Summer Enrichment Scholarships (Up to $400; multiple available)
Awarded to identified gifted students in grades K-12 that want to enrich their learning experience in the summer months.
Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship ($2,500; 1 available)
Awarded to a graduating G/T high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.
Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship ($2,500; 1 available)
Awarded to a graduating G/T high-school senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
TAGT/SMI Scholarships ($2,250; 2 available)
Attend the Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI), a 3-week residential program with an intense focus on mathematics. Sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas.
CLICK HERE >> ENCOURAGE A G/T STUDENT TO APPLY!
SCHOLARSHIP READERS NEEDED
TAGT is seeking readers to evaluate and score student scholarship applications. This meaningful engagement activity supports students as they pursue their passion for learning. In 2016, TAGT awarded scholarships totaling nearly $25,000 and we could not have made that happen without our amazing volunteer readers!
This engagement opportunity has three steps:
2. Complete a short training of the evaluation process
3. Read and score approximately 20 scholarship applications over a two to three-week period in March
scroll down for Resources & Websites
7 Systems that Work for Outside-the-Box Learners
It seems every teacher in every school struggles with what they might call unmotivated, lazy, or disorganized learners. These students seem to have a ton of potential, their test scores might even be pretty high, but they can’t ever seem to get it together school-wise. Read More.
What a Century of Research Reveals About Gifted Kids
"From Terman to today: A century of findings on intellectual precocity,” serves as an excellent resource for parents, students, and educators who are interested in the findings of two major longitudinal studies of the gifted which roughly span the last century, and more broadly the historical progression of research on the gifted. Read More.
Anxiety in Gifted Children: 3 Simple Steps Parents and Educators Can Take
Gifted children and anxiety often seem to just go hand in hand. Experiencing their world more intensely as well as having a more intuitive understanding of complex connections and interactions in their life and in the physical world can create a plethora of reasons for gifted children to experience anxiety in their lives. Being so acutely aware of what is going on in their world and what future possibilities can hold, gifted children can naturally develop above-average anxiety. They begin to worry, oftentimes making mountains out of mole hills. Read More
Parents and Teachers: Finding Common Ground
It's no secret that parent-teacher relationships can often be strained; but even more so with parents of gifted children. As students begin to return to school, we took a look at ways to improve the relationship in a non-confrontational setting exploring ways to help all parties to work together for their children and students. Read More
4 Top Things my Gifted Students Taught Me this School Year
There's no doubt, as a teacher, that the students in your care over the course of 10 months have the ability to change your life. They utterly, completely, drastically, and beautifully change the way you think about life; the way you view and think about children; the way you approach your profession; even the very ways you speak, walk, act, and function. Read More
5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset | Imagination Soup
LINK SHARED BY KAREN GREEN, MISD GT COORDINATOR
1. Have daily learning discussions.
At dinner, in the car or at bedtime take time for both the kids and parents to share the answers to these types of questions:
“What did you learn to day?” (I LOVE this – so much better than “How was your day?”)
“What mistake did you make that taught you something?
“What did you try hard at today?”
What Are Dabrowski's Five Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children?
Link shared by karen green, misd gt coordinator - Very Well.com
Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five areas in which children exhibit intense behaviors, also known as "overexcitabilities" or "supersensitivities." They are psychomotor, sensual, emotional, intellectual and imaginational. Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities, although one is usually dominant. Read More
How "Tracking" Can Actually Help Disadvantaged Students
Star athletes don't just walk on the basketball court or football field for the first time as seniors in high school. Similarly, successful AP calculus or physics students don't just walk into advanced math or science for the first time in the 12th grade. Rather, in both sports and academics, early pipelines need to be in place to help students develop their skills fully. Read More
“Play Partner” or “Sure Shelter”: What gifted children look for in friendship
The need for friendship and, even more, for emotional intimacy, is a driving force in both children and adults. This report of recent Australian research explores the nature of friendship as it is conceived by elementary and middle school students and how perceptions and expectations of friendship differ among children at different age levels, at different levels of intellectual ability, and between boys and girls. Read More
The Importance of STEAM Learning
If you are familiar with the technology or educational sectors, you have undoubtedly heard that STEM, which is educational focus in science, tech, engineering and math, is being changed to STEAM, to include the arts. This is an initiative that is being accepted on an increasing scale by institutions, corporations, and education and tech professionals,and we here at Vidcode are totally on board. Read More.
25 Signs Your Gifted Child is Misunderstood at School
Most of us have been through it. That sinking feeling when your gifted child becomes bored, unmotivated or miserable in school. That uncertainty over how much to intervene, when to advocate, and whether to approach the school or risk alienating teachers when you ask for something more. Read More.
Lessons Learned From Working with Gifted and Creative Kids
In my career as a psychologist working with gifted and creative students, two lessons stand out as particularly memorable, even poignant. The first lesson is that development of talent among highly gifted and highly creative kids requires more than intellectual ability, more than what I call, 'head strengths. Read more
Senate to Vote on NCLB Replacement
From ASCD's Capitol Connection - December 4, 2015
It’s actually happening! The U.S. House has passed the House-Senate compromise bill to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). By a vote of 359–64, the House approved the replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Senate is expected to vote on ESSA next week, and it is crucial that senators hear that we are ready to end the days of NCLB.
ESSA represents a vast improvement to current law, eliminating both the challenges of NCLB’s prescriptive requirements and ending the disjointed system of NCLB waivers. ESSA is the result of much effort from the House and Senate education committees and compromise from both sides of the aisle.
The new ESSA will
Eliminate adequate yearly progress (AYP) and highly qualified teacher requirements.
Provide strong support for teachers and school leaders.
Broaden accountability systems to include multiple measures of student performance, educator effectiveness, and school quality.
Furthermore, ESSA does not include the contentious “portability” provision, which would have shifted federal resources away from students and schools most in need of support.
ESSA is very close to the finish line. Let’s push it forward: contact your senators and urge them to support ESSA. (ASCD has streamlined the process for you; it will take just minutes to click on the link above and send a prewritten e-mail to your senators.) Forward this e-mail to your colleagues and ask that they take action as well.
Craving even more action? Contact your senators on Twitter. This list provides all senator Twitter handles. Simply use the sample tweet below and insert your senator’s handle where appropriate.
ASCD’s Government Relations Team
P.S. Need to look up your legislative representatives? Click here to find them.
resources - Websites
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) www.txgifted.org
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) www.nagc.org
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) www.sengifted.org
Texas Education Agency-Gifted/Talented in Texas www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6420
Hoagies - a gifted and talented parent friendly website www.hoagiesgifted.org
Great Potential Press, Inc. - publisher of gifted resources www.greatpotentialpress.com
Southern Methodist University Gifted Students Institute http://www.smu.edu/simmons/communityenrichment/GSI
Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/
Destination Imagination www.destinationimagination.org
Duke Gifted Letter - Duke University Talent Identification Program http://tip.duke.edu/node/580
Davidson Institute for Talent Development www.davidsongifted.org/default.aspx
Mensa: Gifted Youth www.us.mensa.org/learn/gifted-youth/
Mensa Education & Research Foundation - Top quality educational resources that will appeal to bright kids, their parents and teachers. www.pinterest.com/brightkids/
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) www.chadd.org
Richardson Gifted, Texas Parents of Gifted Children Resource Network www.richardsongifted.org
Coppell Gifted Association http://coppellgifted.org
Dr. Sylvia Rimm PhD www.sylviarimm.com/index.html