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What's New in Gifted Education
Support of High-Ability Learners
National Association for
Gifted Children (NAGC) has released the
2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education,
includes individual states' approaches toward identification, funding, acceleration and more. The
State of the States describes that while there have
been some positive developments since the last report,
states need to better train teachers, enhance access to
services and expand reporting. NAGC is
calling for numerous changes, urging lawmakers
and education leaders to develop comprehensive state strategies to expand access to a full range of high quality gifted education services.
Sources: NAGC Statement (PDF),
NAGC National Summary (PDF), Education Week
2013 Davidson Fellows Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
September 28, 2013, 20 young people were honored at the
Davidson Fellows award ceremony for their work in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and
the category of Outside the Box. Davidson Institute for Talent Development co-founder
Bob Davidson presented the awards at the 13th annual
ceremony held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the
American Indian. In recognition of their remarkable
achievements, each of the
2013 Davidson Fellows received a
$50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.
2014 Davidson Fellows Scholarship
The 2014 Davidson Fellows
Scholarship application is now
Young people 18 and younger have the opportunity to
earn a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in
recognition of a significant piece of work in the
categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics,
Music, Literature and Philosophy, or a project that
represents Outside the Box thinking. The application
deadline is February 12, 2014.
Research Sheds Light on
Under-Identification of Twice-Exceptional Students
The new research article,
Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-Existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional, has
recently been published on SAGE Open. The article addresses the problem of under-identification of
twice-exceptional (2e) students for services in American schools
and reflects the work of 17 authors in the field, including psychologists, educators and twice-exceptional advocates.
Advocates hope this article will positively influence the upcoming reauthorization of IDEA law to better protect the twice exceptional.
The Davidson Academy of Nevada
A free public school, The Davidson Academy of Nevada
encourages and supports the abilities, strengths, and interests of profoundly gifted middle and high school students who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance
tests, such as the SAT or ACT. If you are interested in applying to The Davidson Academy for the 2014-2015 school year,
How to Apply page to access the new online
application system. Please visit the
Qualification Criteria page and the
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Upcoming Tours for Prospective Students
month during the school year, The Davidson Academy hosts a
tour for prospective students and their parents. At these
tours, visitors meet current Academy students, parents,
faculty and staff, and ask specific questions about the
school. Our upcoming school tours will be held on the
following Fridays: Dec. 13., Jan.
Feb. 14 and March 14. RSVPs are required. For additional details and to RSVP, please visit
2014 THINK Summer Institute
THINK Summer Institute is a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where students can earn up to six college credits by completing two university courses. The 2014 THINK Summer Institute will run from July 12 through Aug.
2. Tuition is $3,400 and covers course credits, books and materials, room and board and the cost of planned activities. Need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, students must be 13 to 16 years old during THINK and must meet or exceed
a composite SAT score of 1130 (excludes writing portion) or ACT score of 26. The application deadline is
April 1, 2014. Homeschooled students are eligible to apply.
Legislative & Policy News
The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education recently approved an agreement with the University of Alabama that allows students in the district to sign up for dual enrollment courses at the University that count for both high school and college credit. Source:
The Little Rock School District recently presented plans for a “High Ability" Academy for gifted middle and elementary students. Sources:
CALIFORNIA – The Anaheim Union High School District's Gifted and Talented Education Orchestra recently received a $5,000 grant from the Leo Freedman Foundation. Source:
Orange County Register
DELAWARE – The Delaware Board of Education recently approved a
new state program that will make funds available to programs for academically advanced students. The program allows school districts to apply for grants to create programs for students who are at least half a grade level above average. Source:
The Galileo School for Gifted Learning in Seminole County will soon open a small middle school expected to draw from its elementary population. Source:
GEORGIA – Next school year, Morris Innovative High School in
Dalton will evolve into a school that recruits and fosters gifted students who
need extra attention. Source:
The Daily Citizen
MICHIGAN – The Plymouth-Canton school district is changing
the entrance criteria for incoming third-graders into the Talented and Gifted
(TAG) program. District officials are examining the guidelines for entry into the TAG program, which will no longer be focused solely on a cognitive abilities test. Source: HometownLife.com
(article no longer available online)
MINNESOTA – A new school for gifted and talented elementary school
students in Minneapolis has recently been proposed. Source:
Minneapolis Star Tribune
MONTANA – Montana State University Billings was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant to develop a program targeted at recruiting and training gifted students to be math and science teachers in rural Montana schools. Source:
NORTH CAROLINA – The Edgecombe County school district has updated its plan for Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students in an effort to focus on professional development, program accountability, curriculum, student identification and more. Source:
Tarboro Daily Southerner
PENNSYLVANIA – Among concerns from a number of parents, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is reviewing its program for gifted elementary students. Source:
Delaware County Daily Times
TEXAS – The passage of House Bill 5 (HB 5) and its subsequent signing into law could be a positive step in regards to accountability for gifted education in Texas. Included in the law is a provision that will require school districts to evaluate and assign a rating to a number of specific programs annually,
including gifted and talented. The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) played a significant role in ensuring the inclusion of gifted language in HB 5. Source:
WISCONSIN – A new school for gifted and talented students will soon open in Green Bay.
The new building will allow the Green Bay school district’s gifted program to
expand from 131 students to about 250. Source:
WYOMING – A number of local parents, teachers and advocates feel that gifted programs in the state lack guidance, consistency and accountability. Other than self-reported surveys from school districts, the Wyoming Department of Education
cannot track how the $2.6 million spent annually on gifted programs is allocated. Source:
How gifted-friendly is your state? Find out
Davidson Gifted Database State Policy Map.
If you know of new legislation, please contact the Communications Team.
On the Web
Gifted Exchange Blog
Read Laura Vanderkam's take on all things gifted.
One of her recent posts is, "Approaching the parent-teacher conference." Join the discussion
Epsilon Camp - A Challenging Summer Math Experience
for Young Students
Application season has begun for The Epsilon Camp,
a two-week summer residential camp for exceptionally and profoundly gifted students ages 8-11 who love math. In 2014, the two-week summer residential camp will be held on the campus of Seattle Pacific University from July 27 through August 10, 2014. Epsilon Camp is an intellectually rigorous program for young students, taught by university professors of mathematics and directed by Dr. George Thomas, founder of MathPath and Canada/USA MathCamp. There is also a workshop designed to help parents build mathematical and social maturity in the EG/PG child. A unique feature of Epsilon Camp is apartment-style housing on campus for each family; at least one parent must attend with each child, and additional family members are also welcome to attend. Space is limited.
Epsilon Camp has also announced a new camp for similar students who are 6 and
7 years old. Called
Delta Camp, it will admit only 12 students in 2014. Delta Camp will run
concurrently Epsilon Camp.
Pennsylvania Summer Programs for High School Students
University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy and the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship are accepting applications for their 2014 summer programs. All current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. These are four-week summer academic residential programs that introduce students to the fields of health care and business.
American Mensa is currently offering to waive the review fee - a $40 savings
- if qualifying scores are submitted before Dec. 31. The organization
accepts the LSAT, the GMAT and a number of other tests including the Stanford-Binet.
Click here for details.
Featured Articles and Resources
The Davidson Gifted Database at www.DavidsonGifted.org/DB is a gateway to resources for
and about gifted students.
See what's new!
The article, Tips for Parents: Making New Connections: Digging Deeper into the practice of Positive Discipline Parenting, is from a seminar
hosted by Catherine Gruener, who provides resources, tips and guidance in
the application of "positive discipline parenting."
The article, Tips for Parents: Nurturing Math Talent While Homeschooling Gifted Children,
is from a seminar hosted by Julia Brodsky. She discusses homeschooling from a mathematics perspective.
Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, is "the only publication aimed squarely at the intersection of giftedness and learning challenges." The
latest newsletter was the 10th anniversary issue, featuring highlights of past issues.
The book, Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says (2nd ed.), is the definitive reference book for those searching for a summary and evaluation of the literature on giftedness, gifted education and talent development. The book presents more than 50 summaries of important topics in the field, providing relevant research and a guide to how the research applies to gifted education and the lives of gifted children.
Noodle.org provides a recommendation engine for educational opportunities at all levels, from K-12 to college, grad school, weekend classes
and professional development.
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In the News
School Choice: A Solution to Bullying
November 10 - Washington Post,
How to detect inflated grades at your school
November 5 -
Should You Have Your Young Child Tested for the Gifted Program?
October 31 - Coca-Cola Journey,
The Challenges of Parenting Genius Kids
October 30 -
Education Week News,
Language Barriers: The New Segregation?
October 28 -
The End of IQ (and the Dawn of Working Memory)
(Ross Alloway & Tracy Alloway)
October 28 -
Parenting and Teaching the Gifted Child
October 21 -
Who is the Gifted Child?
October 14 -
Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms
October 13 - CBS News,
Parenting a gifted child: Lessons from the Andrakas
October 13 - CBS News,
Boy Wonder: Jack Andraka
October 11 -
With learning labels, come
October 9 -
Coleman Hughes wins big with his soulful trombone [video]
October 4 - NPR,
Parents Of Child Prodigies Face Difficult Choices
October 3 -
Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies
October 1 - Education Week
Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students
Discuss these stories and
more on the
Gifted Issues Discussion Forum.
What kind of impact can your Fellows project, “Home-based Arsenic Bio-sane Water Filter and Rapid Arsenic Water Test using Nanotechnology” have on society?
A 2013 Davidson Fellow Making a Difference
My home-based arsenic water filter, alongside my home-based rapid arsenic testing solution has been developed to meet the urgent need of an affordable, easy to use solution by the underprivileged people across the world who need it the most. The arsenic filter is nearly 10 times cheaper, while being lighter, requiring less maintenance, and being easier to use and the home-based arsenic test is over 1,000 times cheaper, 40 times faster, nontoxic, much more environmentally friendly, and is able to be used by anyone, because it can be made even from the kitchen of a rural village home in Bangladesh. The home-based arsenic test, alongside the home-based arsenic filter is over 13 times cheaper than any other existing detection plus filter technology bundles. Thus, with the complete, home-based arsenic remediation package, there is a high potential to save and protect literally millions of lives across the world, by eradicating the decades-long problem of arsenic poisoning.
What are some of your short-term and long-term plans?
In the short term, I would like to continue to work towards implementing my affordable arsenic filtration and testing technologies, after rigorous field testing in Bangladesh, and also lab testing in a professional laboratory setup. As of now, since my filters aren’t completely ready for distribution, I am deploying currently available standard filters to arsenic-affected people through my nonprofit organization iKormi.
Ultimately, arsenic water poisoning leads to serious health problems, such as cancer. Millions of people in Bangladesh are affected with such health problems, but there isn’t much help available to address such health issues. Thus I hope that down the road, I will pursue a career in the medical research field to help alleviate such severe health problems.
Please describe your academic setting and some positive experiences with mentors.
My school is very new with regards to supporting science research. My school didn’t have suitable research facilities;
after trying to contact various professors of universities close by, I wasn’t successful. However, I didn’t let that initial setback hold me back, as I then took it upon myself to perform extensive literature review and read as much scientific research papers on the topic as I could. Many of the articles required paid subscriptions, but I got around this by requesting these articles from various professors and university students. As my project started to materialize from the knowledge I gained from the research, I sought out the advice of a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Dallas, who became my mentor.
My positive experiences working with this home-based research helped me realize that a lot of things can be done at home. Necessary laboratory equipment can be purchased affordably from the
Internet. This eventually opens up a lot of flexibility researching from home. In addition, my experience has shown me that a high-end professor in the field isn’t required for mentorship. Mentors who can give enough time to the student even if they are not as well-known, are better than high-end mentors who don’t.
Click here to read more about Thabit's project.
"Despite pockets of strength, our nation by and large continues to neglect the needs of our high-achieving and
high-potential students to the detriment of our future prosperity. Until we ensure
these students receive an education that maximizes their talent and that supports them in achieving at the
highest levels, we will continue to fall farther and farther
behind our global competitors."
~ Tracy L. Cross, NAGC President, and executive director
of the Center for
Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
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