Members to NAGC can receive three publications -- Parenting for Gifted Children, Teaching for High Potential, and the academic journal, Gifted Child Quarterly. All are available through the mail and online.
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is looking to contract with a part-time researcher for November 2019 – June 2020 to assist with a data collection project aligned with NAGC’s strategic plan focused on our policy work. NAGC and the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted (CSDPG) are partnering to compile and publish a 2018-2019 version of the State of the States in Gifted Education report. This report will build on the work of the prior 2014-2015 State of the States report. This data and report will provide a snapshot of how states support programs and services for gifted education. This practice and policy data will also serve as a tool for advocates working to build on and advance quality services to help ensure both equity and excellence in our schools.
Goal: Development of a valid and reliable data set that aligns with NAGC’s strategic plan and its three-pronged framework of Minds; Polices; and Practices.
Background: Everything NAGC does as an organization is aligned to this three-pronged framework with the See Me!; Teach Me!; Challenge Me!; and Understand Me! messages.
The project researcher will ensure the draft questions are valid and reliable and will recommend an appropriate platform for a survey instrument. Once there is final agreement on the survey instrument, NAGC and CSDPG will conduct the initial research to answer these questions, with supporting documentation. Following the initial NAGC and CSDPG research and data collection, the project researcher will conduct supplemental research and provide a final review to double check quality and ensure third party independence. Once the data collection is complete, the project researcher will summarize the data and write the formal report and executive summary, which will be released by NAGC and CSDPG and disseminated broadly.
Project Deliverables: The three main deliverables for the researcher are:
Review the validity and reliability of the research questions chosen (anticipate 60 questions) and work with NAGC to develop the survey instrument.
Review data collected by NAGC and CSDPG. Research answers to questions NAGC and CSDPG were unable to answer.
Draft and finalize a national 2018-2019 State of the States in Gifted Education report based on the data, with an executive summary.
Estimated Time Commitment:
Eight hours of work to review the validity and reliability of the research questions and to select an appropriate survey instrument. Estimated timeframe – November 2019.
Eight hours to review the data collected by NAGC and CSDPG and flag any concerns.
30 hours to research the outstanding questions NAGC staff were unable to answer – March/April 2020.
30 hours to draft a complete State of the States report based on the data collected with an executive summary – mid-May 2020.
15 hours to finalize report and executive summary after feedback from NAGC/CSDPG – early June 2020.
Application Requirements: Cover letter, resume, two professional references, and budget prospectus. Applicants should outline their interest; how their academic and professional experience aligns with project deliverables; their experience with gifted and talented research; and experience gathering data at the state level.
Application Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019.
Please email applications to Bill Knudsen at firstname.lastname@example.org; use 2018-19 State of States in the subject line.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Association for Gifted Children
NAGC's mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. We aim to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.