William and Mary National Curriculum Network Conference

What is the National Curriculum Networking Conference?

The conference offers sessions on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and advocacy for
high-ability learners. NCNC provides networking opportunities; highlights special materials, practices, and curriculum approaches that are responsive to the needs of advanced students.

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The NCNC conference will be held March 7-8, 2019.

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Smart is Not Easy: What Grit and Growth Mindset Really Means for the Gifted Child

Registration for this SENGinar is closed.  Recorded SENGinars are available for sale from the SENG Store approximately one week after the live presentation.  If you are interested in purchasing this SENGinar or in learning about previously  offered SENGinars visit the SENG site.     

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Gifted programs provide opportunities for gifted students to experience challenging tasks and to have opportunities to demonstrate persistence in order to be successful.    Everything in life is not easy but for many of our students mastering academic skills is fairly easy.

Learn why it is important for gifted children to learn how to work through challenging activities independently in this upcoming webinar from SENG.   This is an important topic.

When:  Thursday, November 8th  7:30-9:00 PM 

Cost:  $30 Members/$40 Non-Members

Deadline to Register: 11/08, 3 PM   REGISTRATION LINK

Seminar Summary from the SENG site:

“When smart kids find that everything comes easy, an essential aspect of self-development gets lost in the bargain: the development of persistence, self-discipline, and tolerance for failure. While these aspects are rarely discussed, Angela Duckworth’s seminal research on “grit” has much to say about gifted students, as does Carol Dweck’s research on “growth mindset.” Many assume that high IQ predicts success, but their research showed that passion and perseverance mattered a whole lot more – and on average, the smartest kids actually had the least grit.”

Underrepresented Student Populations

Why are there certain groups of students who are overlooked when it comes to referral and identification?  Perhaps cultural bias exists in the assessment process.  Nonverbal tasks, as well as flexibility of thought in varied situations are a few of the more appropriate measures.  Henrico gathers multiple criteria to help provide balance.

Donna Ford, of Vanderbuilt University,  gives some insight into the inappropriate ways students are sometimes assessed.    Donna Ford’s article



Competitions for Kids

Participating in competitions can help students learn skills they will use throughout their lives.  You can set up your own classroom competitions using the ideas and materials found on these sites.  Once you are comfortable with the process; sign up and have your students participate in local, state, and national competitions.  When you are ready, talk with your principal about possible funding for the contests of your choice.  HCPS students have previously participated in the contests listed below.

Destination Imagination grades K-12

Destination Imagination Information Link

Destination Imagination problems  engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills

GeoBee for grades 4-8

Geography Bee Information Link

An annual competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.  The site contains many resources.

Math League Contests for grades 4-5   The Math League Information Link

Promotes enjoyment and study of mathematics. The contest problems  are written to provide  a positive experience for students who appreciate a mathematical challenge.  Students solve problems in their classrooms.



Math Olympiad for grades 4-8

Math Olympiad Information Link

There are the five monthly contests administered from November through March in the classroom.   Math problem solving contests are for teams of up to thirty-five students.  Coaching materials contain practice problems and detailed problem solving strategies.


Rubik Cube Competitions for grades K-5 (Division 1) Rubik Cube Information Link

Students learn the secrets to solving the Rubik Cube then compete to see who can be the fastest.  Sets of cubes are available to be borrowed.  The site contains many resource materials and lesson plans.  Awards are handed out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams and soloists in each division.


Stock Market Game for grades 4-12

The Stock Market Game Information Link

The Stock Market Game is an online education program used to help teach math, social studies, business, economics, and language skills while learning about the stock market and how to invest wisely.  Students in grades 4-12 participate in teams and manage a simulated investment portfolio.

The 24 Challenge  for Elementary Students    The 24 Challenge Information Link

The 24 Challenge is a tournament-style competition organized around the 24 Game.  Over a period of months preceding the event, teachers use the 24 Game in their classrooms to help students hone their mathematics skills.

Word Masters for Grades 3-8   Word Master Challenge Link                                                    Word Masters helps students apply analytical and metaphorical thinking.  All students in a class complete the challenges but only top scores are reported.


Growth Mindset Webinar

Check out this free webinar about Growth Mindset.  The  one hour webinar is excellent.     The instructor explains what Growth Mindset is and offers many ideas about how to help your students of all ability levels adopt a growth mindset.            A free downloadable children’s book list is offered to support Growth Mindset discussions in the classroom.

Click here to access the webinar          Mindsetwebinar

Rubik’s Cube and Mosaics

At the end of the year it is always fun to explore new topics and games to engage your students. One game I found students to be passionate about is the Rubik’s Cube. This is a great puzzle to take with you on road trips, to play as you are watching TV, take outside and is a puzzle you can do independently or with friends. Educators can check out Rubik’s cubes for free (minus return shipping) from a lending library in amounts of 12-600 cubes. Henrico even holds a competition each spring for students to compete in teams of 8 to solve 25 cubes as fast as they can. Currently, the Glen Allen Cultural Arts center has Rubik’s cubes mosaics on display- what a great summer activity to check out! Feel free to pass on any links below to your students’ families as they gear up for summer.

Rubik’s Cube website
How to Solve the Cube
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center- Rubik’s Mosaics Event

For Those Who Love History or Just Want to Know More About It

Want to learn more about Virginia history this summer? A new app has been developed to help you.  See below…


Virginia has hundreds of museums and historic places and thousands of historic markers. How do you sift through them all to find the stories that interest you? You hit the trails—the Virginia History Trails. They are easy to find and easy to follow. And with 20 trails containing 400 stories, the Virginia History Trails are easy to love.

Virginia blazed a trail that America followed. Which makes Virginia’s history your history.

And the smartest way to explore your history is through Virginia History Trails.

To learn more visit the FAQ page.