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Welcome to the new format for Compass Points! We have partnered with MultiBriefs to bring NAGC members bi-weekly news and information tackling today's most relevant issues in our field. This bi-weekly e-newsletter will feature items gathered from the leading industry publications and national — and international — news sources like The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. We hope you'll also appreciate the regular features to keep you up-to-date on the latest resources and opportunities to enhance your knowledge!

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 News from NAGC

From Where I Sit
Continuing the Conversation

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Following my article, Taking a Bold Step, in Compass Points, November 2011, I have received both supportive and critical feedback from our membership and the larger gifted community. I would like to offer some additional perspectives to the valuable conversations that are taking place within various communities both online and face-to-face. My 2011 presidential address and subsequent Compass Points article is foremost a call for unity so that we can best position ourselves to support the millions of high-ability children in public schools whose academic potential will not be realized without our efforts. More

NAGC News to Note
NAGC Selects New GCQ Co-editors

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University of Connecticut professors Betsy McCoach and Del Siegle have been selected as the next editors of Gifted Child Quarterly. The five-year term begins with the winter 2013 issue of NAGC's scholarly journal.

Common Core State Standards and Gifted Education
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As NAGC members field questions about the connection between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and gifted education, NAGC has posted FAQs about differentiating the CCSS for high-ability students and implications for gifted education professionals. A downloadable pdf of the FAQs is also available.

Green River Preserve

A summer camp designed for bright, curious, and creative children, GRP fosters creativity, independence, and self-confidence.
"Campers are their best me at GRP."
Dinah Zike
Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. MORE

NAGC Career Center Discount Through the End of December
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The NAGC Career Center continues to grow, offering more job postings and more resumes in the Resume Bank. Through December 2011, NAGC is offering a discounted job posting of $200 for 30 days. Universities, K-12 schools, foundations, organizations for the gifted, and summer programs looking for summer staff, will find the right audience with a listing on the Career Center.

For job seekers — don't forget to post your resume on the Career Center and check back regularly for new job postings. There is never a charge for that for NAGC members.

The Teacher's Corner
Bridging the Great Divide: Making the most of the Parent/Teacher Conference

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Opportunities exist throughout the entire year for teachers and parents to confer. Phone calls, emails, and the occasional note home are all communications between the two important places where children spend most of their time. Every so often, teachers and parents have the opportunity to engage in a face-to-face meeting: the Parent/Teacher Conference.

Early December usually brings with it the prospect of snow here in the Northeast and along with it the often dreaded Parent/Teacher conference. No forecast for snow from where I sit, but conferences are right around the corner. I can clearly recall being a first-year teacher and fearing that many parents, upon seeing this young teacher with the neat grade book, would not take anything discussed seriously. I was actually able to get through the apprehension, learning a lot about communication with parents during those first few tumultuous years.

Our Community
A Noble Quest: Check out an Essay Contest for High School Students

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The annual Shakespeare Fellowship Essay Contest involves high school students in the creative and analytical synthesis of knowledge about Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Canon and the Shakespeare Authorship Question by offering prizes for the best essays. Entries must be submitted electronically by Dec. 17, 2012. Check out the details here.

 From the Headlines

State of the States in Gifted Education 2011
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Every other year, the National Association for Gifted Children surveys U.S. states (and territories) seeking information and data regarding the identification of and provision of services for gifted children in that state. For the 2010-2011 report, 44 states and one territory responded to the questionnaire about gifted policies, programs, services, and other practices. One finding was that at least 31 states have a mandate related to gifted and talented education, some requiring identification, some requiring services, and some requiring both. More

Overhauling Computer Science Education
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Students from elementary school through college are learning on laptops and have access to smartphone apps for virtually everything imaginable, but they are not learning the basic computer-related technology that makes all those gadgets work. Some organizations are partnering with universities to change that. More

Technology Skills Trumps Athletics at South Texas High School
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In a state where high school football reigns supreme, South Texas Business Education and Technology Academy is an anomaly. Known simply as BETA, the tech-focused school in Edinburg, Texas, has no football team, no cheerleaders, and no Friday night lights. Instead, students study computer coding languages, test for Adobe software certifications, and compete as part of the national Technology Student Association. More

STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM
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The acronym STEM — shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts in the arts community and beyond suggest it may be missing another initial to make the combination still more powerful. The idea? Move from STEM to STEAM, with an A for the arts. More

Cheating the Gifted?
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It's an argument that seems to bubble up cyclically. "What we're doing right now does not serve the needs of the gifted!" And where do we find all those "gifted" students who are being neglected as we focus on "low achievers?" Is this the Robin Hood Theory of Gifted Education: take back from the poor because the rich are really more deserving? More

Why Gifted Students Can Be So Challenging
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What do Woody Allen and Steve Jobs have in common? Among other things, they both hated school and were discipline problems. Allen once said, "I loathed every day and regret every moment I spent in school." Jobs noted, "I was pretty bored at school and turned into a little tyrant." Who are their counterparts today? How are schools dealing today with bright, creative students who are bored out of their minds in class? More

Mexican, Indian Students Hungrier for STEM
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Are America's students interested in STEM? According to the recently released Lenovo Global Student Science and Technology Outlook, they are — but students in countries such as Mexico, India, and Russia are hungrier to enter a career in a STEM field. About 54 percent of students said they plan to pursue a career in STEM, according to a survey of 800 American students between the ages of 14 and 22. More

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