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The 2015 NAGC Javits-Frasier Scholarship: Supporting Teachers who Champion Diversity

By Dina Brulles and Kimberly Lansdowne
Gifted students in poverty, and those from other under-represented populations, need champions at their schools who advocate for their educational opportunities. NAGC supports these individuals through the Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development. The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to increase access to talent development opportunities for all students through educator training. The scholarship program provides educators a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover how their knowledge, supported by training and a strong commitment, can make a difference in the lives of children and impact the future of our nation. Of necessity, we must identify and help educate those most likely to impact historically underserved groups in their home schools.
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Nominate a Colleague for One of NAGC's Prestigious Awards

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We need your help to identify the best contributors, scholars and leaders in gifted education and in NAGC. It's time to nominate your most accomplished teacher, administrator, colleague, grad student or community leader for an NAGC award. Online nominations are now open.

Take a few minutes to recognize an individual's caring for, commitment to and achievement in our field. (Self-nominations are also accepted!)

Get started on your nomination(s) and return to the awards site to submit before May 4. Award winners will be honored at the annual NAGC Celebration of Excellence during NAGC's 62nd Annual Convention in Phoenix.

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Nominations Now Open for Board of Director and Network Positions
NAGC
There are five opportunities this year for NAGC members to become part of the NAGC Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are stewards of NAGC and bring the views and interests of members to discussions and decisions about NAGC's direction and priorities. Board members serve either two- or three-year terms. The term for successful candidates begins Sept. 1. Review the position descriptions and requirements online.

The Board of Directors is not the only place available for NAGC members to make a difference in NAGC. Seven networks seek nominations for chairs-elect and one network seeks a chair. Chairs-elect serve for two years and automatically roll over into the chair position, which also has a two-year term. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with others with similar interests and to help guide the direction of the network and its offerings. Find more information on the Network Elections.

Deadline for Board and Network position nominations is April 8.

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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
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The Mirman School, a Los Angeles independent school for gifted students ages 5-14, has this opportunity for gifted professionals:
  • The Middle School (grades 5-8) is looking for a division head who will lead the upper division (approximately 160 students and 20 faculty).
Visit the NAGC Career Center to learn more about open positions around the country.

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Science Teachers Group Supports NAGC book on Next Generation Science Standards
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The latest NAGC book addressing the Next Generation Science Standards and advanced learners has received a glowing review from the National Science Teachers Association. Check out the review here. Order your copy at NAGC member prices at the NAGC Online Store.
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Teachers' Corner
Assessing the Need, Providing the Skills, Making the Connections

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
With the start of the New Year and a fresh outlook for the second semester of school in mind, I thought that I would share some information about a program that I direct, The La Salle Scholars Program. I believe it is a model for what can be accomplished in a large secondary school setting, offering opportunities for students to explore their interests and passions in a supportive and enriching environment.
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The Learning Curve
NAGC Launches New Online Learning Portal

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Stay tuned for news about the new NAGC learning portal designed by gifted education professionals, college and university faculty and online course development experts for all educators. The first course, "Differentiating Content and Instruction for High-Ability Learners: Using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)" is six-week online course divided into four modules, and is not just for those who work specifically in gifted programs. The learning and community building extends beyond the six weeks, as participants will continue to share resources, information, and knowledge in the online portal. Registration will be limited, so begin thinking about colleagues who are new to the CCSS or NGSS and/or need additional support and guidance for creating lessons and evaluating instructional materials. As one beta-tester commented on the course, "It's a great way to get teachers to start thinking about the standards they teach and how they can handle them differently and plan purposefully for their gifted students."
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We Know You Have Something to Say
NAGC
Now is the time to submit your carefully crafted proposals to present at the NAGC 62nd Annual Convention, Nov. 12-15 in Phoenix.

We encourage you to submit your best ideas, research and practical classroom strategies for consideration by Feb. 11. The Networks and Convention Program Committee, essential in the proposal review and selection process, will look for topics with broad appeal and carefully schedule a variety of topics in each time frame.

Themes identified for the 2015 Convention include: supporting underrepresented populations; equity of access to identification, programs and services; attending to the whole child; addressing social and emotional needs; arts education and fostering creativity; the twice-exceptional learner; innovative uses of technology.

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Are Your Gifted And Talented Resources Up To Date for 2015?
NAGC
The ringing in of New Year brings opportunities to visit, or revisit Web content and resources for NAGC members! Visit the New Year page today.
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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.


Sally Walker and Tracy Cross: Putting Talent on the Legislative Agenda
The State Journal-Register
In a few days Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield for a new legislative session. One topic in need of action is how our state serves high-potential and high-achieving students. Presently, Illinois has no funding or mandate to serve high-ability or gifted students and does not track or report on the performance of such programs throughout the state. Lack of funding has spurred many districts to abandon or sharply reduce gifted programs.
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Nurturing the Young Genius
Scientific American
In 1957, when Sputnik took the world by storm, the Ford Foundation was several years into a project for talented students based on early college entrance. An evaluation of that program from the Fund for the Advancement of Education read: "There are those who argue that it is psychologically unsound and politically undemocratic for one child to proceed faster or to have a richer academic diet than another…. But what is too often ignored is the greatest risk of all — the risk of adhering stubbornly to a clearly imperfect set of practices which are frustrating the development of young talent at a time in history when this nation urgently needs to develop its human resources to the full."
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Differentiation Doesn't Work
Education Week
Let's review the educational cure-alls of past decades: back to basics, the open classroom, whole language, constructivism and E.D. Hirsch's excruciatingly detailed accounts of what every first or third grader should know, to name a few. It seems America's teachers and students are guinea pigs in the perennial quest for universal excellence. Sadly, though, the elusive panacea that will solve all of education's woes has remained, well, elusive.
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The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
Scientific American
A brilliant student, Jonathan sailed through grade school. He completed his assignments easily and routinely earned As. Jonathan puzzled over why some of his classmates struggled, and his parents told him he had a special gift. In the seventh grade, however, Jonathan suddenly lost interest in school, refusing to do homework or study for tests. As a consequence, his grades plummeted.
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How to Accomodate Kids Who Need Advanced Learning
Citizen-Times
Through testing or just day-to-day life, you have recognized that your child is smart — really smart. Being intellectually gifted sounds like, well, a gift, but it comes with challenges too. Gifted learners need differentiated instruction through advanced material and stimulating, thought-provoking activities, both inside and outside of school.
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Study: Gifted Men, Women, Find Different Ways to Succeed
The Tennessean
Especially gifted young people are likely to achieve success as adults, but their pathways to success might vary based on their gender, according to a study by researchers at Vanderbilt University. The Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth is a 40-year-old research project conducted at Vanderbilt Peabody College. Professors David Lubinski and Camilla Benbow are the latest researchers to follow a group of gifted teenagers identified in the 1970s.
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Study: Gifted Children Benefit from Bypassing School for College
The Sydney Morning Herald
While his kindergarten classmates were learning to tie their shoelaces, Jacob Bradd was solving algebra problems. By third grade he was working his way through a university calculus textbook. And at 13, he blitzed HSC extension maths after only knuckling down to study a week from the exams. It was this astonishing progression that propelled him to university this year, where he began full-time study at 14, the youngest student on campus at the University of Wollongong in Australia.
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Can Schools Cultivate a Student's Ability to Think Differently?
MindShift
Entrepreneurship is often associated with people who assume the risk of starting a business venture for financial gain. However, entrepreneurs exist in many forms: They may be writers, carpenters, computer programmers, school principals or fundraisers, to name just a few examples. What they have in common is an "entrepreneurial mindset" that enables them to see opportunities for improvement, take initiative and collaborate with others to turn their ideas into action.
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