NAGT News

Issue #8 May 2021

From the Board


Hello NAGT Community,


Here we are! It's May! Another school year is coming to an end. As we've said many times, what a year it has been! The adversity our learners and educators have faced this year is unique to my lifetime to say the least. But adversity is what builds our strength, our resilience, and our character. I know my children are better adept to hardships than they were two very long years ago. I'm looking forward to seeing how they progress into next school year as normalcy continues to spread.


Now it's time to look forward to next year. The 2021-22 school year will be the 3rd year of NAGT. Our hope is to expand our accomplishments and make next year an even better experience for members and the G/T community. Looking forward brings us to two important topics: Executive Board Elections and Membership Renewals.


Nominations for the Executive Board are now open! You can nominate yourself or someone else you believe would be a great fit. Visit our website for more details. https://www.ournagt.com/board-nominations.html


Membership Renewals are now open! New or renewal memberships are available on our website and will apply to the 2021-22 school year. https://www.ournagt.com/membership.html


Thank you all for your support this year and into the future.


Cris Womack

President

Featured Events


Upcoming events:


NAGT Election:


It's election time! Please go to NAGT website to nominate yourself and/or someone you know. The nomination opens until May 14. The election will be held later this month.


May Membership Drive:


Your membership helps NAGT better serve G/T students, their parents and G/T educators in NISD. Please consider joining NAGT as a new member or renewing your membership. Purchasing a NAGT membership automatically makes you a member of

Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented!


This year, we offer discounts for early renewals and new memberships. Applying the code "Newsletter" will take $5 off any membership type; the code "Appreciation" will allow educators to get their individual membership for $1. These codes are valid through 5/31/21. You can purchase the membership here. Your membership will be effective through the 2021-22 school year.


New to G/T Service and Meet the 2021-22 NAGT Board


NAGT will organize a Zoom event that is designed to introduce parents of (new) G/T students to the G/T service/programs in NISD. We'll also use the opportunity to introduce new board members. More information on the event will be announced via our Facebook.


Past events:


NAGT was proud to host a Zoom panel discussion with G/T specialists from our district on October 26, 2020. Thank you to NISD gifted specialists Caitlin Andrews, Kelly Barrett, Kirstie Cooper, Lisa Degnan, Shelly Moses, Stacy Pickett, Marissa Randolph, and Kristy Schluter for sharing their expertise in educating our gifted students. They provided great insight into our kids. If you missed the discussion, the recording was posted on the NAGT Facebook page. Thank you also to the parents who joined and shared comments and questions!


We kicked off our fall virtual book study on October 5, 2020. The book we selected is "When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers" by Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D. We had a great conversation and discussed the first chapter of the book at the kick off. We discussed chapters 2-4 of the book on November 4. During the discussion, we talked about identifying gifted kids and the emotional side of giftedness. Our third book discussion of the season on November 16 covered chapters 5-7 of the book. Our last discussion was on December 7 when the last chapter of the book was discussed. If you missed the discussion and would like to hear our discussion, you can watch our recording. You can also purchase the book on Amazon via NAGT website so that NAGT can get a little money back to invest in projects that benefit our GATES community.


We also held our Halloween Drawing & Writing contest in late October and sent out

12 Days of Gifted Guides, a fun and helpful email series featuring fun activities, gift ideas and resources, in December.


In February 2021, NAGT invited all gifted students to write a valentine to their gifted mind on Valentine's Day. You can check out what our gifted learners love and appreciate about their gifted mind here.


On March 25, NAGT organized an Zoom information session that explained the acceleration options offered by NISD. If you miss the session but want to learn about it, here is the recording.

TAGT Highlight: G/T State Awards


Nominate individuals and groups that are committed to the gifted community in Texas for state awards! TAGT calls for nominations for state awards in recognition of individuals and groups for their service, contribution, and commitment to gifted education. All recipients will be honored at TAGT's Annual Conference.


Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Educator of the gifted
  • Administrator of the gifted
  • Advocate for the gifted
  • Parent group of the gifted


See TAGT website for more information.


Xiaoxia Cao

Communication Officer

Gifted to Gifted


Every month, NAGT will ask a GT Specialist and some gifted students to share their advice, insight, or recommendations with other gifted learners on a selected topic.


Topic of This Month:

What is the highlight or your favorite part of the G/T education this year?


Click here to see our students' favorites.

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Legislative Updates


Like with all legislative years, things are moving along at both our local and state levels. There was a local election on May 1st. The results showed that voters in Northwest ISD supported three (A, C and D) out of four bond propositions. More information on the propositions can be found on District Bond Website. During the election, voters in NISD also re-elected DeAnne Hatfield and Mark Schluter to serve another three-year term on the NISD Board of Trustees.


At the state level, TAGT has some amazing resources that update what is occurring in our state government on their website. Below are some highlights.


HB 1302

The House Committee on Public Education heard HB 1302 relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system. Click here to watch the committee hearing, Representative Guillen lays out the bill with expert testimony at minute 13:35. Representative Guillen and his staff are working with the Legislative Council on a Committee Substitute that will incorporate the suggested language TAGT and Gifted Education Family Network provided to their office. It is standard for a bill to be heard and left pending in committee with a pending Committee Substitute. In this case, the author is amending the bill and will work with the committee to vote it out. Your voice is crucial in getting this bill out of committee. Please contact House Public Education Committee Members (below) to show your support for this bill. Download the HB 1302 Sample Letter of Support and customize for your situation.


Find Your Representative


House Public Education Committee

Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr., Chair

Rep. J. M. Lozano, Vice Chair

Rep. Alma Allen

Rep. Steve Allison

Rep. Keith Bell

Rep. Diego Bernal

Rep. Brad Buckley

Rep. Mary E. González

Rep. Dan Huberty

Rep. Ken King

Rep. Thresa "Terry" Meza

Rep. James Talarico

Rep. Gary VanDeaver


87th Legislative Session Timeline


May 31, 2021: Adjournment sine die (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 24(b))

June 20, 2021: Post-Session 20-day deadline for Governor to sign or veto (Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14)

August 30, 2021: Effective date (91st day after adjournment) (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 39)


Angela Newby

The Legislative Officer

Fundraising Opportunities


NAGT is going to organize a fun and school-focused fundraising event this spring. Keep an eye out.


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.