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The National Association for Gifted Children is launching a magazine aimed at giving the parents of such children ways to recognize and develop their children's talents. Parenting for High Potential, which debuts in September, will offer support and guidance for those raising children whose special gifts create special needs.

The first issue of the magazine will include tips on communicating with teachers and ideas for keeping children amused during long vacation periods, as well as an interview with professional basketball coach Pat Riley and his wife on raising their two gifted children. Later issues will address literature suitable for the gifted child and methods for motivating underachievers.

Subscriptions to Parenting for High Potential, which will be published quarterly, are available through the NAGC, 1707 L Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 785-4268.

A newsletter designed specifically for the middle school classroom offers teachers tips and strategies for helping students in these sensitive--and often overlooked--school years. The Middle School Companion will take a fresh look at activities appropriate for grades 6-8, says its editor, and will be easily accessible to both new and experienced teachers.

The newsletter's short, practical articles are written by teachers and other experts in the field and feature step-by-step instructions. Topics covered include techniques for saving time in class, raising money, and helping students adjust to a new and unfamiliar school.

The eight-page newsletter is published six times a year; a subscription costs $45 and includes permission to reproduce and distribute. Subscriptions are available through Totally for Teachers, 55 Larchwood Drive, Pittsford, N.Y. 14534-2458; (800) 711-2665.

Heinemann Publishers has announced a new line of books designed to provide the elementary school teacher with practical ideas for use in the classroom. Titles in the Beeline Books imprint cover all aspects of elementary education, from general literacy to science and technology.

Each book in the series, which editors describe as "light on theory and heavy on ideas," presents one idea--for example, building a school publishing center--in a concise, comprehensive format. The books are short--120 pages--and follow a step-by-step approach.

Between six and eight Beeline Books will be released each year. They will be available in most bookstores, the publisher says, with a list price expected to be under $15.

--David Field

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