Online High School ~ Designed to be Different
For Profoundly Gifted Students Nationwide
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The Davidson Academy, a school for profoundly gifted students located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, is launching a full-time online high school. Now students whose families are unable to relocate to Reno can access the Academy's exceptional educational experience.
"The Davidson Academy's new online high school option is different than anything currently on the market," said Academy director Colleen Harsin.
"In addition to the academic component, which includes small class sizes and personalized learning plans, the online high school will offer extensive student support and college planning services."
2017-2018 Academic Year
The online high school will include accredited courses for incoming freshmen and sophomores, with courses for juniors and seniors being added in subsequent years. Applicants must be 12 to 15 years old as of Sept. 30, 2017, submit ACT or SAT scores according to the Davidson Academy Online High School Qualification Criteria and commit to being full-time students. This age requirement will be expanded upward as more advanced high school courses are added in the future.
The online high school final application deadline is April 15, 2017. Applications that are completed by the deadline will be held open for students registered for the March 11 SAT or April 8 ACT. Visit www.davidsonacademy.unr.edu/online for more information.
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For Nevada residents, attending the online school is free and there is no application/assessment fee.
For students living outside Nevada, there is a $100 application/assessment fee, as well as a flexible tuition rate. The Academy's flexible tuition model takes into consideration annual family income, cost of living adjustment based on location of primary residence, the number of dependents in the household, and other relevant factors to determine a personalized tuition level for each family.
During the month of February, applicants can calculate their personalized tuition rate for the online high school at no charge and no obligation to continue the application process.
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I finally see it.
After years of reading countless articles, reading David Livermore's work on cultural intelligence, attending equity training: Beyond Diversity I and II.....and watching countless videos, reading perspective shifting author, Jodi Piccoult's book, Small Great Things.... watching every TED talk having to do with diversity I could..... Even after years of teaching in primarily poor hispanic and native american schools in Arizona..... I never got it. You see I am a white, middle class woman from Minnesota.
Years of living in the ever present guilt of being a white women trying to validate, bridge and decrease the gap of differences between my students and I. Growing up with the color blind anthems of Free To Be You and Me and Marlo Thomas.... Six years of having an administrator ask me to start and run an affinity group in our school for black girls. Um. Me? I am uber white. Seriously sunburn-able. Mostly Swedish without the tall blonde stereotype awesomeness. But, really white.
Still the administrator persisted. Feeling so out of my depths, I despaired, felt inadequate, angry and guilty for not knowing what to do, say or be to make it work and be authentic.
The administrator? She missed the point. She proved the point. In the Nation we do that a lot.
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Parenting. Exhausting. Exhilarating. Exponentially more difficult than you expected.
Teaching. Exhausting. Exhilarating. Exponentially more difficult than you expected.
When children speak to me in a way that tells me that they either:
I now have trained myself to stop-pause-assess my issue with what was said.....
Instead of railing against the child regarding disrespect, tell this child who is in charge..... and how I make a LOT more money than they do and who do they think they are....
Instead of making a choice that forces me to ride a roller coaster of emotional waste and confusion, I utter a clear, concise message.
If they protest or plead ignorance to what I mean, my eyebrows may rise a bit, my feet may root down into the floor, and I may pull in a calming breath of air.
The message is what they said to me, when they said it, or most importantly and most frequently, HOW they said it, is not being accepted by me.
In my experience, this works with kids as young as preschoolers, elementary through high school students.
My intent is to demonstrate a growth mindset-- by asking for the student/child to try again, which has the subtext, "You are not done learning and I am here to help you- let's try again."
My intent is to demonstrate respect. When I maintain a clear boundary on how I allow another person to speak to me, I demonstrate that respect is important and I will require it of students, children, and of myself when speaking to them.
My intent is to take away the stress of over-empowerment. When adults allow children to interact with them in a disrespectful manner, we give the message that we are the same. We are not. I have the responsibility of guidance, teaching, setting limits and sharing knowledge. They do not have these responsibilities to me.
Don't misinterpret please. Are we equal in value? In importance? Of course. Children look to adults for structure and guidelines. The seek this foundational security. When we treat kids like grown ups or fail to guide them to behave with respect, good manners and consideration of others, we fail them.
In the next week, use the "Try Again" strategy with your child, or students. Be as calm and assured as you are able. Be patient. You will be amazed and encouraged by how your child rises to the challenge.
When people offer you something... a little help, a hand, or a favor, perhaps support ... what is your response? Do you immediately default to declining the offer? Say, thank you but you are fine--have it covered-
I recently was listening to a HayHouse Podcast. The teacher featured, Guy Winch, was speaking to the idea of emotional hygiene. Guy was equating the need for cleaning-santizing our emotions- emotional well-being and our minds with the same care we use to care for our physical bodies.
Often the things I tell myself are things I would NEVER say to another person, including someone I don't care for. We need to hold
Reflection and searching for deep meaning are not always your friend.
A former professor of President Obama, considered his experience with Barry Obama, the student. This professor claimed that Obama's greatest asset and undeniably his greatest obstacle was his ability to see from many diverse perspectives and the related pros and cons of a situation. Perhaps too many perspectives. This often hampered college Obama's decisiveness.
I am a more effective leader, teacher, wife, parent when making decisions amidst an action-oriented environment. Analysis paralysis can be hidden under labels like : planning, checking into it, doing research, weighing my options, blah, blah and BLAH. Procrastination. One
How I breathe is in my control. How I view every moment is too. Is the universe friendly and on my side? Is everyone trying to undercut me? Am I lucky or unlucky? Do people drive me crazy or do I see a lesson in that relationship that has been selected for me and by me?
Lately I have noticed that people seem to rely on elementary school rationale like, "No fair! No budges!! Why can't I have one?...WE operate with integrity and virtue where as THEY obviously are not." It seems this lens (that we choose) protects us from reflecting on what our contribution is to the situation or if it is really ours to be concerned with. Ask why does this matter to us. Have you found yourself
How do you eat an elephant? This week I felt a bit overwhelmed with my elephant.
A common theme appeared in my class discussions with many of the groups of gifted students I work with.
Common threads to all the lectures:
30th Class Reunion Tips
Tip #1. Bring your spouse to break the ice for you. My husband, Joe, saved me~ not even kidding. I recognized NO ONE (at first). As I was frozen in place, clutching my O'Douls and forgetting to breathe, he devised a plan on the spot. He started walking up to people in front of me and reaching his hand out asked how people were doing:) As they struggled to place him, he introduced himself as my husband. This gave me a minute to sneak a peek at nametags and quickly try and place them.
Tip #2. Do not wear short sleeves to this reunion ladies. Even the nearly anorexic ladies were sporting 'bingo flags.' Not pretty in the pictures; at all. I thought I was pretty hot to trot that night. Suffice it to say that when I saw my arms in the pictures I squeaked with dismay
So.... disclaimer right up front. I love Liz Gilbert, I love her book and I love her eloquent, frank, sassy sensibility and wry humor. I love her self deprecating manner and her 'full body hug' energy she spreads liberally when meeting new friends and greeting old ones. Her podcast, Big Magic was evidence of this....I love her balance of wonder and practicality.
I would totally be friends with Liz-- no real friends. She passes my very serious test of real womanhood/friendship worthiness. Face it, we really have no time to mess around with pretend 'real' friends. My top ten reasons why Liz and I should be real friends, not just Facebook friends...
I just finished a book called, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning Hardcover – April 14, 2014.
by Peter C. Brown (Author), Henry L. Roediger III (Author), Mark A. McDaniel (Author).
Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners....
Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and
Today, in this space....
I am a veteran educator who has two gifted children of my own. People-parents especially, ask me all the time if I have a website, blog, resources and the like....and then came Happe Thoughts. Love it, or leave it-either is fine. It will find who needs it:)
Happe Thoughts to you~
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