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From Where I Sit
Gearing Up for NAGC's 60th Annual Convention

Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President Elect and Convention Program Chair
Checkered flags. Black asphalt. Revving engines. These are just a few of the mental images we associate with Indianapolis. Beginning Nov. 7, we hope those images will be replaced in your mind with engaging speakers, collegial conversations, and abundant resources.

I hope by now you have seen the preliminary Convention program that was mailed to NAGC members earlier this month. A glance at the schedule of events, and you will see the vast array of offerings. Please allow me to highlight just a few, since Indy is a personal favorite of mine. I have visited often since I worked at Ball State University for several years.

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Comments Sought on Revised Teacher Prep Standards in Gifted

NAGC is inviting comment on the proposed revisions to the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education, which were originally approved in 2006. The standards, which are used to guide reviews of teacher training programs in gifted education as part of the school/college of education accreditation process, have been streamlined in the revision and also now include supporting descriptions for each standard that explain the standard's scope and intent.

Once NAGC has received your comments and suggestions, the draft revision will be finalized and submitted to NCATE for approval in the fall. Once approved, university programs — and those who base inservice teacher training on the principles contained in the standards — may begin using the standards to guide their work beginning in the spring of 2014.

Please submit comments by June 4 in an online survey. We have also posted a link on the NAGC homepage.

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Dates to Note

As the school year winds down, please take note of upcoming events and important dates for NAGC members:

Registration open for the 60th Annual NAGC Convention and Exhibition, Indianapolis, Nov. 7-10

May 1, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Webinar on Wednesday/Bullying of/by Gifted Children and Teens

May 8, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Webinar on Wednesday/Engaging Learners through a Thinking Classroom: Essential to the (Common) CORE

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  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.

The Learning Curve
Spring Forward with NAGC Webinars on Wednesday

It's never been easier to get up-to-the minute information and advice from experts in the field with Webinars on Wednesday. You don't have to travel (except to your computer screen) or miss time from the classroom with the remaining four Webinars on Wednesday we have planned for you.
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From Our Networks
Graduate Student Research Gala Call for Papers

The NAGC Research and Evaluation Network encourages graduate students to showcase their research at the Annual Graduate Student Research. The event takes place during the 60th Annual NAGC Convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 7-10. Applicants must submit a 20‐page research paper by July 1 and create a poster for presentation at the event. Winners are selected in the following categories:
  • Doctoral level, completed research
  • Doctoral level, in‐progress research
  • Non‐doctoral level, completed research
  • Non‐doctoral level, in‐progress research
Winners will be announced at the gala. See specific guidelines for paper submissions and the review forms for the criteria for judging. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Student Research Gala Chair Lisa Hall Foster (617‐496‐2494). Being present at the gala with your poster is not required, but highly encouraged.

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From Our Affiliates
Acceleration Victory in Colorado

Colorado advocates scored a victory in a new state law that requires school districts to review academic acceleration policies. This bipartisan effort brings to the forefront the importance of the full range of acceleration options for our gifted and high-ability learners. Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented President Blanche Kapushion said, "Academic acceleration is critical for gifted learners. The magic, the love of learning and the level of engagement are exponentially increased for gifted learners when they are provided the opportunity to experience rigorous concepts and problems, higher levels of content and questioning, and quicker pace of instruction with students who are like them. Imagination, creativity and the flow of ideas electrify learning environments when acceleration practices are incorporated by teachers who understand the need and possibilities that will come from implementing them."

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 1023 into law in March 2013.

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We Mustn't Neglect Gifted Students
The Tennessean
Tennessee has long been a center of innovation and discovery. From world-renowned researchers and physicians at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital curing devastating childhood disease to scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing next-generation technologies, the state is focused on the future. While the gifts and talents of America's doctors, researchers and other innovators are often lauded and their breakthroughs celebrated, our nation has largely underperformed in identifying early and subsequently serving our high-potential and high-ability learners.
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To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science
Scientific American
Women and girls are historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and much has been written lately about why girls in school seem disinterested in these areas. As STEM becomes more important in our increasingly interconnected global society, it becomes even more imperative that educators find ways to encourage girls to participate in these fields.
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No Gifted Left Behind
The Educator's Room
Education has taken a major swing in the last five years with its new focus on the Response to Intervention movement. Through the RtI program, students that are in the bottom 20 percent of their class are to receive Tier I interventions in their regular education classroom. While many resources define this as differentiated instruction, many others define it as direct, small group instruction. This all sounds like a great plan to help those that may be struggling or need additional support to succeed, however, there are some students in which this may actually have a negative impact on … the gifted students.
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Meeting the Needs of the Gifted & Being Accountable, Too
Education Week
Wonderland's Red Queen ran frantically to stay in place. When gifted students stroll with regular classes, they fall far behind their potential. Their minds "go to waste." Can we meet gifted students' academic needs when all teachers are accountable to teach for best test results?
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National Science Standards Likely to Raise 'Ruckus'
USA Today
Academic standards promise to revive simmering debates about how to teach science in the USA's public schools. In the works for two years, the "next-generation" standards push schools to teach fewer topics, but in a more integrated, coherent way. They prescribe a healthy dose of engineering and ask schools to rely less on rote memorization and more on critical thinking, constructing arguments and building demonstrations.
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States Pull Back From Common Core
U.S. News & World Report
Lawmakers in some states hope to halt the transition to the Common Core State Standards, even as school districts across the country are rolling them out. In Alabama, senators are considering a bill to repeal the standards, which the state's Board of Education adopted in 2010. Alabama schools are already using the new math standards, which aim to give the subject context by teaching high school students to use mathematical models to analyze everyday situations, and are set to implement the English standards before the start of the next school year.
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In Defense of Working Memory Training
Scientific American
One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you, says Scott Barry Kaufman is adjunct assistant professor of psychology and author of "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined". The research literature on brain training is confusing and even sometimes contradictory. This is the way of science. I believe, however, that there is hope in making sense of things if the field and the media can move beyond broad conclusions to look at more nuanced effects.
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