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Hall teacher receives national honor

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Neusa Wendt
GAINESVILLE - The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has announced that Neusa Wendt of Lyman Hall Elementary School has been selected as a Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholar.

Comprised of 14 educators from Title I schools across the country, the group will attend a special strand of sessions at the NAGC Annual Convention and receive a travel stipend through generous support made possible by the Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund for Diverse Talent Development.

The teacher training program honors Mary Frasier, Ph.D., the late past president of the association, who led the way in identifying underserved gifted children. Dr. Frasier’s pioneering work in Georgia increased by three-fold the number of African American and quadrupled the number of Hispanic children in gifted/talented programs. She later consulted across the U.S. and became legendary in the field of gifted on the topic of underserved children.

Earlier this year, Wendt was honored by the Georgia Association for Gifted Children (GAGC) when was named the 2009 winner of the Mary Frasier Equity & Excellence Award. In order to take expertise and tools back to their schools, these scholars will be trained using the proven tools that Mary Frasier developed and inspired during her career.

A four-day training program has been designed as part of NAGC's 56th annual convention in St. Louis, where experts in the field will gather November 5-8.

The scholars were selected from numerous applicants across the country. Fourteen were selected from a nation-wide pool. The national scholarships include a two-year membership to the NAGC, convention registration, four days of training at convention as well as a travel stipend.

Donna Ford, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University and former chair of the NAGC Diversity Committee, said she is confident of the purpose and success of this project. A lifelong friend and colleague of Frasier, she said “I cannot thank the donors enough for making this dream a reality. There is no more fitting extension of Mary’s legacy than to dispatch 14 newfound voices for culturally and economically diverse students who are struggling to be recognized for their potential. This is a program that I am certain has a great future.”

For more than three decades, NAGC members have addressed the issue of under representation of culturally and economically diverse students. The Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act was passed by Congress in 1988 in memory of the late Javits, a longtime senator from New York. The program has funded grants to focus on gifted students among disadvantaged youth around the country. Much of the research contained in the Frasier methodology has its origins in this research.

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