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From Where I Sit:
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director
In 2004, when I became a finalist for the position of NAGC Executive Director, the Search Committee asked me to do a presentation. If I were offered the position — what I would do once in the job? I titled my power point, "NAGC: Building to the Future" (sounds safe, doesn't it?) and I walked through an action plan with the members of the group. Two days later, as I was sitting at my kitchen table on a Sunday afternoon, the offer came from then President, Rick Olenchak. It seemed the search committee liked the plan!
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Teachers' Corner
Paving the Way in Baltimore

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
There is nothing like the feeling of getting ready to attend an NAGC Convention! I know that despite exhaustion, looming deadlines and work to get caught up on at school when I return the smile on my face and the thoughts and excitement I feel will carry me along during the slow introduction back to the daily classroom schedule. In many ways the NAGC Annual Convention in Baltimore will be like school.
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The Learning Curve
You Have Reached Your Destination

Keep your eyes on the road and follow coverage of the NAGC 61st Annual Convention & Exhibition on Facebook and the twitter hashtag #nagc14. Full coverage is coming in the next issue of Compass Points.
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NAGC Career Center
Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities

At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find these available positions:

The National PTA is looking for an Executive Director. The position is available immediately and located in Alexandria, Virginia. The Executive Director is responsible for day-to-day operations and works with the Board of Directors to develop and execute a strategic plan. For more information, view the listing on the NAGC Career Center.

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 From the Headlines

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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

Strategies for Teaching Gifted Children at Home
Raising Lifelong Learners
Gifted kids are a puzzle because each child is so totally different from one another. Yes, they share similar characteristics and defining qualities, but they are interested, passionately, in different things, and fuel those interests in incredibly varied ways. There are many strategies for teaching gifted children at home.
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Turning 3-Year-Olds into Scientists
The Atlantic
Anyone who has spent time with 3- or 4-year-olds knows it can be exhausting. They're talkative, mobile and independent, with a penchant for asking questions about everything. But well-structured pre-kindergarten classrooms are designed to harness that unbridled energy into enthusiasm learning. Colorful posters on the walls and stations set up for small group work ensure that kids are engaged in the new concepts and skills they learn.
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Why Trust Is a Critical Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners
Preparing students to be "college and career ready" is a catchphrase in many schools, but those same institutions often block large swaths of the Internet in an attempt to protect students from acting inappropriately online. While well-intentioned, blocking useful digital tools prevents educators from guiding students through appropriate online behavior while still in the relative safety of school. College and job recruiters are seeking students who are creative problem solvers, collaborative workers and independent thinkers, but in many cases, rules prevent students from practicing those skills online.
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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
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5 Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education
The Atlantic
Since ancient times, scientifically minded people have tried to figure out the mechanisms behind the physical world. Astronomers observed the movement of the sun and stars, biologists watched humans and animals interact with their environment, engineers noticed the angular similarities behind structurally sound buildings. Today, teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics mostly stick to the theoretical aspects. Students must know the number of degrees in a triangle, but rarely do they get to put that knowledge to use through structured lessons.
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Gifted Education:
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Wild Ideas for Fixing Gifted Education
The Washington Post
When compared with peers in regular classes, students who got high scores on state tests got more out of gifted classes than high-IQ students did. This is because they are hard workers who responded to increased teacher demands, while the high-IQ kids didn't care so much, according to an intriguing new study by David Card of the University of California at Berkeley and Laura Giuliano of the University of Miami.
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Ambitious Teenagers: Study in Cambridge!

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Arts Education Transforms Societies
The Huffington Post
Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans' President Kevin Bailey credits the brand's creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. These are just a few of today's leaders crediting their success to arts education.
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How Online Collaboration Transformed Instruction at 2 Schools
eSchool News
While teachers know that collaborating with colleagues to develop multi-class or cross-curricular projects can be incredibly beneficial for students, most never get a collaborative project off the ground. It takes time, coordination and will — and compatible teaching personalities also play a role in whether a project is successful.
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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 6 types of gifted children: The autonomous
Jade Ann Rivera
The autonomous student is not a passive acceptor of "official doctrine." On the other hand, they know better than to immediately dismiss all outside suggestion or knowledge. They have learned to walk the line of discernment that gives each concept a chance before embracing it fully.
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