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News of New Mexico Gifted Education

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.

New Mexico FTAP GENIE and Express Training 2017

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 28 – 30. FTAP Evaluators and Trainers can renew current certifications for another 3 years. Feb 15-17, 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 or fill out this online form.

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.

Fall 2016 Newsletter

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.

Press Release from Santa Fe: Equitable ID and Services

We’ve decided to repost this press release from SFPS as a clear articulation of a vision that aligns well with our association’s vision for education in New Mexico. This is also a pivotal theme of our October 14 & 15, 2016 Institute for Gifted Education.

Santa Fe Schools Improve Equity in Gifted Education

June 14, 2016, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Public Schools, building on its commitments to diversity and world-class schools, has embarked on a multi-year mission to increase the identification and improve services to gifted students through its new program of Services for Advanced and Gifted Education. By identifying and removing barriers to participation, SFPS SAGE has started on a path to establish strong gifted programs across all schools, including students from every background.

Giftedness, according to the National Association for Gifted Children, is defined as high performance or potential in about the top 10% of a field or domain.   The State of New Mexico provides supplemental funding to support services for a portion of the intellectually gifted, around 3-7% of the total school population.  To maintain motivation, growth in skill and knowledge, and interested in school, these students generally require more advanced curriculum than their grade level provides.  In addition, some subgroups of gifted students, such as those with extremely high levels of ability, specific learning challenges, or those who will be in their family’s first generation to attend college, may need special services to help develop potentials into results.

In past years, gifted students have been found in Santa Fe schools using a series of IQ, achievement, and thinking skill tests that were administered when a parent or teacher felt very strongly that a student may be gifted. While the tests measure a broad range of abilities associated with good educational and life outcomes, and are highly reliable, this system failed to identify many of our gifted students.

Why? IQ scores and the likelihood of a student being nominated for testing are both influenced by students’ previous opportunities. Students who are culturally different, linguistically diverse, or economically disadvantaged are underrepresented in gifted programs across the United States, since they are less likely to get referred for testing in the first place and, if tested, are on average less prepared to score well on the tests.

To reduce this inequity, Santa Fe School’s SAGE program has trained teachers to better recognize characteristics of giftedness, and in addition to teacher and parent nominations, mined achievement test scores to find and automatically refer high-performing students.  Improving equity in testing, SAGE is using tests that can be delivered in Spanish as well as English, and compares each student to others with similar previous opportunities.  More than 800 students, or about 1/20 Santa Fe public school students, were tested this past school year. Continue reading

Vendor Tables for 2016 Fall Institute

You’re invited to sell your wares at a table during the 2016 Fall Institute at NMHU Rio Rancho Center, October 14 & 15, 2016.

Click the button below to pay now the $20 fee for table space for either or both days of the Fall Institute.


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