Welcome to the NAI GOAL website where you will find general information about the NAI GOAL program and activities. 
Use the bulleted links to the left of this page to view our upcoming GOAL calendar of events, review the powerpoint presentations from our monthly meetings, or learn about summer programs available to gifted and talented high school students.    
 "Gallimaufry" is a bulletin section where you will find a hodgepodge of diverse opportunities!  This will provide GOAL students with gifted resources, contest information and local events that may be of interest to you!
What is coming up in GOAL?
Please view the powerpoint from our February meeting which highlights this month's enrichment offerings!  We also have an active calender where activity's dates/times are posted.
          Blood Brother
Thirty six students shared a poignant and thought-provoking journey through the heart of India with the Jewish International Film Festival’s screening of the prizewinning documentary film, Blood Brother.   Students were powerfully moved by this film.  If you would like to share in this incredible experience by viewing it with your family, it is offered here on line for free:

The film’s website also has several easy ideas for how you can help Rocky with his life’s work:Rocky Braat

Very Angry Bird THE HOUR OF CODE IS HERE!  And it's as simple as an hour of ANGRY BIRDS.  Do you have an interest in learning what Computer Programming is all about?  Do you already know the rudiments but want practice?  Are you adept at Computer Programming and thinking about pursuing it as a career?  Then this website is for you:   (  Feather your nest.  LEARN HOW TO CODE.  
Congratulations to our TEAMS Engineering champions Eric Mi, James McGaa, Ashwin Reddy, Joe Caulkins and Robert Kasper. They won first place in the 9/10 Division!
THINK SUMMER!  We have information on summer educational programs offered on college campuses and across our community.  Great students demonstrate an eagerness to learn and an acceptance of challenge.  We can assist you with finding the right summer program that fits your interests and strengths! 
A new opportunity -----
                                                 SUCCEED at CMU
Are you interested in environmental science?  CMU has a new summer program for up-coming high-school sophomores!  Look under Gullimaufry for the flyer and details on this one week seminar!
SUCCEED is made possible by sponsorship from the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making at Carnegie Mellon University and the Gelfand Center.
Here is another annual summer enrichment that students from NAI have taken advantage of in past summers.  This is just a sample of some of the wonderful opportunities to consider!


Summer Seminar on Global Issues

July 7-18, 2014
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Applications due April 30, 2014

University of Pittsburgh

We live in an interdependent world. No matter the career you’re considering, our changing world means that you will need to be globally fluent in order to compete and collaborate successfully in the future.

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this innovative program is a two-week, interactive course focusing on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills. Through problem-solving activities and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and language proficiency—key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.

The Summer Seminar will be held July 7-18, 2014 (Monday-Friday) at the University of Pittsburgh. Each day will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The program is sponsored jointly by the World Affairs Council, and the University Center for International Studies and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Who Can Participate? Current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for this program.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Summer Seminar is being offered at a subsidized rate of $400 per person. Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available.

Please note: Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. Students must also arrange for their own transportation.

What Can Participants Expect?

  • Learn about a range of interdisciplinary global issues including health, the environment, human rights, security, and diplomacy.
  • Work with nationally and internationally ranked experts representing the academic, think tank, business, nonprofit, and government sectors on a range of global and regional issues.
  • Develop 21st century skills including problem solving, analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Participate in real-world scenarios and simulations.
  • Acquire introductory skills in a critical world language (Arabic or Mandarin Chinese).
  • Use social media to create a meaningful portfolio and connect with peers abroad.
  • Explore global issues through film, literature, and art.

Sample Schedule

9:00 am - 10:30 am:        Critical Language Study
10:30 am - Noon:            Global Issues Course
Noon - 1:00 pm:              Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm:          Interactive Activities*

*A variety of supplemental activities will be incorporated into the Global Issues course instruction, including simulation exercises, discussions with expert speakers, and field trips.

How Can Students Apply?

To be considered for admission to the Summer Seminar on Global Issues, a student must submit an application and reference. For financial aid scholarships, a student must also complete a separate scholarship application form.

Students are encouraged to complete the application and reference form online through the links provided; however, materials will also be accepted by mail

The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Applicants will be notified by mid-May.

Apply Now:


Please contact Emily Markham at the World Affairs Council at 412-281-7027 or at

The video-conference presentation with General Michael Hayden the Former Director of the U.S, Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency is available to the NAI community.  Watch the conference which is posted on the NAI website by Magpie! 

Gen.Michael V. Hayden is the former Director of the Central IntelligenceAgency and the National Security Agency. He is currently a Principal at theChertoff Group and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George MasonUniversity. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006-2009, Gen.Hayden oversaw the collection of information concerning the plans, intentionsand capabilities of America's adversaries, producing timely analysis fordecision makers, and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists andother enemies of the U.S. Before becoming Director of the CIA, Gen. Haydenserved as the country's first Principal Deputy Director of NationalIntelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armedforces. He also served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director ofthe Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National SecurityAgency and Chief of the Central Security Service. Gen. Hayden has appeared inthe media on such shows as Charlie Rose, Meet the Press, This Week,Nightline, and CNN'sNightly News. A Pittsburghnative, he holds degrees from Duquesne University and did postgraduate work atthe Defense Intelligence School.

Looking for a writing contest?? Look under Gallfrimaufry on the side bar of this website! There are also postings outside of the GOAL Office!
To sign up for Remind101, simply send an email to OR text (484) 577-8186 and then search for NAIGOAL 13-14 to subscribe.
Look at our Photo Gallery where students are engaged in GOAL enrichments!
How can YOU turn your interests and strengths towards a career path? Where can you find out about the "hottest jobs" that reflect industry trends? What is the best search engine for looking at colleges/universities on the web? WELL.....the answers to these questions and many more are available to you at--- This interactive information portal can set you in the right direction! It's not tooo early for NAI students to begin the process of selecting or eliminating career paths and investigating institutions of higher learning! Use BIGFUTURE to select a college major, learn about careers, help you to "get accepted" to a quality undergraduate program at your top school choices, and find money to pay for college!
Take a look at the OPPORTUNITY BOARD outside of the GOAL Office.  We have contests, community offerings and volunteer calls posted for YOU!
                              up for grabs
   What's UP FOR GRABS in GOAL?
  • MANY ENRICHMENTS ARE BEING OFFERED EACH MONTH.  STOP BY THE GOAL OFFICE AND GET THE FORMS YOU NEED TO ATTEND!   Contact your GOAL teacher or come to the GOAL office if you have any questions.  You can also review the GOAL calendar posted on this website.
    Ms. Janet Serdy            Ms. Cyd Stackhouse            Ms. Joann Urbaniak
    Ms. Janet Serdy      Ms. Cyd Stackhouse     Ms. Joann Urbaniak