Florida Association for the Gifted

An Affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

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The Florida Association for the Gifted endeavors to inform, educate, and support schools and communities regarding quality policies and practices that prepare gifted students to meet the challenges of the future.

Benefits of Membership

Newsletters Information Clearinghouse
Annual Conference Year-round Advocacy Efforts
Mini-Grants for Teachers Scholarships for Gifted Students

Click here for a membership form. Join or renew now!

NAGC Offers Discount Memberships for FLAG Members!

With the NAGC conference coming to Florida this year, NAGC has generously offered current FLAG members in good standing a discount membership in NAGC. This will result in a lower registration fee for the conference in October/November. Educator members may join for $45 and may access a joint membership form through this link, while parent members can join for $10 and find a membership form through this link. This is a great opportunity! Please take advantage of this one-time offer!

FLAG Newsletter Now Available Online

Beginning with the January 2008 newsletter, the FLAG newsletter will no longer be mailed to members but will be published in an online version only. Since we have not yet “tested” our member email list, the newsletter will be available to all through this link. In the future, members will be emailed access information. Thanks to Michael Matthews, our new Publications Chair!

Excellence in Creative Teaching

Each year FLAG gives an award to recognize excellence in teaching gifted students. As there were no nominees in 2007, the award was not presented.

An application for 2008-09 may be accessed through this link.

FLAG Mini-Grants

FLAG annually offers mini-grants for up to $1,000 to support exemplary gifted education projects to teachers who are FLAG members. You may access the mini-grant application for 2008-09 through this link.

Scobee Scholarships for Gifted Students

FLAG annually awards at least two scholarships to deserving gifted high school students who have interests in pursuing studies/careers in mathematics, science, or technology. These scholarships are given in memory of astronaut Dick Scobee, the commander of the Challenger mission.

Because additional funds were available this year, three outstanding high school students were awarded $1000 Scobee scholarships at the October 2007 conference:

Kyla Davis Horn (Cocoa Beach High School)

Lauren Michelle Rowe (Eastside High School in Gainesville)

Robert Christopher Idsardi (Coral Shores High School in Key Largo)

All three of these students had incredible credentials in both academics and in community service. We congratulate all of them!

An application for the 2008-09 Scobee Scholarship may be accessed through this link.

FLAG/NAGC Nicholas Green Award Presented at October Conference

The National Association for Gifted Children presents the Nicholas Green Award to outstanding elementary students throughout the country. The award recognizes distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts in children in grades 3 through 6 and is funded through the Nicholas Green Foundation and NAGC. It was established by Maggie and Reg Green in memory of their seven-year-old son Nicholas who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting in Italy in 1994. The Greens paired with NAGC to establish the Distinguished Student Award because they wanted to recognize young people who are working hard to make the most of their lives and to develop their own unique gifts and talents.

Only one child per state can be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student, and that winner receives a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and and a NAGC Certificate of Excellence. Eligible students may be nominated by parents, teachers, other students or community/civic groups.

The FLAG nominee for NAGC’s Nicholas Green award is Thomas Hafer. Thomas was nominated as a fifth grader attending Mabry Elementary School in Hillsborough County. He is currently a sixth grader at Coleman Middle school. Thomas has already earned many awards in the areas of math and science. Congratulations to Thomas!

The application packet for the 2007-08 Nicholas Green award can be accessed through this link. Please note the application deadline of June 1.

WOGI Announces 2007- 2008 Regional Parent Meetings

The “Working on Gifted Issues” (WOGI) initiative is again sponsoring Regional Parent Meetings. Based on the positive feedback from parents of children who are gifted and other stakeholders who attended the workshops last spring, WOGI is offering the same presentation to parents in five new locations across the state. The workshops are scheduled for Saturday mornings and will last from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are no provisions for childcare. The presenters are Denise Bishop and Dr. Patty Gatto-Walden. The remaining session will be held at this location:

March 8, 2008-Gilchrist/Levy, Bell High School, 903 S. Main St., Bell, FL 32619 (Lisa Rowland-352-463-4407)

The targeted audience for the parent meetings is primarily parents, although it may be helpful for school counselors, mental health providers, and others who work with gifted students.

The purpose of the meetings includes the following:

Provide definition of a gifted learner

Describe the innate characteristics

Emphasize development of the whole child

Explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of gifted learners

Discuss characteristics and challenges of peer relationships

Provide strategies to maximize parent effectiveness (goodness-of-fit)

Flyer for: Understanding and Supporting the Complexity of Your Child: It Isn’t Always Easy Being Gifted (PDF)

NAGC Conference is Coming to Florida!

Meeting Dates: Wednesday, October 29 – Sunday, November 2, 2008
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, October 30 – Saturday, November 1, 2008


Ready. Set. Grow.
Join thousands of your colleagues at the not-to-missed gifted event of the year. You want Florida, you want it all, and you only want to unpack once. No problem. You want Tampa Bay. Nothing about it is typical. From the dramatic design of the minarets at the historic Tampa Bay Hotel to the brilliant sunsets that electrify the night sky, this destination is tropical and always alluring. What better place to “grow gifted?”

Here, a single day’s itinerary might include breakfast at a waterside cafe, a visit to Busch Gardens Africa, The Florida Aquarium, or a streetcar ride to Channelside for shopping. Then on to historic Ybor City where the Cuban sandwiches are hot and crisp, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with fun.

(That’s AFTER you’ve attended one of the three general sessions, five mini keynotes and 300 concurrent sessions, of course!)

Program details will be posted in March and registration opens April 15th. Check the NAGC convention website for more information.

NAGC 2008
350 Sessions.
15 Strands.
One great Convention.

Important dates:

April 4th

Notification of Acceptance and Rejection of proposals

Spring 2008

Housing Opens

Spring 2008

Registration Opens

September 26th

Housing Closes

Florida Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners Available On-line

The Florida’s Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners is the product of the Working on Gifted Issues (WOGI) grant, funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education 2005-2007 and co-sponsored by FLAG. It provides a framework for developing and designing differentiated learning experiences for gifted students that complements the standards and benchmarks outlined in the Florida Sunshine State Standards. The resulting document combines the current research and practices related to educating gifted children and the expertise of a task force consisting of gifted educators, parents, and representatives from the Florida Department of Education. This document is intended to assist educators as they plan outcomes that are appropriate for gifted learners.

The Florida Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners document is available from the FL DOE at: http://etc.usf.edu/flstandards/sss/frameworks.pdf. Also available at the WOGI Frameworks Website are Frameworks presentations as videos for those who have not been able to attend a Frameworks presentation “in person.”

Free Copy of Gifted Education Press Quarterly
Available to FLAG Members

If you would like a complimentary copy of Gifted Education Press Quarterly, please email Maurice Fisher at [email protected]

Florida Department of Education Launches New Gifted Website

With the move of Donnajo Smith, DOE’s gifted program consultant, to the Bureau of Instruction and Innovation, the website for gifted information has been moved. This site contains a lot of information of interest to both teachers and parents of the gifted.

Duke TIP Information

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting gifted students. Founded in 1981, Duke TIP has served over 1.8 million students in our 16-state region. One of the cornerstones of our program, the 7th Grade Talent Search, is just beginning its 27th season. Seventh graders who have scored in the 95th percentile or above on an acceptable subtest of a grade-level achievement or approved state criterion-referenced test are eligible to participate. The Talent Search provides an opportunity for above-level testing as well as educational resources from 7th through 10th grade. All middle schools in the state have received 7th Grade Talent Search materials and hopefully will distribute them to qualified students.

To learn more about our program and the benefits of Talent Search participation, please visit the TIP website at www.tip.duke.edu . There are two ways to register for the Talent Search:
* Going online to our website
* Securing a paper application and brochure from a counselor/teacher at school or by calling the TIP office at 919-668-9100

As a member of an organization that supports gifted students, we know that you are interested in promoting the awareness of educational resources. Duke TIP is committed to serving gifted youth and would like to work with parents and schools in addressing their special needs. Please call the TIP office at 919-668-9100 with questions or assistance.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program

The Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program selects high-achieving youth in the 7th Grade with financial need and provides them with individualized educational opportunities and support that will enable them to develop their talents and abilities. The Foundation looks to award approximately 75 of these scholarships each year. The Young Scholars Program is one of the most individualized scholarships offered in the US.

Applications are available now on the Foundation’s website at www.jackkentcookefoundation.org. For more information please visit the Foundation’s website.

Educational Opportunities
Previous Young Scholars have received the support and guidance required to

evaluate the suitability of their high school environment,

supplement their schooling with online courses,

select and attend summer academic or enrichment programs,

obtain computers, software, or other learning technology,

improve their musical, artistic, scientific, mathematical, or other skills,

benefit from the nationwide network of Young Scholars,

explore their career goals, and

select the college best suited to their talents and ambitions.

Each Young Scholar receives a unique combination of these and other opportunities.

Learn More
Learn more about the program in the frequently asked questions and in the Young Scholars Program brochure.

Davidson Institute Seeks Extraordinary Achievers
to Receive $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000
Davidson Fellow Scholarships

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is offering high achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named as 2008 Davidson Fellows, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. To be eligible, applicants must be under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2008, and a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident residing in the United States. There is no minimum age for eligibility.

The deadline to apply is March 26, 2008. Applicants must submit an original piece of work recognized by experts in the field as significant and it must have the potential to make a positive contribution to society. The scholarship must be used at an accredited institute of learning. For more information on the Davidson Fellows scholarship, or to download an application, please visit www.DavidsonFellows.org.

Templeton Fellowships Available for Summer 2008 Training

The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa has announced a very exciting new program called the Templeton International Fellowship. Fifty international educators will receive fully-funded Fellowships to attend the Wallace Research Symposium at The University of Iowa (May 18-20, 2008) and learn about gifted education. Candidates do not need experience in gifted education, but they must have a commitment to learn about the field. Please find all information related to the program at http://www.templetonfellows.org .

National Gifted Policy News

Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act: The House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees have included $7.6 million for the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act in their Fiscal Year 2008 budget. This funding almost certainly will be signed into law. As reported in the last edition of the eNews-Update, Senators Grassley (IA) and Dodd (CT) had been seeking $11.25 million for Javits, which would have matched the program’s 2002 amount. To learn more, please visit the National Association of Gifted Children’s (NAGC) Legislative Update page.

Legislation that would create a grant for states to support gifted and talented students is in the works. Rep. Gallegly (CA-24), a long-time gifted supporter, recently introduced H.R. 2925 (PDF), which would build on grants and research developed through Javits, ultimately supporting gifted programs and services. To learn more, please visit NAGC’s Legislative Update page.

Higher Education Authorization Bill: A bill requiring teacher preparation institutions to train teachers about the unique needs of gifted and talented students was passed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2007. Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) helped shape the Higher Education Authorization Bill, with provisions requiring institutions that receive grants to reform their curriculum and ensure prospective teachers are prepared to instruct the gifted and talented. To learn more, please view the press release on Sen. Grassley’s website.

Summer Programs for Students

FLAG neither recommends or endorses any of the programs described below. This is provided for informational purposes only.

The Florida Governor’s School for Science, Mathematics and Space Technology is a new program for rising 10th – 12th grade gifted students with two residential sessions (June 1-6 and June 29-July 4) at the Kennedy Space Center. Students will engage in laboratory activities, scientific experience and inquiry-based learning incorporating high-level math and science curriculum. Activities will begin on Sunday afternoon for each session with an orientation and tour and will conclude Friday afternoon with project presentations to a panel of NASA engineers and VIP’s. There is no cost for the program. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as they will be reviewed upon receipt. Please request an application and an informational flyer at [email protected]

Yunasa is the Lakota word for “balance,” and its mission is to teach campers techniques for integrating the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa is devoted to reminding bright young people that they are more than just intellect. Our trained staff provides campers with a physically and emotionally safe environment where they meet other gifted children like themselves, gain confidence and comfort interacting with peers, and are challenged to strive for their personal best while making new friends and having fun! The peaceful lakeside setting at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan serves as the perfect backdrop to guided imagery sessions and small group workshops led by Yunasa’s esteemed faculty including Dr. Michael Piechowski, Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden, Betty Meckstroth, and renowned author Stephanie Tolan, winner of the Newberry Award for “Surviving the Applewhites.” Campers also participate in traditional camp activities such as hiking, canoeing, swimming and campfires!

Age Range: 10-14
Dates: July 27- August 3
Location: Fenton, MI
Early Application Deadline: April 14, 2008
Scholarships Available !

The Apprenticeship Program is a three- to six-week residential summer program that provides gifted high school students with the opportunity to work in real-world professional environments with experienced and respected mentors in science, design, history and the arts. Apprentices reside on a college campus and experience a taste of residential life. Previous areas of study have included: Industrial Design, Chemical Analysis, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Science, Theatre Production, Art Gallery Curation, Molecular Diagnosis of Ear Disease and Pediatric Medicine among many others. Please check www.educationaladvancement.org for an updated list of sites. If you are interested in a site that is not yet posted you are encouraged to apply ASAP with your intended site selection listed in order to reserve a space in the program (pending application approval.)

Age Range: 14-18
Dates: June 29-August 9
Location: Pasadena, CA
Early Application Deadline: April 14, 2008
Scholarships Available!

Green River Preserve is 3,400 acre private wildlife preserve and environmental summer camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Brevard, North Carolina and is used exclusively by the non-profit camp. There are programs for gifted and high achieving elementary and middle school students (Summer Camp) and high school students (Expeditions in the Blue Ridge or Outer Banks).

The National Association for the Gifted (NAGC) also maintains a listing of gifted summer programs that may be of interest to parents.

Summer Institute for the Gifted provides both residential and day programs for gifted students in grades K-11 through several states. Residential programs for students in grades 4-11 will be held this summer at Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Emory University, Princeton Universitiy (grades 7-11), UC-Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Texas at Austin, and Vassar College.

The University of Oregon Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) offers stimulating academic experiences and exciting social activities designed for gifted and highly able middle and high school students. Students must be in grades 6-10 during the 2007-08 school year or at an equivalent home school level to apply for SEP. Formal gifted identification or educator nomination is required for admittance. Students may pursue existing interests and discover new ones in six courses that you will choose from a list of roughly thirty options. Academic classes are offered each weekday in science, mathematics, literature, writing, law, cultural studies, dance, theatre, media arts, and visual arts. As a part of SEP, students may get a taste of campus life at the University of Oregon. Live in residence halls, learn in university classrooms, and eat in on-campus dining halls. Living groups are divided by age and gender, with two students sharing each room. Each day balances structure with student choice. Spend your time after classes relaxing with friends, shopping in local campus stores, or participating in a variety of outdoor activities, and choose among a different set of events options every evening! Sessions run from July 13- July 26 and from July 27- August 9. Full and partial scholarships are available.

As part of NSA’s Mathematical Education Partnership Program, www.nsa.gov/mepp, the National Security Agency is sponsoring a MARS (Mathematics and Related Sciences) summer camp for middle school and high school students. This year the high school camp runs from June 29 to July 12, 2008, and the middle school camp from July 20, to August 2, 2008. Both are residential programs located at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD, http://www.umes.edu/MARS/. NSA helps underwrite the cost of the camp, so the cost is only $675 for room, board and tuition for the two weeks. There is no application fee. Some financial aid is available. Courses for middle school students include: Mathematical Mind, Codes; Games and Chance; Math and Art; Mathematics and Architecture; Digital Logic and Robotics; and Bay Rangers: Environmental Studies. Courses for high school students include: Advanced Problem Solving; Computers From the Inside Out; Chaos Theory and Fractal Geometry; Web Site Design; Classical Cryptanalysis: The Science of Code-breaking; Operations Research in Real Life; and Math, Physics, and Fun. Descriptions of these classes can be found in the application packet. Applications must be mailed no later than April 20, 2008.

Camp Invention Please visit the link for information on week-long summer camps and locations throughout Florida.

Crealde Art Camp Contact: 407-671-1886; 600 St. Andrews Boulevard, Winter Park

Florida Young Artists Orchestra Day camp for boys and girls ages 6-22. Sight reading, music theory, orchestral performance and chamber music.

MASA Center for High Achieving Youth- classes held on Saturdays and during summer at Trinity Prep.

Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Summer Camps Contact: UCF Education Dept. 407-447-1700 x254

Orlando Youth Theatre Summer Camp The Orlando Youth Theatre provides summer theatre arts experiences. The camps are arranged according to age and grades and are open admission. The Theatre offers classes in Musical Theatre, Elementary Drama, Elementary Musical Theatre, PreSchool Musical Theatre, and Improvisation. All of the camps end with a performance for family and friends.
Contact: [email protected] 407-254-4930; 110 W. Church St.Orlando, FL

Rollins College Summer Day Camp for students in grades K-5. Contact: 407-646-2604.

Sea World Adventure Camps grades 4 and up

Stetson HATS High Achieving Talented Students: 4th-9th grade. Camps at Howard Middle School, Orlando and Stetson University in Deland. Contact: Lynn Albinsion, Director

UCF Burnett Honors College Summer Institute July 6-26, 2008 for students in grades 8-12. Live in a dorm and take classes in Java, cryptography and web development. Trips to Universal Studios, Sea World Epcot, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), and Sak Comedy lab! for more information, contact Dr. Jill Norburn, Director of Honors Student Affairs- UCF (407) 823-4360

UCF Cybercamps Courses in Game Design,Modding, Graphics, Flash, Web Design, Programming and Robotics Courses

UCF iDTech Camps for students ages 7-17. Week long classes in video game design, Flash animation, robotics and more.

UCF Robotics Camp Day camp for middle and high school students. Campers build a task-based robot. Contact: the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida. (407) 823-2455.

FAU Engineering Scholars’ Program The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to announce the Engineering Scholars’ Program 2007. As part of the prestigious State of Florida Governor’s Summer Program, ESP offers dual-enrollment credit courses in engineering and computer science for high achieving high school students of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Imacs Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science Locations in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties; grades 1-12

NASA Space Camp for students in grades 2-9. Kennedy Space Center

Embry-Riddle Aerospace and Flight Aviation Camps for students ages 12-18. Daytona Beach, FL contact: (386) 226-7945.

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program for juniors and seniors

Young Musician’s Camp at the University of Miami for students ages 7-18.

The University of West Florida (Pensacola) is offering a summer residential program for gifted students.

Davidson Institute for Talent Development is seeking profoundly gifted students, ages 12 through 15, who are interested in attending the 2008 THINK Summer Institute, a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where students can earn up to seven college credits. Financial assistance is available based on need. To qualify, students must be 12 to 15 years old during THINK, and must meet or exceed designated SAT (www.collegeboard.com) or ACT (www.actstudent.org) scores.

MathCamp Summer Program for Mathematically Talented High-School Students from around the World. The camp will be held from July 2 to August 6 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Contact: Phone/Fax: (617) 812-6339; 129 Hancock St., Cambridge, MA 02139

FLAG Regions

Have you wondered about your FLAG region? Your Regional Coordinator can be found on the “Board” webpage.

Region 1: Northwest
Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington

Region 2: North Central
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwanee, Taylor, Wakulla

Region 3: Northeast
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union

Region 4: East Central
Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia

Region 5: West Central
DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota

Region 6: Southwest
Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee

Region 7: Southeast
Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie