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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.

JOIN CAG!  For only $15.00 a year or $60.00 for lifetime membership, you will have priority access to CAG's individual support; guidance on testing, assessment and educational options; vast network of resources; research-based information on all aspects of raising and educating gifted children; helpful tools and training; expert speakers; and more.  Put CAG to work for you and join today!

Latest Information

S.B. 1055 Passes Senate, Moves on to House Vote

Senate Bill No. 1055, An Act Concerning Gifted and Talented Students passed unanimously out of the Senate and is on its way to the House. This is when your voice can make a difference. Gifted and Talented children need your support in passing S.B. No. 1055. [ more ]


Registration Now Open for New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development (NECGT) October 22-24, 2015

Registration is open for the 2015 New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development, hosted by CAG and co-sponsored by CABE, October 22-24, 2015. The theme is "Great Expectations - Beyond the Standards: Developing Advanced Thinkers". The conference will be at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, CT, www.cromwellcp.com. Registration is open, so use this link to register now.  For additional information, contact the Conference Chair Bonnie O'Regan at NECGT2015@ctgifted.org.  [ more ]


CAG Seeks Dedicated Individuals To Serve on Board of Directors

We are looking for five people to fill open slots on the CAG Board of Directors beginning this June. Specifically CAG is looking for individuals with career experience in the following areas:

Professional Development with experience in the design and delivery of g/t instructional strategies
Public Relations
Fund Development
Counseling either as a school guidance counselor or child psychologist

If you are interested, please contact execdirector@ctgifted.org or bkortlancox@ctgifted.org to express your interest in serving on the CAG board of Directors.


CAG's Annual Members' Dinner A Great Success

CAG's Annual Members' Dinner took place Tuesday, May 12. North Haven's Ridge Road Elementary School Principal Kathleen Peters-Durrigan was the recipient of the CAG Educator of the Year Award. A new President and new Board members were elected while outgoing Board members were honored at the event. Matthew Worwood, Associate Director, Digital Media & Design Department and Assistant Professor-in-Residence, University of Connecticut, and Dr. Catherine Little, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, gave presentations. [ more ]


Gifted Coordinator/Teacher opening in Darien

Darien Public Schools has announced an opening for a half-time G/T Coordinator and half-time Middle School G/T teacher in the IDEA Program. Click here for details - scroll down and then click on Show/Hide for full position description. 


Talk By Lisa Van Gemert, Honors for Dale Wagner Highlight DAEG Annual Luncheon

Darien Advocates for the Education of the Gifted (DAEG), held their annual luncheon at Wee Burn Country Club on April 30. The luncheon featured guest speaker Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T. Van Gemert's Topic was 'Lit from Within: Internal Motivation and the Gifted Child'.  Dale Wagner, Darien IDEA Program Coordinator, is retiring after 38 years as an educator and was honored at the luncheon.

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Thank you to our 2014-2015 Minds In Motion Season Hosts

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.


"We are CAG" Awareness Campaign On View in Fairfield County

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.

 


Register Now for the Hunter College Gifted Education Conference June 13

Teachers & School Administrators are invited to the Hunter College Gifted Conference: Three R's: Rigor, Relevance & Relationships, taking place Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am-2:30 pm at Hunter College, West Bldg, 7th & 8th floor (check in: 8th floor Fac. Dining Rm).
A sampling of break-out sessions:
• Using Technology to Accomplish Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
• Besides Bloom's Taxonomy: Critical Thinking for Foreign Language Learning
• Letting Go: Facilitating and Fostering Independence In Gifted Students
• Creating Parent Partnerships to Support the Strengths & Talents of NYC's High Potential Youth
• Creating and sustaining entrepreneurship in gifted low-income students
• and there's more.......
Hear from a panel of school principals about options and philosophies on how their schools reach gifted students!
ONLY $75. To register: http://www.rfcuny.org/Eventpayment (scroll down to Hunter College )


Attend CONFRATUTE July 12-17 at UConn

Sign up for the 38th annual Confratute 2015, July 12-17 at the University of Connecticut. Confratute is the longest running summer institute on enrichment-based differentiated teaching held at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus for over 35 years! Confratute is a combined CONFerence, and an instiTUTE with a lot of FRATernity in between. Confratute is geared toward providing educators with research-based practical strategies for engagement and enrichment learning for all students, as well as meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. OVER 50 STRANDS of intensive, week-long mini courses. Read more.


Senate ESEA Bill Contains Multiple Provisions to Support High-Potential & High-Achieving Students

NAGC Applauds Restoration of Javits Gifted Students Act
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015) – The National Association for Gifted Children, the nation's leading advocate for high-achieving and high-potential students, applauded the inclusion of gifted and talented students within the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a Senate bill to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The bipartisan bill, considered (today) by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)Committee, includes several provisions focused on spotlighting the annual achievement – or lack thereof – made by advanced students. It also includes provisions to use teacher training funds to help prepare educators to identify and subsequently serve these learners, and to continue research that helps develop best classroom practices with advanced students. Read more.


CAG's Professional Development Program

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.


Get Your CAG Parent's Handbook

Every parent should own CAG's invaluable primer to gifted education in Connecticut, and raising gifted children in general.  Titled A Parent's Guide to Gifted Education: What it Means to Have a Gifted Child, this book is every parent's first step in charting their child's educational future. [ more ]


Contribute To The Good Work of CAG

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.
• 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 info@ctgifted.org.


CAG's Teacher Resource Group Supports CT Educators

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!


CAG's Affiliate Membership Program

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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