NAGT News

Issue #1 October 2020

From the Board

Hello NAGT Community,



As I type this, I remain amazed at the progress we have made as an organization. What started as a group of eight or nine parents discussing the possibilities has grown into over 100 members during the last two years. In our first year we conducted an in-depth book study, held an Educator/Gifted Learner Discussion Panel, hosted Lisa Van Gemert for a virtual discussion on her book Perfectionsim, all while developing a foundation for NAGT from nothing more than ideas and passion...and towards the end some effective social distancing.


This year we have already reached the milestone of 100 members, our members have sponsored multiple educator memberships, our book study kicks off today, our website has grown and continues to grow, we are finalizing the details to provide a valuable resource to all Elementary G/T Specialists, we have a Specialist Panel in the works to allow a question and answer session for parents, and I have recently been named to the Parent Advisory Council for the Gifted Education Family Network. Our greatest accomplishment this year in my opinion, is that we have an Executive Board that is passionate, dedicated, and running full speed towards our goals.


What are our goals for 2020-21?


I believe that a successful group relies on two very important things; Passion and Purpose. The passion was evident immediately, so we have focused on developing our Purpose as an association.


When we first met with the idea of forming a parent support group, we recognized a few challenges our district in particular faced. Among those was the overall size and territory NISD covers. We recognized the difficulty in connecting parents from schools that may be an hour away from each other. So we started with a Facebook group, then built an email list, then a website, and now a newsletter. We want to continue to build that connectivity. One of our goals this year is to have a volunteer member from each campus become a Liaison for their campus. Some of you have stepped up and volunteered and we hope to have every campus covered before the end of December.


Another goal we have in place is to provide scholarships for our learners, educators, and even parents. These scholarships would include AP test fees, SAT/ACT test fees, general scholarships for graduating seniors, summer enrichment scholarships for summer camps, Continuing Education scholarships for Educators to attend GT specialized training, and scholarships for our parents to attend various GT events to gain additional understanding and resources.


A few other goals we have set for ourselves:

- GT event for recently identified GT learners and their parents

- GT day camp / virtual camp

- Host a Guest Speaker for Educators and Members

- Meet with all GT Specialists

- Meet with members of the School Board

- Meet with Superintendent

- Meet with Senator Jane Nelson

- Host a member meet-up

- Organize a service event


This is where you come in! We can meet these goals and more if we are all bought in to do our part. If you are interested in assisting in any of these areas, please email us at connect.nagt@gmail.com.


I am so proud to be serving as the president for this amazing group and thank you all for all you do for our learners.


Cris Womack

Featured Event

Virtual Book Study Kick-off via Zoom

Monday, Oct. 5th, 7-9pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Book Study

Join us as we dive into the book When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers, by Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D. As we all know, gifted kids are exceptional in many ways, including intelligence, creativity, and curiosity, but these kids also face struggles that can lead to anxiety, loneliness and frustration. This book was written for teachers and parents who are raising these gifted kids, and how we can best support them. It's an easy read with lots of strategies and examples we can try at home and in the classroom.


GET YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK HERE

www.ournagt.com/resources


Zoom Info


Join Zoom Meeting
https://nisdtx.zoom.us/j/86020926109?pwd=SDVqQWtXMEdtMGhoM0R3dk1lUExVdz09

Meeting ID: 860 2092 6109
Passcode: 929422

Quote

"If a student's mental health is off-center significantly, or even a little, what point is there in trying to push academic challenge when that's usually the easy part of life for gifted kids?"


-Judy Galbraith

Co-Author of NAGT Book Study Focus

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers

Upcoming Events

October

· Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m. – Virtual Book Study Kick-off via Zoom

· Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m. – Zoom Event: Ask a GT Specialist Virtual Panel

November

· Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. – Book Study Discussion via Zoom

· Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. – Book Study Discussion via Zoom

Gifted to Gifted

Every month, NAGT will send a question to a Specialist within NISD to be answered by one of their students and themselves to provide advice, insight, or recommendations to other Gifted Learners. We call it Gifted to Gifted!

Gifted to Gifted

What is one online resource you would recommend to other GATES Learners?


Hi, my name is Zoe, I'm a 5th-grade GATES student from Samuel Beck Elementary. I really enjoy doing math, my favorite app for learning math is Khan Academy, where it has all levels of math, starting from early math up to AP calculus, and everything in between. Khan Academy also has other subjects such as science, economics and finance, and arts and humanities. I like Khan Academy because you can learn things ahead of time and then you know what you are expecting. Also, I think Khan Academy is helpful because it doesn't just have questions, it also has videos on people explaining how to do a type of problem, and sometimes gives multiple ways to solve a problem.


-Zoe


https://www.khanacademy.org/

World of "Wonders"


How often do we hear the words I Wonder…? Why does…? Do you know…? from your student or child? Many times students have questions that pop into their heads and that is where it stops, they never get the opportunity to explore their thinking! www.Wonderopolis.org is a wonderful platform to guide students to explore ideas they are thinking about. This website it such a gem, it features a new wonder every day and has a storage house of over 2600 wonders. Students can search for specific wonders or browse through categories to guide their learning. Each wonder provides features such as immersive reader that will read the article to them, definitions of specific words to increase their vocabulary, a try it out section that provides opportunities to continue research and extension ideas to put the wonder into practice. It also has quizzes to test your knowledge of what you learned from the article. This website is a great place to land when then next I wonder..? comes about.


-Shelly Moses

Gifted and Talented Specialist

Samuel Beck Elementary

Texas Association for Gifted & Talented

Your NAGT membership includes a membership to the Texas Association for Gifted & Talented. Be on the look out for your invitation from TAGT to join, renew, or update your individual membership. For more information on TAGT visit their website:


www.txgifted.org

Fundraising Opportunity/Request

If you or someone you know has the resources to provide a Corporate Sponsorship for one of our annual costs or programs, please email us at connect.nagt@gmail.com.


See the attached files for an opportunity to support NAGT by opening an account with our bank BBVA.