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From Where I Sit
NAGC = "Gifted Land"

Brian Housand, NAGC Board of Directors
Educators across the country are embarking or are about to embark on the journey of yet another school year. With every new school year, we are confronted with new promises and new possibilities of what might happen. For me, this is always a time to set new personal and professional goals. I am now entering my second year as an At-Large Member of the NAGC Board of Directors, and I would like to share some of my goals related to NAGC for this academic year.

To me, NAGC represents an idealized version of the place that I lovingly refer to as "Gifted Land." Since attending my first NAGC Convention in 2000 in Atlanta, the start of school year has also signaled that the annual convention was only a few months away.

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Presenting the NAGC Gifted and Talented Resources Directory

Judging by the statistics we keep for the number of visits to the NAGC website, NAGC members and website visitors have appreciated having access the listings in the NAGC Resource Directory. You’ll find a new format for the NAGC Gifted and Talented Resources Directory. It now provides more information and a broader range of listings. Please take a look! If you are a publisher or program interested in including your listing, click here.
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New DVD Available in the Portraits of Gifted Education Series
The Conceptual Foundations Network continues to capture in video notable gifted advocates, researchers, and leaders. In "Thinking Like…A Master Teacher with Sandra N. Kaplan" we honor master educator and scholar, Sandra N. Kaplan. Dr. Kaplan began her career as a teacher and administrator of gifted programs in an urban school district in California. She is currently a Clinical Professor in Learning and Instruction at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. She is well known for her work modifying the core and differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of inner-city, urban, gifted learners.

Join us at the NAGC 60th Annual Convention for the taping of the next "Portraits of Gifted Education" featuring Dorothy Sisk.

Check it out in the NAGC Bookstore. For a limited time, order the entire "Portraits in Gifted Education: Legacy Series" for just $59.95 at the NAGC bookstore. This special pricing, includes the first five Legacy Series DVDs, as well as newest in the series!

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Your Support Makes a Difference!
When you make a tax-deductible donation to the NAGC Annual Fund, you are providing the resources for us to make a greater impact throughout the field of gifted education. Our publications have already touched the lives of thousands, and with your support, we can do even more for the estimated 3 million academically gifted K-12 children in the U.S. Click here to learn what people have said about our books on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Please consider how you can support the NAGC Annual Fund.

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Simple Steps to Strengthen Your Gifted Program with Social Media
Looking For Ways to Energize Your Gifted Education Community?

View the Twitter 101 : For the Brand-New User webinar online.
This session will help participants who are brand-new to Twitter learn how to set up an account, send and reply to Tweets, follow others, and become familiar with other elements of Twitter. Most importantly, participants will see how creating a network can be a powerful advocacy tool for an experienced user.

Register today to participate live for Twitter 201 : Powering Up Your Network on Tuesday, Aug. 27,  4:00 - 5:30 pm Eastern.
Participants will power up their basic Twitter accounts to the next level by learning how to effectively use hashtags, and participate in live Twitter chats. We will also discuss and learn how to create our own hashtags to create influential communities and to use Twitter to its fullest potential.

Free to NAGC members, each 90-minute webinar is presented by Ginger Lewman, from ESSDACK in Hutchinson, Kan.

Don't miss these free sessions. Register online today.

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The Learning Curve
Back to School. Back to NAGC Webinars.

There is still time to register for the 2013 Fall Semester of Webinars on Wednesday that launched yesterday. Each session airs live with audience interaction encouraged and following the event those registered may view slides and listen to audio via the NAGC Live Learning Center. NAGC members may register for the full series of six webinars for just $150 (or $39 per webinar). A site license is also available to deliver top-notch professional development to your school or district. Register here.
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Early Bird Deadline Coming Soon
Now is the time to register for the NAGC 60th Annual Convention before the early bird registration deadline on September 20.

Visit the itinerary planner to see all the sessions that will run November 7-10 in Indianapolis. Pick a speaker, or search by topic and create your itinerary today.

The early-bird discount pricing, as well as discount pricing for groups, expires September 20. Register today.

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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.

Obstacles as a Path to Creativity
Education Week Teacher
Last summer, I happened upon an interesting-looking game in the gift shop of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. "Obstacles: A Game of Imaginative Solutions" billed itself as a fun, even silly, way for kids of all ages to collaboratively create solutions to the game's obstacles through innovative use of "the unlikely tools they are dealt."
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How to Get Your School Ready for STEM This Year
Are you ready for STEM this year? Is your new multi-million dollar facility completely furnished? Is your staff of thoroughly STEM - prepared teachers ready to go? Have you found a place to put the abundance of STEM resources and materials that were delivered to your school? Have you found ways for teachers to have extra meeting time during the day? Then you're ready!
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What All Teachers in Regular Classrooms Can Do for the Gifted: No. 1
Debbie Smith
Teachers often think they just haven't got time to differentiate the curriculum for gifted students. They may not use these exact words, but they look at all the other things they have to report on each week, and doing something extra on top of that for a small minority is beyond them. Besides, if they don't really have training in teaching gifted students, what should they do?
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Game On: An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally
About 18 months ago, novice entrepreneur Sue Khim flew to San Francisco from her home in Illinois to take part in an uncommonly public version of a Silicon Valley rite of passage — the pitch. With thousands of other young techies in the audience, she was scheduled to be onstage at the Launch Festival, a showcase for "stealth" startups that have managed to keep their products out of the voracious tech press, or have as-yet-unreleased products to announce.
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