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Happy Holidays!
Greetings to all NAGC members:
As 2013 comes to a close, Board and staff of NAGC wishes happy holidays and a joyous holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide our readers with a look at some of the most popular articles from 2013. Publication of Compass Points will resume on Thursday Jan. 9.

 Top Headlines from 2013

New NAGC Position Papers
From Oct. 23: The NAGC Board of Directors has recently approved two position papers that members might want to use in their education and advocacy efforts. Mandated Services for Gifted and Talented Services is an update of an earlier position statement. The paper calls for gifted education services, including identification, educational programming and support services, and teacher training being mandated by legislation in all states and funded at appropriate levels.

The second paper, Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment, makes five recommendations to improve identification processes so that 2e students will be recognized and served as having both gifts and talents and disability(ies). The 2e paper is an example of the NAGC Board of Directors taking a position on a timely topic affecting gifted and talented learners. NAGC Governance Secretary Christine Nobbe is leading an effort to revise and update other position statements and develop positions on new topics.

You may find all NAGC position statements on the NAGC website.

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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.

Common Core State Standards and GT Students: Article for Secondary School Principals
From Oct. 10: The October issue of Principal Leadership, the monthly magazine of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), includes an article about the implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for high school principals. NASSP has provided an open link to the article for NAGC members. Co-authored by NAGC President Tracy Cross and Buck Green, principal of Johns Creek High School in Fulton County, Ga., the article provides some of the reasons the CCSS can be problematic for gifted students and provides examples of how secondary schools can address the needs of gifted students in the CCSS era. NAGC urges members to share the article widely with local secondary school and district leaders.
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Updated State Policy and Practice Data Now Available
From Nov. 27: 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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NAGC Bookshelf
New Books Unveiled at NAGC Convention

From Nov. 15:.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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Advocacy in the News
From July 11: NAGC executive director Nancy Green and her counterpart at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Sally Walker, teamed up to author an op-ed article calling attention to the needs of gifted students and offering suggestions for improvement. The piece discusses the TALENT Act, connecting federal action to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk who is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education & Labor. A link to the op-ed and other op-eds and letters is located on the NAGC Advocacy in the News page.
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Check Out the 2013 Toy List Here
From Nov. 27: 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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 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.

Even Gifted Students Can't Keep Up
The New York Times (editorial)
From Dec. 14: In a post-smokestack age, there is only one way for the United States to avoid a declining standard of living, and that is through innovation. Advancements in science and engineering have extended life, employed millions and accounted for more than half of American economic growth since World War II, but they are slowing. The nation has to enlarge its pool of the best and brightest science and math students and encourage them to pursue careers that will keep the country competitive.
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What All Teachers in Regular Classrooms Can Do for the Gifted
Debbie Smith's Educator in the Creative Cloud blog
From Aug. 7: Teachers often think they just haven’t got time to differentiate the curriculum for gifted students. They may not use these exact words, but they look at all the other things they have to report on each week, and doing something extra on top of that for a small minority is beyond them. Besides, if they don't really have training in teaching gifted students, what should they do?
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Setting the Record Straight on Ability Grouping
By Paula Olszewski-Kubilius via Education Week Teacher
From May 23: If committed educators could be easily trained to implement a low-cost intervention that boasted consistent learning gains for all students, headlines would herald the discovery of the educational holy grail.
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Giftedness and Classroom Boredom: Maybe It's Not All Bad
Psychology Today
From March 11: Let me be explicit: I do not believe that saying a gifted child is bored by his schoolwork is irrelevant to the issue of solving those problems, writes Christopher Taibbi specializes in gifted education. He has coauthored several books on teaching. But at the same time, I do not think that simply "being bored" is always enough of a reason to demand a complete overhaul of that child's curriculum. Here's why boredom might not be such the terrible, catch-all culprit many parents imagine it to be.
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Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted
Education Week Teacher
From Sept. 4: Does the child who has the clothes in her closet arranged by color have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or Autism, or is that level of organization simply a manifestation of a quirk of her high intelligence, i.e. attention to detail and rational structure?
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What Genius and Autism Have in Common
From July 10: Child prodigies evoke awe, wonder and sometimes jealousy: how can such young children display the kinds of musical or mathematical talents that most adults will never master, even with years of dedicated practice? Lucky for these despairing types, the prevailing wisdom suggests that such comparisons are unfair — prodigies are born, not made (mostly). Practice alone isn’t going to turn out the next 6-year-old Mozart.
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Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education?
ASCD InService
From Jan. 4: With so many states committing to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) many educators of the gifted and talented are wondering what the CCSS might mean and whether these new standards will be a good fit for the students they serve.
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