Category: Professional Growth

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.

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

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.

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.

Shaping Tomorrow with Legos™

Many gifted enrichment programs have at the heart of them complex, problem-based activities. These WeDo’s and Mindstorms afford opportunities to develop engineering process skills. Do you have a future engineer in your class? Check it out.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Creative Problem Solvers Symposium

Hosted by LEGO® Education

Join us for an engaging, hands-on workshop focused on bringing STEM and other 21st-century skills to life in elementary and middle school classrooms. Discover how the LEGO Education building experience can help students develop their analytical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, while preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.

Date: November 8, 2016

Location: Sandia Vista Elementary School, 6800 Franklin Rd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Who: Open to elementary and middle school educators (including principals, teachers, administrators, and more).

What: three hands-on workshops that will cover creative ways to engage students in robotics, science, technology, engineering, and math.

Do you have a workshop or professional development opportunity you would like us to post at nmgifted.org? Drop me a line.

NMHU Offers Gifted Endorsement Courses

Only 3% of colleges and universities across the country offer courses in gifted education and the need for courses are high. (VanTassel-Baska & Stambaugh, 2006)  According to the National Association for Gifted Children  (NAGC), 61% of classroom teachers in the U.S. have no training in gifted and talented, yet gifted and talented students spend over 80% of their time in their regular classroom. Further, with so few opportunities for graduate courses in gifted education, we cannot expect teachers to effectively address the needs of gifted learners. (Ford, Grantham, & Whiting, 2008)

Gifted Programs at NMHU Student Centre

NMHU Student Centre

According to the report, National Excellence: A Case for Developing America’s Talent  (October, 1993), “Teachers must receive better training in how to teach highlevel curricula. They need support for providing instruction that challenges all students sufficiently. This will benefit not only students with outstanding talent but children at every academic level.”  For these reasons State of New Mexico educators who instruct gifted individuals must have an endorsement in Gifted Education.

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