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2009 Intel Science Talent Search – The next generation of American innovators
Education Leader to Take On New Roles
winners of the 2009 Intel STS with President Obama
Following his recent achievement of being named a 2008 Davidson Fellow Laureate, Philip Streich was awarded a $50,000 scholarship for his third place finish in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search. Philip’s chemistry project on carbon nanotubes could lead to the development of ultra-strong materials and ultra-fast nano-electronics. Eric Larson won the top prize of a $100,000 scholarship for his research on fusion categories and second place winner William Sun was awarded $75,000 for his
biochemistry project that could potentially help efforts to prevent disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Sources:
Science News Online,
Society for Science & the Public
Noted gifted expert
Dr. Tracy Cross
(left) will soon assume an exciting new opportunity at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Dr. Cross will
fill the position of the retiring Dr. Joyce Van Tassel-Baska (see below) and hold an endowed chair as the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education. He also will serve as the Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education. Dr. Cross, the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Gifted Studies, is leaving Ball State University, where he created and served as the Executive Director of the
Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development and the Institute for Research on the Psychology of the Gifted Students.
Institute and Gifted Two-Year-Old Featured on Today Show
Today Show recently featured a follow-up story on Elizabeth Barrett, a gifted two-year-old with the ability to read. The segment also highlights the Davidson Institute
for Talent Development and includes a brief quote from Jill Adrian, director of
family services at the Davidson Institute.
View the story and video here.
The Davidson Academy of Nevada
Profoundly gifted students receive unique educational opportunities at
The Davidson Academy of Nevada,
a free, public school where the abilities, strengths and interests of these
middle & high school students are encouraged and supported. Those who
perform at the sixth grade level and beyond, and score in the 99.9th
percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the SAT or ACT, are
encouraged to apply. Please review the
Test Score Criteria page as these scores are mandatory for student eligibility. Visit the
Application Review Process page to learn more about the admissions process. While the deadline to submit applications for the 2009-2010 school year has passed, it’s not too early to think about applying for 2010-2011.
Applications will be available this September.
Prospective students interested in receiving email updates about the Academy can sign up for the free
Explore The Davidson Academy eNewsletter by
clicking here to subscribe.
Davidson Young Scholars
The Davidson Young Scholars
program provides FREE services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people and their families,
including talent development and educational advocacy, an online community, annual get-togethers, and the Ambassador Program. Applications are due the 14th of each month.
The Davidson Institute offers free, online access to three educational planning
guidebooks focused on Advocacy, Early College and Mentorships. With a wide variety of articles and tools, these comprehensive guides direct parents and students searching for an appropriately challenging setting through a process for effectively implementing decisions.
These guidebooks can be downloaded at
Gifted Database Launched
The Davidson Institute recently launched the Davidson Gifted Database, formerly known as GT-CyberSource, at
www.DavidsonGifted.org/DB. The renovated site features improved search capabilities for articles, resources and state policy pages to help students, parents and educators pinpoint a wealth of gifted information.
With this change, all previous links to articles, resources and state policy pages have changed. To locate the new links users can:
You can also access the Davidson Gifted Database from the
Davidson Institute’s home page – just look for “Database” in the top menu bar or footer information.Educators
- Search for the title, or keywords, with accurate results using the new Google Search Box
- Use the Browse by Topic lists for Articles and Resources
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
The Davidson Institute's Educators Guild program is a
free national service provided to help professionals meet the exceptional needs of gifted students. It is
designed for current elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators, as well as those professionals who are devoted to meeting the distinctive academic needs of gifted students. Join today to enjoy free access to consulting services, Educators Guild publications, and an online
community of more than 1,400 professional educators!
Legislative & Policy News
– The Tucson Unified School District is
setting out to become a national model for gifted education by doubling the
number of students tested for gifted identification, expanding gifted
programming, and helping 300 general education teachers become certified to
teach gifted children over the next six years. Source: Arizona Daily Star –
March 25, 2009,
March 24, 2009
(free registration required)
– The Hernando School District has taken a number of steps to reduce overcrowding
at Explorer, a full-day, K-8 gifted school. Students who live outside the school
district will now be required to leave Explorer to attend their neighborhood school. Sources:
St. Petersburg Times,
Advocates in the Leon County School District have created a Gifted Task Force to recommend an alternate method of gifted service delivery to elementary students,
following a recent announcement that the Academic Resource Center
(ARC) is closing. Sources:
Leon County Schools,
ILLINOIS – Gifted education advocates are attempting to influence state legislators to support
HB 4044, a bill that would provide increased funding
of $10 million for gifted programs in Illinois pubic schools.
Association for Gifted Children
– A popular summer gifted program has been cut as part of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget proposal for 2010. Advocates for gifted students are attempting to persuade the administration to restore $413,000 in funding for The Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted Students, a program that has been in existence for 42 years. Source:
– Starting this fall, state education leaders will track students' yearly progress on tests, rather than comparing different classes with each other. It is hoped that this analysis will allow the state to better monitor students’ progress and could lead to fundamental changes in teaching methods. The current method of comparing one year’s class with the next has drawn criticism, as variations could reflect a group of particularly gifted and talented students. Source:
Potential budget cuts would eliminate $2.6 million for gifted and talented programs, $1.23 million of which is for the
Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science. Source:
– The Prior Lake-Savage School District will launch a gifted academy for the top 2 percent of the district’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at WestWood Elementary School next year. Sources:
– Despite efforts from Rep. Sara Lampe to restore money for the Missouri Scholars and Fine Arts Academies, funding remains at zero per the recently-implemented HB 2. The academies are usually funded by a line item of $750,000, which allows students to attend the school free of charge. However, there is no such line item in HB 2. This omission is likely to be re-examined once the bill moves to the
State Senate. Source:
Springfield News-Leader –
March 25, 2009,
March 24, 2009
NEW YORK – Three new gifted and talented programs – two in Brooklyn, one in Queens – will open this September in New York City, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced recently. Students who scored at or above the 90th percentile on an admissions test last fall are guaranteed a spot in a gifted program in their district. These will be the first gifted programs in the area located outside Manhattan. Sources:
New York Times,
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
NORTH CAROLINA – Parents are strongly opposing a proposal to cut the number of gifted and talented teachers in the Rowan-Salisbury School System in half. Source:
– Gifted education advocates are concerned that Gov. Ted Strickland's recent education reform plans would reroute gifted funding while eliminating funds that finance testing to identify the gifted. State officials say the proposal will provide districts more flexibility to fund “enrichment activities,” which can include gifted programs, but
other numerous non-gifted-related activities as well. School districts would be forced to use an alternate source to fund testing, as the proposal would eliminate $5 million the state had previously
allocated for this expense. Source:
– The Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence, previously thought to have been eliminated due to state budget cuts, has been salvaged by Lehigh University. Lehigh will underwrite a portion of the costs, which
had been entirely funded by the state. The newly named ''Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship'' will offer the same core courses as the former governor's school. Source:
Allentown Morning Call
– A plan that would consolidate Accelerated Learning Program (ALPS) classrooms in the Canyons School District,
thereby reducing the number of schools that offer the gifted elementary program from four to two, is forcing many parents in the district to consider switching schools for their gifted
The Salt Lake Tribune
– Individual school districts will have more control of gifted education programming and services as part of revised regulations recently implemented by the Virginia Board of Education. Previously, the state had to review and authorize districts’ plans for services. Under the new rules, the board will provide only a technical review. Some worry
that a lack of standardization could cause some districts to shift funding and reduce gifted programming. Source:
WASHINGTON – Unprecedented legislation has recently made gifted education mandated in the state of Washington. Gifted education had been added to the definition of the House of Representative’s Basic Education bill (ESHB 2261 (PDF)) and was recently passed by the Senate. Gifted education funding now cannot be cut even in years of revenue deficits. This signifies a huge victory for the many parents who have fought for academically advanced students in the state.
The Seattle Times
How gifted-friendly is your state? Find out at:
Gifted Education Policies.
If you know of new legislation, please contact the
On the Web
Gifted Exchange Blog
Read Laura Vanderkam's take on all things gifted, with recent posts including:
Join the discussion today!
- McKinsey: Bad schools cost us $2.3 trillion – If America can find a
way to close the achievement gap, what kind of impact would this have on the
- How to Raise Our IQ – Is it possible to raise one's IQ? If so, how
does one go about doing so?
Davidson Gifted Database – Featured
Entrance Foundation provides academically talented students
opportunities to enroll early in college in addition to assistance with
outreach, recruitment and scholarships.
Education.com is a free resource for parents, providing thousands of articles and tools useful for supporting their child’s education. The site includes over 2,000 reference articles on education and child development from the most respected universities, government agencies, and nonprofits in the Unites States.
Do you know of a great gifted resource that could be featured in a future eNews-Update?
Suggest a Resource.
In the News
April 23, 2009 -
Home-Schooling Guidelines: A Study in Confusion
April 19, 2009 - Miami Herald,
Pembroke Pines boy, 12, tackling a double major at FIU
April 14, 2009 -
Holding Your Ground In The Face Of Bad Behavior
April 14, 2009 -
Ventura County Star,
Math opportunities add up for talented students
April 10, 2009 - Hartford Courant,
Programs For Gifted Students Suffer In Tough Economy
(Vanessa de la Torre)
April 8, 2009 -
Lancaster New Era,
Whiz kids: Meet 3 'exceptionally gifted' teens
April 7, 2009 -
Orange County Register,
Don't fret if your child doesn't make it into GATE program
March 29, 2009 -
Clever boys dumb down to avoid bullying in school
March 12, 2009 -
Boy with 176 IQ is 1 in a million
March 11, 2009 -
Dispelling myths about gifted education
March 3, 2009 -
The Eagle Tribune,
The brightest aren't always the best
Feb. 19, 2009 - Univ. of Nevada, Reno News,
Top students to compete in Intel Science
& Engineering Fair
Discuss these stories and more on the
Gifted Issues Discussion Forum.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) – Upcoming Conference
This summer's annual
SENG Gifted Conference will be held July 17-19 in
Orlando, Fla. and will focus on social and emotional development. The SENG Children's Program will run concurrent to the conference providing children in attendance the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive activities. Specific subject matter is geared toward parents, educators, mental health professionals and gifted adults.
States with Upcoming Gifted Conferences/Events
For more, see the
Events Calendar on the
Davidson Gifted Database, your gateway
to gifted resources!
In the Spotlight
Joyce VanTassel-BaskaA leader and pioneer of gifted education for
more than 30 years, Joyce VanTassel-Baska will retire
from the College of William & Mary this summer after a career that has
had an immeasurable impact and influence on the field. An author, scholar and gifted program developer, Dr. VanTassel-Baska has received numerous awards and honors throughout the years, and the results of her efforts will continue to be felt for years to come.
Gifted Author, Scholar and Innovator
After receiving her undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Toledo, Dr. VanTassel-Baska went on to serve in various roles related to gifted education. She served as the state director of gifted programs for Illinois, the regional director of a gifted service center in the Chicago area, the coordinator of gifted programs for the Toledo public school system, and as a teacher of gifted English and Latin high school
classes. She then created and directed the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.
After arriving at
William & Mary in 1987,
Dr. VanTassel-Baska went on to serve in her current positions, the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Education and the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education, which she initiated. She also developed
both a master’s program and a doctoral program with an emphasis in gifted education at William & Mary.
Dr. VanTassel-Baska’s impact can be felt not only by those in the universities and school districts in which she has
directly, but also by gifted students throughout the world. By publishing 26 books and more than 450 journal articles, book chapters and scholarly reports, Dr. VanTassel-Baska has made strides in gifted research that have proven beneficial to countless students. She also has served as a consultant both
nationally and internationally.
Some of Dr. VanTassel-Baska’s prominent accomplishments include: winning the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) Early Leader Award in 1986; the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 1993; the Phi Beta Kappa faculty award in 1995; and the NAGC Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997. She also received awards from five states for her contributions to gifted education
in each of those states.
As Dr. VanTassel-Baska steps down, another leader in the field
promises to continue her work, Dr. Tracy Cross.
Gifted education will remain a focal point at
the school under the leadership of Dr. Cross, where he will continue to
build on the accomplishments and legacy of Dr.
"For profoundly gifted students who have unique needs, there’s a myth that parents are actually the ones pushing the child, when in reality it’s the child leading the parent and letting them know exactly what they would like to learn."
Jill Adrian, Davidson Institute, on NBC's
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