Applying the pedagogy of gifted education to all classrooms can lead to total school improvement. That is the aim of my work, an enrichment-infusion process called the “schoolwide enrichment model,” or SEM.
In the summer of 2020, NAGC issued a statement denouncing systemic racism and supporting racial justice. This was followed by an enhanced vision statement and action plan to guide the Association’s efforts to confront systemic racism and advance equity, Championing Equity and Supporting Social Justice for Black Students in Gifted Education: An Expanded Vision for NAGC. Over the subsequent months, the Board of Directors, staff, and several groups within NAGC engaged in conversations, reflection, education, and outreach around this “Expanded Vision” and plan of action, and related initiatives. We'd like to provide an update on our progress.
The most important function of the NAGC Convention is to share the best of theory and practice in the field. Selecting the best information the field has to offer and making it broadly accessible is paramount to NAGC's mission to "support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children. But the times, they are a'changin' at NAGC, and the convention needs to adapt to those changes. Best practices in meetings and conference planning have evolved considerably over the past decade, never mind the changes that have occurred over the past 18 months. For this reason, the NAGC Board of Directors established a Convention Task Force. We would like to update on the work of the task force and get your feedback.
Hispanic Heritage Month reminds those of us in the field of gifted education of the misunderstandings of the past and how much we know about the way forward to increased representation and support for gifted Hispanic learners.
September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, often seen as an opportunity to celebrate the lives, culture, and contributions of the 63 million Hispanics in the U.S. What a perfect time to celebrate and pay tribute to the Hispanic/Latino scholars in the field of gifted and talented education. Celebrating who they are, where they come from, and what they have done leaves a legacy for other Hispanic scholars to follow.