October 2008


Greetings Educators Guild Members!

With the presidential election right around the corner, there is no doubt your gifted students have been interested and asking questions. It can be difficult to find unbiased and appropriate material to share with students.  We hope the following resources will be just the tools you are looking for this season to help your students develop an understanding of the election and its process.

·         Congress for Kids: http://www.congressforkids.net/Independence_index.htm

·         Democracy in America: http://www.learner.org/resources/series173.html

·         Youth Leadership Initiative: http://www.youthleadership.net/index.jsp

·         Democracy Corps: http://demokrato.wordpress.com/  



A WebQuest is a lesson plan format in which all or most of the information used is drawn from the Internet.  They are designed to utilize the student’s time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support the student’s thinking in terms of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.


A Rubric for Evaluating WebQuests, San Diego State University

Here you'll find a ready-made template for scoring or evaluating student WebQuest projects, complete with scoring categories. Checklists with additional scoring criteria to evaluate project fine points are also provided.


Political Parties: Where Do I Belong? (grades 9-12)
This WebQuest will allow students to study some of the main ideas of our major political parties in America. They will then decide where they fit in and design a pamphlet highlighting the importance of their political party.


My America (grades 3-5)
A Social Studies WebQuest that analyzes the political and sSocial iInstitutions in North American.


Political Activism (grades 9-12)
Based on the motivation of the sSigners of the Declaration of Independence, students will discover what could motivate them to become politically active through this WebQuest.


As always, if you are looking for assistance, ideas or resources, please feel free to contact us at edguild@davidsongifted.org.   


Davidson Institute Updates


Davidson Young Scholar Applications Available

Do you have a gifted student in your class?  Do you think their parents would benefit from assistance?  The Davidson Young Scholars program helps profoundly gifted students discover others with similar interests and abilities, utilizing their unique skills and talents to maximize their educational potential and make a difference in the lives of others. Students and their parents are supported in the areas of educational advocacy, social and emotional development, and talent development.


For more information on the Young Scholars Program, or to download an application, please visit






Davidson Academy of Nevada 2009-2010 School Year Applications Available

Located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the Academy is the first public school of its kind for profoundly gifted students. If you know a student who is interested in applying to The Davidson Academy, the application for 2009-2010 is now available at www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu.


In addition, informational tours of The Davidson Academy of Nevada will be hosted on September 19th, October 17th and November 21st from 2-4 pm.  RSVPs are required.  Please RSVP at www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu/Explore, where you can also sign up for the Academy’s monthly eNewsletter.   If you would like more information about the Academy or the tours, please email explore@davidsonacademy.unr.edu.





2009 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications Available

Applications due March 4, 2009

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people under the age of 18 who has completed a significant piece of work in mathematics, science, technology, music, literature, philosophy or any other graduate-level work considered outside the box that has the potential to benefit society.  For more information on the Davidson Fellows, or to download an application, please visit http://www.DavidsonGifted.org/Fellows/.


Meet the 2008 Davidson Fellows




2009 THINK Summer Institute Applications Available

Early acceptance deadline January 14, 2009

The Davidson Institute is seeking profoundly gifted students, ages 13 through 16, who are interested in attending the 2009 THINK Summer Institute!  THINK is a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where students can earn six college credits by completing two university-level courses taught by university professors.  The 2009 THINK Summer Institute will run from July 11 through August 1. Tuition is $2,700 and covers course credits, room and board and the cost of planned programs and activities. Financial assistance is available based on need.

To download an application or to learn more about THINK, please visit www.DavidsonGifted.org/THINK.




We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill  


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