on how to get funding from your district or institution for this unparalleled professional development opportunity. Find more info on the NAGC website, too.

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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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Gifted Child Quarterly is Now a Click Away for NAGC Members
NAGC Individual, Lifetime, and Graduate Student members may view issues of Gifted Child Quarterly back to issue 1...via your login on the NAGC website. No need to remember a separate log in for GCQ!
  • Hit the log in button on the NAGC home page (upper right)
  • 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 or password1
  • When logging in for the first time you will be asked to create a new password; you will continue to use your email address as your username.
  • Link to GCQ is on the Gifted Child Quarterly webpage and under NAGC Publications.
In the October 2014; 58 (4) edition:
  • "Predictors of Attitudes to Gifted Programs/Provisions: Evidence From Preservice Educators," Jae Yup Jung
  • "Social Understanding of High-Ability Children in Middle and Late Childhood," Henrike J. Boor-Klip, Antonius H. N. Cillessen, and Janet G. van Hell
  • "Evaluating the Efficacy of Using Predifferentiated and Enriched Mathematics Curricula for Grade 3 Students: A Multisite Cluster-Randomized Trial," D. Betsy McCoach, E. Jean Gubbins, Jennifer Foreman, Lisa DaVia Rubenstein, and Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez
  • "Implementing Enrichment Clusters in Elementary Schools: Lessons Learned," Gail E. Fiddyment
  • "The Impact of Direct Involvement I and Direct Involvement II Experiences on Secondary School Students' Social Capital, as Measured by Co-Cognitive Factors of the Operation Houndstooth Intervention Theory," Michelle M. Sands and Nancy N. Heilbronner
  • "Through a Different Lens: Reflecting on a Strengths-Based, Talent-Focused Approach for Twice-Exceptional Learners," Susan M. Baum, Robin M. Schader, and Thomas P. Hébert
  • "In Memoriam/Laurence J. Coleman: December 18, 1941–September 5, 2013," Tracy L. Cross
  • "In Memoriam/James J. Gallagher: June 11, 1926–January 17, 2014," Shelagh A. Gallagher

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Teachers' Corner
Getting to Know your Students

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
The start of the school year can bring about feelings of exhaustion, apprehension, confusion, and difficulty for teachers and their students. I know my first two weeks of school always prove to be the hardest to get through. I have recently taken on a new position after 15 years in the classroom; I feel as if I am starting over again. Apart from not knowing the names of the students sitting before me, I'm unaware of what their interests are, how they like to learn, what their work ethic is, or the knowledge they already possess. Curricular responsibilities, faculty meetings, and a host of other back-to-school tasks can often cloud the first and most important order of business in any educational environment: getting to know the students.
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The Learning Curve
Register Today for FREE Webinars

Register now for these "free-to-member" Webinars on Wednesday. When you register you will receive confirmation on access to the live event at the date and time indicated. Following the event, you will find the webinars stored in the "My NAGC" section of the website when you log in. Just click on "My Webinars."

The following Webinars on Wednesday launch in October:

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. 8
Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern
NAGC: Leadership Directions and Priorities for 2015
Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Paula 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

Find full descriptions on the NAGC website. Nonmembers may register for WOWs for $29 each. Did you notice that the web page is called "Online Learning?" Wait until you see how NAGC is enhancing online learning for education professionals in the coming months beyond these information-packed webinars!

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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.

Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:
  • First grade teacher needed immediately by the Polaris at Ebert school in Denver. Polaris is an elementary magnet school for highly gifted students. For more information, see the full posting.
  • The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University is filling two positions. The Gatton Academy is a state-supported residential high school for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in the STEM field.
  • The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is searching for an Educational Advisor for approximately 25 lower-income, high-achieving high school students. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation working to advance the education of lower-income high-achieving students. The full listing can be found in the NAGC Career Center.

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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.

Minnesota Program Expands on Goals for Gifted and Talented
Mankato Free Press
Mankato Public Schools' new talent development program will take gifted and talented services to a whole new level, according to staff. With a new full-time coordinator and plans to train pre-K through 12th grade teachers to better serve their highest academic achievers, the initiative makes a concentrated effort to ensure students are given multiple enrichment opportunities throughout their academic career.
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Teaching Computer Science — Without Touching a Computer
The Hechinger Report
A group of children on a playground, each kid clutching a slip of paper with a number on it, moves along a line drawn in chalk, comparing numbers as they go and sorting themselves into ascending order from one to ten. Another group of children, sitting in a circle, passes pieces of fruit — an apple, an orange — from hand to hand until the color of the fruit they're holding matches the color of the T-shirt they're wearing.
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How Do Unschoolers Turn Out?
Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school. The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book, "Free to Learn." Over the years, as he encountered more and more families who had adopted this approach at home (these so-called "unschoolers" are estimated to represent about 10 percent of the more than 2 million homeschooled children), he began to wonder about its outcomes in that setting.
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NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 61st Annual Convention Sponsors


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