Wednesday, October 13, 2010

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Oct. 12, 2010) – Heather Nolen, an English teacher at Adams City High School, is one of 12 educators from Title I schools selected by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), for its fourth annual class of Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholars.

The primary purpose of the Javits-Frasier Scholarship Fund is to increase culturally and linguistically diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities, through educator training and support related to equity and excellence in gifted education.

This select group of educators will attend a special strand of sessions at the 57th annual NAGC Convention in Atlanta, Nov. 11-14, 2011, and receive a travel stipend through support made possible by the Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund for Diverse Talent Development.

“We are very proud of Ms. Nolen, who is one of just 12 educators across the nation selected as a Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholar,” said Dr. Susan Chandler, Adams 14 Superintendent. “Ms. Nolen’s commitment to developing the talents of culturally and linguistically diverse students is clearly celebrated through this accolade.”

Nolen and her fellow educators will be trained using the tools Dr. Mary Frasier, the late past president of NAGC, developed and inspired during her career.

About Adams 14:
Adams 14, a nationally recognized leader in education innovation, is Colorado’s 23rd largest school district and serves more than 7,000 students annually. Nestled in the historic community of Commerce City, Adams 14 strives to ensure academic success for every student by providing highly effective classroom instruction, supplemental enrichment opportunities and parent/family collaboration opportunities. Under Superintendent Dr. Susan Chandler’s leadership, the District is implementing a strategic plan to improve student achievement so that 80 percent of students assessed will be on grade level by 2014, by ensuring that each classroom has a dynamic, standards-based teacher who provides powerful 21st century learning experiences. To learn more about Adams 14, visit

About NAGC:
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences. We support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students. To learn more about NAGC, visit

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