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From Where I Sit
The 2015 Annual Fund — Small Drops that Make Big Ripples

By Faye Hanson, Gifted & Talented Coordinator, Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, Jaffrey, NH
"Beyond enriching my professional life, the Javits-Frasier scholarship made it possible for me to attend the NAGC Annual Convention. As a single parent with no district support to attend out-of-state conferences, I would not have been able to make that trip to Tampa without the financial support provided for my registration fee and membership."

From where I sit, I see a snowy landscape, all of the features of my neighborhood buried in a blanket of white. It makes me think of my students and other gifted students out there whose gifts are shrouded by poverty, skin color, and language and learning differences.

I chose to teach in an inner-city school with the largest homeless population in our district. I knew my students were gifted, despite their race or language or label. Recognizing their potential was easy for me; convincing others of their abilities was much more difficult.

In 2008, I attended the NAGC Convention in Tampa as a Javits-Frasier Scholar and it was life changing.

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News from the Hill:
President Includes Funding for Javits Program in FY 2016 Budget

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President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget released last week includes nearly $10 million for the Jacob Javits Gifted Education Grant Program. The Javits program supports applied research to develop effective interventions and strategies to support the identification and service of high-ability students from populations that are historically underrepresented in gifted education programs. After being modestly supported for years, funding was eliminated in FY 2011. However, in FY 2014, Congress restored the program at $5 million, and late last year Congress doubled it to $10 million funding for FY 2015.

Last September, the Department of Education awarded 10 awards to institutions throughout the nation using the restored 2014 funding. The funded projects include those focused on twice-exceptional students, English language learners and students from a wide array of underrepresented populations and settings including rural, urban and Native American reservations.

Read the news release here.

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TALENT Act (S. 363) Introduced in Senate
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As Congress once again prepares to tackle a rewrite of the nation's elementary and secondary education law, a group of bipartisan lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to reverse the neglect of high-ability and high-potential learners. Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), and John Boozman (R-Arkansas) introduced a measure known as the To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation's Teachers or TALENT Act (S. 363). This bill would help ensure federal education programs focused on teacher training and public reporting also apply to these learners. Read full news release.

Read more about the TALENT Act and about contacting your Senators to ask them to cosponsor the bill.

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Consider Running for Chair-Elect (or Chair) of One of NAGC's Networks

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Participating in a network is wonderful way to meet people interested in the same areas of gifted education as you are, expand your knowledge and help others learn. Chairs-elect serve for two years in that position and then move to the chair position for two years. Chairs-elect have those two years to learn the ropes and meet other network members who will be helpful. The amount of work ebbs and flows and how much the chair-elect and chair do depends on the number of volunteers they recruit. Network leaders do not work alone; they have the assistance of the NAGC office and the board's network liaison.

The following NAGC Networks are looking for chair-elects:
  • Computers & Technology
  • Conceptual Foundations
  • Counseling & Guidance
  • Middle Grades
  • Parent & Community
  • Professional Development
  • STEM
The Parent & Community Network is also looking for a chair.

You must have been a member of the network for which you are running for at least the past two years.

Scott Chamberlin, the current chair for the STEM Network, says that he found the biggest benefit to serving as chair was the people he met — NAGC members and officers. He found the time commitment varied by time of year, with proposal submission taking the most time, "but it is a modest investment in time."

Please consider running for one of the open positions. Many people who are on the board and NAGC committees started their work with NAGC in a network. Learn more what it takes to become a candidate.

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Recognize the Efforts of an Administrator
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With support from Ball State University, the NAGC/Ball State Administrator Award is presented each year to a principal or superintendent outside of gifted who has made a significant contribution to gifted education in his/her school, district or nationally. It is important to support our non-gifted allies, and there are many out there.

Do you know an administrator who has supported advanced students by providing programs, staff development on gifted, and advocating on their behalf? Recent past winners include:
  • Maureen Donavon of Cache Country School District in Utah;
  • Kathleen Steele, former superintendent of Crawfordsville, Indiana;
  • Cheryl Quatrano-Hatzidimitriou, former principal of BELL Academy in Queens (NYC); and
  • Steven Adamowski, former superintendent for Hartford (CT) Public Schools.
The winner receives complimentary registration to the NAGC convention and a two-night hotel stay in the convention city. Along with receiving the award plaque and our appreciation at the Celebration of Excellence, the NAGC/Ball State Administrator will become even more effective at meeting the needs of advanced students as she attends convention sessions and gets to know the gifted education community.

Begin the online submission process today. The deadline for completing your nomination is May 4. Learn more about the NAGC/Ball State Award and other NAGC awards.

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State Leaders Convene in March
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The 23rd Annual State Affiliate Conference kicks off on March 21 in Washington, DC. The event brings together leaders from state gifted education organizations for learning from experts in the field of gifted, advocacy, policy and association management. We hear in evaluations each year that the best learning comes from their time together, dissecting issues and sharing successes. If you are a president or legislative committee chair of your state association, please register today for this informative and energizing event.
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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
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Attention faculty, counseling professionals and K-12 teachers: 85 jobs are listed on the NAGC Career Center. You may sort by location, job type and experience level. Let the jobs come to you when you create a "Job Alert" and receive updates via email.

Take a moment to upload your resume to the resume database on the Career Center. Hiring managers can search the database when they post a job on the Career Center.

Check out these positions now on the NAGC Career Center:
  • Educational Advisor at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation works to advance the education of highly promising students with financial need. The Educational Advisor provides academic, career, and extracurricular advising as well as arranges opportunities for academic and personal development for 25 lower-income high school scholars.

  • Psychologist at The Forman School
    The Forman School is in Litchfield, Connecticut, is a college preparatory boarding school for students with learning differences. The school is looking for a Psychologist for both individual and group therapy for students.

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Parenting for High Potential Now Online
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All NAGC members may access the digital issues of Parenting for High Potential (PHP) on the NAGC website. When you log in, you can view the PDF. Remember your user name to log in is always your email address and you create your own password (if you have not yet done so, use "gifted1").

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Teachers' Corner
The Mathematician, the Inventor, the Artist, and the Athlete: Creative Minds, Creative Ideas

By Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
Mike sits at his desk and studies the quadratic formula, and soon his mind formulates new and exciting ways to re-organize the numbers scribbled before him. Grace has a box of old telephone and TV parts, and along with a few household tools, begins to work on her own invention. Rachel sits in the meadow overlooking the mountains while staring at the blank canvas and holding the palette of oil paint. Will dribbles up and down the field, trying to perfect the curved shot on goal.
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The Learning Curve
Register Now for New Online Course

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"Differentiating Content and Instruction for High-Ability Learners: Using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)" is the first six-week online course on the new NAGC learning portal. The course begins Feb. 23. Designed by gifted education professionals, college and university faculty, and online course development experts for all educators, http://mylearning.nagc.org/ is a learning community that extends beyond the six weeks, as participants will continue to share resources, information and knowledge in the online portal.

The first course, "Differentiating Content and Instruction for High-Ability Learners: Using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)" begins Feb. 23 and is divided into four modules, and is not just for those who work specifically in gifted programs. Registration will be limited, so don't delay in sharing with colleagues who are new to the CCSS or NGSS and/or need additional support and guidance for creating lessons and evaluating instructional materials.

Visit the site for full info on the modules. Registration fee: $395 members/$595 nonmembers. Register today in the NAGC Online Store.

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Community News
Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core?

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The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is hosting a live discussion from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 23 on what the Common Core portends for gifted students and their teachers, moderated by Fordham Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Chester E. Finn Jr. The event will also be broadcast on their website. Panelists include Tricia Ebner, Gifted Intervention Specialist and ELA teacher, Lake Middle School; Jonathan Plucker, Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education, University of Connecticut; and Rena Subotnik, Director, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, American Psychological Association.

Find out more here.

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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.


Let's Help Wisconsin's Highest Achieving Students Reach Their Potential
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
One topic long overdue for attention from the Wisconsin Legislature is how the state serves high-potential and high-achieving students. Current state law requires public schools to identify and serve high-ability or gifted students, but the state provides no dedicated funding to make this happen. Instead, schools are left to fund these services using entirely local funding or to leave these students unidentified and under-challenged.
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Can All Children Be Calculus Whizzes?
The Atlantic
In suburban Howard County, Maryland, lots of students take calculus in high school. Or at least, lots of white and Asian students do. In 2011, African-American and Hispanic students made up about 30 percent of the public school district's enrollment but only about 11.3 percent of calculus students, according to the U.S. Education Department.
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Louisiana District Giving Extra Support to High-Potential Minority Students
The New Orleans Advocate
Sally Meredith's reading class looks different from most at Albert Cammon Middle School in St. Rose, Louisiana. Meredith, an eighth-grade teacher at the school, doesn't spend her fifth period reading class helping her 13-year-old students through difficult passages or having them read aloud. Instead, she largely lets her students take charge in debates over questions she poses to the class, or else she leaves them alone to work on projects.
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Schools Test Impact of Blending Technology, Longer School Days
Education Week
Students at Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver spend much of the school day in a blended learning scenario, using Chromebooks to access digital curricula and working face to face with their teachers. Students also have a longer school day — an extra hour that allows for more enrichment and electives. A new guide for educators says the pairing of blended learning and an expanded school day — much like what is happening at Grant Beacon — hits the educational sweet spot, providing opportunities for better teacher collaboration, personalization of education and student engagement.
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Can Stress Help Students?
Edutopia
Imagine this: You're a ninth-grade math teacher, and you've just been anointed as head of the school's wellness committee, a team thrown together to deal with student stress levels that are "far too high." "We need to build a more positive climate," your principal explained. "You're relatable. Students might listen to what you have to say." Now you're writing a speech for the year's first all-school assembly on a topic outside your expertise: stress management.
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