Collaboration on TAM Update

It is a great turn out this morning for the arduous but necessary work of collaboration in order to update the TAM for gifted education in New Mexico. Thank you to all physically present at NMHU Rio Rancho Center (pictured below), traveling from as far as Clovis and Farmington, and to those virtually present, signing on from Bloomfield, Gadsden, and Las Cruces.

Statewide Collaboration

The meeting began at 9 AM and all weighed in on the excellent draft revision of the Identification Chapter presented by Geoffrey Moon, of Santa Fe Public Schools. We then discussed the IEP Chapter work presented by Kelly Thomas Coyle and Valerie Hobbs of Grants.

Photo by Steve Heil of Collaborators on Gifted TAM Update 2018

Gifted TAM Update Collaboration Session, March 3, 2018 in Rio Rancho, NM


They’ll be fine? President J’s first Facebook Live Video on Gifted Ed Myth #1

Conversation on The 1A, “Rated PG: Profoundly Gifted”

Photo of NAGC President-Elect, Jonathan Plucker

NAGC President-elect, Jonathan Plucker

As a guest on this radio conversation podcast by Joshua Johnson of WAMU in Washington, DC distributed by NPR, NAGC’s President-Elect, Jonathan Plucker,  represents a distinct new voice in the field.

Have a listen and tell me if you hear it as counterpoint, harmony, or even as dissonance in this conversation about giftedness in America.

From Jonathan Plucker’s bio on the NAGC website:

His work defining and studying the excellence gap is part of a larger effort to re-orient the thinking of policymakers and educators toward how to best promote success and high achievement for all children.

Screen shot from NPR's A1 Rated PG Profoundly Gifted Podcast

Click the image to listen to this broadcast online.

Activism and the Excellence Gap

On this MLK Day we are reminded that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s work of civil rights activism is not finished. Racism still pervades American culture. We find it not only in our history but in ourselves, our leaders, and our institutions, including in those systems for identifying and serving the needs of high ability students in New Mexico public schools.

We know many high-ability students are being left behind by their school districts.  The latest Office for Civil Rights 2013-2014 data collection reveals wide disparities in the percentages of high schools attended by mostly Black and Latino students that offer courses such as calculus, physics, chemistry, and Algebra II, compared to all high schools.  The data also show low percentages of enrollment in gifted education and AP courses by Black, Latino, and children with disabilities, compared to those groups’ total enrollment in schools offering these programs and services. -NAGC, Closing Opportunity Gaps, July, 2016.

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MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge 2018

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge ( is the new name of the prestigious Internet-based competition known for providing a pinnacle high school experience for juniors and seniors and inspiring them to pursue STEM majors and careers. Now sponsored by leading software developer MathWorks, the contest is free and open to all U.S. students, and will award top teams this year with $100,000 in scholarships toward the pursuit of higher education. M3 Challenge has given more than one million dollars in scholarships to date and has been endorsed by the NASSP since 2010.

Challenge weekend is set for March 2-5, 2018. Registration is open now through Friday, February 23, at 4 p.m. EST sharp!

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