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From Where I Sit
Share your expertise. Build our community. Proposal Deadline, February 3

Nancy Green, NAGC Executive Director
While I have seen the NAGC convention proposal process in action many times, I still marvel at the commitment our community makes to identifying and submitting hundreds of topics for possible presentation at the NAGC Annual Convention. In fact, I believe this process — with the support of NAGC's 15 networks — is the best way to create the most relevant and valuable professional experience for attendees. How else could NAGC offer a national convention focused on high ability and high potential with such a broad range of topics? From "Challenging our Young Mathematicians," to "Our Moral Imperative: The Ethics of Leadership in Gifted Education," our model is built upon the premise that we are all willing to share what we know and can do with fellow supporters of gifted and talented learners.
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News From Our Gifted Community
We Remember James J. Gallagher

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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Capital Update
Javits Act Funding Restored

Advocates for gifted and talented students scored a huge victory when the Javits Gifted & Talented Students Education Act received $5 million for fiscal year 2014. The funds are part of the $1.1 trillion "omnibus" spending bill the Congress passed late last week. Thanks in large part to Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski (MD), this is the first time since fiscal year 2011 that the Javits program has received any funding. "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. I’m proud to fight to support the Javits Gifted and Talented Education program — our nation's only federal program dedicated specifically to gifted and talented students," Sen. Mikulski said.

As gifted ed veterans know, the Javits Act funds the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented as well as applied research on identifying and serving underrepresented gifted students.

The next step in the process will be for the U.S. Department of Education to develop guidelines for the grants made with these new funds, likely in late spring or early summer. NAGC will post information as it becomes available.

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  Academics Tailored for Gifted Students

At Laurel Springs School, we understand the unique abilities of gifted students. As an accredited online private school with over twenty years of experience, Laurel Springs is uniquely positioned to provide individualized academics that build on each student’s strengths and needs. Click here to learn more about our Gifted & Talented Academy.

New NAGC Award Recognizes District Level Coordinator/Administrator

NAGC has awards to recognize gifted education professionals in just about any position, at any point in their career, as well as awards for people outside the field who have instinctively taken part in advancing services for advanced students. NAGC's new award, the NAGC Gifted Coordinator/Administrator Award, was developed to recognize a district level gifted education coordinator or administrator. For most gifted education professionals, it is often lonely going because of persistent misunderstandings about what giftedness is and why it is important to do something different for those students. Help us recognize an outstanding district level administrator who has had a significant impact on the advanced students in his or her district and is, among other things, working to minimize bias in identification, create successful programs for twice-exceptional learners, and educate colleagues about the needs of gifted students.

Awards nominations are open until May 2 and are your opportunity to shine a warm light on deserving teachers, community leaders, advocates, scholars, and administrators. Learn about all the NAGC Awards and go to the NAGC Awards site to start your nominations today.

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Thank You 2013 Annual Fund Donors!
We'd like to extend a special thanks to all those who made the 2013 annual fund so successful this year. Your commitment to NAGC and its important work is simply awesome! Your generous contributions will help send more Javits-Frasier scholars to convention in 2014 and will allow us to broaden initiatives such as Common Core extensions for Gifted Students and programming for high-potential, low-income students.

The annual fund campaign was launched for the first time at the Convention in Indianapolis, and is part of NAGC's effort to find new funding streams so that we can continue to innovate and implement our programs more widely. For those who gave in 2013, we hope you will consider giving again (and more!) in 2014. For those who haven’t yet made a financial commitment, consider the impact your gift will have on gifted students around the country and the fantastic teachers who serve them. Donate today.

A 2013 Javits-Frasier scholar recently wrote this about her experience: "My NAGC experience in Indy was powerful! The conference reinforced the importance of our work: we will shape the future for our kids. This conference allowed me the chance to consider the whole child, from their emotional well being, to pedagogy, to the importance of research. Being immersed in this gathering of fellow professionals gave me the chance to make real connections with fellow educators, discover and explore valuable resources, and consider different approaches to working with our gifted population. I am so grateful for the financial assistance." —Gratefully, Lori Martin

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Looking for adventure this summer?

The Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. MORE
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
For more information, visit our website

Nominations Now Open for Board of Director and Network Positions
There are six opportunities this year for NAGC members to become part of the NAGC Board. The Board of Directors are the stewards of NAGC and bring the views and interests of its members to discussions of NAGC's direction and priorities. The term for successful candidates begins Sept. 1. Review the position descriptions and requirements online.

But the Board of Directors is not the only place available for NAGC members to make a difference in NAGC. Nine Networks are looking for Chairs-Elect. Chairs-Elect serve for two years and automatically roll over into the Chair position which also has a two-year term. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with others with similar interests and to help guide the direction of the Network and its offerings at the NAGC Convention. More information is available on the Network Elections Page.

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January Job Opportunities on the NAGC Career Center
Check out the NAGC Career Centerr for these posted positions:

Director, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Bowling Green, KY
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky invites applicants for the position of Director. The Gatton Academy, founded in 2007, is a statewide residential school for high achieving high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in STEM fields. It is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, where Academy students take University courses taught by University faculty.

Gifted and Talented Admissions Coordinator, Laurel Springs School, West Chester, PA
Working from our office in West Chester, PA, the Gifted and Talented Admissions Coordinator will work to support our Gifted and Talented Academy by making outbound contact with potential Laurel Springs' parents/families and addressing customer inquiries and questions regarding our school.

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The Learning Curve
New Series of Webinars Explores Diversity and Equity Issues

Make the time to engage in conversations about diversity and equity in gifted education by registering for NAGC's series of four free-to-members and six affordable webinars. Converse with leaders and experts in the field who are ready to take your questions and hear your concerns.

Take this special opportunity to:
  • Discuss how the data and trends in the 2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education report can aid you in collaborating to make inroads for gifted education in and across states.
  • Learn about the central issues regarding designing and implementing programs for K-8 low income and culturally and linguistically different children.
  • Hear the latest research findings in twice-exceptionality and how these findings can be applied to your advocacy efforts.
  • Share your ideas with NAGC's Diversity and Equity Committee for what should be included in a diversity toolbox.
  • Learn about identification practices in gifted education as they relate to students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Acquire strategies to consider when identifying and serving gifted students of poverty.
  • Discuss how demographic changes are creating an increased need for inclusive classroom environments and culturally relevant curriculum and review the key features of culturally responsive classrooms.
  • Gain a better understanding of the needs and unique challenges of Gifted GLBTQ youth.
View a full description of the webinars and register today online.

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News You Can Use
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Talent Development Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Talent Development Award is a one-time $500,000 grant to an exemplary organization committed to optimal outcomes in academics, leadership, and/or the arts for high-potential, low-income students in grades K-8. The grant is intended to propel an organization's work and bring strategies to a broader scale to transform more high-potential students into high achievers.

The nomination period deadline is February 3. For details about the Talent Development Award and how to nominate an organization, please visit their website.

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  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.

Cross: US Students Need Better Programs to Compete
The Virginian-Pilot
Another round of international test results, another dismal performance by U.S. students. If the stakes were not so high, the triennial release of the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, test scores would be the educational version of the movie "Groundhog Day," where the main character is forced to relive the same day over and over.
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Pilot Program to Let US High School Students Experience Antarctic Science at a Chilean Station
National Science Foundation
Three high-school students and a teacher from Wisconsin will participate in a joint pilot program of the U.S. and Chilean Antarctic programs that will send them to a Chilean research station this February for hands-on experience with Antarctic environments and ecosystems research.
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Should Schools Do More For Gifted Students?
Exceptionally smart students are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input, and external motivation they need to reach their full potential. A new 30-year study tracked 300 profoundly gifted children from age 13 until age 38, logging their accomplishments in academia, business, culture, health care, science, and technology. The results are published in the journal Psychological Science.
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