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Newsletter - March 2016

General Meeting Focuses on Personality Styles

Our General Meeting will feature expert and guest speaker Rick Courtright, PhD, with Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) on Recognizing Different Personality Styles: Building Better Communication and Relationships Through Understanding.

“Rick is a dynamic speaker, insightful gifted education expert with more than 40 years of experience, and the recipient of the 2015 NCAGT Distinguished Service Award,” said Michelle Himmelman, VP of Guilford County PAGE and a gifted education consultant. “This particular presentation has helped me personally and professionally.”

During the presentation, Dr. Courtright will:

  • Examine key aspects of personality styles
  • Help audience members identify an individual personality style
  • Explain how personality styles affect perceptions and reactions
  • Discuss how to acknowledge different personality styles
  • Conclude with a brief Q&A

Dr. Courtright has crafted his presentation with parents, middle and high school students, educators and others interested in how personality impacts giftedness in mind.

This free event will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Elon Law School in downtown Greensboro, in room 207.
Click here for directions using Google Maps.

Free parking is available on the street and paid parking is available for a nominal fee at the Bellemeade Street Parking Deck. From the Bellemeade Street Parking Deck, take the elevator and exit onto the first floor of the Elon Law Building.

An e-invitation will be sent to Guilford County PAGE members at the beginning of April with with a link to RSVP. The general public may attend if space permits.

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.

Coding Club Opportunity

While the UNCG SELF Design Studio’s main purpose is teacher preparation, the studio also wants to offer area events for youth ages 9 to 15. Currently, the studio is exploring the possibility of starting a Triad Coding Club for students, parents, and/or educators. Free events would be held twice monthly on weekday evenings or during the weekend. No prior coding experience is necessary, and participants would learn Scratch, web development, Python, physical computing and  Minecraft hacking/modding. Click here to learn more, and fill out an interest survey.

SELF Design Studio Hosted PAGE Member Families

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On February 20, 2016, Guilford County PAGE held its first-ever, members only family “maker” event at UNCG SELF Design Studio.

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Spotlight on Guilford County Academy

Parenting an AG student can be very time consuming and mind boggling. Guilford Parent Academy (GPA) is designed to help all parents and caregivers help their children succeed at school and in life. Sponsored by Guilford County Schools, the United States Department of Education and a variety of businesses and community partners, GPA offers powerful online resources, workshops and registration for family events through their online portal. And it’s all free once a parent joins and completes the online registration process. 

GPA facilitates meetings and seminars keeping parents informed like the AG Transitions to Middle School, New to AG, and Transitioning to College and Beyond. GPA maintains a county-wide calendar listing many opportunities provided by GPA and others like Guilford County PAGE, including offerings such as college and career fairs, an annual Family Fun Day in May, and homework, digital and foreign language support. This year, GPA has added some new electronic resources, too. 

In a recent interview, we asked GPA Executive Director Lindsey Whitley to tell us more about the many resources available for parents, caregivers and students. 

Q: Describe online resources that would be applicable for parents of AG students? 
Guilford Parent Academy offers Brainfuse HelpNow, which is a 24/7 tutoring and educational resource available to parents and students in all grade levels. This academic resource offers expert tutoring and self-paced study tools such as Skill Surfer. Skill Surfer allows students to challenge themselves by accessing honors and AP level content which serves to motivate them to master competencies at an earlier and faster pace. Brainfuse also offers students access to a test center which provides practice questions in all levels of math, reading and writing which also serves as a great resource for college preparatory tests such as the ACT and SAT. 

Q: AG students may have some intense social and emotional needs. Are there resources that would help parents? 
Connect with Kids WebSource is a collection of more than 300 videos which focus on social and emotional issues. The video library uses the power of storytelling and peer-to-peer learning to spark a student’s emotional connection to issues making it easier to discuss with parents. These video resources also inspire positive behavior and cultural change. Video topics include but are not limited to areas such as expectations, diversity, courage, test anxiety and asking for help. This is a resource from which students of all grade and ability levels can benefit. 

Q: How do I get started? 
It’s simple: visit GPA Join Here and set up a free account. Contact Guilford Parent Academy should you have any questions at or 336-279-4924.

Advocacy Update

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) re-authorizing America’s primary elementary and secondary education law. The updated law incorporates several provisions from the TALENT Act, addresses specific learning needs of gifted children and calls on leaders to support teachers in improving gifted education. 

According to NCAGT’s recent “Advocacy Brief,” now, Title II funds may be used for teacher training to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. As well, districts may now use Title I funds to identify and serve low-income gifted students. Further, states may opt to use computer adaptive assessments, which will allow for above-grade level testing. Finally, local districts will be required to report student achievement data “disaggregated by subgroups, at all levels.”

To learn more, visit the National Association of Gifted Children.

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Search

Did you know Guilford County Schools routinely seeks input from the public? Through March 16, 2016, you can provide input regarding the search a new superintendent. Let your voice - and the voice of gifted students - be heard! Click here to go to the survey now. 


We’ve cultivated a list of unique summer camps for gifted students from kindergarten to high school.

Online Enrichment Course for High School Students
by Randall Hayes, Ph.D.

'Tis the season where high school juniors find out whether they will be attending this summer's North Carolina Governor's School. This will be my fifth year teaching a neuroscience course at the Salem College campus in Winston. Last summer, I learned that for budget reasons, there are slots for only about one-third of the applicants. This bothered me, and I decided to do something about it.

This spring, my company, Agnosia Media, LLC, will be piloting an expanded online version of one of my GSW neuroscience modules, a mental illness course based on the 1990s MTV cartoon The Maxx.  

The star of the show is a purple super-hero who experiences dissociative episodes as he slips back and forth between his nameless city – where, “homeless, he lives in a box in an alley” – and a dreamlike wilderness he calls The Outback. His friends and enemies also experience a great deal of emotional trauma and deal with it in different ways.  

Around the show, we read and discuss articles from both the popular press and the scientific literature about the changing ways in which mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated. Students are also introduced to their state and local chapters of NAMI, the National Association for Mental Illness, a service and advocacy group. High school seniors are often looking for service hours, and NAMI is an active organization which reaches every county in North Carolina.

We will run this pilot course several times throughout the spring and summer. Exact dates will be set once we determine the level of interest and students' schedule conflicts. Enrollment will be limited to 50 students per session. For further information, follow our Facebook page or e-mail


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



Mar. 11-13
C.S. Lewis' Narnia: the Musical Drama Center's Children's Theatre
Get more info

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 30, 1-5:15 p.m. 
Film Screenings, Pollock & Frida
Hemphill Branch Library



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!
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