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News of New Mexico Gifted Education

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

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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.

 

Funding Gifted in Tight Times

As the legislature convenes in special session and school districts across New Mexico build budgets for funding the 2017-2018 school year, the New Mexico Association for Gifted would like to highlight the need for a range of quality gifted education programming in our state.

A wide range of needs

New Mexico’s student population contains a wide range of gifted students – children of immigrants, research scientists (and immigrant research scientists!), artists, farmers; speakers of Spanish and English, Navajo and Tagalog; students whose lives outside of school are incredibly enriched in ways that support school learning, as well as those who care for siblings instead of doing homework, so that their parents can work multiple jobs.

At current funding levels, schools across New Mexico struggle to identify giftedness with equity and serving the wide range of needs. Yet, thanks to the promises made in Individual Education Plans, our gifted students may receive a range of services to meet their needs, including small group services that help students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college, whole-day programming for the highly gifted, acceleration in talent areas, and special thinking skills instruction. 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

 

 

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Introducing the Spring 2017 Newsletter from the New Mexico Association for the Gifted.

Our Farmington-based NMAG Newsletter Chair, Jessica Carlisle, has compiled the newsletter for our members across the state.

Contents include:

  • 2017 Legislative Update: Bills Sponsored by Rep. Christine Trujillo
  • Membership Info and Demographics
  • Opportunities for Gifted Kids
  • NMAG Board Member Profiles
  • Save the Date NMAG Fall Institute, October 20-21, 2017

Click here to download your electronic copy as a PDF.

Action Needed!

Dear supporter of gifted education in New Mexico:

Please read this message and forward it to anyone and everyone–friends, family, co-workers etc. Ask them to send it to others.

Contact your representative to support HM 15 ALLOW SCHOOL ACADEMIC ACCELERATION and HB 354 EXPAND “SCHOOL-AGE PERSON” DEFINITION.

NMAG has worked with Representative Christine Trujillo to sponsor these for the benefit of high ability students in public schools. You may click on this link for the Find My Legislator tool online.

Thank you for your help in ensuring both the memorial and bill get to the governor’s desk.

Cut and paste the paragraph below and add your signature and contact information.

_________________________________________________

Dear [Representative],

Please support HM 15 and HB 354 to ensure that the needs of gifted and high ability students have their needs met in New Mexico’s public schools.

HM 15 ALLOW SCHOOL ACADEMIC ACCELERATION

HB 354 EXPAND “SCHOOL-AGE PERSON” DEFINITION

This legislation will provide acceleration options and consideration for gifted students to receive social work/transportation/ancillary services, and it includes a twice-exceptional definition for our gifted students who meet the criteria for a disability under federal law. I thank you for your support in providing best practices in education throughout New Mexico.

Sincerely,

[Constituent Name]

[Constituent Address]

______________________________________________

Pridefully yours,

Dr. PJ Sedillo

President, NMAG

Spotlight on Gifted Master’s Degree Student

Jessica Koppel, the current Treasurer for NMAG, is obtaining her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted & Talented Education at New Mexico Highlands University. She will also receive NM state teaching licensure.  She attends the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction at the NMHU Rio Rancho Center. She will be able to utilize evidence-based instruction, and effective educational theory and practice in various content areas.

Jessica Koppel, Master of Arts in Curriculum student at NMHU

Jessica Koppel, Treasurer of NMAG, MA Candidate NMHU

Koppel has already completed and received her BA in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education, completing the 12 hours needed for the endorsement required by the State of New Mexico. These four courses consist of:

  1. Foundations of Gifted Education
  2. Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education
  3. Instructional Planning & Curriculum for Gifted Education
  4. Twice Exceptional  & Special Populations in Gifted Education

Koppel will be completing 12 more hours or gifted coursework for her master’s. These are the program courses.

  1. Learning Environments & Social Interaction for the Gifted
  2. Families of Children with Exceptionalities of the Gifted
  3. Achievement Testing with Children with Disabilities and Gifted
  4. Ethical Practices for Students with Exceptionalities & Giftedness

It should be noted that Koppel would be the first educator in the State of New Mexico to complete 24 hours in Gifted Education. State law does require students who do not have a teaching license to take the entire 24 hours or coursework for the endorsement to teach gifted students. Dr. PJ Sedillo advises Koppel and currently teaches all of the gifted courses at New Mexico Highlands University.

NMAG Team Presents at LESC

Today our Presidents Elect, Current, Past, and Ex-Past all gathered at the NM Roundhouse to present to the Legislative Education Study Committee our proposed legislation for the upcoming 2017 session. What a team!

Announcing AAGTS Conference 2017

NMAG is pleased to announce the upcoming 2017 AAGTS Conference:

Albuquerque Association for Gifted & Talented Students 38th Annual Conference

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 8:30 AM – 4:00 PMAAGTS Logo

Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Beyond the Basics Presented by Dr. Diane Heacox

Early Bird Registration before Dec 20 saves $20-$30. Reduced rates for members, students, teachers and guests.

Register at www.aagts.org or at AAGTS 2017 conference.

Download the flyer as a pdf.

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