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From Where I Sit
Talent Spotting: You Hold the Keys to Opening the Doors of Recognition

By Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, Chair, NAGC Awards Committee
One of the kindest gestures we can do is to recognize another for his or her contributions. Such contributions are often the result of thoughtful planning, tireless dedication, high standards for quality and dogged determination. When we as a community stop and recognize those who represent the goals of NAGC, who make notable strides to advance the field, and to lead the often resistant to be led, we need to stop and celebrate these accomplishments. As an organization, we champion causes that are important not just to us as a group, but also to individuals. Recognizing the individuals who get the work done — sometimes quietly, sometimes with fanfare — is a way for us as an organization annually to think about those around us who've achieved, and for whom we as a field can celebrate.
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NAGC News
New Report Identified Poor State Policies in Support of Advanced Learners

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A new report released by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards dismal grades to most states for their policies to support high-potential students from disadvantaged settings. Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students is the latest study of the chasm between high-achieving students from disadvantaged settings and their more affluent peers, a gulf that has been dubbed the Excellence Gap. Following an analysis of nearly 20 indicators, the report's authors provided letter grades to each state on its policies to support advanced learners and the outcomes for those students.

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State Leaders Convene in Washington, D.C.
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NAGC is fortunate to have the support of state associations for gifted and talented in sharing resources and messages with their members. In addition to gathering together at the fall NAGC Convention, leaders from state associations (NAGC calls them "state affiliates") meet in the nation's Capitol each spring for the annual State Affiliate Conference. NAGC welcomed 47 representatives from 30 state associations who gathered for professional development, legislative and advocacy training and networking from March 21-24. The conference culminates with a full day visiting Congressional offices in support of an increased federal commitment to the needs of gifted and talented students.

Left: Laura McAlpin, MS Assn for Gifted Children, with Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-3)

Right: Megan Parker-Peters and Maryellen Eaves, TN Assn for the Gifted, with Rep. Phil Roe (TN-1)

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Let Your Work and Values Live On Forever
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It's one simple step that can make a world of difference. Many Americans — some estimate as many as 50 percent — do not have a will. This means that the people and causes they care about are not provided for. Don't miss this opportunity to provide for NAGC in your will and make a lasting difference. It's easy, and it just got easier! Our free Guide to Making a Bequest gives you everything you need to know to make a bequest (in easy, nontechnical language) and extend the life of NAGC's work into the future. Download the guide now or we'd be happy to mail you a print copy. Call us at your convenience at 202-785-4268, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or email Lyndi Schrecengost at lschrecengost@nagc.org.
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Teachers' Corner
What Lens Do You Use?

By Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
I will never forget looking down at an aerial view of the Grand Canyon through a pair of stereoscopic glasses. It is one of those moments that, upon reflection, strengthen my belief in the power of education. Our geology professor gave a brief introduction to the principles of stereo photography, explained how to use the odd looking glasses, and proceeded to hand out materials to the class. Within a few minutes, a series of "wow’s," "whoa's," and "ohhh's" came from various areas of the cluttered geology lab/classroom. A classmate of mine lifted his head and looked at me with such a strong sense of wonder and amazement that I can still picture it today. He had seen it!
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NAGC Convention
Convention Registration Opens Soon

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Online registration for the 62nd Annual NAGC Convention will open next week. How can you find out more? Find convention info on the NAGC website, including prices and links to registration, registration forms and hotel reservation site. Soon you will have access to a list of all sessions that you can sort by date, time, speaker, strand and more!
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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.


Gifted Students Aren't Getting the Focus They Need
The Washington Post
States aren't doing enough to support gifted students, especially those from low-income families — that's the message that the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sent recently with the release of report cards on state policies for academically talented children. No state received an A. There were plenty of D's and a few F's.
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Anxiety in Gifted Children: 3 Simple Steps Parents and Educators Can Take
Crushing Tall Poppies
Gifted children and anxiety often seem to just go hand in hand. Experiencing their world more intensely as well as having a more intuitive understanding of complex connections and interactions in their life and in the physical world can create a plethora of reasons for gifted children to experience anxiety in their lives. Being so acutely aware of what is going on in their world and what future possibilities can hold, gifted children can naturally develop above-average anxiety.
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In Shift, NYC To Keep Test Vendor For Gifted and Talented Programs
The Wall Street Journal
New York City education officials recently said they would keep Pearson PLC's test for admission to gifted and talented programs for one more year, reversing plans last fall to switch vendors. Critics complained that Pearson PLC failed to provide basic quality-assurance checks after a series of scoring problems in 2013. Pearson officials apologized at the time and the city said it would change the test when that contract expired after its use to determine entry for fall 2015.
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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn
MindShift
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. "We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform," said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
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What Education Can and Can't Do for Economic Inequality
The Atlantic
Would better education significantly reduce income inequality in America? No, says recent study from the Brookings Institution. But that doesn't mean that better education wouldn't help the overall economic picture. The study suggests that improving education does in fact help the economic situations of poorer Americans, even though it does little to whittle away at overall inequality in the country.
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