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Hello Educators Guild Members and welcome back to school! Many of you will remember the monthly posts of last year; for those of you who are new to the program, we would like to introduce our Educators Guild Post. It is a monthly broadcast focused on resources for classroom teachers. We hope you will find this issue helpful and please feel free to pass this along to your colleagues. Please remember Educators Guild members have access to our team of professionals for consultation. As such, if you are looking for assistance, ideas or resources, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As all of your students adjust to the new school year, they will be finding their way through the schedule, figuring out their homework, and getting to know the other students in the class. You may notice that the gifted students in your classroom connect with their peers differently than other students. Gifted students tend to look for different qualities in friends and tend to develop through the stages of friendship faster than their age mates. We hope the following articles and books will help to increase your understanding of gifted students and their friendships as well as provide activities to help them connect!
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 studentís time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support the studentís 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.
Persuasive Techniques (English/Language Arts: grades 9-12)
Hispanos Famosos (Foreign Language: grades 6-8)
Biome Zoo Design: A Scientific and Geographic WebQuest (Science:
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 the 2009-2010 the application 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 Academyís monthly eNewsletter. If you would like more information about the Academy or the tours, please email email@example.com.
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/.
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival." -- C. S. Lewis
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