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From Where I Sit
Making Inroads in Maryland

Penny Zimring, Mary Cay Ricci and Meg Lee
We look forward to welcoming educators from across the country to Baltimore for the 2014 NAGC Convention! As Co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee, we are committed to making sure your time in Baltimore will be educational and energizing.

Maryland has made great strides in gifted education over the past several years.

In 2012, the Maryland State Board of Education passed the first state mandate for gifted and talented education, which requires our 24 school districts to provide gifted education program services for identified students and professional development for their teachers. This mandate resulted from the advocacy of the two NAGC Affiliates, the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS) and the Maryland Coalition of Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE) in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Former NAGC President to Head National Center for Research

With funding authorized through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the Institute of Educational Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has launched the National Center for Research on Gifted Education. Former NAGC President Dr. Del Siegle is the principal investigator and will serve as center director. The new center will be housed at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. The University of Virginia, University of California – Berkeley, and Florida State University are partner institutions.

In addition to Siegle, Dr. E. Jean Gubbins will serve as associate director. Additional co-principal investigators on the UConn team include Dr. D. Betsy McCoach, Dr. Catherine Little, Dr. Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, Dr. Christopher Rhoads and Dr. Jonathan Plucker. Dr. Carolyn Callahan, Dr, Frank Worrell and Dr. Yaacov Petscher serve as Co-PI at the partner institutions. "We have an ambitious research agenda," Siegle noted, "which is made possible by this talented team of gifted education and research design specialists who wrote an innovative proposal second to none."

Specifically, the center will examine the extent of gifted programming and student participation in three states (Colorado, Florida and North Carolina); identify districts and schools that show high achievement growth rates among gifted students, including those from underserved groups; and explore how these sites successfully identify, serve and retain students from underrepresented groups in gifted programs.

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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:
  • Opening for a full-time, tenure-track, gifted education faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the University of Montana.
  • Other exciting opportunities are available at the University's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. For full listing, see the NAGC Career Center.

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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

Your Convention 'To-Do' List
We hope by now you have registered for the NAGC 61st Annual Convention & Exhibition, Nov. 13-16 in Baltimore. In order to receive full information in advance of your arrival at the Baltimore Convention Center, register by Oct. 30 (the advance registration deadline). New registration check-in and badge pick up systems will be in place at the Convention Center to speed you on your way. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13.
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Looking for adventure this summer?

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
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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A Free Webinar for NAGC Members
NAGC is pleased to present "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."

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

The book is available to NAGC members through Jan. 31, 2015, for a 20 percent discount from Prufrock. Use discount code HSGE14. Or see the book at the NAGC Convention. A Signature Series session, "Secondary Gifted Education: What's New?" is scheduled for 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

In addition to WOWs from 2013 and earlier this year, the NAGC Online Store has these three webinars from the fall 2014 series available:

NAGC: Leadership Directions and Priorities for 2015
Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Making Inroads for Gifted Learners: A Convention Preview
Karen Yoho, NAGC, Washington, D.C.

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

Find full descriptions for Fall 2014 WOWs 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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Community News
Submit your Proposal for the World Conference

Presenters may now submit their proposal for the 21st Annual World Conference, Aug. 10-14, 2015, in Odense, Denmark. Deadline for your submission is March 15, 2015. Registration is now open. Find out more about the conference.
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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks high-achieving high school seniors with financial need for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation. Selected students receive college planning support, ongoing advising and up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate institution. If you know students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's website to learn more. The application closes on Nov. 4.
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 From the Headlines

The Best Way for Students to Become Writers
The Washington Post
What is the best way for students to become writers? If you were going to say "by practicing writing," you may be surprised by the answer in the following post, written by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. Most recently she has written books about teaching reading and writing in mixed language classrooms.
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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.

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

Increasing Rigor in the Classroom
By Brian Stack
Every teacher wants to be able to say that he or she is increasing rigor in the classroom. How does a teacher go about doing that? It isn't enough for a teacher to make tests longer or add a comprehensive project to the curriculum. To increase rigor in the classroom, teachers need to get to the heart of what rigor is and understand the levels of rigor that exist so that they can evaluate their own teaching practices and build a plan to increase rigor from there.
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How to Expand Who Gets Gifted Services
The Washington Post
There were more than 140 comments on my last Local Living column, where I said gifted education programs were too selective and did not appear to educate bright children any better than challenging courses we offer everyone in this region, Jay Matthews writes. This is a sensitive topic, particularly with parents of gifted children.
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Smart Is Not a Dirty Word
The Baltimore Sun
As the school year hits its stride, many parents and teachers of K-12 students feel overburdened with all-too-familiar concerns about failing schools, common core standards and teaching to the test. Now experts are adding one more thing to worry about: grit. Angela Duckworth, grit's most prominent scholar, defines grit as "passion and perseverance for very long-term goals ... living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."
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Increasing Diversity in Gifted and Talented Programs
UConn Today
Mention an education achievement gap and most people think of students struggling to reach proficiency in core academic areas. But University of Connecticut faculty member Catherine Little's research focuses on the other end of the spectrum — talented and gifted students struggling to advance their academic skills because of limited opportunities.
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Stop Misrepresenting Gifted Education Research
Gifted Challenges
Yet another study of gifted education is being circulated that lends itself to misinterpretation and sweeping generalizations. Even worse, its conclusions can be adopted as justification for denying appropriate educational support for gifted children.
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Purdue Researchers Look for Ways to Challenge Gifted Students
Purdue Exponent
The education system, while making strides, is still lacking ways to challenge gifted students. Purdue University professor Marcia Gentry is heading a research project aiming to study how clustering elementary level children of similar achievement levels affects their academic progress. A $2.24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund the longitudinal study, spanning for five years and encompassing 100 schools across the nation.
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