Message from the Director

This issue of our electronic newsletter is a preview of the many exciting activities available to students and educators.  We are particularly enthusiastic about our summer program classes and workshops.  Many teachers and students will be on campus for the 25th anniversary celebration on July 10, and will be able to join in the celebration.

We also have several spring events for both students and educators.  We’ve already had one webinar, conducted by Dr. David Lohman, author of the Cognitive Abilities Test.  A second webinar, by Dr. Nicholas Colangelo, Interim Dean and Director Emeritus, is scheduled for April.  Also in April, we have the Arts Scholastic awards ceremony and the statewide Invention Convention, where young inventors showcase their innovations.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) February 28th/March 1st  is the kick-off for our spring events.  Stay connected to us via Twitter to learn who will be traveling to the national convention.

It’s a wonderful time to be in gifted education – the field is dynamic and vibrant.  In late January, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the executive team for the National Association for Gifted Children.  I’m very pleased to share with you that we are going to partner with NAGC to co-host the 11th Wallace International Research Symposium/Acceleration Summit, March 22-25, 2014, in D.C.  This will be a phenomenal event, where we will be featuring the 10th anniversary of A Nation Deceived.

During that same weekend, I was involved in an intensive writing project with several colleagues from around the country who are producing books on implementing the Common Core State Standards (for math and English/Language Arts) and the Next Generation Science Standards (there will be one book for each of the three content areas) in programs for gifted students.  This project fits beautifully with the multi-pronged approach of the Belin-Blank Center for working with gifted students.

The Belin-Blank Center is a busy and happy place, and it’s an honor be in the position of providing leadership and support to the staff who make all of this happen.

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