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From Where I Sit
Back Home in Indiana

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC Convention Program Chair and NAGC President-Elect
As the NAGC president-elect and Convention program chair, I am given this opportunity to provide some information about the upcoming NAGC Convention to be held in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana holds a special place in my heart as I was very fortunate to serve as the executive director of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities for nearly a decade. I served as president of the Indiana Association for the Gifted, and I worked at the wonderful Ball State University for 16 years. In short, becoming President of NAGC during the conference being held in Indianapolis is a very precious and appreciated opportunity for me. And as the old song goes, I look forward to being Back Home in Indiana.
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Advocacy in the News

NAGC executive director Nancy Green and her counterpart at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Sally Walker, teamed up to author an op-ed article calling attention to the needs of gifted students and offering suggestions for improvement. The piece discusses the TALENT Act, connecting federal action to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk who is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education & Labor. A link to the op-ed and other op-eds and letters is located on the NAGC Advocacy in the News page.
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Cast Your Ballot by July 19
Individual NAGC members have received an email that provides a link to an electronic ballot. It invites you to choose the NAGC president elect for the Board. You also have a chance to vote for Network Leaders within those networks to which you belong. All voting must be completed by July 19. If you are an individual member and have not received your ballot, please send an email to Rachel Coleman.
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Step Up and Take Part: Deadline Tomorrow
NAGC members are encouraged to learn more about the work of our 11 standing committees. NAGC's committees and task forces accomplish important work in many content areas. Consider applying to join an NAGC Committee. Current committee members must also indicate their continuing interest by applying. As a committee member, you will devote time, energy, and ideas to lead NAGC projects and programs forward, and in turn, lead the field in supporting wide-ranging efforts on behalf of gifted children. You would be appointed to a one-, two-, or three-year term. Your involvement makes a world of difference. Applications are due by July 12.
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The Learning Curve
NAGC's 'Greatest Spectacle': Pre-Convention

The Wednesday and Thursday of Convention week will shift into high gear by offering action-packed educational choices:

First Gear
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Gifted Education Essentials

This is a full day for practitioners to focus on providing rigor for high-ability learners with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. It is also a day to learn from national experts who have written the only books on using the National Content Standards for gifted and advanced learners.

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Teacher's Corner
Tidying Up the Corner

Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Specialist
Five years ago, in response to a new and improved Compass Points, I began a short monthly column entitled The Teacher's Corner. My goal was simple, to reinforce and enhance understandings about specific thematic and subject areas while providing reflections as well as related book titles, websites, professional papers, and other relevant resources. I've been encouraged to hear that the information has been helpful to many of you.

As we all bask in the short but much-needed summer hiatus from the hustle and bustle of the classroom, I'd like to take a moment and revisit some of my favorite installments of The Teacher's Corner, which will soon be available as individual PDFs. I have included the theme and a related quote that captures the essence of the column.

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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.

Empowering Gifted and Talented Students
The University Iowa
In the 1960s, few schools in the country had gifted education programs, including schools in Sioux City, Iowa, where Susan Assouline grew up. But Assouline was a strong reader. So good that she qualified to take a foreign language course in seventh grade, a course normally not offered until high school. On the day her teacher announced to the class the names of students selected for this opportunity, Assouline's name wasn't mentioned, and she went home feeling down. Her mother called the school and found out it was just a clerical error.
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5 Steps to STEM Effectiveness
The Huffington Post
Advocates of STEM education need to recognize the challenges that face 21st century educators charged with implementing STEM programs. A number of barriers impede STEM success. In addition to vague and varied interpretations of the acronym, teachers and administrators continue to receive conflicting messages about education priorities. On the one hand STEM education requires teachers to integrate and collaborate. Yet, continued emphasis on accountability and alignment to discipline specific standards handcuffs educators' ability and motivation to innovate and explore new products and approaches.
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Don't You Have To Be 'Gifted and Talented' To Be Creative?
The Creative Mind
What does it mean to be "talented" or "gifted" and how do identity and intelligence relate to being creative? Those are some of the questions explored by cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman in his new book "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined."
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California Considers New Science Education Standards
California could become the sixth state in the country to adopt new national guidelines for science education. While California students today might learn about water molecules in chemistry class one year and erosion in earth science another year, under the Next Generation Science Standards, they might have a unit about water systems that starts at that molecular level and works up to ecosystems.
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 NAGC Thanks 2013 Convention Sponsors

NAGC thanks our 2013 Convention Sponsors


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