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From Where I Sit
Sorely Missed, but Fondly Remembered

Ann Robinson, NAGC Expert Speaker and Development Committee Member
Editor's Note: Ann Robinson made her Annual Fund donation this year in recognition of Abe Tannenbaum, a Columbia University Teachers College Professor Emeritus and social psychologist who pioneered a ground-breaking model to measure potential giftedness in children and adolescents. Dr. Tannenbuam, who passed away in June 2014, was a mentor who had an indelible influence on Ann's career and aspirations. In 2012, Ann was privileged to present Dr. Tannenbaum with the Ann Fabe Isaacs Founders Award at NAGC's annual convention in Atlanta. Ann, an NAGC past president, generously shared a few inspiring reflections on this important mentor who helped to fashion her future:

Abe's careful scholarship, his vision for the emergence and development of talents, and his genuine gifts of sharing, modeling, and mentoring SHAPED me.

I first met Abe Tannenbaum when I was a doctoral student at Purdue University. He was the principle investigator or director of a U.S. Department of Education grant, the Graduate Leadership in Education Project (GLEP). Dr. Tannenbaum's vision was to bring together young academics-in-training in gifted education from seven universities each summer in order to build a cohort of colleagues over a period of years. I was fortunate to be among that cohort and the experience enriched both my professional and personal life immensely.

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Make Plans for a Star-Spangled NAGC Convention Experience

The rockets' red glare filled the night sky in Baltimore recently as the city celebrated the 200th anniversary of the poem penned by Francis Scott Key that is now our national anthem. Crowds converged on the city for a celebration of epic proportions. Baltimore will again roll out the red carpet in November when teachers, gifted/talented coordinators, school administrators, researchers, parents, college and university faculty and more, arrive in Baltimore for pre-convention events, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, exhibits, general sessions and networking events. Come celebrate gifted and talented learners at the 61st Annual NACG Convention & Exhibition, Nov. 13-16.

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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10 Grants Funded by the Javits Program
Advocates for restored funding see the results of their success

The U.S. Department of Education awarded 10 demonstration grants that will support research on a range of strategies to identify and serve high-potential children who have been underrepresented in gifted education programs and services. In some cases, the grants will expand programs that had previously shown success. In announcing the grants, Secretary Arne Duncan said, "This grant program will help schools replicate success and challenge the opportunity gap for students who far too often are not given a fair shot at success in college, careers and life." Read NAGC's news release on the grants. Read more about the Javits program and the 2014 grants.

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  Gifted Education: Online Master's Degree

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI’S 33-hour online M.Ed. in SPECIAL ED includes GIFTED courses that cover nature and needs of gifted/talented students; curriculum methods; assessment and evaluation; and differentiating instruction for gifted, regular and struggling learners. ENROLL NOW and start turning current learning theories into practical strategies for use in your classroom.

Let's Come to Convention Baltimore STRONG. Give to the Annual Fund TODAY!
We need your help to reach our 2014 Annual Fund Goal! If you haven't given already, now is a great time to visit the NAGC website to find out more. Donors of $50 and above are listed in the Convention Program Guide and invited to join us at the Donor Reception from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Callaway Room, Baltimore Hilton. Board members and other VIPs will attend, so don't miss this opportunity to network and celebrate. Make a donation today.
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We Already Know We're Great. Help Others Know It, Too!
NAGC has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. If you love NAGC's work, then tell the world about it! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community while building awareness of the work you do nurturing high-potential and high-achieving learners. Please help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of NAGC! All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It's easy and only takes three minutes! Visit today to write your own review on GreatNonprofits.

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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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Looking for a First-Class Speaker at Second-Class Costs?

NAGC Expert Speaker Brian
Housand chats with a Montana
AGATE attendee.
NAGC Expert Speakers offer savings to organizations with limited resources.

Since 2008, Expert Speakers has provided high-quality presentations from eclectic leaders and subject matter experts in the field of gifted education who are passionate about what they know and want to share it with others.

Darci Herbstritt, past president of Montana AGATE, shares: "Obviously one of the advantages is that we're getting quality speakers at not a high cost. But it's not just about the cost savings. These speakers clearly aren't doing it for the money. Their knowledge base is impressive, they are passionate about gifted education and they are very giving of their time and expertise. They provide teachers with the practical kinds of information they need — classroom-ready applications and knowledge that helps them to meet the cognitive/emotional/social needs of advanced learners."

Find out more about scheduling an ESP for your next conference.

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Connecting for High Potential
How Do You Translate Gifted Lingo

For the past nine years, NAGC's Connecting for High Potential has helped teachers and parents work together to provide a positive school experience for their gifted students. Many of the issue topics are relevant long past the issue date. With the start of the school year, we thought it would be useful to rerun (with updates) an important issue on gifted terminology and what it all means in school and at home. As school progresses, if a problem or opportunity arises and you don't know how to approach your child's teacher or parent, search the Connecting for High Potential archives for possible solutions. Seeing the experience from another's shoes is a productive way to begin a conversation. Each issue is meant to be shared, so please do! If you have suggestions for topics and themes you would like to see explored in future issues, please let us know.
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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
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, NJ seeks proposals to conduct a program review of its K-12 Gifted and Talented program. For information see MORE

The Learning Curve
Register Today for FREE Webinars

If you're reading this issue of Compass Points, you must be an NAGC member! 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
Making Inroads for Gifted Learners: A Convention Preview
Karen Yoho, NAGC, Washington, D.C.

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:
  • University of Oregon College of Education is looking for a Director for the Center for Youth Enrichment and Talented and Gifted. The center is a self-supporting outreach unit that provides enrichment and college introduction programs to high potential students as well as mentorship and practicum experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. See more in the NAGC Career Center.
  • Quest Academy, a private school for academically gifted students in Palatine, Ilinois, is searching for a Director of Admissions for the 2015-2016 school year. Full details are in the Career Center.

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Community News
Young Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies. Visit the foundation website for information.
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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!

STEM Prize for Middle- and High-school Students Now Accepting Applications
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is now accepting applications for its CTY Cogito Research Award given to middle- and high-school students. Up to 10 students or student teams will receive award to support projects proposed in a science, technology, engineering or math field.

Application deadline is Oct. 31. Awards will be announced on or about Dec. 31. Visit the JHU CTY website for more information and an application.

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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.

Why Girls Get Better Grades Than Boys Do
The Atlantic
As the new school year ramps up, teachers and parents need to be reminded of a well-kept secret: Across all grade levels and academic subjects, girls earn higher grades than boys. Not just in the United States, but across the globe, in countries as far afield as Norway and Hong Kong. This finding is reflected in a recent study by psychology professors Daniel and Susan Voyer at the University of New Brunswick.
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Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in Your Classroom
One thing you may come up against during project-based activities in the classroom is that students are often reluctant to engage in creative work because they fear making mistakes and are overwhelmed by open-ended design challenges. They can also be quick to give up when they experience a setback. To counter this, we identified a set of attributes required for innovation, called the Galileo Innovator's Mindset.
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3 Tips to Focus Parent-Teacher Conferences on Creating a Partnership
So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what? Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference. The Harvard Family Research Project's Tip Sheet for Parents suggests reviewing your child's work, grades and past teacher feedback. Ask your child about his experience at school and make a list of questions ahead of time to ask during the conference.
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