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Hoosier Hospitality!

We look forward to welcoming you to Indianapolis! As Local Arrangements Co-Chairs we look forward to sharing Hoosier Hospitality with those of you attending the 2013 NAGC Convention. As of this writing, more than 900 Indiana educators are registered to attend. We are proud of the support for high-ability learners in our state.

Indiana continues to make progress with its services for high-ability learners. In 2007 the Indiana General Assembly passed a mandate requiring school corporations to identify and serve high-ability students, K-12. The strength of the mandate lies in the requirement for high-ability services to be provided in core content areas. To demonstrate this was not a mandate in name only, the General Assembly more than doubled the funding for these services. Although the mandate is only partially funded, the positive momentum is apparent with many schools corporations making progress in advancing their high-ability programs and services.

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  Academics Tailored for Gifted Students

At Laurel Springs School, we understand the unique abilities of gifted students. As an accredited online private school with over twenty years of experience, Laurel Springs is uniquely positioned to provide individualized academics that build on each student’s strengths and needs. Click here to learn more about our Gifted & Talented Academy.

New National Report — Follow up on Excellence Gaps

In a follow up to the 2010 Mind the (Excellence) Gap! report, Dr. Jonathan Plucker at the University of Connecticut led an examination of state and national data that confirms the continuing underrepresentation of students from minority and low socio-economic backgrounds in the ranks of students who perform at the highest levels on state and national tests.

The report, Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps and America's Persistent Talent Underclass shows that the gap between white, relatively affluent students and their poorer, nonwhite classmates has widened over time.

"The current study should crush anyone's optimism about the country's success in developing academic talent," said Plucker, a professor in the Neag School of Education. "The data we explored for this report, along with a growing body of research, provide considerable evidence that America has a permanent talent underclass."

The report, which includes policy recommendations, also offers state-by-state information about student performance on both state and national assessments. In addition to the PDF of the report, individual state profiles are also available online.

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New NAGC Position Papers
The NAGC Board of Directors has recently approved two position papers that members might want to use in their education and advocacy efforts. Mandated Services for Gifted and Talented Services is an update of an earlier position statement. The paper calls for gifted education services, including identification, educational programming and support services, and teacher training being mandated by legislation in all states and funded at appropriate levels.

The second paper, Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment, makes five recommendations to improve identification processes so that 2e students will be recognized and served as having both gifts and talents and disability(ies). The 2e paper is an example of the NAGC Board of Directors taking a position on a timely topic affecting gifted and talented learners. NAGC Governance Secretary Christine Nobbe is leading an effort to revise and update other position statements and develop positions on new topics.

You may find all NAGC position statements on the NAGC website.

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Celebrating 60 Years
Spotlight on A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives

An Interview with Editors Ann Robinson and Jennifer L. Jolly

Editor: Ann and Jennifer, you have a new book debuting at the NAGC Annual Conference in Indianapolis. The subtitle is intriguing, Illuminating Lives. What's the book about? Where did the idea come from?

Jennifer: The "Century" book is a conceptual history of gifted education told through the lives and work of 18 key figures in the field. In each chapter, authors place the life of the person in context and then analyze their contributions to the big ideas in our field. In between the chapters on individual thinkers, we provide an historical summary or a thematic analysis of the time periods in which the groups of individuals lived and worked.

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NAGC Convention
Get App-y!

Before you pack your suitcase to attend the 60th Annual NAGC Convention & Exhibition, download the new Mobile App: "NAGC 2013" on your iPad, tablet, iPhone or Android. It allows you easy access to all conference materials.

With the "NAGC 2013" App you can:
  • View speaker presentations, take notes, and highlight slides
  • See conference information, course schedule, and speaker bios
  • View maps
  • Post photos you take and view those posted by others
  • Search for exhibitors
  • Access social media
Links to iTunes and Google Play are on the NAGC Convention website.

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Explore Odyssey
of the Mind

Creative problem-solving. Team-building. STEM. The Arts. Students will experience this and more while having fun and making friends. There’s still time to join!
Ringling College of Art + Design

Ringling College PreCollege is a 4-week creative immersion. Earn 3-credits in college-level work while strengthening your portfolio and your career goals.


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.

Howard Gardner: 'Multiple Intelligences' Are Not 'Learning Styles'
The Washington Post
The fields of psychology and education were revolutionized 30 years ago when the now world-renowned psychologist Howard Gardner published his 1983 book "Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences," which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests.
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Common Core in Action: How Two Science Teachers are Implementing
Common Core

While math and English language arts teachers have a much more direct call for Common Core implementation, teachers in other content areas are also being called to implement the Common Core State Standards. This may be a challenge for some.
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Fostering STEM Vocabulary Development in ESL Students
By Beth Crumpler
With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, content area literacy is a huge focus right now. The Common Core State Standards places development focus in the literacy of math and the literacy of in science and technical subjects in English language arts. Science, technology, Engineering and math (STEM) content areas are extremely technical and difficult for ESL students to understand. To meet the literacy objectives under the Common Core State Standards, ESL and content area teachers must work together to in teaching STEM content area vocabulary.
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Gifted, talented, misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults
Talent Development Resources
Gifted adults are largely invisible. One of the reasons very few apply the term to themselves is due to the misconceptions about giftedness — in adulthood as well as childhood.
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 NAGC Thanks 2013 Convention Sponsors

NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 60th Annual Convention Sponsors


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