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
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.
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.
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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
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.
- 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.
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, 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:
- Foundations of Gifted Education
- Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education
- Instructional Planning & Curriculum for Gifted Education
- 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.
- Learning Environments & Social Interaction for the Gifted
- Families of Children with Exceptionalities of the Gifted
- Achievement Testing with Children with Disabilities and Gifted
- 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.
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!
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 PM
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.
Download the printable Fall 2016 Newsletter file here, print up a hard copy and peruse at your leisure in the teacher’s lounge or anywhere. Interested in writing for the website and print newsletter? Contact Steve Heil, Publicity Chair.