The annual spring coference fore AGATE will be in Great Falls this year! Visit our Conference Page for all the information. This year attendees will hear from two incredible national presenters Lisa Van Gemert and Ian Byrd. Both are experts in the field of Gifted and Talented Instruction. You do not want to miss this conference!
As you plan for the new school year remember to plan to attend the 2016 AGATE Spring Conference in Great Falls April, 14-15 this year. Visit our Conference Page for information about the following,
We hope to see you in Great Falls in April!
Did you attend the spring conference in Helena this year? We would love to hear from you about your expereince! If you did not have the chance to return a paper evaluation after the conference please fill out this Google form so we can plan for next year's conference. Thank you for joining us in Helena. We will see you next year in Great Falls April 14-15, 2016.
The annual SAT Challenge and Summer Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Banquet was held Friday April 10, 2015 at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT. Middle School students were honored and rewarded for their achievments by the members of the AGATE board. Six students were awarded scholarships from AGATE to use toward an educational program of their choice. Award recipients shared their writing with the group at the banquet. AGATE Keynote presenter Ian Byrd delivered and inspirational and motivational address to the students about the challenges of being gifted. He urged them to aspire to being great instead of being perfect. The winners of the SAT Challenge were honored and asked to address the group with a short bio and their plans for the scholorahip money. All scholars were presented with a certificate, a medal and a set of earbuds from Carroll College.
AGATE Scholarship Winners
Amanda Mazur, Lolo
Noel Migliaccio, Florence
Analise Migliaccio, Florence
Marias Oelkers, Belgrade
Emi Wilson, Bozeman
Karissa Tu, Bozeman
SAT Challenge Winners
Reading: Marias Oelkers, 7th Grade, Belgrade
Reading: Grace Tallman, 7th Grade, Bozeman
Reading: Lucy Sirrs, 8th Grade, Missoula
Math: Conrad Lee, 7th Grade, Bozeman
Math: Oliver Chinn, 8th Grade, Missoula
Writing: Sophia Dilorenzo, 8th Grade, Great Falls
Writing: Jonathan Noble, 8th Grade, Livingston
Composite: Lucas Hamling, 8th Grade, Bozeman
Composite: Owen Mitchell, 7th Grade, Bozeman
Click here to view the latest edition of AGATE's newsletter. Topics of interest this month include,
President’s Message by Holly Shupert
AGATE newsletter, August 2014
Greetings! As a parent of three gifted children, at varying stages of matriculation, I am often asked why I am involved in AGATE. The answer is easy. At a very basic level, we all desire children to be healthy, happy, experiencing personal and academic growth. We all want the educational needs of all children to be met. The development of each child’s talent is essential to fulfilling this desire. As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Music, we must “start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start.” We already know that each child’s learning success begins in the home. Repeated studies have shown that children who live in “healthy and happy” homes are better prepared to learn at school. However, even children from healthy and happy homes are each different from each other, including those who have been labeled “gifted and talented”. The label does not mean they are better or worse than other students; it means their brains are developing significantly differently. A new study published this summer reports on how some video games your students may have played this summer effects developing brains.
In the June/July 2014 issue of Neurology Now, Amy Paturel, M.S., M.P.H. reports on how video games effect the developing brains of children and teens in her article “Game Theory”. “In a study of 45 adolescents, playing violent video games for only 30 minutes immediately lowered activity in the prefrontal regions of the brain compared to those who participated in a non-violent game. “ (page 34). “’The prefrontal cortex – the locus of judgment, decision-making, and impulse control – undergoes major reorganization during adolescence,’ explains Tom A. Hummer, Ph.D., assistant research professor in the department of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. That executive control center is essential for weighing risks and rewards and for putting the brakes on the pursuit of immediate rewards (like gaming) in favor of more adaptive longer –term goals (like next week’s chemistry test). ‘ Id.
I am not saying that all video gaming is unhealthy. To the contrary many games help students increase visual capabilities, strategize, and learn to perform multiple tasks at one time. However, I do think that showing students the MRI scans that show what the violent gaming is doing to their brains will help them understand the importance of their gaming behavior. I know when I showed this to my son and his friend they both turned off the video game and went outside to play. Sometimes a picture does say a thousand words.
Paturel, Amy. “Game Theory.” Neurology Now June/July 2014 Print
As we prepare for school I thought you might find some of the following books and websites interesting to explore as you finish this summer.
www.Byrdseed.com Ian Byrd has a wonderful website that has free and subscription offerings for teachers, parents, and gifted students. He has a free monthly newsletter with lesson plans, games, and things to spark discussion with the children in your life and he has a free weekly spelling list of foreign words that we use on a daily basis.
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html Dr. Erik H. Chudler has a good website for students entitled “Neuroscience for Kids”. This site is fun way to learn about the nervous system. He also has links to lots of wonderful articles on anything affecting your brain and nervous system. You can also request to get a free newsletter from Dr. Chudler by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindset The New Psychology of Success How We Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol S. Dweck. This is a great book to help reevaluate how you approach goals in your life and how your mindset effects more than your talent to bring success.
Living with Intensity Edited by Susan Daniels, Ph. D. & Michael M. Piechowski, Ph. D. This book is five years old but a good book to help you understand students who learn differently because they are gifted and talented.
Intelligent Life in the Classroom by Karen Isaacson and Tamera Fisher. An inspirational book for all teachers filled with humor and wisdom to improve your classroom with the love for learning.
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb, et al. This is a valuable and comprehensive book that I believe all parents of gifted children should read. It explains the lingo and helps you understand your children.
I look forward to meeting you at MT AGATE’s Conference in Helena on April 9-10, 2015. We will be announcing our keynote speakers soon and are very excited! Conference is a nice time to meet many new people and to see and visit with those you have known for a few years as you learn and explore new and exciting ways to teach and connect with your students and children. As you plan your budget this month, please remember in addition to providing the opportunity for you to learn how to better prepare for and engage with gifted and talented students, MT AGATE offers renewal credits and college credit when you attend our conference.
See you soon!
If you live in Missoula or Bozeman areas, you may want to participate in the local gifted parents' Facebook groups, COMPASS POINTS and Gallatin Gifted Group. You'll find out about the local group's events, plus other opportunities for gifted kids in the area. We're looking forward to seeing your posts about things of interest for families of gifted kids, too.
Whether you live there, or elsewhere in Montana, you still want to "like" Montana AGATE's Facebook page.
Does anyone want to start a Facebook group for gifted parents elsewhere in the state? We'll be happy to help publicize it.
Your 7th or 8th grader can take the SAT, find out how he or she compares to other gifted middle-schoolers, and potentially earn a $300 scholarship. How? By signing up for the Montana AGATE SAT Challenge.
Deadlines are looming, though. November 25 is the late registration date for the December 7th SAT test. December 27th is the regular registration deadline for the January 25th SAT.
Consult the SAT Challenge flyer or read more on our website.