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Excerpts from Our November Newsletter

A Message from AGATE’s Co-Presidents

We hope you and your family enjoyed a very happy Halloween! 

Last month, we held our annual membership drive, and it was a big success. Thank you to all who joined AGATE or renewed your membership–and if you didn’t get a chance, it’s never too late! Click here to become part of our community of parents and guardians who are advocating for advanced learners and enrichment opportunities for all. 

We’re looking forward to the next BOE Curriculum Committee meeting, which is scheduled for November 19th at 9:00 am and will feature Dr. Jeanne Paynter, an educational consultant and faculty associate of Johns Hopkins University. The founder and director of Educating Innovators, Dr. Paynter recently published Teach to Develop Talent: How to Motivate and Engage Tomorrow’s Innovators Today. She will discuss innovation in curriculum, instruction and assessment as it relates to the District’s new mission, vision and portrait of a graduate. This is sure to be a fascinating discussion!

We enjoyed holding our first two “Connecting over Coffees” at Blumenfeld Park. It was great to have the opportunity to get together in person! With cold weather coming, though, our next coffee will be held over Zoom. It is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st  at 7:30 pm to include those who are unable to attend daytime events. Bring a cup of decaf or a glass of wine!

Finally, AGATE continues to seek liaisons for each school–especially Daly and Schreiber–and we are also looking for one or two website directors. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at co-presidents@agatepw.org

All the Best,

Kim Keiserman and Rebecca Hughes Parker, AGATE Co-Presidents

Gifted Education in the News

Check out the December/January issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine, which is entitled “Finding and Developing Talented Youth” and explores diverse perspectives on current issues in Gifted Education. See, in particular, “Rethinking How We Identify Gifted Students” and “How Talented Low-Income Kids are Left Behind” for a thoughtful look at what the research says about increasing equity and meeting the needs of all students.

Join AGATE for Upcoming Events in November

  • Caffeine with Mike: Wednesday, November 3, 9:45-11:00am, KAM Annex Boardroom (Daly)
  • Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 pm, Schreiber Auditorium. Livestream here.
  • Caffeine with Mike: Wednesday, November 10, 9:45-11:00am, KAM Annex Boardroom (Daly)
  • BOE Budget & Facilities Committee Meeting: Monday, November 15, 8:30 am. Livestream here.
  • PWPL’s Teen Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop, Monday, November 15, 7:00 pm. Register at www.pwpl.org/teens for Zoom information.
  • BOE Policy & Personnel Work Session: Wednesday, November 17, 9:30 am. Livestream here.
  • BOE Curriculum Committee Work Session: Friday, November 19, 9:00 am.  Zoom here. Livestream here.
  • AGATE’s Connecting over Coffee, Wednesday, December 1, 7:30 pm via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4651254190?pwd=N3ZOU1czeVJ0S3piaUJ0QzR1WFlwZz09 Meeting ID: 465 125 4190     Passcode: COFFEE