News from the Michigan Association for Gifted Children


The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is pleased to announce that in 2014 it will once again offer Summer Scholarships. This year, two $300 scholarships will be awarded. Interested students can use our online application, which provides applicants with an easy, streamlined method of applying.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be nominated by a current MAGC member, and agree to submit verification that the scholarship money was used as planned, as well as a short review of the summer experience for possible publication in the MAGC newsletter. MAGC membership is only $25 per year, and you can join online at MembershipApplication.

The online application will be available from now until the deadline of 12 am EST, March 2, 2014. Applications must be received online by the deadline to be considered for an award. There are no exceptions to the due date. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, March 31, 2014. Check out the website,, for more information, or go directly to the scholarship application form at scholarship application.

Parent Support Group Meeting
Saturday, March 15
1-3 p.m.

Baker College – Flint

Ctr for Undergrad, Rm. E101-103
1050 W. Bristol Rd, Flint MI 48507

Looking for a Parent Support Group in the Flint/Genesee Area?

Parents/teachers of clever, gifted children will learn about these kids who ‘know everything,’ though their grades don’t always show it. These children may exhibit high emotions, sensitivities, or signs of perfectionism. Participants will have input into upcoming topics.

Group discussions will include:

Identification (how do you know?) and testing (first session)
Approaching teachers and administrators
Dealing with perfectionistic behaviors
Social and emotional needs
Options for acceleration
For location, details, and pre-registration, call: 810-227-5379, 248-770-3296

More details will be posted ASAP at

Call for Candidates

This spring, MAGC will be holding its annual elections. Several board positions are open; in particular we are in need of a treasurer and of someone to help with programming and conferences. If you are interested in running for a position on the board of directors, please contact Jean Becker, chair of the Nominating Committee, at:

CTD’s Accelerated Weekend Experience at WMU!

March 1-2, 2014 at Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day
Courses fill quickly, register online today.

Delve into fascinating topics with experts in the field!

Scratch is a computer program that uses block-like puzzle pieces to enhance learning the core concepts of computer programming. Utilize programming language designed to produce rich, interactive media while developing important 21st century skills. Work at your own pace to create an original game.

Grades 7-9
Explore a career path through hands-on activities. Work with microscopes and dissection tools to learn about concepts and engage in activities that veterinarians do daily. Participants come to understand the commitment required to heal animals of all shapes and sizes, and are thus provided with much insight into this fascinating discipline.

Admission Criteria: A score at the 90th percentile or above in reading or math on a nationally normed test. Students without the requisite test scores may apply using an admission portfolio.

Early registration is encouraged. Cost: $245 per course
847/491-3782 ext. 4 *

Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

Walking beside thousand-year-old burial mounds, flaking raw stone into tools, learning how potsherds tell us about human behavior, and understanding how humans adapt to complex, ever-changing environments – ­our 2014 NEH Summer Institute features all this and more.

The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will offer a three-week NEH Summer Institute on July 14-Aug. 1, 2014. This dynamic learning experience for K-12 teachers will explore how Native Americans and Euro-Americans have adapted to the Upper Mississippi River Valley over the past 13,500 years, and how archaeology leads to an understanding of how human cultures change and adapt through time.

The Institute will feature a one-day excavation experience, field trips to archaeological sites, hands-on laboratory and workshop activities, demonstrations, and classroom activities. Individual projects will help participants tailor the content to their own teaching areas. NEH Summer Scholars receive a $2,700 stipend to help offset their expenses.

Application and other information on the Institute is available online at The deadline for applications is March 4, 2014.

Gifted Handbook for Sale

It’s here! MAGC’s handbook, “Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Gifted in Michigan,” is now available for sale on the website, .
Each copy of the handbook is only $5, plus shipping and handling, and is a comprehensive look at gifted education in Michigan for both parents and educators. A great gift for your child’s teacher or administrator!

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