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Suffolk Commonwealth Attorney’s 6th Forensics Camp June 19-23, 2017

Posted by 3468 on June 5, 2017

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Summer Camp “Build Your Own Adventure”

Posted by 3468 on April 20, 2017

CBFS’s Summer Camps have a new structure this year called “Build Your Own Adventure” where campers will be able to select sessions from our Camp Activities page to create their own unique camp experience. Activities include all of our traditional marine science options as well as arts, sports, and team building.

Check out the website! http://www.cbfieldstation.org/overnight-camps.html

 


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Summer Learning for Gifted Students

Posted by 3468 on March 24, 2017

Gifted children love to learn and that love of learning doesn’t stop during the summer months. Luckily, parents can send their children to summer camps meant especially for gifted children. These camps, often sponsored by universities or gifted organizations, offer courses providing in-depth study of a variety of subjects.

Some summer camps, such as Space Camp, are not necessarily designed with gifted children in mind, but because of their special focus, appeal to gifted children.

Whatever the interests and abilities of your gifted child, you’ll find a summer camp to fit his or her needs.


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Virginia Association for the Gifted Summer Scholarship Grade 6-12

Posted by 3468 on February 27, 2017

Student Summer Scholarships Grades 6-12

Virginia Association for the Gifted

Summer Scholarship – Grades 6-12

 

The Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG) Student Summer Scholarships are designed for those gifted and talented students who wish to attend academic or artistic programs during the summer months.  The scholarships are in amounts ranging from $100 to $400 (see funding schedule below) and are available for students, K-12.  Applications must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2017.  All applicants will be notified of their award status by May 15.

 

Applying for a scholarship through VAG does not constitute application to a specific program; you must make application to the summer program of your choice directly.  VAG scholarships are contingent on acceptance into the program.  Many programs offer financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants.  You must contact the program directly for information on their scholarship and grant offerings.  Scholarship checks are made payable to the program only and not to individual students or their families.  

 

Application Instructions

Please read these instructions carefully prior to completing the application.

  • Applicants must be identified as gifted by their Virginia school division.  It is highly recommended that all summer scholarships go through the gifted education staff in the student’s school division in order to verify gifted eligibility.
  •  Virginia applicants who are home-schooled or attend private school must provide appropriate testing evidence of giftedness with test scores of 97% or above on a nationally – normed achievement or aptitude measure taken within the past 12 months.  VAG reserves the right to determine what type of testing is appropriate for consideration.
  • Applicants must adhere to the essay space and recommendation length limitations.
  • Any typed portions of the applications must be in a font size of at least 12 points.
  • Applicants must not submit samples of their work or any portfolio items.  Information of this type will be removed from applications prior to evaluation.
  • Submit only the required number of recommendations.  One parent/guardian recommendation and one adult/professional recommendation are needed for the student application.  The selection committee will remove any additional letters of recommendation from the application prior to evaluation.  In general, the best written responses discuss the strengths of the applicant and give specific examples to support them.  They are specific to the individual being recommended and help the evaluators understand the personality of the applicant.
  • Incomplete applications are not considered.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application packet is complete.  Send the original and three copies.  Applications without copies are considered incomplete.
  • Attach a description of the summer program you are applying for a scholarship to attend. A copy of the program description in the program brochure meets this requirement.  Applications without a description of the program are considered incomplete.
  • Applications received with a postmark later than March 31 will be considered late and automatically disqualified from consideration by the Awards Committee.
  • A current VAG member must sign the application as a sponsor in order for the application to be considered complete.  If there are doubts as to current membership, VAG membership applications may be submitted on the Virginia Association for the Gifted’s website at www.vagifted.org An application lacking VAG sponsorship is considered incomplete.  It is highly recommended that VAG membership questions be directed to the student’s school division gifted education office.
  • No more than one scholarship is awarded to a single individual within a three-year period.
  • Students with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact the VAG office.
  • Applications mailed to an invalid address will be disqualified from consideration by the Awards Committee.
  • Programs that are free to the student or are sponsored by the student’s school division’s gifted education office on a sliding scale are not eligible for scholarship assistance.

 

 

How Summer Scholarship Applications are scored.

 

Written responses on the applications are evaluated holistically.  Three independent readers use the following rubric to evaluate the applications.

  1. Superior:  This response answers the questions very thoroughly and completely.  Wording is clear and precise, leaving no doubts about the intended meaning.  There are detailed and elaborated responses, providing specific and appropriate examples about the applicant.

     

  1. Commendable:  This response is clear and to the point, with generally strong vocabulary.  It leaves little doubt as to the intended meaning.  There are somewhat detailed and elaborated responses to the questions, specific and appropriate examples about the applicant are evident.

     

  1. Acceptable:  This response is done in a clear and straightforward manner, with little doubt about the intended meaning, but is not as thorough as the responses above.  Examples are provided, but little detail or elaboration is evident in the response.  It has some elements of a 4 or 5, but lacks the same overall depth and quality shown in those responses.

     

  1. Limited:  This response is vague and lacks a clear focal point.  The writing relates to the topic, but it contains few specific examples about the applicant.  There is very little in the way of detail or elaboration in the response, and does not fully answer the questions.

     

    1      Inadequate:  This response is very weak; it does not address the question in any meaningful way.  It lacks any specific examples about the applicant, and everything is stated in a very basic way.  This response also may be off-track and not relevant to the application.

     

    How Summer Scholarship Applications are funded.

     

    The Virginia Association for the Gifted will present scholarships according to the award schedule itemized below and will not exceed the total scholarship budget approved and voted upon by the VAG Board.  Each scholarship will be paid directly to the awarded student’s summer program.  The scholarships are awarded annually by the VAG Scholarship and Awards Committee.

    Scholarship Funding for Summer of 2017:

  • Program Costs      over $2000                                        Award of up to     $400
  • Program Costs      $1000 – $1999                                   Award of up to     $300
  • Program Costs      $500 – $999                                       Award of up to     $200
  • Program Costs      $499 and under                                 Award of up to     $100

 

Any questions about the Summer Scholarship Application process should be directed to the Executive Director of the Virginia Association for the Gifted at Director@vagifted.org or 804-355-5945.

 

Application must be submitted on or before March 31, 2017

* Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

 

Required forms


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SENG CONFERENCE

Posted by 3468 on January 24, 2017

Be an Earlybird! Register today and SAVE! 

August 3-6, 2017 Chicago Marriott Naperville 2017-variation

SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population.

Join us for a spectacular event dedicated to education, support and and community. Learn from world renown experts across a variety of disciplines who will share their stories and expertise including Dina Brulles, Jaime Castellano, Susan Daniels, Jim Delisle, Joanna Haase, Scott Barry Kaufman, Nicole Tetreault, and Carol Anne Tomlinson.

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Join us for a spectacular three day; enjoy a variety of different activities including:

  • Continuing Education Sessions
  • SMPG Facilitator Training
  • Welcome Reception and Cocktail Party
  • 6 Keynote Presentations
  • 8 session strands
  • 80 + General Sessions
  • Voices Live! New in 2017
  • Children’s Enrichment Program (Ages 6-14)
  • Children’s Program Welcome Reception
  • Discussion Groups
  • Exhibitors
  • The SENG Sanctuary ~ The SENGtuary is a dedicated space located in the general session hall affording conference participants a quiet space away from the bustle of breakout sessions. Featuring comfortable seating and natural light, the SENGtuary is the perfect place for conference participants to relax and recharge.
  • More!

Take advantage of Earlybird Registration and SAVE, click here.

Questions concerning conference production or submissions should be directed to the SENG Office at 844 488 SENG (7364).


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Curry School of Education Summer Enrichment Program

Posted by 3468 on December 12, 2016

In conjunction with the Curry School of Education, the University of Virginia announces the 39th year of its residential summer program for gifted and/or high ability students. Students enrolled in grades 4-10 during the 2016/2017 school year were able to apply to attend a twelve day session. SEP has three summer sessions:

  • Session I: June 18-29, 2017
  • Session II: July 2-13, 2017
  • Session III: July 16-27, 2017

Applications for the Summer program are available on this website every December 15th and are due on February 15th for that summer’s program.

 


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2017 Spring Saturday Enrichment Program

Posted by 3468 on December 6, 2016

The Center for Gifted Education is accepting registrations for the 2017 Spring
Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP). The 2017 Spring program will begin on
Saturday, February 25, 2017 and conclude on March 25, 2017, consisting of 5
Saturday sessions. The Spring program will be located at the William & Mary
Mason School of Business located at 101 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185

SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based
learning for students enrolled in grades K-12. It is not meant to supplant the
regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing
able students to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics,
humanities, and the arts.

The program’s brochure is accessible through the Center’s website at
http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/sep/index.php. If you have
any questions or if there is anything we can assist you with, please do not
hesitate to contact the CFGE office at (757) 221-2166 or
sep@wm.edu.


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Center of Gifted Education -Williamsburg, Virginia

Posted by 3468 on September 27, 2016

The Center for Gifted Education is accepting registrations for the Fall 2016
Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP). The 2016 Fall program will begin on
Saturday, October 29 and go until Saturday, December 3 (no class during
Thanksgiving week) in Richmond, consisting of 5 Saturday sessions.

SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based
learning for students enrolled in grades K–9. It is not meant to supplant the
regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing
able students to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics,
humanities, and the arts.

The program’s brochure is accessible through the Center’s website at
http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/sep/index.php. If you have
any questions or if there is anything we can assist you with, please do not
hesitate to contact the CFGE office at (757) 221-2166 or
sep@wm.edu.


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QUEST- Quality Utilization Enrichment of Students’ Talents

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QUEST is the program for academically gifted students in grades 3-8. Students receive differentiated instruction from the gifted resource teacher and general education teacher throughout the year.  Assignments are provided to stimulate and foster critical thinking and independent research skills.   Students work both individually and in small groups to develop independent learning skills, creative potential, and higher level thinking abilities.


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Problem Based Learning

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Problem Based Learning and Examples of Science Lesson Ideas

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method of hands-on, active learning centered on the investigation and resolution of messy, real-world problems.  It originated in the late 1960s at the medical school at McMaster University in Canada.  It is a pedagogical approach and curriculum design methodology often used in higher education and K-12 settings.  The following are some of the defining characteristics of PBL:

  • Learning is driven by challenging, open-ended problems with no one “right” answer
  • Problems/cases are context specific
  • Students work as self-directed, active investigators and problem-solvers in small collaborative groups (typically of about five students)
  • A key problem is identified and a solution is agreed upon and implemented
  • Teachers adopt the role as facilitators of learning, guiding the learning process and promoting an environment of inquiry

The following links are from Best Kids Educational Website Reviews of the best K-12 interactive games and education sites for kids, parents and teachers.  Education websites reviewed here are listed on LearningReviews.com, a directory of more than 2,900 mostly free K-12 educational websites, rated and reviewed by teachers, parents and students.  The projects are often cross-curricular and incorporate STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.


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