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Shifting Into 2013 and Gearing Up for NAGC's 60th Anniversary

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC Convention Program Chair and NAGC President-Elect
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Help us celebrate the 60th Anniversary of NAGC by joining us at the November 2013 Convention to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 7-10. Now is the time to be sure it is in your calendar, and to consider submitting a proposal to present. The proposal submission site closes February 1.

In our diamond year we will shine in a classic American city that has experienced quite a renaissance over the past 25 years. Indy is a personal favorite of mine, and I have visited often since I worked at Ball State University for several years. Indiana has a rich history in gifted education with myriad prominent educators in the schools and at Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana State University, and Purdue University. No doubt, the Indiana leadership, commanded by Virginia "Ginny" Burney and Kristie Speirs Neumeister, both professors of Educational Psychology at Ball State University, who hold key leadership positions with the Indiana Association for the Gifted, will be as heroic and awe-inspiring as the Colorado leadership was for our 59th Annual Convention held in Denver.

I expect that the 60th Anniversary will be a celebration of the maturing of our field and the great strides that have been made to improve the lives of students with gifts and talents. To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, NAGC invites proposals with an historical perspective or flair. This special session could focus on changes in the field, the influence of leaders, and impact of research on a specific "strand" of gifted and its possible futures.

If you have ideas on how'd you like to celebrate the 60th NAGC Convention, please send us an email.

Could Your New Year Use Some WOW?

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What better way to ring in the New Year than with a FREE Webinar on Wednesday? Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High-Ability Students on Wednesday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., with presenters Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and President, NAGC; and Carol Horn, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Va. You'll hear compelling findings from a hot off-the-press white paper that focuses on both a research and practice agenda for the field and the needs of promising learners from poverty. More

Capital Update
New Year, Renewed Advocacy

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2013 brings a new Congress and new opportunities in Washington, D.C., and in state capitals for gifted education supporters to educate policymakers to the needs of high-ability students. In addition to all 50 state legislatures already in session, or convening shortly, more than 90 newly elected or appointed Members of Congress take their places in the 113th Congress, which will get to work in earnest later in January.

As constituents, it's important to make your views known to those you've elected to represent you. As advocates, it's important to join together with other voices to increase the impact of your messages in support of gifted students.

Science Common Core: Your Input Needed
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The final public draft of what will be the Science Common Core State Standards is now available for public comment. The Next Generation Science Standards have been developed by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, and writers from 26 states.

NAGC urges gifted education professionals who have science knowledge and experience to review and provide comments on the science standards so that the developers receive feedback on any concerns you have about using the standards with students who are gifted and talented in science. Your comments can be submitted via an online survey. Deadline for feedback is January 29; the final standards will be released in March.

Gifted Education Seminar-National Edition

45 hours of interactive training: flash drive, differentiation book, and CD. This innovative, economical professional development, developed/field-tested by Illinois State Board of Education, ensures a solid foundation in gifted education with resources from experts including Bertie Kingore, Carolyn Coil, Jim Delisle,
Frances Karnes, and Kristen Stephens.
Modules: Perspectives, Understanding Gifted, Differentiation, and Curriculum/ Programming.

Teacher Corner
Teaching is More Than Just a Class

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Just before the holidays I was treated to an outstanding performance of A Christmas Carol. Apart from some great acting and set design, I was inspired to write about the three spirits of gifted education, past, present, and future, and the messages they would relay to the Scroogish general education community, that has long "replaced" talent development with the "idol" of testing. As the curtain closed and I fumbled for my pen to jot down some notes for this installment, I was approached by one of the actresses from the performance, a former student, who had noticed me in the audience. My focus for this column soon changed. It had been some 15 years since I had directed her in a performance of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and in retrospect, I should have made the connection sooner.

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Grow Your Own Business Challenge

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Students 7-16 are invited to enter their idea for a new business at The Secret Millionaires Club, an animated series featuring the voice of Warren Buffett as a mentor to a group of kids as they learn important financial and entrepreneurial lessons. The deadline for entries for the Grow Your Own Business Challenge is February 15, 2013.

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Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education?
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With so many states committing to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) many educators of the gifted and talented are wondering what the CCSS might mean and whether these new standards will be a good fit for the students they serve, says Jennifer G. Beasley, Ed.D., an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. In order to address whether it is a good fit for advanced learners, we need to know just what is at the heart of the standards. According to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) the standards. More

How One STEM School Aims to Lower the Achievement Gap
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The U.S. is suffering from a shortage of applicants in the science, technology, engineering and math fields — or STEM. This is especially true for non-Asian minorities and low-income students, who are statistically less likely to be exposed to STEM professionals, have access to STEM education and hold STEM jobs. More

Exceptional DC Student Educates Me
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Even troubled school systems have great students doing remarkable work. I learned this once again from a long email I received from a D.C. student during the holidays,writes Jay Mathews, an education columnist for The Washington Post. Her name is Noa Rosinplotz. She argued for a three-year moratorium on standardized testing. She supplied a detailed analysis, with examples, of problems with the Paced Interim Assessment, used in the District to determine how students are progressing. More

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Encouraging Students To Question
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We have all seen those moments when a video captures a student speaking up about something. When all the adults present, sit back in awe of a student or students who want to tell their side of the story. It happens sometimes at conferences when there is a student spotlight. A group of students nervously, or perhaps not, stand up in front of a group of educators to present on a topic. More

5 Key Questions About the Common Core Standards
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The Common Core State Standards are inexorably coming to the 46 states and the District of Columbia, which have approved them. We’ve heard pros and cons of them in previous posts but here’s a broader look at what they may mean for public education. This was written by Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon’s College of Education, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education. More

New Insights Into How Brain Synapses Transmit Information
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Throughout the animal kingdom, cells encapsulate molecules and proteins — that they move within or between — in tiny vesicles, which release their contents when they fuse with another membrane. Vesicles also package the chemical signals, or neurotransmitters, that leap from neuron to neuron in the brain's communication network, but neurons more tightly control the release of these signals. In schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, however, this control breaks down, which may contribute to deficits in information processing. And researchers are seeking an explanation for the loss of the normal control mechanism. More

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Overcoming Underrepresentation in Gifted Programs: Attitude and Access
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This is the first of a two-part series by guest Talking Circles columnist Ken Dickson on how parents and schools can work to overcome underrepresentation of specific populations in gifted programs. More

New UGA Research Helps Explain Why Girls Do Better in School
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Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys-even when they perform worse on standardized tests? New research from the University of Georgia and Columbia University published in the current issue of Journal of Human Resources suggests that it's because of their classroom behavior, which may lead teachers to assign girls higher grades than their male counterparts. More

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