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Your Last Issue of Compass Points

Beginning in November 2015, NAGC will fully implement a revamped set of communications tools for you, including the launch of NewsSource, a weekly resource for curated news and commentary on education that will replace Compass Points. Stay tuned for more information!
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Countdown to the NAGC Convention
We hope you have registered for the NAGC 62nd Annual Convention, Nov. 12-15 in Phoenix and are ready to meet us in the Arizona sunshine! If not, there's still time (at least until Oct. 30) to register and receive full information in advance of your arrival at the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • Registration check-in and badge pick up systems will be in place to speed you on your way beginning at noon Wednesday in the Phoenix Convention Center North Building. (Those attending Wednesday pre-convention programs may check in at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown where registration will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday)
  • Do you know where you're staying? The deadline has passed for discounted hotel rooms through NAGC, but you may contact the hotels directly to find out about room availability and price. Check out the list of hotels located near the Phoenix Convention Center. The headquarters hotel is the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.
  • The NAGC2015 app for your iPhone, android, iPad or tablet will be available soon. Links to the app store can be found here. The NAGC Convention app is your best tool for the most current info and resources and is connected to the itinerary you created on the convention website.
  • Want to get a sneak peek of the convention program book? It's now online.
  • We asked NAGC leaders for their advice on the convention, and here's what they said.
We look forward to welcoming you to the NAGC Annual Convention.

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Don't Miss this at the NAGC Convention
The Special Schools, Early Childhood, Middle Schools Networks invite you to join them to view several exemplary gifted programs in the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVschools). At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, interested attendees will be bused to Fireside Elementary School to observe examples of teacher and student interaction using critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, student-directed learning experiences and collaboration.

Guests are asked to RSVP. Find more information on the NAGC Convention website.

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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

The Learning Curve
Free for All... NAGC Members, That Is!

"It pays to belong" rings true for NAGC members this fall. NAGC has six "free-to-member" Webinars on Wednesday now available in the NAGC Online Store. NAGC members may order these webinars and view online at a convenient time.

Topics for the fall included:
  • Acceleration: Making Informed Decisions with Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Administrator, Acceleration Institute, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

  • Creative Underachievers and the Fashion of Passion with Sylvia Rimm, Director, Family Achievement Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scientifically Speaking: Best Practices For Science Education with High-Ability Children with Steve Coxon, Associate Professor and Director of Programs in Gifted Education, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Friendship, Character, Spirituality, and Integrity: Paths to Overall Well-being with Janette Boazman, Chair, Education Department, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

  • How to Start Homeschooling Your Gifted Child with Suki Wessling, Writer, San Francisco, California
Stay tuned for the new year lineup of Webinars on Wednesday.

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Community News
JKCF Scholarship Opportunities

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers scholarships available to exceptionally high achieving, low-income students. Two deadlines are coming up to note:
  • The College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need that can be used at any accredited state or private four-year college and university. Applications are due by Nov. 3.
  • The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program makes it possible for the nation's top community college students to complete their bachelor's degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. Applications are due by Dec 15.
For more information on the JKCF scholarships, visit the JKCF website.

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Is America Failing Its Brightest Stars?
Decades of research have produced very few real-world stories to support the bright-kid-overcomes-all anecdotes. Understimulated gifted children who don't get support become bored and frustrated, and often drop out of school. Two recent papers published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that these children tend to underachieve throughout their lives, compared to equally smart peers who get the support they need to accelerate.
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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!

How Schools Can Create Foundations for High-Quality Teaching
When Harvard professor Jal Mehta and his team began researching the factors necessary to support high-quality teaching, they started by identifying schools that focused on more than the reading and literacy test scores. The researchers knew there was far more to good teaching and real learning than what shows up on tests and they wanted to find schools focused on a more complex set of skills.
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Young, Gifted Students Facing a Gap
The Wall Street Journal
Tiffany Hall, a social worker, says her 4-year-old daughter can count to 100, use an extensive vocabulary and admonish her parents with precocious phrases, such as, "You are not communicating clearly with me." This month, Hall signed up her daughter, Aniya, to take New York City's test for admission to a gifted and talented class for kindergarten. But to Hall's frustration, schools in her District 16, which includes Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, don't have any gifted classes for elementary children.
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Looking for adventure?

The Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. MORE
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

More Schools Are Working to Integrate Arts into Classroom Learning
The Washington Post
The third-graders at Capitol Heights Elementary School are showing what they have learned about ancient Chinese dynasties, but there is no conventional quiz. They are gathered in small groups writing song lyrics — testing ideas, rhyming words, adding details, singing to each other. Some perform for the class.
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Why I Shouldn't Give Up on Gifted Education
The Washington Post
Jay Mathews writes: We have no idea how many gifted children are in the United States. We don't know whether special handling of brilliant youths helps them. Spending a lot of tax dollars on such kids is not popular. I learned this reading the best book on gifted education I have ever encountered, "Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students," by Chester E. Finn Jr. and Brandon L. Wright.
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Parents Support Testing, But Think There's Too Much
U.S. News & World Report
Parents of public school students support the use of standardized tests, but think they're overused and not necessarily helping their children improve. That finding — one of many from a new survey of parent attitudes released by the nonprofit communications organization Education Post — lies at the heart of the nation's ongoing testing saga.
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NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 62nd Annual Convention Sponsors


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

Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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Cait Harrison, Senior Content Editor, 469.420.2657   
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