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From Where I Sit
George Betts, NAGC President Elect and Convention Program Chair

George Betts, NAGC President Elect and Convention Program Chair
As President-Elect of NAGC, it is my pleasure to work with the NAGC Staff and at least 200 volunteers (both locally and nationally) as we prepare our 61st Annual Convention and Exhibition in Baltimore (November 13 – 16).

This is the point at which I become extremely excited about November's Convention and want to extend my gratitude to the local volunteers who work so hard to ensure that you feel welcome to their state. This is the point at which I become extremely excited about November's Convention.

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NAGC News
Summer Deadlines for Javits Act Grant Applications

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Thanks to the work of gifted education advocates and the leadership of Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski (MD), $5 million in funding was restored for the Javits program in fiscal year 2014. Two grant competitions for the funding were announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Both have summer application deadlines.

The majority of the funds will go to research-based demonstration grants that examine gifted education service and program models that are designed to increase the achievement of gifted and talented students from underrepresented populations. A portion of the funds will go to a National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

Applications for the demonstration grants are due on June 24. Read more.

Applications for the National Research Center are due on July 22. Application packets will be available at the end of May but the Institute for Education Sciences has provided details about the research the center will be doing. Read more here.

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Explore NAGC's Career Center for New Job Possibilities
At the NAGC Career Center, you'll find the following position:

Bellevue School District in Bellevue, Washington, is looking for a full-time Gifted Program Supervisor. The district serves about 18,000 students in 28 schools. To read more about the opening and Bellevue, see their posting in the NAGC Career Center.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Challenging K-12 students in an intellectual community through early entrance and outreach programs:
  • Transition School
  • UW Academy
  • Saturday Enrichment
  • Summer Programs
  • Professional Development
206-543-4160 rcys@uw.edu
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Javits-Frasier Scholarship Deadline is May 15
NAGC is looking for teachers, school counselors, or school psychologists who:
  • work in a Title I school,
  • are new to the field of gifted and talented education, or are in a new Gifted/Talented Position
  • have demonstrated a desire and commitment to increase culturally and linguistically diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities, and
  • whose interests and professional goals are aligned with the purpose of this professional growth opportunity and are beneficial to their culturally and linguistically diverse students, school, or community
Scholarship winners receive professional development opportunities that include:
  • $500 travel stipend to attend along with complimentary registration and lodging for the 2014 NAGC Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD., in November 13-16.
  • Two-year NAGC individual membership.
  • Participation in discussions with other scholars, members of the NAGC Diversity and Equity Committee, and NAGC leadership.
  • Teaching resource toolkit and personal mentor.
Access the scholarship information and application materials now.

Application Deadline: May 15

Contact Jeff Danielian if you have questions about the Javits-Frasier Teachers' Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development.

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A Gesture of Appreciation They Will Always Remember …

As the school year winds down and we watch our children graduate or move on to the next level of learning, it is a fitting time to recognize the people who have guided, nurtured, and supported them. Make a tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund in honor of teacher or mentor who has inspired and challenged your child. The teacher you nominate with a gift of $30 or more will be recognized in the 2014 Year in Review and receive a token of our — and your! — appreciation. Simply fill out this form and mail to the address indicated.

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Teachers' Corner
Is the Summer Working for You and Your Students?

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential

The school year is flying by, and with the summer break around the corner, days feel more like minutes. I have often commented about the common misperception that educators and students have the summer off, but in reality, there is summer work to be done, whether assigned or voluntary. Here are a few suggestions for both the student and the educator seeking learning opportunities during this extended time away from the classroom.

For the Student: The Summer Assignment

Over the years the faculty in our program have assigned a range of "summer work" assignments, and given that many high-ability students already have a jam-packed summer, my colleagues and I decided to incorporate activities the students already may be planning. In this way, students can recognize learning that occurs outside of the classroom, a skill that is all too often lost during the routine of daily assignments.

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Community News
CEC Honors Susan Johnsen

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Congratulations to Susan Johnsen who recently received the 2014 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Outstanding Leadership Award. This award honors a CEC member who has made significant contributions to the Council's programs and activities at the local, state/provincial and national/international level over an extended period of time. This is the first time the CEC Award was presented to a person in the field of gifted education. In addition to her active involvement with CEC, Johnsen has served on numerous NAGC committees and task forces and was honored with the NAGC President's Award in 2011.
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Brain Housand Honored by East Carolina University

NAGC board member Brian Housand was honored with the 2014 Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education. Presented by East Carolina University, the award recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has shown commitment and enthusiasm in teaching and mentoring off-campus students and who has demonstrated excellence in delivering distance education classes. Congratulations, Brian!

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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.


Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
It looks to me as if one of the most acclaimed reforms of today's education profession — not just in the U.S. but also all over the planet — is one of the least examined in terms of actual implementation and effectiveness, writes Chester E. Finn, Jr., scholar, educator and public servant. How often and how well do instructors, whose administrators and gurus revere the concept of differentiated instruction, actually carry it out? How well does it work and for which kids under what circumstances? So far as I can tell, nobody really knows.
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Developing New STEM Teaching Methods
U.S. News & World Report
As universities continue a national push toward investing in STEM education, administrators and faculty are witnessing firsthand the challenge for teachers. At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C., academic leaders agreed that traditional approaches to science and math education, such as large lectures with little attention to hands-on work, have not proved successful in recruiting and training students for a future in STEM fields.
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Pros and Cons of Skipping a Grade
GreatSchools
What do civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and poet T.S. Eliot have in common? All three skipped a grade (or more) in the course of their educational careers: King was just 15 when he graduated from high school, O'Connor graduated at 16, and Eliot earned an undergraduate degree in three years and a master's degree in one.
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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.
 


'Gifted' Label Is Crucial to Ensure Access to Much-Needed Services
Education Week (commentary)
Although the authors of the Commentary "Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't" make some very good points about the mismatch between gifted students' abilities and the educational services they receive, I find their premise — that the gifted label is unnecessary — to be quite naive. Labels in special education (and yes, gifted children are special-needs students) provide access to educational alternatives that align with the students' unique learning needs. Simply put: No label, no access.
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American Institutes for Research Fights Pearson Common-Core Testing Award
Education Week
A decision to give the education provider Pearson a major, potentially lucrative contract for common-core testing is being challenged by a competitor who claims the award was made through a process that was unfair and biased in favor of the eventual winner.
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When Your Child Is Exceptional (Twice)
The Huffington Post
"Ask parents of a twice-exceptional child what their biggest challenge is and they will say, 'school'," says Dr. Kimberly Busi, a New York City-based psychiatrist and mom to a 13-year-old "twice exceptional" (the term to describe being gifted with special needs) son with Asperger's Disorder
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Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students
Edutopia
Whether the student is talented in mathematics, music, drawing or reading, as educators we need to create opportunities for them to showcase their abilities. Differentiating curriculum to meet the needs of our talented students is critical for developing a stimulating learning environment.
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