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From Where I Sit
Cheers to the 60th

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President
As the new NAGC president, this year's convention was positively invigorating. Having worked and lived in Indiana for 16 years I felt a strong sense of nostalgia for an entire week. My wife's and my four children were raised in Indiana and we have developed many friendships there. Spending several days in Indianapolis among longstanding friends, new friends, and colleagues who share my passion for students with gifts and talents was a very moving experience for me.

Now as we approach Thanksgiving and the holidays in December, it is especially fitting to sit back and appreciate the efforts of those who made time to join us as attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers.

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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 Blog for GT Researchers and Practitioners

The Editors of Gifted Child Quarterly are pleased to announce the launch of a new Gifted Child Quarterly (GCG) blog. The blog provides an outlet for scholars and practitioners in the field of gifted education to discuss articles published in GCQ as well as issues related to publishing research in the social sciences. The blog, maintained by Gifted Child Quarterly co-editors, D. Betsy McCoach and Del Siegle, is also expected to promote a wider audience for the research published in GCQ.

In addition, the blog includes video clips of authors of many of the research articles published in Gifted Child Quarterly. The videos focus on the research findings and the implications for gifted students. Additional videos will be added with each new issue of the journal.

The blog is accessible from the Gifted Child Quarterly website and the GCQ page on the NAGC website.

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Finding the Perfect Gift for your Curious Child
The manufacturers' recommended ages on toys and games may not be useful when shopping catalogs and toy aisles for gifted children. Additionally, games that look exciting from the box, can be repetitive after one playing. Games and toys allow children to explore different ways of thinking, moving, and interacting with friends and family members. That is why NAGC runs a recommended toy article annually, in Parenting for High Potential., NAGC's publication for parents and caregivers. Check out the 2013 Toy List here. Lists from previous years are also posted on the website. There is also a PDF to share with friends and family (or the jolly elf himself!). Thanks to the Sycamore School in Indianapolis for their help in testing this year.
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Updated State Policy and Practice Data Now Available
State data from the recently released 2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education report is available on the NAGC website. Selected information in six key areas (general state information, accountability, identification, training, mandates and funding, and supportive state policies) has been posted in table format, which allows users to compare data across states. The NAGC highlights of the report, State of the Nation, is also available, along with the data tables, in downloadable pdf format.

Visit the Gifted in the States page for the data tables.

The full State of the States report is available on a flashdrive from the NAGC online bookstore.

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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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It Pays to Belong
Parenting for High Potential Now Online

All NAGC members, not just parent associate members, now have electronic access to the digital issues of Parenting for High Potential. PHP is designed for parents who want to make a difference in their children's lives, who want to develop their children's gifts and talents, and who want to help them develop their potential to the fullest. Teachers will also find the resources shared and the topics included relevant in the classroom, and in working with their students' families and in working with their students' families. Just visit this page and sign in. You will be able to view the latest digital issue that includes these articles:
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NAGC Convention
Convention Attendees Have Access to Recorded Sessions

It's fitting that more than 60 sessions were recorded at the NAGC 60th Annual Convention in Indianapolis earlier this month. Convention attendees can log on to the NAGC Live Learning Center to access the files that are synced to the presenters' PowerPoint presentations. Those not able to join us in Indy can sample a few of the presentations and then purchase the recordings.
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The Faces of Excellence
NAGC recognized the talents and accomplishments of our bright stars in the field of gifted education at the Third Annual NAGC Celebration on Nov. 8, in Indianapolis. Photos of honorees are now online.

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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.

Getting More Girls Into STEM Careers: Lessons From a Principal
The Huffington Post
"If we're going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we've got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math." — First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011.
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To Be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician
The Huffington Post
Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century. But if we look back to 1980, the results are startling.
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Texas State Board to Consider Looser Graduation Requirements
Austin American-Statesman via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The argument over looser high school graduation requirements in Texas shifts from the Capitol to the State Board of Education. At the heart of that dispute will be whether students will have to take advanced algebra. Last spring, Texas lawmakers voted unanimously for legislation that retooled high school graduation requirements to give students, particularly those not headed to college, more flexibility to choose their courses.
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 NAGC Thanks 2013 Convention Sponsors

NAGC Appreciates the Support of these 60th Annual Convention Sponsors


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