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As 2014 comes to a close, NAGC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NAGC's Compass Points a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


From Where I Sit
Observations of the 61st Annual NAGC Conference

Tracy L. Cross, President, NAGC Board of Directors
From Nov. 26: Experiencing the 61st Annual NAGC Convention during my second year as NAGC President has allowed for some different kinds of observations to be made when compared to my first year in the role. My first year experience was very primal and personal. NAGC was held last year in Indianapolis, my stomping grounds for 16 years, where my children grew up, and where I have many friends and longstanding colleagues. I could not escape the immediacy of all the experiences. Because of these close connections, I felt considerable nostalgia and worry. The 2013 Convention was a great success and my concerns were unfounded.
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From Where I Sit:
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director
From Nov. 13: In 2004, when I became a finalist for the position of NAGC Executive Director, the Search Committee asked me to do a presentation. If I were offered the position — what I would do once in the job? I titled my power point, "NAGC: Building to the Future" (sounds safe, doesn't it?) and I walked through an action plan with the members of the group. Two days later, as I was sitting at my kitchen table on a Sunday afternoon, the offer came from then President, Rick Olenchak. It seemed the search committee liked the plan!
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10 Grants Funded by the Javits Program; Funding Doubled for 2015
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From Sept. 25: Advocates for restored funding see the results of their success

The U.S. Department of Education awarded 10 demonstration grants that will support research on a range of strategies to identify and serve high-potential children who have been underrepresented in gifted education programs and services. In some cases, the grants will expand programs that had previously shown success. In announcing the grants, Secretary Arne Duncan said, "This grant program will help schools replicate success and challenge the opportunity gap for students who far too often are not given a fair shot at success in college, careers and life." Read NAGC's news release on the grants. Read more about the Javits program and the 2014 grants.

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Increase in Javits Funding for 2015
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From Dec. 11: Thanks to the leadership of Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, funding for the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act was increased to $10 million in fiscal year 2015. Thanks must also go out to other gifted education supporters in Congress as well as all the advocates who have contacted Congressional offices in support of the Javits program and other initiatives that would strengthen the federal role in supporting gifted students. The Javits Act funds the National Center on Research on Gifted Education and funds research projects that investigate strategies to identify and serve students who have been underrepresented in gifted education program. In 2014, the Department of Education awarded 10 Javits research grants.

"Our country is founded on the idea that intelligence is randomly distributed. Our most gifted children need our help just as much as our most vulnerable do. They need to be held to high standards, they need to be challenged and they need to be engaged," Mikulski said. "I'm proud to continue fighting for the Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act — our nation's only federal program dedicated specifically to gifted and talented students. Building on the investments we made earlier this year, this important program will continue to be funded. I could not be happier that we got this program's funds included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015."

Read NAGC President Tracy Cross's comments on the funding increase.

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Data on Gifted Education around the US
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From Sept. 11: NAGC has several reports on its website that contain data about policies, programs and services for gifted students at the state and local levels. The reports can be helpful to researchers and for advocates working to develop and/or strengthen gifted ed opportunities.

Browse the results of a national survey of schools, conducted by the University of Virginia for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. The results are reported by elementary, middle and high school levels and includes a separate overview. View the links to the reports.

State policy data is reported in the biannual State of the States in Gifted Education report, which NAGC produces in collaboration with the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted. The 2012-2013 report, which includes searchable state-by-state data, is available from the NAGC online store. Read an NAGC overview of the report or view selected policy and practice data by state.

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NAGC Resources & Publications
Introducing the NAGC Select Series

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From April 24: 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!

Editor's note: There are now a total of four NAGC Select E-books available. Find out more on the NAGC website.

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News From Our Gifted Community
We Remember James J. Gallagher

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From Jan. 24: On January 17, NAGC and the field of gifted education lost a beloved leader, passionate supporter and inspirational advocate. Among many notable titles, Dr. James J. Gallagher was a past president of NAGC who stayed active and influential in the organization before and after he served in this role. As we reflect on his many calls to action and frequent commentary about the state of general and gifted education in America, this favorite quote comes to mind.

"Failure to help the gifted child is a societal tragedy, the extent of which is difficult to measure but which is surely great. How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are and what we could be as a society." — James J. Gallagher

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Community News
We Remember Abraham Tannenbaum

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From July 10: NAGC mourns the death of a giant in the field of gifted education who passed away on June 30 at the age of 90. Dr. Abraham Tannenbaum was Professor Emeritus of Education and Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where he taught for more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Brooklyn College, a master's degree in guidance and educational administration from Columbia University and a doctoral degree in social and educational psychology, also from Columbia University. Early in his professional life he was a public school teacher in Brooklyn, New York. He led numerous research projects concerning gifted and talented students and served as a consultant to many programs, including the influential Head Start Program. NAGC presented him with the Ann Isaacs Founder's Memorial Award in 2010 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1985.

View In Memoriam here.

NAGC members reflect on Dr. Tannenbaum's contributions to the field here.

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Findings Available from First-ever District Level Survey of Gifted Programs
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From March 27: The results of a national survey of local gifted education programs provide the first-ever detailed overview of the challenges districts face in delivering high quality programming to our high-ability and high-potential students. The survey of elementary, middle grade, and high school programs, conducted by the University of Virginia for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, examined key areas including local programming, funding, identification processes, reporting and evaluation, and teacher training and professional development. View the survey results and executive summary on the NAGC website.
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Connecting Parents and Teachers
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From Jan. 9: NAGC's digital publication, Connecting for High Potential, helps teachers and parents work together to provide a positive school experience for their gifted students. In the most recent edition accessible on the NAGC website for members only, NAGC teacher resource specialist Jeff Danielian and parent representative on the board of directors Susan Dulong Langley tackle "The Parent/Teacher Conference" with numerous resources and conversation starters. Seeing the experience from another's shoes is a productive way to begin a conversation. Each issue is meant to be shared, so please do print the PDF or share via email! If you have suggestions for issues you would like to see explored by Connecting for High Potential, please let us know.
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