FORWARD MATTERS - The Newsletter of Guilford County PAGE


Newsletter - April 2016

We Need You:
Supporting Gifted Education

Thanks to our members, Guilford County PAGE is the largest chapter in North Carolina. In large part, our continued success is a result of our committed board members and other volunteers, who do so many things to benefit us all.

Behind the scenes, they research opportunities and issues, stay on top of advocacy matters, work with other area non-profits, plan events and secure speakers, and develop relevant communications like Forward Matters.
Since breathing new life into Guilford County PAGE a few years ago, we’ve found there’s strength in numbers. By connecting with one another, we truly to make a difference to all gifted students, parents and educators across the county -- from public, private, charter and home schools.
How can you support gifted education in Guilford County?

  • Become a member: If you aren’t already a PAGE member, we encourage you to join. For $15/year for families and $5/year for educators, you demonstrate your commitment to gifted education. For those who join after April 1, you will have membership through the 2016 - 2017 academic year. Your dues support a range of beneficial activities, including events, speakers, enrichment and professional development.
  • Follow us on Facebook: Be sure to follow Guilford County PAGE on Facebook for the latest news, events, resources and research about gifted education and our county.
  • Join our Board: By committing a few hours a month as a board member, you can make a significant difference to Guilford County PAGE. As we embark on the 2016-2017 academic year, we are seeking new volunteers to serve on our board: Adult Programming Chair (plans adult enrichment programs), Sponsorship Chair (manages community relations, donations and sponsorships) and Communications Chair (manages web, email and newsletter content). Contact Holly Stewart to learn more.

Preparing for the New SAT

Thanks to the financial support of our members, Guilford County PAGE was able to send four board members to the 2016 North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) Conference, and they brought back a wealth of resources, tips and contacts. Ginny Zmuda, Family-Friendly Programming Chair, found many free resources for parents and students preparing to take the new SAT.

“Now that the first new SAT has been administered, it’s worth taking a look at some of the latest reviews,” said Zmuda. Be sure to review the March 2016 article in My College Guide called “ACT vs. The New SAT, Which Should you Take?” Also, plan to follow Duke TIP blog posts as they report feedback on the new test.

“Parents no longer have to pay for the big bulky SAT study guide books or for expensive SAT preparation courses,” added Zmuda. “A collaboration between the College Board and Khan Academy allows students to have free access to personalized practice based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores. I wish they had this when I was in high school!” Both the College Board and Khan Academy offer their free comprehensive study programs online.

Finally, the Daily Practice for the New SAT App for iPhone and Android devices is perfect for on-the-go teens. “One problem a day isn’t too much for parents to ask, right?,” concluded Zmuda.

Dare to Dive into AG Department Documents

Later this spring, the GCS AG department will be completing their proposed 2016-2019 Guilford County AIG Plan and preparing for submission to the NC State Board of Education in July.

Are you good at proofreading?
Do you want to see the final draft plan?

The GCS AG Department needs your “fresh eyes” to read over the plan for content clarity. If you are available to assist, email Dibrelle Tourret, AG Department Executive Director If you’d like to get the scoop from a parent who has already participated, email Katherine Humphreys, Guilford County PAGE AG Department Liaison.

GCS Student Wins NCAGT Award

Congratulations to MacKenzie Wheeless, a sixth grader from Jamestown Middle School, for winning the 2016 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award conferred by the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented (NCAGT). According to GCS, “The award is presented annually to a student who demonstrates distinguished achievement in academics, leadership or the arts.” Guilford County PAGE is an affiliate of NCAGT.

"Smart" Adult Coloring Books

With adult coloring books all the rage among tweens, teens and adults, even the Smithsonian, Oxford and academics are getting in on the action. CNN is even covering the trend and quoting experts on this new alternative to meditation and relaxation. So, brew a cup of hot tea, turn off your electronic device and sharpen those colored pencils.

To get started, check out these coloring books and downloadable pages inspired by math, masterpieces, science and more.
  • Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty was recently featured on PRI’s Science Friday. Author Alex Bellos came upon the idea for using math as art when he noticed a friend had displayed the Ulam spiral, a visual analysis of prime number distribution, which he thought really worked well as art. A great accompaniment for families is a fun prime number exploration from gifted education expert Ian Byrd’s Byrdseed blog.
  • To coincide with a new exhibit, the Smithsonian Libraries are presenting a series of free downloadable coloring pages called Color in a New Light. Also, you can take part in their online exhibit about color, which explores the science and art behind color. Interested in learning more? Review color theory basics and take an online tutorial.
  • Many museums are now getting into the act, creating coloring pages based on their collections. Color a Syrian wall tile courtesy of the Penn Museum, choose a medieval theme from the Bodleian Libraries of University of Oxford, print a creepy archival skeleton drawing from Oregon Health & Science University or explore the downright bizarre from the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University.
Want something a bit more unique? Make your own designs with color mandala.

General Meeting Features Duke TIP's Dr. Rick Courtright

Don’t miss Guilford County PAGE’s General Meeting featuring expert and guest speaker Rick Courtright, PhD, with Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program). Dr. Courtright will speak about personality and the gifted.

Members will receive an e-invitation by April 5, and RSVPs will be required. The general public may attend if space permits.

  • When: Tues., Apr. 19, 2016 from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Elon Law School, 201 N. Green Street/Corner of Green St. and Friendly Ave., Greensboro, Room 207; parking is available on the street or at the Bellemeade Street Parking Deck for a nominal fee.
  • What: “Recognizing Different Personality Styles: Building Better Communication and Relationships Through Understanding”
A dynamic speaker, leading gifted education expert with more than 40 years of experience, and the 2015 NCAGT Distinguished Service Award recipient, Courtright will discuss:
  • Key aspects of personality styles
  • How to self-identify your individual personality style
  • Impact of personality styles on perceptions and reactions
  • How to acknowledge different personality styles

About Dr. Rick Courtright
Richard D. Courtright, PhD, gifted education specialist for Duke TIP, is a lifelong educator with more than 40 years of experience. Dr. Courtright was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, and a gifted education program administrator. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an emphasis on gifted and talented education.

Dr. Courtright’s professional interests include consultation on curriculum and program development, program evaluation and teacher training in gifted and talented education. He has co-written and co-edited several works, taught a variety of courses and workshops in general, gifted, and special education, and presented at state, regional, and national conferences.

Crowdsourcing Digital Collaborators

Ever thought you’ve missed your calling? Wish you were an archeologist instead of an accountant? Want to make a college application stand out? Interested in volunteering virtually?
With today’s advanced technology, including satellite mapping, collaborative software and the ability to connect with people all over the world, some innovative academics and others are crowdsourcing phenomenal projects.
One of the first to gain worldwide attention was Eric Whitacre, a composer and conductor. In 2011, he crowdsourced a virtual choir with 2,000 people from around the world powered by YouTube and a TedTalk.
Here’s a sampling of future and current opportunities to become a digital volunteer:
  • The 2016 TED Prize Winner, a space archaeologist, is using her $1 million prize to fund a crowdsourced project to find Egyptian pyramids under present day cities.
  • The Smithsonian Institution’s online Transcription Center is crowdsourcing the translation of everything from the packing list for the space shuttle to field notes of a 19th century naturalist. According to the Smithsonian, nearly 6,000 volunteers worldwide have transcribed more than 150,000 pages from over 1,000 projects.
  • As part of a University of Iowa Libraries project, you can transcribe women’s diaries or the history of the transcontinental railroad.
  • For those who want to channel their inner Julia Child, the New York Public Library’s “What’s on the menu?” project  is looking for volunteers to help transcribe historic menus.
  • As part of a National Archives project, you can work on photo captions for National Forestry Service images.
  • With the Australia-based Atlas of Living, you can work on bivalve specimens.


April 19, 7-8:30 p.m. 
General Meeting featuring Rick Courtright, Ph.D. on Personality Styles
Elon Law School, Room 207



April 7, 6 p.m. 
Information Meeting: Summer All-Star Camp
Grimsley High School



April 9, 1-5 p.m. 
Earth Day
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library
Free family friendly day of fun. Hands-on STEM activities, nature/science hands-on exhibits, gardening and technology displays, alternative vehicles, face painting, hayrides, eco-art, live animals, and more!

April 9 & 16
River Run International Film Festival: Saturday Morning Cartons
HanesBrands Theatre, Winston-Salem

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April 9, 16 & 23, 10 a.m.
Blacksmithing Demonstration
High Point Museum

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April 16, 1-3 p.m.
Drawing from Nature: Family Drop-in
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
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April 23, 12-4 p.m.
Ansel Adams: Community Day
Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston-Salem
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April 30, 1-5:15 p.m. 
Film Screenings, Pollock & Frida
Hemphill Branch Library
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Through May 27 
Hina Matsuri: Dolls' Day in Japan Exhibit
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Get more info

Through July 17
Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light Exhibit
Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston-Salem

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For a listing of all events, visit the North Carolina Science Festival calendar.

April 8, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Statewide Star Party
Greensboro Science Center

April 9, 1-5 p.m.
Earth Day
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library

April 13, 4-7 p.m.
Rubik's Cube Competition & Mosaic Fun
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library

April 16, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Citizen Science Day
Price Park
Families with school-age children bring your camera or smart phone to participate in a Citizen Science project called I-Naturalist. We will be seeing wildlife in Price Park. 

April 16, 12-1 p.m.
Science, Science Everywhere!

Tech Corner

From career explorations to online games and lists of top resources, check out this month’s Tech Corner highlights.
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