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From Where I Sit
Reflections on the 60th Annual Convention

We asked NAGC volunteer leaders to reflect on their experiences at the NAGC Annual Convention. Thanks to every attendee who joined us.

"The 60th Anniversary Conference of NAGC hit the mark! Teachers appreciated the many sessions and the new NAGC resources on the Common Core State Standards and how they apply to gifted learners. There was "hot off the press" research about growing excellence gaps and the state of gifted education across our nation. Parents heard talks on important parenting issues such as preparing children for competition and learning outside of school through the Internet. And...the venue had lots of spaces to meet colleagues, share stories, and drink coffee!!!"
— Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

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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 State of the States Report: Data Shows Unevenness Across Nation

Data from the 2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education report shows continuing variability in state gifted education policy and practice. The report, developed by NAGC in collaboration with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, sheds light on the wide range of state support for gifted students in key areas such as teacher training requirements, acceleration policies, state funding to local school districts for gifted students, and public accountability and monitoring. "Despite pockets of strength, our nation by and large continues to neglect the needs of our high-achieving and high-potential students to the detriment of our future prosperity," said NAGC President Tracy L. Cross.

Gifted education advocates will want to use the report to develop key data points about the situation in their own states, as well as in their neighboring states, to inform policymakers and education leaders. The report is available from the NAGC online bookstore. NAGC’s summary of the report, State of the Nation, is available for free download.

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Celebrating Excellence
The Third Annual NAGC Celebration of Excellence was a joyous setting for the presentation of accolades to our field's leaders. The festivities began with the Presidential Address, with NAGC president Tracy L. Cross addressing the theme, "NAGC: All for One, One for All."

NAGC recognized the talents and accomplishments of our bright stars in the field of gifted education at the Celebration on Nov. 8, in Indianapolis.

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Teacher's Corner
Good Ol' Homeroom Shenanigans

of Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
I suspect that if you are a middle school educator, or know someone who is, you are aware that teaching a class in a specific discipline represents only one of many responsibilities carried out over the course of a school day. I've written before about lunch supervision, extra-curricular activity moderation, enrichment class facilitation, and advisory discussion roles, but in this installment I would like to tackle the often dreaded, and potentially boring, homeroom teaching position.

The tasks that are required for the 15-20 minute period at the start of the day usually take about five to complete and so there is often plenty of free time left for the students, whom if left in an unstructured environment, can become loud and disruptive. In the past I have tried to fill this time with a creative writing prompt, quote introduction, or short story read aloud, but the recent addition of a smart board and projector in my classroom has allowed for a new and quite successful activity, the viewing of a variety of online videos. Students have come to look forward to it, and homeroom period has become one of the best parts of the day.

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NAGC Bookshelf
New Books Unveiled at NAGC Convention

In addition to the pre-convention programs and sessions featuring the new NAGC publications on the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, several sessions at the NAGC 60th Annual Convention highlighted these new NAGC publications that are now available for purchase online.

A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education Illuminating Lives edited by Ann Robinson and Jennifer L. Jolly
Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach by Christine Weber, Cecilia Boswell, Wendy Behrens
Organic Creativity in the Classroom: Teaching to Intuition in Academics and the Arts edited by Jane Piirto
Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says (2nd ed.) edited by Jonathan Plucker, Carolyn M. Callahan

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NAGC Convention
Tweets from Indy (and Beyond)

With the free Wi-Fi in the JW Marriott Indianapolis that NAGC provided (with partial support from sponsors), Convention attendees in Indy used the app and posted on Twitter using the hashtag #nagc13. Here are just a few tweets we'd like to share (and you can always follow @nagcgifted):
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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.

Needs of Gifted Students Too Often Ignored, Study Finds
Cabinet Report
While a majority of states have laws or policies requiring districts to identify and serve high-ability students, programs for the gifted across the U.S. are hampered by a lack of demographic data, adequate funding and appropriately trained teachers, according to a just-released, biennial report on the status of gifted education. … "This disconnect between student placement and teacher expertise clearly needs to be addressed by education leaders," said Jane Clarenbach, director of public education for the National Association for Gifted Children. NAGC, along with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, produces the "State of the Nation in Gifted Education" report, which is based on an extensive survey of each state's education department.
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Common Core Needs Tailoring for Gifted Learners, Advocates Say
Education Week
While many educators feel that the common-core standards fall more in line with the pedagogy of gifted education than previous states' standards, the standards in and of themselves will not be sufficient to challenge a school's most advanced learners, gifted education advocates say.
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A look inside East Columbus' Magnet Gifted & Talented program in Georgia
The Muscogee County School District in Georgia has about 20 magnet programs for parents and students to choose from for their educational advancement. The specialized curriculums are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
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Geeks, Jocks and Shocks: Student Perceptions of High-Achieving Classmates
Imagine a new student is to join your class. The only thing you know about them is that they were the best in their previous class for the following subject … Over 100 secondary school students were asked what they thought a hypothetical new student would be like if they excelled in different subjects at school.
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Learning to Type Before Learning to Write?
Psychology Today
One of the most important and simplest lessons in preschool and Kindergarten are the ABCs. At an early age, children learn to recognize the letters, then to print them, in both lowercase and uppercase. If this was 1960, the children would then progress to cursive writing.
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 NAGC Thanks 2013 Convention Sponsors

NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 60th Annual Convention Sponsors


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