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The SUMMER 2010 Online Issue of GEPQ contains the following articles:

**1. Editorial Comments by Maurice Fisher – Some Useful Resources for Gifted
Child Advocacy*

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*2. Under-Representation of African American Students in Gifted Education:
Nine Theories and Frameworks for Information, Understanding, and Change*

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*Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. Peabody College of Education Vanderbilt University
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*Michelle Trotman Scott, Ph.D. College of Education University of West
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*3. An Interview with Dr. Margie Kitano San Diego State University*

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*Interviewers:*

*Teresa Rowlison, Ph.D. Southwest Regional Education Center*

*Michael F. Shaughnessy, Ph.D. Eastern New Mexico University*

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*4. Inside Specialized High Schools for the Gifted: A Comparison of Two
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*Jill Olthouse The University of Toledo*

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*5. George Santayana (1863-1952): Nurturer of the Gifted Sensibility*

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*Michael E. Walters, Ed.D. Center for the Study of the Humanities in the
Schools*

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*Association announces Facebook partnership, celebrates 40-year milestone,
and hosts national call-in day for H.R. 5211***

*MEMPHIS, TENN. (June 15, 2010) –* This past weekend (June 11-13), thousands
of parents, educators, students and other child advocates gathered for the
association’s biggest meeting of the year—the 114th Annual National PTA
Convention and Exhibition.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan keynoted the event, along with Coach
Tony Dungy and wife Lauren. Tichina Arnold, actress, mom and National PTA
Advisory Board Member; Vicki Phillips, director of education for the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Sarah Brown Wessling; 2010 National
Teacher of the Year were also featured speakers among others.
*PARENTS VOTE ON HOT TOPICS AFFECTING CHILDREN*
During the convention, PTA members held debate and voted on the adoption of
five national resolutions: *Social Host Accountability for Underage
Drinking; Teen Driving Safety; Dangers of Novelty Lighters;* *Educational
Opportunity for Military Children and Mentoring of Youth in Quality Programs
*. The resolutions are proposed by PTA members and approved by the National
PTA Board of Directors to be voted on by convention delegates. National PTA
has adopted hundreds of resolutions on a wide variety of education, health,
and safety issues since its first convention in 1897. Summaries of the
resolutions are below. They will be posted in their entirety
atwww.pta.org
within
the next couple weeks.

*Social Host Accountability for Underage Drinking* – PTA will work to inform
students, parents, and community members on the detrimental effects and
significant dangers of underage drinking and social hosting. PTA will also
support legislation to adopt social host laws that would prohibit adults
from providing alcohol or allowing the consumption of alcohol in homes or on
noncommercial property by youth under the age of 21 who are not their
children.

*Teen Driving Safety* – PTA will work to promote educating parents,
students, school personnel and communities regarding the risks associated
with teen driving, the legal requirements of Graduated Driver Licensing
(GDL) laws, and the crucial role of parents in helping teens become safe
drivers. PTA will also urge local, state and national leaders to support
research and adopt policies and legislation to reduce traffic incidents
involving teen drivers and their passengers. Finally, PTA will encourage the
development of consistent, quality standards for driver education and
training programs and support policies and legislation to make such programs
accessible to all students.

*Dangers of Novelty Lighters* – PTA will work to promote education on the
threat to public safety from youth fire setters and novelty lighters, as
well as support legislative and regulatory action banning or restricting the
sale of novelty lighters.

*Educational Opportunity for Military Children* – PTA will work to promote
the adoption and utilization of the purposes of the *Interstate Compact on
Educational Opportunity for Military Children *by state and local education
agencies. PTA will also advocate for the adoption of the *Interstate Compact
on Educational Opportunity for Military Children *with all financial and
structural requirements by each state and territory legislature of the
United States.

*Mentoring of Youth in Quality Programs* – PTA will work to promote the need
for youth mentors and encourage the use of recognized quality program
standards by youth mentoring programs. PTA will also advocate for
legislation and other initiatives that provide youth mentoring programs with
access to consistent, timely and affordable state and federal nationwide
criminal history background screening of mentors, as well as advocate for
legislation and initiatives that help fund quality youth mentoring programs.

*FACEBOOK PARTNERSHIP*
National PTA kicked off the convention by announcing an unprecedented
partnership with social networking giant Facebook. The formal collaboration
will work to promote responsible and safe Internet use to kids, parents and
teachers. National PTA and Facebook will establish a comprehensive program
that will provide information, support and news to encourage citizenship
online, reduce cyberbullying and advance Internet safety and security.
National PTA will use its Website (www.pta.org), and actively reach out to
the 24,000 local PTAs across the country with a goal of reaching every
American public school. Facebook will raise awareness of the resources among
the hundreds of millions of parents, teachers and children using its service
through an in-kind Facebook commitment equivalent to $1 million and
promotion on other parts of the site, including the safety center. For more
information, visit:
http://www.facebook.com/education?v=app_7146470109
.

*NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION BILL*
On Friday, June 11, the association hosted a *CALL-IN
DAY*
in
support of H.R. 5211, the *Family Engagement in Education
Act*.
During the convention, and through an email action alert to members, the
association asked attendees and members to urge their Representative to
cosponsor the bipartisan legislation that would improve the lives of
millions of children and families. The bill would strengthen parent
engagement in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which
Congressional leaders have stated they want to reauthorize this year. Visit
the *PTA Takes Action
Center*
for
more information.

*40-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MERGER*
Forty years ago this month, the National Congress of Colored Parents and
Teachers (NCCPT) and the National Congress of Mothers united to form the
National PTA, adapting the same mission they had operated under separately –
to improve the education and well being of every child. National PTA
celebrated this milestone by announcing a new award named after Selena Sloan
Butler, founder of the NCCPT and presenting the award to Narvie Harris,
former Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers President. Harris
advocated for children for decades and was a friend and confidant of Sloan
Butler. She also attended the unification ceremony of the National
Congresses. Harris passed in November 2009. Her daughter Daryll and family
accepted the award on her behalf.

*About National PTA
*National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers,
administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the
educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in
schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides
itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for
families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.
Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a
difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Members, national convention attendees urge representatives to cosponsor
H.R. 5211

MEMPHIS, TENN. (June 11, 2010) – Today, National PTA is hosting a CALL-IN
DAYin support of H.R. 5211, the Family Engagement in Education Act. During
its national convention in Memphis, Tenn., and through an email action alert
to members today, the association asked members to urge their Representative
to cosponsor bipartisan legislation that would improve the lives of millions
of children and families.

The bill would strengthen parent engagement in the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA), which Congressional leaders have stated they want to
reauthorize this year.

The bill codifies National PTA’s standards on Family-School Partnerships and
provides guidance and incentives to schools, districts, and states on how to
use research-based strategies to engage families. This bill would also
strengthen and safeguard the sole federal parent engagement program, the
Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs).

Visit the PTA Takes Action Center to see a list of cosponsors and to take
action today.

The Family Engagement in Education Act is sponsored by U.S. Representatives
Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY-4] and Todd Russell Platts [R-PA-19]. Other
cosponsors include: Rep Timothy H. Bishop [NY-1]; Rep Corrine Brown [FL-3],
Rep Anh “Joseph” Cao [LA-2]; Rep Michael N. Castle [DE]; Rep Judy Chu
[CA-32]; Rep Yvette D. Clarke [NY-11]; Rep Joe Courtney [CT-2]; Rep Bob
Etheridge [NC-2]; Rep Bob Filner [CA-51]; Rep Barney Frank [MA-4]; Rep Raul
M. Grijalva [AZ-7]; Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton [DC]; Rep Jared Polis [CO-2];
Rep Fortney Pete Stark [CA-13]; Rep Paul Tonko [NY-21].

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers,
administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the
educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in
schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides
itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for
families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.
Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a
difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act Introduced Today

MEMPHIS, TENN. (June 10, 2010) – U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA-7)
today introduced the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act that
would strengthen school meals and other programs under the Child Nutrition
Act which is up for reauthorization this year.

This legislation is a tremendous step forward in the ongoing effort to
improve the health and wellness of our nation’s youth. Through improvements
in the quality of school foods offered, greater access to programs for
eligible children, and increased support for those who are charged with
feeding students, Chairman Miller’s bill addresses the startling levels of
both child hunger and childhood obesity in a significant manner. In
addition, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act helps ensure
that parents are engaged in the decisions which affect their children’s
health.

“The provisions in this bill show a commitment to making sure that parents
remain at the table when decisions affecting their kids are being made,”
says Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors, National PTA President.

National PTA®, the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association,
has worked to improve child health outcomes since its inception in 1897.
These efforts have led to the creations of the U.S. Public Health Service,
the school lunch program, and the Department of Health and Human Services at
the federal level. In addition, the association has consistently provided a
platform for parents to advocate for children and work together to support
generations of Americans.

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers,
administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the
educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in
schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides
itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for
families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.
Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a
difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Education Budget Eliminates Sole Federal Parent Engagement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2010) – The National PTA®, the nation’s largest and oldest volunteer child advocacy association, issued the following statement on President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal:

PTA applauds the historic investment in education in President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal. The substantial increase in funding for the Department of Education’s reform initiatives is a critical step in transforming schools to prepare all students for college and career.

However, the consolidation and proposed elimination of the Parental Information and Resource Centers program included in the budget request is of great concern to PTA. This program is the sole federal initiative dedicated to supporting family engagement in education. In its absence, schools and districts would not have the tools necessary to meaningfully partner with families to improve student success, particularly in struggling schools where family involvement is most essential.

Research has demonstrated that family engagement in education raises student achievement regardless of the parents’ education level, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. In fact, family engagement is so cost-effective that schools would have to spend $1000 per pupil to gain the same results. Eliminating this critical program that serves over 16 million parents annually runs counter to the Department’s goal of directing funds to cost-effective, proven approaches.

PTA urges both Congress and the administration to safeguard this critical program and direct funding toward research-based strategies that engage families in their children’s education. States, districts, and schools rely on this program to provide leadership, training, and technical assistance to engage the most powerful drivers of student achievement and education reform—parents.

It’s time to nominate someone (or yourself) to serve on the Myers PTA executive board

Virginia A. Myers PTA officer elections are coming up! Here is a list of positions available on the board, and a brief description of their duties:

  • President – Presides over each meeting; coordinates the work of the officers and committees; is responsible for contracts and financial paperwork
  • 1st Vice President of Membership – Presides in absence of president; is aide to the president; is in charge of membership
  • 2nd Vice President of Ways and Means – Presides in absence of president in designated order and oversees/coordinates fundraising
  • 3rd Vice President of Volunteers – Presides in absence of president in designated order and coordinates volunteer efforts
  • Secretary – Records minutes of all meetings; maintains certain records
  • Treasurer – Has custody of all the funds; keeps books of account and records; responsible for presenting financial reports

To serve on the PTA board, you must have completed a criminal background check. You may do so online by going here. You must also be a member of the Virginia A. Myers PTA prior to taking office. You may still join by sending your $6.00 membership dues in an envelope with your name, address, and phone number, along with your child or children’s name, teacher and grade.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the Virginia Myers PTA executive board, please provide the following information:

  • Name of nominee
  • Position nominated for
  • Phone number of nominee
  • Is nominee a member of the Virginia A. Myers PTA?
  • Has nominee completed a criminal background check?
  • Your name (if different from nominee)
  • Relation to nominee

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desiree Arenas, PTA President, at DesireeArenas_PTA@hotmail.com.

Thank you for supporting Myers PTA!

Virginia A. Myers PTA
Executive Board Nominations
Virginia A. Myers PTA officer elections are coming up! Following are a list of positions available
on the board, and a brief description of their duties.
President – Presides over each meeting; coordinates the work of the officers and committees; is
responsible for contracts and financial paperwork
1 Vice President of Membership – Presides in absence of president; is aide to the president; is
in charge of membership
Vice President of Ways and Means – Presides in absence of president in designated order
and oversees/coordinates fundraising
3 Vice President of Volunteers – Presides in absence of president in designated order and
coordinates volunteer efforts.
Secretary – Records minutes of all meetings; maintains certain records
Treasurer – Has custody of all the funds; keeps books of account and records; responsible for
presenting financial reports
To serve on the PTA board, you must have completed a criminal background check. You may
do so online at http://www.nisd.net, by clicking on the VOLUNTEERS/MENTORS/AFFILIATES link.
You must also be a member of the Virginia A. Myers PTA prior to taking office. You may still join
by sending your $6.00 membership dues in an envelope with your name, address, and phone
number, along with your child/ren’s name/teacher/grade.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desiree Arenas, PTA President.
DesireeArenas_PTA@hotmail.com
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the Virginia Myers PTA
executive board, please complete and return the nomination form below.
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Virginia A. Myers PTA Executive Board Nomination Form
________________________________________________ ____________________________
_____________________
Position
Phone# of Nominee
Is nominee a member of the Virginia A. Myers PTA?
Yes
No
Unsure
Has nominee completed a criminal background check?
Yes
No
Unsure
______________________________________________
_____________________________
Your Name (if different from nominee)
Relation to Nominee

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!

PLEASE Contact your State Board Of Education (SBOE) Representative before Wednesday!

Individual and Team Sports P.E. courses are being considered for elimination beginning 2010-2011 school year. A message from you can make an important difference at this point in the process.

Here’s what you need to know:

On Wednesday, January 13, 2010, the State Board Of Education (SBOE) will make several decisions related to High School PE:

  1. They will decide whether to eliminate individual and team sports PE courses.
  2. They will decide whether to standardize 1 PE requirement for each of the 3 diploma options, rather than require 1.5 credits for 2 of the diploma options.

(Links to the proposed amendments are found at the bottom of this alert.)

According to the proposed amendments, the only High School P.E. courses offered would be Foundations of Personal Fitness, Aerobic Activities and Adventure/Outdoor Education. Health course would be eliminated. If the amendments pass as written, students who do not qualify to play competitive athletics but are interested in learning a lifetime sport such as tennis, golf, swimming, basketball, softball, etc., would have to sign up for an Athletics I-IV class in order to learn that sport.

We believe many non-athletic students would be hesitant to sign up for an athletics course when they do not even know how to play the game. By structuring and naming the new courses Athletics I-IV, the SBOE would inadvertently limit the ability for non-athletic students to learn lifetime team or individual sports.

Athletics courses often focus on only one activity (i.e., football), and are not required to provide principles of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, athletics courses are often restricted to students participating on athletic teams so, without changes in policy, these courses would not be open to everyone since students can’t just “sign up” for athletics; they must have coach approval. Non-athletic students would be denied the opportunity to learn about individual and lifetime sports and team sports if the only courses they could take that teach sports are athletics courses.

The recent F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are failing in America 2009 report indicated that one of the main factors behind the obesity epidemic is the reduction in the amount of physical education, recess, and recreation time as well as limited health classes. Additionally, research at the University of Illinois reported in the April 1, 2009 edition of Science Daily indicated that physical activity may increase students’ cognitive control and ability to pay attention and result in better academic performance.

Here’s what you can do:

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL YOUR SBOE REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE WEDNESDAY!

Who Represents Me link here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Follow the directions below to email:

Go to mailto:rules@tea.state.tx.us

In the subject line write: Comment on Text of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapters E & F RE: physical education changes

In the body of the message: RE: Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Graduation Requirements for Physical Education: E -74.62 (7),74.63 (7), & 74.64(7) and F -74.52 (7), 74.53 (7), & 74.54 (7)

Write your email using message points below.

Be sure to include your email address so a receipt can be acknowledged.

Message Points for call or email:

  • I urge you NOT repeal Individual and Team Sports courses from the TEKS:
  • Taking athletics as a PE class may not be an option for many of our students due to: finances, interest, their need to be at a job or their need to be home right after school and on weekends. Yet, these same students may wish to learn more about soccer, tennis, or disc golf or other team and individual sports.
  • Individual and Team Sports as a PE course offer students activities that are more recreational/lifetime in focus.
  • Team and Individual Sports courses have very different goals and assessments than an athletic class would have. Athletic classes’ primary focus tends to be the win concept, not the lifelong health lessons, teambuilding and/or self-esteem lessons, or basic knowledge of how to play the game(s).
  • Many coaches of athletics are NOT certified P.E. teachers and do not possess the necessary background to offer quality physical education concepts.
  • I urge you not to reduce PE and health requirements to 1 credit across all diploma plans:
  • Academically and physically, children and youth need physical education and health courses as part of their education experience. Kids who are unhealthy, undernourished and physically inactive do not learn as well or as easily.
  • Maintain the 1.5 credit hours of physical education and .5 credit hours of health course for the distinguished and minimum high school degree plans.
  • This is a critical time for students, and without a Health requirement, essential information they need to make healthy choices and be well informed will not be available. Health class is where students learn the impact tobacco, alcohol and drugs can have on their lives. They learn about nutrition, have discussions about peer pressure, analyze and apply strategies for avoiding violence, gangs, and weapons.

Below are links to the proposed amendments:

Text of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter E

Text of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter F

Thank you for speaking out for the youth of Texas!

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