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  December 10, 2010


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January, 2011


WV - Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher Preparation

Marshall University

Program requirements

West Virginia University

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From the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
2010 Convention - General Session
 Mindsets, Praise, and Gifted Education: How Our Messages
Can Help or Hinder the Development of Talent
     One of the world's leading researchers in the field of motivation, Carol Dweck is the author of the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In her presentation at the NAGC 2010 Convention, she shared:

  • Why brains and talent don't necessarily bring success.
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn't foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them.
  • How rewarding effort, persistence despite setbacks, strategies... raises grades and productivity.

     Read more about Dweck's research on achievement and success.


From WV Department of Education

Important Information - Online IEP - Present Levels

      The General Information area in the Online IEP does not require goal development. At least one other area must be selected to develop goals. Gifted Education teachers may address content in Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science, of course; but if focusing on enriching content with conceptual learning and higher-order thinking across all domains, the area to choose is Functional Skills.

     Read more about the Online IEP - Present Levels here.

Highlighted Site

The highlighted site in this issue is Search for A Christmas Carol - you may download books free in several formats including pdf.

     Also, A Christmas Carol Lesson Plans contains free lessons, resources, activities and discussion questions.
A Christmas Carol book cover

   "Patience, persistence and perspiration
make an unbeatable combination."
  Napoleon Hill

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.