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From Where I Sit
Observations of the 61st Annual NAGC Conference

Tracy L. Cross, President, NAGC Board of Directors
Experiencing the 61st Annual NAGC Convention during my second year as NAGC President has allowed for some different kinds of observations to be made when compared to my first year in the role. My first year experience was very primal and personal. NAGC was held last year in Indianapolis, my stomping grounds for 16 years, where my children grew up, and where I have many friends and longstanding colleagues. I could not escape the immediacy of all the experiences. Because of these close connections, I felt considerable nostalgia and worry. The 2013 Convention was a great success and my concerns were unfounded.
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Oh, Right. I Meant to Do That.

Many of you stopped by the Annual Fund Booth at the Convention in Baltimore. We appreciate your interest in our fundraising effort and the programs we support. If you didn't get a chance before, please take a few moments to show what you value most. Give to the 2014 Annual Fund.
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Celebrating Excellence
The Fourth Annual NAGC Celebration of Excellence was a joyous setting for the presentation of accolades to our field's leaders.

NAGC recognized the talents and accomplishments of our bright stars in the field of gifted education at the celebration on Nov. 14 in Baltimore. The honorees:

President's Award
Nancy S. Grasmick
Jeanne Paynter

Ann Isaacs Founder's Memorial Award Frances Karnes

Hollingworth Award
Chi Huang

A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship
Teresa Mapson Reddish

Gifted Child Quarterly Paper of the Year
"Three Paradigms of Gifted Education: In Search of Conceptual Clarity in Research and Practice"
Gifted Child Quarterly, vol. 57, pp. 151-168
David Yun Dai and Fei Chen

Doctoral Student Award
Jennifer Ann Ritchotte
Jiaxi Wu

Early Scholar Award
Jill L. Adelson
Scott J. Peters

Early Leader Award
Kimberley L. Chandler

Distinguished Service Award
Bonnie Cramond
Cheryll M. Adams

Distinguished Scholar Award
Marcia Gentry

NAGC Gifted Coordinator Award
Dina Brulles
Lauri Kirsch

David W. Belin Advocacy Award
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski

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Twice Exceptional Learners: Share the Articles from Gifted Child Quarterly
As part of its commitment to special populations of gifted students, NAGC has arranged with Gifted Child Quarterly's publisher to again "open" the fall 2013 issue on twice-exceptional students to the public. Although NAGC members have free access to the online version of Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ), non-members must pay to download the article PDFs, which often limits the number of articles most K-12 educators read. From now to the end of December, the special issue is available for free download. NAGC urges you to share the journal link with school counselors, special education professionals, assessment teams and others who work with twice-exceptional learners and who would not otherwise be familiar with GCQ. It's an opportunity to raise awareness and start a conversation about the needs of an often overlooked group of learners.
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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find the following positions:

Quest Academy, an independent gifted school for grades pre-K-8 in Palatine, Illinois, is looking for a head of school. Find out more about this position.

The College of William and Mary has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow in gifted education. The candidate will work with the Directors of Research and Curriculum to design and conduct studies related to curriculum efficacy. See more on 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

NAGC Bookshelf
New Books Unveiled at NAGC Convention

Several sessions at the NAGC 61st Annual Convention highlighted these new NAGC publications that are now available for purchase online:
  • A Teacher's Guide to Using the Next Generation Science Standards with Gifted and Advanced Learners
  • The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education (2nd ed.)
NAGC Select E-Books (available on Amazon)

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NAGC Convention
What We're Hearing

Thanks to free Wi-Fi in the Baltimore Convention Center, NAGC attendees in Baltimore used the app and posted on Twitter using the hashtag #nagc14. Here are just a few tweets we'd like to share (and you can always follow @nagcgifted).
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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
Serving Gifted Children Ages 5-14
Mirman School is proud to be celebrating 52 years of educating highly gifted children. Join us online to learn more about our innovative and award-winning programs.

Community News
Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based, math modeling competition for high school students. The contest is free and open to high school juniors and seniors in 45 U.S. states and D.C. Working in teams of three to five, participants must solve an open-ended, applied problem focused on a realistic issue — in 14 hours. Scholarships totaling $125,000 toward the pursuit of higher education are awarded to the top teams. The real-world focus of the competition introduces students to applied math as a powerful problem-solving tool and, potentially, as a viable and exciting profession. Challenge weekend is set for Feb. 28 and March 1, 2015. Registration is now open. View complete details, sample problems, rules and archives of previous challenges.
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 From the Headlines

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.

Gifted Education: Online Master's Degree

Check out the UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI online M.Ed. in Gifted Education! Take a course or two as a POST-BAC before applying to the degree program. CLASSES START JANUARY 20 - Introduction to Special Ed; Differentiating Instruction for Gifted, Typical and Struggling Learners; and Research With Exceptional Children. ENROLL NOW!

Punishing achievement in our schools
National Review
President Obama's contempt for the Constitution, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's unfortunate disregard of that document, have been loudly and justly decried by critics of executive overreach. Less heralded, but equally troubling, is the mission creep of the Office for Civil Rights as it works to reshape the education world and to right whatever alleged wrongs it thinks it sees. All of these officials and agencies are seeking to accomplish policy goals that they believe are good for America. But they are playing fast and loose with their job descriptions and responsibilities under law.
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Are Child Prodigies Genuinely Gifted?
The Daily Beast
A quick search for "child prodigy" will give you a flood of results: kids of different ages, who can paint like Picasso, make music like Mozart or write prolific poetry like Sylvia Plath. It seems like almost anyone under the age of 10 can immediately be labeled a prodigy, solely for being slightly ahead (and more dedicated) than their peers. So, are children revered more for their work because of their talent or for their age? Or, are they not even responsible for their works at all?
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Services for Gifted Children.

A premier resource, consulting, assessment, and educational services center to support parents of gifted children who are seeking guidance.

Ages: Preschool through High School

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Ambitious Teenagers: Study in Cambridge!

The Cambridge Scholars' Programme was founded to give ambitious high school students the opportunity to meet similar peers from around the world, prepare for college life, explore the famous historic and cultural landmarks of Britain and optionally Paris, and meet students from the world's top universities. Places limited - apply today.
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!

Culturally Diverse Bias in Gifted Education
Growing the Gifted
There is no denial that prejudice and discrimination, whether intentionally or not, remain in our world and in our educational system today. To be completely unbiased in any aspect of education sounds perfect, but is impossible because we are all human and we are diverse. Just like the students we teach, we teachers come from different backgrounds, have different life experiences and our own different cultures.
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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
Dinah Zike
Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. MORE

Channeling Springsteen: Teachers as Performers
National Public Radio
When Amanda Siepiola steps into her second-grade classroom, she channels two role models. "I'm a big Bruce Springsteen fan," says Siepiola, a teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington, D.C. "And when I go to his concerts, I end up leaving and saying, 'I want to teach like him.' " The other role model is Siepiola's own English teacher from the 1990s at Clinton High School in upstate New York: Ms. Hepburn.
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Is a Creativity Renaissance Coming to America's Classrooms?
When George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind act in 2002, he became the target of criticism by educators from all branches of the U.S. educational system. Arts instructors in particular were dismayed by the policies enacted by the legislation. They argued that the initiative placed too much importance on assessment and testing and sidelined arts education. Twelve years later, many arts programs are still reeling from the shift.
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NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 61st Annual Convention Sponsors



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