North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented

North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational and social-emotional needs of academically and/or intellectually gifted students.
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Those who join NCAGT are committed to helping our organization fulfill established goals. These individuals also seek the opportunity to network and collaborate with others with similar passions and concerns regarding gifted students. Through its members, the NCAGT is able to 1) Increase public knowledge about the nature and needs of the academically/intellectually gifted, 2) Assess public policy and work to establish and maintain those policies that benefit the education of the gifted, 3) Increase collaborative efforts between stakeholders in gifted education, 4) Examine “best practices” revealed in current research and increase the relevancy and utilization of these practices to guide implementation of gifted programs, 5) Support personnel preparation and professional growth among those working with gifted students, and 6) Encourage action research and other initiatives that benefit gifted students.

Those who join NCAGT are committed to helping our organization fulfill established goals. These individuals also seek the opportunity to network and collaborate with others with similar passions and concerns regarding gifted students. Through its members, the NCAGT is able to 1) Increase public knowledge about the nature and needs of the academically/intellectually gifted, 2) Assess public policy and work to establish and maintain those policies that benefit the education of the gifted, 3) Increase collaborative efforts between stakeholders in gifted education, 4) Examine “best practices” revealed in current research and increase the relevancy and utilization of these practices to guide implementation of gifted programs, 5) Support personnel preparation and professional growth among those working with gifted students, and 6) Encourage action research and other initiatives that benefit gifted students.

Mission: To support the educational and social-emotional needs of academically and/or intellectually gifted students.

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05/15/2018

The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented salutes the teachers of North Carolina who ensure that all students, regardless of ability, learn something new everyday. We applaud your efforts to obtain professional compensation, quality materials, and well-equipped facilities in your crucial work preparing the next generation for work and life.

Tomorrow (January 3rd) is the deadline, but there is still time to nominate a deserving student!!NCAGT will be recognizi...
01/02/2018
Awards & Scholarships | NCAGT

Tomorrow (January 3rd) is the deadline, but there is still time to nominate a deserving student!!

NCAGT will be recognizing students for the following annual awards during the NCAGT Institute on March 8, 2018:
• 2018 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award
This award program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts in children grades 3 through 6.
• 2018 Susan Keel Lamar Scholarship
The Susan Keel Lamar Scholarship recognizes distinguished student achievement and leadership in the area of visual or performing arts in grades K-12.
• 2018 Leadership through Service Award
This award was established by NCAGT to recognize distinguished leadership through service by an AIG student enrolled in grades 7-12.

Teachers may also apply for numerous Mini-Grant opportunities. For more information about the student awards and teacher mini-grants, visit the NCAGT Awards and Scholarships webpage!

Each year, the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of gifted education. Annual Awards and Scholarships are presented at the NCAGT Annual Conference.

During this year's Spring Institute, NCAGT invites our inspiring educators, leaders, and supports to showcase highlights...
10/30/2017

During this year's Spring Institute, NCAGT invites our inspiring educators, leaders, and supports to showcase highlights through a poster presentation. These posters will allow conference attendees to share best practices and/or research, collaborate, and extend networking opportunities.
Poster content must align with one of the following focus areas:
Reaching All Gifted Learners Through Advocacy
Reaching All Gifted Learners Through Identification
Reaching All Gifted Learners Through Differentiation
Reaching All Gifted Learners Through Specialized Programming/Programs
Reaching All Gifted Learners Through Partnerships
To learn more, please visit: https://docs.google.com/…/1UumcCAoUQ3hMiHr0yCJ0CzMhpNG…/edit

Family Day at NAGC 2017!Saturday, November 11 from 9 am - 3 pmFREE REGISTRATION
10/16/2017

Family Day at NAGC 2017!
Saturday, November 11 from 9 am - 3 pm
FREE REGISTRATION

"The important message for your child is this: thinking is okay.  Lots of thinking is okay.  Lots of thinking about one ...
09/09/2017
How to help your overthinking gifted child | The Grayson School

"The important message for your child is this: thinking is okay. Lots of thinking is okay. Lots of thinking about one thing for a good long time is okay. (There may be considerable relief at these statements.) But sometimes, the thinking has to stop for a bit so some doing can get done — after which…the thinking can go on and on and on."

The important message for your child is this: lots of thinking is OK. But sometimes, the thinking has to stop for a bit so some doing can get done.

"Too often, popular culture gets it wrong about the truth — in this case the nature or nurture of genius. But now, thank...
06/18/2017
Gifted children must be nurtured | Toronto Star

"Too often, popular culture gets it wrong about the truth — in this case the nature or nurture of genius. But now, thanks to Richard Hoshino, a gifted interpreter of genius, the truth be told: geniuses are not born, they are made. Education matters greatly." M. René Islas, executive director, National Association for Gifted Children, Washington, D.C.

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05/18/2017
North Carolina Governor's School Foundation

Your voice makes a positive difference!

Way to go Governor's School supporters! Our emails and phone calls have had a TREMENDOUS impact on the Legislature! We have heard from everyone that this issue is now firmly on the radar and receiving strong consideration. GREAT JOB!

On to the next phase of our campaign - spreading the word in our local communities! While our friends and advocates in and around the Legislature reach a decision about Governor's School funding, we need to keep the issue front and center in hometown papers, which are always closely read by legislators.

Today, instead of calling/emailing the Legislature, join us in writing a letter to the editor of your local paper (or reframe the letter you sent the Legislature and use that). Just like you did so effectively with the Legislature, please share with your local paper how much you value your GS experience, how GS helped you achieve success, and why GS needs to continue receiving funding.

Press coverage can be just as important as calls and emails. In a very short time, we've done an AMAZING job of elevating Governor's School into the debate in the Legislature. Now, let's focus that energy on the local media and see if we can get at least one letter to the editor in every paper in North Carolina!

Thank you for your tremendous passion for Governor's School. It's making an ENORMOUS difference!

"McGonigal views the dual nature of the body’s stress response as an opportunity. She suggests three interventions to he...
04/21/2017
How Harnessing the Positive Side of Stress Can Change Student Mindsets

"McGonigal views the dual nature of the body’s stress response as an opportunity. She suggests three interventions to help students (or anyone) change their approach to stress and create resiliency in the face of anxiety."

Some types of stress can be used in a more positive way in order to improve learning, develop purpose and form stronger emotional connections with others.

Let the fun begin! Last Board Meeting of the year and the beginning of the 43rd Annual NCAGT Conference!
03/02/2017

Let the fun begin! Last Board Meeting of the year and the beginning of the 43rd Annual NCAGT Conference!

Ready to plan your sessions for the 43rd NCAGT Annual Conference?  Check here for the complete listing. http://www.ncagt...
02/28/2017

Ready to plan your sessions for the 43rd NCAGT Annual Conference? Check here for the complete listing.http://www.ncagt.org/sites/default/files/images/2017%20Conference%20Program%20-Breakout%20Sessions.pdf

Two Special Raffles - At this year’s NCAGT conference, participants will have the opportunity to win a conference regist...
02/16/2017

Two Special Raffles - At this year’s NCAGT conference, participants will have the opportunity to win a conference registration to the 2017 NAGC National Convention in Charlotte and/or win a two-night stay (November 10th & 11th) at a convention hotel. Tickets will be on sale at several locations throughout the conference site and the NCAGT office. Prices are 1 ticket for $5.00, 3 tickets for $10.00, and 10 tickets for $20.00. Raffle drawing will occur during the Friday, March 3rd, luncheon. You must be present to win.

10/08/2016

As we gather for our regularly scheduled Board Meeting, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our AIG families and friends impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

"The traditional advice on learning has been to “study hard,” in a quiet place and with the same routine, yet that doesn...
09/21/2016
How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

"The traditional advice on learning has been to “study hard,” in a quiet place and with the same routine, yet that doesn’t say much about what to specifically do. But pupils today can change the way they study to exploit the brain’s quirky learning processes, using the strategies revealed by memory and learning research."

A practical and engaging guide to smart studying tips.

Proposals to present at the 43rd Annual NCAGT Conference in Winston-Salem, NC (March 2 - 3, 2017) are now being accepted...
08/28/2016

Proposals to present at the 43rd Annual NCAGT Conference in Winston-Salem, NC (March 2 - 3, 2017) are now being accepted. We invite you to share your expertise with educators, parents, and other professionals. Please visit http://www.ncagt.org/conference/proposal-submission for more information. Submission deadline is December 1, 2016.

"When you experience rejection, it’s natural to take certain measures in order to preserve your self- esteem, like tryin...
08/28/2016
How Does Being an Outsider Give You a Creative Advantage?

"When you experience rejection, it’s natural to take certain measures in order to preserve your self- esteem, like trying to fit in with a social group and gain their approval. However, research has shown that people who view themselves as independent may be somewhat immune to the negative effects of rejection, and may even use social rejection as creative fuel."

The qualities that makes a creative person unique can also make social acceptance by peers a challenge.

"Life seems to be that way as well! Successful education prepares students for productive lives."
08/24/2016
How do we define success for our students?

"Life seems to be that way as well! Successful education prepares students for productive lives."

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. — Bill Gates How do you define success? Is it the accomplishment of one’s goals? Is it the attainment of wealth, position, honors? Is it happiness? Is it all of these, selected from a number of definitions on Wikipedi...

“My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research pa...
08/22/2016
Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick

“My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research paper on the effects of praise on motivation and performance. “What we’ve shown is that when you praise someone, say, ‘You’re smart at this,’ the next time they struggle, they think they’re not. It’s really about praising the process they engage in, not how smart they are or how good they are at it, but taking on difficulty, trying many different strategies, sticking to it and achieving over time.”

But what some might not know is that this paradox is strongest for girls.

Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can't change.

"Gifted teens, in particular, may struggle to fit in and find their niche; they may withdraw after years of feeling diff...
08/03/2016
Gifted Challenges: Is your gifted teen socially isolated?

"Gifted teens, in particular, may struggle to fit in and find their niche; they may withdraw after years of feeling different from peers, unable to find friends who truly understand them."

Understanding social isolation among gifted adolescents

"Our study adds to the evidence that gifted children do face disadvantages or challenges, specifically when it comes to ...
07/27/2016
Are gifted kids more sensitive to screen violence?

"Our study adds to the evidence that gifted children do face disadvantages or challenges, specifically when it comes to exposure to screen violence. Violence in the media impact children generally, but our study shows this negative impact is amplified for students with higher intelligence."

Witnessing violence harms all children, even if it only on screen. However, for gifted children the impact could be more severe.

MindShift
07/21/2016
MindShift

MindShift

Growing up is a series of peaks and valleys with lots of figuring it out along the way. Parents are important guides on the journey, but that doesn't mean they should do all the struggling for their kids.

ALERT:  The North Carolina General Assembly is considering House Bill 657 which reverts the high school math sequence to...
06/07/2016
House Bill 657 to Change Back to Traditional Pathway

ALERT: The North Carolina General Assembly is considering House Bill 657 which reverts the high school math sequence to the traditional one based on the 2003 Standard Course of Study. This appears to offer significantly less rigor and challenge for our academically gifted students. Please read the information at the following link: http://bit.ly/1r8UDjg
As well, you are strongly encouraged to contact your legislators concerning your feelings about this bill. You can easily search on the NCGA website to find your representatives and get their contact information: http://www.ncleg.net/Representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

I wanted you to be aware of a bill that has been introduced by Senator Tillman that calls for a return to the traditional sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II based on the 2003 Standard Course of Study beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Below is a the summary from HB 657: Lin...

And the new year begins!  Dual planning for an incredible year in North Carolina and an upcoming National Conference in ...
06/04/2016

And the new year begins! Dual planning for an incredible year in North Carolina and an upcoming National Conference in Charlotte for November 2017!

05/20/2016

Wonderful Executive Board Meeting today! Great plans being made for the coming year!

‘Tantalizingly Tricky And Hard’"So Brilliant is designed for talented 11- to 18-year-olds who would probably be “Googlin...
05/20/2016
Game On: An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally

‘Tantalizingly Tricky And Hard’

"So Brilliant is designed for talented 11- to 18-year-olds who would probably be “Googling for hard math problems,” Khim said. Brilliant administers a diagnostic exam to new users, and then begins delivering “tantalizingly tricky and hard” questions written by math and physics teachers, she said."

Brilliant.org is an online hub for the world's most promising young minds to come together, connect, and see how they measure up against one another. Khim says she's already hearing that students are listing Brilliant on their college applications.

"Great teachers understand that the best, most durable learning happens when content sparks interest, when it is relevan...
05/19/2016
To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions

"Great teachers understand that the best, most durable learning happens when content sparks interest, when it is relevant to a child’s life, and when the students form an emotional bond with either the subject at hand or the teacher in front of them. "

“It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about,” says the neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.

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