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From Where I Sit
Engagement — The New Frontier

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Engagement is a word we kick around a lot at the NAGC national office. No, nobody's getting married soon. Instead, our discussion is about the use of this term as a metric, a measure of success. Back in the day, a vibrant membership organization like NAGC could measure success by membership growth alone. More members now than last year? Success! Today, it's more complicated. Like other education organizations, NAGC has faced challenges brought on by the tough economy. States, districts and schools have cut funding for both professional development and membership. If you're reading this at your desk in a school building or university campus anywhere across the country — or even from the comfort of your kitchen table — I'm sure this is not news to you. In the face of this downturn, national office staff noticed an interesting phenomenon. While membership is not growing by leaps OR bounds, membership engagement is on the rise, and rapidly. More



NAGC News to Note
What Receiving the Early Scholar Award Means to Me

Michael Matthews, NAGC 2010 Early Scholar Award Recipient    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since receiving the Early Scholar Award from NAGC in 2010, I have been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. I am now the graduate coordinator for the gifted education program at my university. This award in particular also recognized research accomplishments, allowing me some breathing room post-tenure to devote a bit more of my time to service and advocacy efforts. I also have stepped into an active role in the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented, which is my state's NAGC affiliate. I am editing a revision of a white paper which was originally published when NAGC met in Charlotte, and I am co-chairing our state gifted conference in March. More

2012 Javits-Frasier Scholarship Application Now Available
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NAGC recognizes the vital role that educators play in identifying and developing gifts and talents in today's diverse student body and supports nationwide efforts to provide training to ensure highly qualified educators in every classroom. In addition, NAGC values equity and excellence and is committed to developing leaders who can effectively advocate for historically under-represented groups. The Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development seeks to identify passionate, innovative educators in communities across the country where students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are historically under-represented in gifted programs. Application deadline for this program is May 15, 2012. Find out more online.

Capital Update
Gifted Education Still Not a Presidential Priority

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Although President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget made education one of his administration's priorities, the proposal does not include funds for gifted and talented education. "While the Administration should be applauded for focusing on better preparing today's students for tomorrow's jobs, NAGC is disappointed that, once again, this focus stops short of any attention on identifying and developing our high ability and high-potential learners," said NAGC Executive Director Nancy Green. Click here to read the rest of Green's statement. More


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The Learning Curve
You Can Get There from Here

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Recent Webinars on Wednesday, or as we call them around here "WOW," have focused on best practices for creating dynamic learning environments for gifted learners, while meeting established standards. But no worries if you missed them or if you are not available for the six remaining WOWs this quarter. You can access any one of them about 24 hours after the event on the NAGC Live Learning Center. More

Parent and Community Corner
It's Time to Plan for Summer Opportunities for Gifted Children

Mariam Willis, NAGC Parent Outreach Specialist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At camp, when children make new friends and explore the world around them magic happens. In an environment created just for them, children learn real-life skills, develop self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence and community. Whether children are exploring, conquering new heights, or becoming part of a camp family, they are creating memories that will last a lifetime. NAGC provides a list of summer programs, summer camps, enrichment programs, academic programs, and special schools that can meet the unique needs of gifted kids. Even though snow is still on the ground in several areas it is time to begin planning for summer opportunities for gifted kids. More

Our Community
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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $2.3 million to 10 summer enrichment programs that will reach 730 students from rural and urban communities across the U.S. The awards from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation range up to $250,000 apiece for the first year. In most cases, they will be renewed for two additional years. Recipients include university-based education centers, specialized math and science courses, and public and charter school systems. They represent diverse geographic regions and focus on middle or high school students. Most of the summer programs operate on college or university campuses with students living in dorms. For more information click here.

 From the Headlines


Girls Like Biology, Boys Like Physics? AP Data Hint at Preferences
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We all have our stereotypes about which subjects appeal more to girls or boys. Well, in perusing a new report on the Advanced Placement program, I was intrigued to discover some hard data to help shed light on the matter, writes Erik Robelen, an Education Week veteran reporter. In addition to reporting participation on AP exams by racial and ethnic groups, the College Board includes the gender breakdown for all subjects tested. More

Mercury Marine Launches Elementary Science Charter School
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Saying there's a pressing need for scientists and engineers, especially as baby boomers retire, one of Fond du Lac, Wis.'s largest employers is helping launch a charter school — for children in grades three through five — aimed at those careers. The company is Mercury Marine, an outboard engine manufacturer that's a division of Brunswick Corp., and the school is scheduled to open this fall with 100 students in the Fond du Lac School District. Other charter schools focus on science, technology, engineering and math. But educators say this is the first one in Wisconsin where a manufacturer is so heavily involved with students at such a young age. More

Students Learn Differently. So Why Test Them All the Same?
The New York Times' SchoolBook    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teachers have been hearing for years about "differentiated instruction." It makes sense to treat individuals differently, and to adapt communication toward what works for them. Some kids you can joke with, and some you cannot. Some need more explanation, while others need little or none. More


Green River Preserve

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Advanced Academy of Georgia

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Research on Children and E-Books
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The news media and blogosphere were abuzz last month with the news that Apple is "reinventing the textbook" through the introduction of digital textbooks available for the iPad. With the announcement has come a myriad of opinions and speculations regarding the possible repercussions of Apple's textbook reinvention for schools and for children's learning. More

Study: Common Standards Will Not Affect Student Achievement
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Will the Common Core State Standards improve student achievement? Not according to a new study. The crux of the argument in the Brookings Institution report is that there is not much of a connection between standards — even rigorous ones — and student achievement. More

Robert Glaser, who shaped the science of student testing, dies at 91
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Robert Glaser, a cognitive psychologist who helped define the terms of the national debate over student testing, and who pioneered ways of measuring not only how students learn but how teachers teach, died on Feb. 4 in Pittsburgh. He was 91. The cause was complications of Alzheimer's disease, said a spokesman for the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center, which Glaser helped found in 1963. More

Girl Launches Her MIT Acceptance Letter Toward Space
Time    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
MIT's future students receive their acceptance letters in shimmering silver cardboard tubes. It's more of a legacy item – the mailing used to contain a poster – but now it's simply a postmarked reminder of the school's uniqueness. And to highlight that trait this year, the MIT admissions staff put a note into each accepted student's tube asking him or her to "hack" the tube. They even created a website to show off the best. And leave it to the MIT class of 2016 to come up with some far-flung ideas. Literally. More
 
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