CAG supports you, as educators and parents, to meet the needs of Connecticut's gifted, talented, and high-potential children. Our mission is to help all children reach their full individual potential. We offer resources, information, and programs for students, parents, and educators. Please explore our website to learn how you can benefit from what CAG offers.
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CAG's Annual Dinner will take place Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. at Gusto, 255 Boston Post Rd., Milford. Please join CAG for a celebration of our successes during the 2014-2015 school year, and a look ahead at next year. Meet the CAG board members, parents and educators, and discuss your education issues. Matthew Worwood, Associate Director, Digital Media & Design Department and Assistant Professor in-Residence, University of Connecticut, will deliver his presentation 'Cultivating Creative Thinking Skills at Home and in the Classroom'. Join us at 6:00 p.m. (cash bar) for cocktails followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Register here: http://www.ctgifted.org/mim_registration/CAG_dinner_Open.php.
The 2015 New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development will be hosted by CAG October 22-24, 2015. The theme is "Great Expectations - Beyond the Standards: Developing Advanced Thinkers". CAG is honored to host the 2015 New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel in Cromwell, CT, www.cromwellcp.com. For additional information, contact the Conference Chair Bonnie O'Regan at NECGT2015@ctgifted.org. [ more ]
The 2014-2015 Minds In Motion™ season has ended. Thank you to our host communities of Bristol, Madison, Canton, Monroe, Milford, Middletown, Westport and Bridgeport, and thank you to our many committees, presenters, vendors and volunteers - we couldn't make it happen without you! We will soon be planning our 2015-2016 season. Check out our Minds In Motion™ page to learn more about Minds In Motion™, and to find out how you can host one in your town.
You've heard of CAG. After all, you're reading this website. Unfortunately, there are lots of parents who don't know about CAG or giftedness. CAG has reached out to parents in Fairfield County in the month of January via promotional spots on News Channel 12, Oprah Winfrey Network, Home and Garden TV, and a Facebook campaign Thanks to Fairfield County's Community Foundation CAG has put the message front and center that gifted and high-potential students exist in all socio-economic, cultural, and racial groups to generate support for strengthening education for gifted and high-potential students. CAG wants Fairfield County residents to know that we are here to help. To see our videos, go to CAG's YouTube channel.
The application period for the Young Scholars Program, a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need, is open until April 14. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported 600 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school. Deadline to apply is April 14, 2015. For more information: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars/
Random Hacks of Kindness Jr, Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides elementary and middle school children (specifically 4th -8th grade) the opportunity to come together as problem solvers and innovators to make the world a better place, will be hosting two events this spring. Both events will offer Connecticut students in fourth through eighth grade the opportunity to explore the power of computing by developing technical solutions to practical problems. The first event will be held at Trinity College in Hartford, CT on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The second event will be held at Westover School, in Middlebury, CT on Sunday, May 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. [ more ]
Thank you to all who supported Senate Bill No. 1055 (Raised) – An Act Concerning Gifted And Talented Students, either by attending the hearing in person, or by emailing testimony. Learn more about S.B. 1055.
Want to start the new year off on the right foot? Why not utilize the techniques of gifted education pedagogy to engage and excite a wide range of students? CAG has teamed up with some of the region's foremost authorities in education to deliver quality PD that is authoritative, accessible, and affordable. For more information, visit the Professional Development section of our website.
There are a number of easy ways you can contribute to the good work of CAG. Here are some ideas:
• Give the gift of a CAG membership to your child's teacher.
• Sign up on https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2682441, choose CAG as your charitable institution, and Amazon will donate (.5%) of the money you spend on Amazon.com to CAG on your behalf, without cost to you.
• Purchase CAG's invaluable primer 'A Parent's Guide to Gifted Education: What it Means to Have a Gifted Child'.
• Visit www.soludecoffee.com/, and select CAG/Connecticut Association for the Gifted as your cause.
• Donate your unwanted items to Helping Hands Community Thrift Store and Furniture Bank. Your donation is tax deductible and CAG benefits. Learn more.
• Volunteer! CAG has roles available in fundraising, communications, advocacy, social media, events, technology, grant writing, and more. Let us know your interests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to support educators in your home town and help them meet the needs of a wide range of high-potential learners? CAG members can receive support from Specialists in our Teacher Resource Group to help find solutions to the challenges presented by gifted students. For more information on how CAG TRG can help you, visit our Teacher Resource Group page and become a member today!
The Affiliate Membership Program is a way for members of a local group to all become CAG members at a discounted rate, as well as receive even more benefits. We would love to work with you to bring resources to help in your community. Want to find out more? Click here to find out how you can start a CAG Affiliate in your town and help make education better for all learners.
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