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World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000 and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 22, 2018 – use this lesson plan to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at https://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest/.

View and download the contest flyer here.

People and the Planet Middle School Curriculum

Population Education’s new middle school curriculum is a 100% web-based resource and now available for purchase online. Hands-on activities help students explore contemporary issues like climate change, water scarcity, global wealth inequality, and more. Free sample lesson plans are available to download, and the curriculum can be purchased by thematic unit or as a whole from the PopEd website.

Gifted Teacher Opening: Bloomfield School District

This job is open at Bloomfield School District’s Naaba Ani Elementary School:

Position: Gifted Education Teacher

Location: Naaba Ani Elementary (Grades 4-6)

Contact: Sharon Jensen sjensen@bsin.k12.nm.us

Download the Job Announcement (.pdf) here: Gifted Education Teacher

Please share this announcement on your favorite social media to help get the word out. Thanks!

Parenting Support Group in Santa Fe

Poster for Parenting Gifted Children

If you live near Santa Fe, come join local experts and fellow parents for a guided discussion series on parenting gifted children. Starting October 16 for 8 weeks on Mondays, the new meeting time will be 6-7:30 PM. Meeting place will be at Santa Fe Community College in the MASTERS Program office, Rm. 325.

 

To register email or call Nancy Lee Marquis, moorquis@gmail.com, 505-850-2982.

 

 

Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Click to download Fall 2017 NMAG Newsletter

Many thanks to Jessica Carlisle, our outgoing Newsletter Chair, for submitting the last newsletter of her tenure. In this capacity she has long served NMAG, the foremost statewide gifted organization. Jessica has had an impact on gifted education throughout the state and continues to do amazing things in gifted secondary education in Farmington. If you are thinking about getting involved in NMAG and have a journalistic proclivity, consider joining our board as Newsletter Chair starting October 21stContact us for more information.

Get Ready for NMAG’s 13th Annual Fall Gifted Institute

The conference is just around the corner and NMAG is ready for New Mexico’s teachers, administrators and parents. Are you interested in learning about and advocating for gifted education?

Big Top Conference Poster 2017

Click to download the poster for printing and sharing.

Under the Big Top

Come see the greatest show on gifted!

October 20-21, 2017

New Mexico Highlands Rio Rancho Center

1700 Grande Blvd SE #100, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Keynote Speaker: Jaime Castellano

Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Jaime A. Castellano, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the identification, assessment, recruitment, and retention of low-income, culturally and linguistically different gifted students. Dr. Castellano has particular expertise and success in working with school districts across the nation to increase the number of Hispanic/Latino students, Native American students, as well as English language learners in gifted education programs.

Castellano is an award-winning principal and author, as well as a noted researcher and scholar in gifted education. He has written and edited four books on understanding our most able students from diverse backgrounds, written and/or edited multiple chapters, articles, and monographs in the field. His 2011 publication: Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds was awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in the field of Gifted Education. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Academics (JAA), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG), Gifted Child Today (GCT), and Roeper Review.

Castellano has served as the key note speaker for seven state associations and continues to consult with school districts across the country on the inclusion of low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically different students in gifted education programming. He currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL and is a principal trainer and specialist for Maverik Education, an independent professional development corporation.

Official Host Hotel

Our official host hotel is the Inn at Rio Rancho, located at 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.   Phone: 505-892-1700. Reserve with the promo code “New Mexico Association of the Gifted” to receive the discounted room rate of $59.  Please do not make reservations online.  Call the hotel directly and use the promo code “New Mexico Association of the Gifted”  to receive the discounted room rate.

Summer 2017 NMAG Newsletter

Fresh and Hot!

image of summer 2017 newsletterNMAG Newsletter Chairperson, Jessica Carlisle, has put together another fantastic newsletter covering upcoming opportunities as well as highlights of the summer and spring. Please download it, forward or print for your friends and colleagues, and enjoy. Share this post on your favorite social media to help us get the word out about supporting gifted learners in New Mexico.

 

Gifted Educator Jobs in Santa Fe

Several site-based gifted education jobs are currently listed at Santa Fe Public Schools.  Contact Geoffrey Moon for more information.

SFPS has embarked on a multi-year plan to transform our special education services to all special education students including gifted. Initiatives include intensive teacher training and support, 1-1 assistive technology, and state of the art digital and curriculum resources.

2017-2018 SY – Special Education-Gifted Teacher, Job ID 2219
017-2018 SY – Special Education-Gifted Teacher at El Dorado, Job ID 2310

To apply you will need this link to the  SFPS jobs list, where you will submit an Applitrack application online.

Here’s a hint: If you are actively searching for jobs and have another district’s application started with Applitrack, you can transfer most of the info you’ve inputed over to other districts, like Santa Fe, who also use this service.

Do you have an job opening to share? Let me know and I’ll post it.

In Art Class Gifted Students Flex Their Critical Thinking Skills

Although nearly all educators value as an outcome for students skillful critical thinking, defined as well-reasoned reflection informing decisions (Ennis, 1987), many still choose to limit student decision-making and to avoid opportunities for practicing critical thinking. Art classes can be a locus of critical thinking when art teachers encourage a cycle of reasoning, reflection, and evaluation, leading to artistic decision-making. Popular educational resources set high standards for the thinking students do in art class. Research has shown that a rigorous art program can improve critical thinking skills.

Gifted students’ needs include the challenge of practicing critical thinking skills in every class every year. Advancing at an appropriate pace in knowledge and skill is not enough to develop talent. Cognitive abilities also must be developed in various contexts in order to maximize potential as future experts, scholars, and artists.

What would it take for art class to meet gifted students’ needs to develop their critical thinking skills, and what other benefits might art class have for the intellectually gifted? Continue reading

Training and Maintaining Alternate Protocol for Gifted ID 2017

Announcing the upcoming alternate protocol training for identifying gifted students in New Mexico. Access the tools you need to identify high academic potential among diverse gifted learners in your schools.

GENIE = Gifted Education Needs Identification Engine

GENIE averages clusters of scores and calculates reliability statistics in order to help gifted education professionals more easily identify a variety of kinds of giftedness across multiple developmental stages. Drafts reports, letters, and goals to make the identification process easier.

FTAP Express = Frasier Talent Assessment Profile with Enhancements for New Mexico

Helps to reduce bias in tests used for gifted identification, and graphically display profiles of strength and weakness. Includes updated norms.

Upcoming Training

What: New Evaluators can obtain initial certification for 1 year. Sept 18 – 20.  Evaluators and Trainers can renew current certifications for another 3 years. Sept. 20, 2017

Where: Nusenda CreditUnionTrainingCenter, 4100 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

When: 8:30-4:00 PM each day Cost: Registration is $400 per person + NM Gross Receipts Tax for the New Evaluator training, $150 + NMGRT for the Update training (New LOWER price!).

Register: By emailing Kathy with participant info, contact & PO, or fill out this online form.

Download our flyer for your office:

FTAP GENIE + FTAP Express Update Training Flyer

Gifted the Movie Reveals Children’s and Parents’ Struggle

In a recent Larry Jacobs interview, M. René Islas, Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children, praises the new movie, Gifted for revealing the struggle that goes into realizing one’s potential. Islas says it shows how children with extraordinary intellectual ability and their parents “are working so hard to develop their talents.”

The interview includes award-winning director, Marc Webb, who says he took on the script partly because of his own “natural (romantic even) connection to mathematics and the subject matter” through a lineage of mathematics educators in his family. Webb also praises the child actor, Mckenna Grace, (Mary) for delivery of a balance in acting for “both humor and emotional depth.” The relationship between Mary and her guardian and uncle Frank, played by Chris Evans, is at the core of the audience’s involvement in the story, says Webb.

NMAG Promotes Gifted the Movie in Albuquerque

NMAG is promoting the film, which opens this week (April 11-16) at Regal Winrock Stadium 16 on Louisiana Blvd NE. Visit the NMAG booth at the theater for advocacy information and sign up for our mailing list. Each new sign-up to our contacts list and each new selfie posted to our Facebook page will earn an entry for a movie gift card prize drawing.

Showtimes for Friday and Saturday at Regal Winrock Stadium 16: 11:15 AM; 2:00 PM; 4:45 PM; 7:30 PM; 10:15 PM

 

 

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