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From Where I Sit
Stand Up and Recognize a Colleague who Stands Out

Michael Matthews, Chair, NAGC Awards Committee
During my time as an NAGC member, I have welcomed the many opportunities to connect with others who share my passion and commitment to meeting the needs of gifted and high-potential learners. Each year at the NAGC Convention, our organization applauds those individuals who have quite literally gone "above and beyond" in their service to our field. It's essential that we recognize and showcase the accomplishments of those who have worked so hard to build momentum in the classroom and community, among our elected leaders, and in academia. That's why what I'm requesting of you is of critical importance, right now.
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NAGC News
2013 Year in Review Now Available Online

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In March, NAGC released its first comprehensive annual report. The 2013 Year in Review is designed to recognize and celebrate noteworthy achievements in 2013, and summarizes NAGC's mission-driven focus and passion for supporting the needs of gifted and high-potential learners. We hope that it enables diverse audiences—from advocates and corporate leaders to education experts and potential funders—to be more aware—and impressed!—by the important work NAGC does. Take a moment today to view online.

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State Leaders Visit Capitol Hill
At the recent NAGC State Affiliate Conference, state leaders visited Congressional offices. Pictured at right is U.S. Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, sponsor of the TALENT Act, with CAGT Executive Director Linda Crain and President-Elect Terry Bradley. View more photos here.

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The Learning Curve
Diversity and Equity: An NAGC Priority

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During the April 16 WOW, Gyimah Whitaker and Jaime Castellano, co-chairs of NAGC's Diversity and Equity Committee, shared the committee’s plan to create a Diversity Toolbox. Whitaker explained that over the next two years the committee will focus on ensuring that we work to raise awareness of the presence of giftedness in diverse and underserved populations and identify and recognize programs and models that have been successful in achieving diversity.
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NAGC Member Minute
Your Vote Matters

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NAGC Individual members are eligible to vote in the elections that take place in June. Members will be voting for six board of director positions: two at-large positions, two officer positions, one Network Representative position, and one School/District Representative position. In addition, members from several NAGC Networks will elect chairs or chairs-elect. In order to ensure your electronic ballot reaches you, please be sure your membership remains current. Your voice is important. Be counted! Renew today.
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NAGC Resources & Publications
Introducing the NAGC Select Series

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NAGC announces its first e-book available now on Amazon, Rigor for Gifted Learners: Modifying Curriculum with Intellectual Integrity by Bertie Kingore. This is the first NAGC Select e-book, a series of concise, informative booklets on topics and issues in education. Intended as a service to practicing educators and/or families, NAGC Select e-books are designed for the non-researcher who needs to know the basics of a particular topic in education. The books have a consistent format: an intro on the importance of the topic, 3-5 sections explaining what we know and how it translates into practice, a conclusion/summary, and 5-7 key resources on the topic, with annotations. Please let us know how you like them!
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Stock Up by May 22 at the NAGC Bookstore Spring Sale
Save 20 percent on all NAGC's bestselling Common Core, Next Generation Standards, and select new releases until May 22. Make your end-of-year spending go further, while you support NAGC.
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NAGC Convention News
Map Your Route to Join Us at the NAGC Convention

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NAGC is meeting in a city known for connections and commerce, industry, and transportation. Welcome to the center of it all, the NAGC 61st Annual Convention, Nov. 13-16, in Baltimore, Md. Your preliminary program will be arriving within the week, but here are links to the registration forms. The full Convention website is coming soon and online registration opens in June. You won’t want to miss it!
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Gifted Community News
Reviewers Needed for 2014 Javits Grant Applications

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The U.S. Department of Education is looking for qualified reviewers for the 2014 Javits Gifted & Talented Students Education Act discretionary grant competition. Reviews will be done electronically during the month of July. The deadline for reviewer applications is May 1. Visit the NAGC website for more details.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  A Best Choice for Gifted Education

Ball State University’s online gifted and talented education license and certificate program prepares you to recognize high ability students and to design appropriate curricula. Our professors have a long history in the field, and Ball State is ranked No. 11 by U.S. News for its online graduate education programs.
 


 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.


Fairfax, Va., Program Seeks to Close the 'Excellence Gap'
The Washington Post
Sixteen-year-old Carolina Sosa grabs one end of a scrolled piece of white card stock and gives the other end to her mom. Standing in the dining room of their Centreville, Va., home, they are both grinning broadly as they unfurl an oversize check for $1,000, the winnings of a 2012 essay contest on Hispanic heritage.
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America's STEM talent pool too shallow to meet demand
U.S. News & World Report
Despite multiple initiatives to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, America is still not producing enough workers to fill current and future STEM jobs, according to the new U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, unveiled at www.usnews.com/news/stem-index.
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Chess Becoming Common Core's Game of Choice
Youth Today
Chess is starting to become a major player in schools across the country — pun intended. Many officials state that it coincides with the Common Core system being introduced almost nationwide, as chess promotes deep thinking and planning ahead, which are key values promoted by Common Core.
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7 Places In America History Nerds Need To See
The Huffington Post
The U.S. is brimming with historic sites to visit, and — if you're a history buff — totally nerd out over. There's everything from touristy points of interest, like the Alamo and Arlington Cemetery, to small, local sites scattered across the country. These lesser-known historic spots would make the perfect stop on a summer road trip. Most of them are also located in some really beautiful places, so if your travel companions aren't down to nerd out they have plenty of pretty scenery to look at.
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