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From Where I Sit
What Would Henry Ford Do?

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I discovered one of my favorite quotes while working on a social studies project with my then 8th grade daughter. She was studying how the invention of the automobile affected the national economy and community behaviors. While skimming a biography of Henry Ford, I ran across this quote, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." Whether he actually said it or not, (and there is debate on this) it eloquently captures the tension between breakthrough innovation (coming up with a ground breaking new invention, for example) and customer feedback (trusting what your members and customers SAY they want). Staff and leaders here at NAGC spend significant time considering what you, our members, say you want and what we think you need — it can be a tricky balance. More

Capital Update
In Search of a Crystal Ball

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The Congress continues its work on individual fiscal year 2013 spending bills at the same time it is wrestling with looming spending cuts coupled with tax increases (resulting from the expiration of Bush-ear tax cuts) that, without a compromise to avoid them, will take place automatically in January. The automatic spending cuts to discretionary programs (called "sequestration" in D.C. parlance) are part of the deficit-reduction legislation passed last year. How soon school districts might feel the spending reductions is not clear; many are projecting that the cuts wouldn't be felt until the 2013-14 school year. The annual August Congressional recess and the November elections will determine the direction of spending and taxing negotiations.

More than Half the States Receive NCLB Waivers
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In the face of Congressional inaction on reauthorizing the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, the Department of Education continues to use its discretionary authority to award states waivers to the accountability provisions of ESEA. The waivers have been made in exchange for state reform efforts in teacher and student accountability, learning standards, and leadership development. For more information on the states receiving the waivers, read the Department of Education press release. To learn more about ESEA flexibility, click here.

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The Learning Curve
Back to School/Back to Gifted

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"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives."
— Robert Maynard Hutchins

And the object of NAGC's Webinars on Wednesdays is to prepare teachers and g/t coordinators/administrators to identify and support all learners!
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Don't Miss the Pre-Convention Opportunities
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Each spring, NAGC staff discuss the age-old question, "when does the NAGC Convention officially start?" Even though the General Session kicks off on Thursday at 2:30 pm, the learning and network building events are already in full swing. In Denver, for the 59th Annual NAGC Convention, we offer two full days of programming for gifted education professionals.

Action Labs set off for adventure on Wednesday morning, Nov. 14. The labs are designed by local educators and administrators to provide an experiential learning opportunity that will broaden your perspective about diverse topics and methods for serving high-ability learners.
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 From the Headlines


The Mind of the Prodigy
The Creativity Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in non-verbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art and music before the age of 10. More

Advice From Kids for Kids
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Perhaps you have students contracting to do independent projects during your content area class, or perhaps you are an elementary teacher who has (often advanced) students with extra time or proof of mastery pursue a topic within your classroom, or perhaps you are incorporating project-based learning with some or all of your students. Below are the pearls of wisdom that my students wanted to pass on to other learners "in the same boat." More

Why I Advocate For Gifted Children
Avant Parenting (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We care about the welfare of gifted kids because things aren't always so rosy for them. The gifted kids who need advocacy are the ones who aren't thriving. They are more often bullied than kids of average intelligence. They are more likely to have unusual sensitivities and have trouble with social interactions. More

Advocacy Groups for Parents of Gifted Learners
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Tamara Fisher is a K-12 gifted education specialist and president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education discusses her experience at this year's Edufest. "The energy and camaraderie here is remarkable, and this year I am particularly enjoying witnessing the "a-ha" moments lighting up the faces of the newbies (those new to gifted education and/or Edufest)," she says. More



Thomas Jefferson High School For Science And Technology Hit With Civil Rights, Discrimination Suit
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The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a prestigious Alexandria, Va. high school, has been hit with a federal civil rights lawsuit. The Coalition of The Silence, a local minority advocacy group, and the NAACP filed a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education Monday alleging that black and Latino students, as well as students with disabilities, are being shut out of the school because Fairfax County consistently fails to identify them for gifted programs. More

Parenting Gifted Children
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We've all been in the company of precocious children who seem to be wise beyond their years you might say, such as 2-year-olds who can already say the alphabet and count to 100 perfectly. Or a second grader who already grabs the concept of algebra. These kids would be considered gifted, and since they are so advanced they may require a different approach to parenting.
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Dance, Arts and Stevie Wonder Lead Kids on New Paths to Learning
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Nicole Glisson, who is 9, had "only heard of" musician Stevie Wonder, said said as she sat barefoot on the floor of a room at the University of St. Joseph, painting in the black and white keys of a giant piano with about 20 other children. Nicole is participating in a 13-day summer program at the university on AIMI, or Artistic Integration through Multiple Intelligences, which culminates with a dance performance. More

Gifted Education Declining in the US is Embraced in the Middle East
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Gifted and talented education in the United States is in serious decline. For example, Frederick County in Maryland is expected to phase out GT classes for first and second grade students. According to the Examiner, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., a perennial top performer in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list, has been dumbing down the admissions test. More


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