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From Where I Sit
Super Weekend: Better with Collaboration


from Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President

What has been traditionally known by NAGC staff and volunteer leaders as "Super Weekend," grew to even greater proportions this past week. Each March in Washington, D.C., over the span of just five days, NAGC hosts overlapping meetings of the Board of Directors, Convention Program Committee, and state affiliate leaders. The state affiliate conference is unique in that leaders from state associations of gifted advocates (made up of educators, parents, administrators and others) learn the latest advocacy messages from NAGC and share ideas with one another before heading out to visit their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill. In fact as I write this, they are braving cold winds and snow showers to reinforce the drumbeat that all children (including gifted children) need appropriate educational opportunities to succeed. Each of these groups has a clear focus and purpose, but bring them together and they reenergize one another and recommit to ensuring that the best interests of students with gifts and talents are considered in education conversations at every level.

What made this incarnation of Super Weekend even more significant was the 12-month collaboration between the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa and NAGC that brought the 11th bi-annual Wallace Symposium to the nation’s capital. Susan Assouline, the Director of the Belin-Blank Center, and her team oversaw the efforts from Iowa, while NAGC staff worked from the Washington, D.C. side. A committee was created and Joyce VanTassel-Baska chaired the group. After months of planning more than 200 researchers and educators converged on D.C. and engaged in high quality scholarly conversations about building bridges between research, policy, and practice. more


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