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In honor of I Love to Read Month, St. Croix Valley Gifted meets MON 2/27 on The Care & Feeding of Advanced Readers. If between 15% - 45% of late elementary students enter the classroom performing at least one year beyond current grade expectations, what is the larger impact of boredom? Click for newsletter features on our FEBRUARY meeting, scholarship eligibility especially for current 7th graders, emerging research on boredom, opportunities to be part of the newly forming SENG Model Parent Group, and an approaching info session on PSEO enrollment.
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Choosing Books to Fit the Kid

Young advanced readers may read two or more levels beyond what's common for their age peers. Even among strong readers, striking differences may call for further differentiation. We'll introduce ways to feed GT readers' appetites with books that nourish expanding abilities, intensities, interests, and socio-emotional needs. Monday 2/27, info at stcroixvalleygifted.net

St. Croix Valley Gifted continues to field your questions and reactions about changes to gifted programming at area schools. Thank you for looking to MCGT as a community resource committed to local students. Membership makes our efforts possible!
New SENG Model Gifted Parent Group Forming in East Metro
Missed our 2/2 chapter meeting? Limited spaces are available in the newly forming SENG Model Parent Group. A series of six discussions centered on challenges associated with raising a gifted child will be led by SENG certified facilitators Jennifer Siebenaler and Sarah Stivland. Held bi-weekly in the evening, location TBD. Contact stcroixvalley@mcgt.net.
CURRENT YEAR 7th GRADERS:
APRIL 2017 Scholarship Dates

Apply by April 5 -
Jack Kent Cooke Youth Scholars Program

Apply by April 12 - Institute for Educational Advancement's
Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

Details at stcroixvalleygifted.net 
Current 7th Grade GT Students Eligible for JKCF Young Scholars

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, which provides generous funding and pre-college educational support to exceptionally promising middle school students across the U.S.

JKCF Young Scholars receive:

  • Personalized educational advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school

  • Funding for summer and extracurricular academic programs
  • Comprehensive support to gain admission to top colleges and universities with merit- and need-based aid

  • Access to internships, study abroad opportunities, and technology resources

Eligible 7th grade applicants demonstrate high academic ability, financial need, leadership, and a desire to help others.

PSEO INFO MEETING THURS 2/23
= SAHS Main Forum, 6:00pm =

Students choosing or planning to enroll in PSEO courses should attend this Stillwater Area Public Schools meeting. Representatives from the University of Minnesota and Century College will be present. PSEO is 
a MN program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses.

Why students get increasingly bored as they get older — and why it matters 


In our October 2016 newsletter, St. Croix Valley Gifted introduced readers to an education policy brief out of Johns Hopkins University that asked, How many students are learning above grade level as the school year begins? 

Their analysis of multiple national data sets found that between "15% and 45% of students enter the late-elementary classroom each fall already performing at least one year ahead of expectations" and painted a "sobering picture of the number of students who are not well served under the current grade-based educational paradigm." Consider what that means for gifted learners, whose innate abilities in one or more subject areas makes curriculum compacting or other forms of acceleration a more suitable fit. 

Lecturer Todd Rose, Director of the Mind, Brain & Education Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, questions the notion of boredom as a "character flaw," saying that the opposite of boredom is not entertainment, but engagement. "[I]f you really believe that all kids are capable, then you would build environments that really worked hard to sustain engagement and nurture potential." Harvard Ed. 
Magazine takes a closer look at the larger impact of kids being Bored Out of Their Minds at school.
 


"New research has begun to reveal boredom’s dismal effects in school and on the psyche. A 2014 study that followed 424 students at the University of Munich over the course of an academic year found a cycle in which boredom bore lower test results, which bore higher levels of boredom, which bore still lower test results. Boredom accounts for nearly a third of variation in student achievement. A 2010 German study found that boredom “instigates a desire to escape from the situation” that causes boredom. It’s not surprising, then, that half of high school dropouts cite boredom as their primary motivator for leaving." - Read more at Harvard Ed. Magazine, Winter 2017
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