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Gifted Matters- January 2013

January 17, 2013

Welcome to our first edition of Gifted Matters for 2013. Can you believe it is 2013 already? Happy New Year to you all.

In our December 2012 edition, we highlighted some of the options available for Advanced Academics in High School. On Feb 6, 2013, as part of our CGA Speaker Series, you will have the opportunity to hear more about these options from the students themselves, via a panel discussion facilitated by CISD Director of Advanced Academics Kristen Brown. Get the details on this event here- Advanced Academics in High School: What’s the right choice for you?

CGA is pleased to host a workshop with an expert in the field of social media and online identity. You will learn best practices for protecting your online identity, to ensure that college and employment decision-makers see the positive when they Google your name. Join us on Feb 21, 2013 and find out What is your online identity?

The flipped classroom is a  teaching model in which classroom and homework elements of a course are flipped. Short videos on the subject matter are viewed by students at home before class, and in-class time is spent on discussions, explanations. projects and exercises. CMS North parent Marla Williams shares her experience with this new model in the article The Flipped Classroom- A parent’s view.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Wes Vanicek (who we recently featured in our Gifted Educators series), on being selected as Campus Teacher of the Year for NTH@C. We continue with this series with a profile on CMS North Pre-AP Spanish teacher Sandy Stubblefield. Read more about her story in the article Gifted Educators- Sandy Stubblefield

Judging is currently on for our Creative Writing Competition. We wish all our participants the very best. Results will be announced in early February.

Please consider serving as an adult judge for the Interview Competition for the 2013 Academic Decathlon (AcDec) at Frisco Centennial High School on Friday, January 25th from 2:30-9:00 pm. Teaching experience, AcDec experience, and prior knowledge are not needed; training will be provided for everyone. Follow this link to sign up.

We hope you will participate in some of the upcoming events that we have planned; this is truly one of the biggest benefits of joining the CGA and we hope you will use the opportunities we offer to learn more about the wonderful world of gifted education.

We hope that you’ll enjoy the information included in this newsletter.  We’d love to have your feedback on how we are doing, and what you’d like to read about in the future.

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