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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 $10.00 a year or $50.00 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

Walk-Ins Welcome at Canton; Registration Extended for Plainfield Minds In Motions

Walk-ins are welcome at the Canton Minds In Motion, and registration has been extended for the Plainfield Minds in Motion. Give your children a fun, mind-expanding experience like no other. 

  • April 26, Canton, Canton Middle/High School - WALK-INS WELCOME
  • May 3, Plainfield, Moosup Elementary School - REGISTRATION Closes May 1

Workshops vary by event but examples include Catapult Concepts, Lego Mindstorm Robotics, the World of Flight, Mandarin Chinese, Yoga, Amazing Water Wonders, Make an Egg-marine, Rod Puppets, Humor Writing, Team Building, Acting, Squid Dissection, and much more.   Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly, so register early.  Don't miss out. Visit our Minds In Motion page for more information, brochures, and registration. Read the brochure for the Canton MIM here, and the Plainfield MIM here.

 

Minds in Motion offers exciting, fast-paced, interactive workshops for every child with every interest, Kindergarten – 8th grade.  And the adult keynote and workshops will provide you with thought-provoking, special-interest workshops, free of charge. At Minds in Motion you'll also receive free literature, network with fellow parents, and learn about resources, after-school programs, camps, books, and other educational tools beneficial to your child.  Space is limited, so be sure to register early. Registration opens about 6 weeks before each MIM.  Don't miss out. 


Nominate Your Favorites

CAG is about to give 3 awards to recognize educators, parents, legislators, students, or others who have distinguished themselves in gifted education, and you can nominate your favorite candidates.  Awards include Educator of the Year, Friend of the Gifted, and the Nicholas Green Award.  You can learn more about the criteria and former winners here. Hurry, entries close April 30, 2014.  Open to CAG members only.  Awards will be given at CAG's Annual Dinner on May 22, 2014, at the Middletown Inn.


Make CAG a Great NonProfit—AGAIN

CAG is proud to have been honored as a Great NonProfit in 2013.  Now we're asking for your support again.  If you love our work then tell the world!  You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community.  GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2014 Top-Rated List. Won't you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us?  All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.  It's easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to http://greatnonprofits.org/write-a-review to get started!


Register for CAGs Annual Members Dinner May 22

The Connecticut  Association for the Gifted will hold our popular annual members dinner on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the Inn at Middletown.   Meet the CAG Board, parents, educators, share your educational issues, ask questions.  Bring your neighbors and colleagues -- a great evening for all!  Everyone is invited, but only CAG members can vote on the new board of directors or other business.  Pre-registration is required by May 17th. For questions contact info@ctgifted.org.  See you May 22nd! Read More.


Get Shopping Discounts from CAG

Buy a $5 ticket to support the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. You get two 25% coupons and one 15% savings pass to shop all day at Lord & Taylor's in Stamford on Tuesday, April 29. CAG keeps 100% of all ticket sales. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 203-968-8033.

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Attend ConFraTute July 13-18 at UConn

Two educators can receive FREE tuition and registration from CAG to attend Confratute!  Join fellow educators for the 37th Confratute, the longest running summer institute on enrichment-based differentiated teaching, held at the University of Connecticut.  Confratute is a combined CONference, and an instiTUTE with a lot of FRATernity in between.  Learn more about how you can receive free tuition and registration, and CAG member's special room and board pricing.


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 ]


Educating in the Digital Age One Day Conference at UConn May 14

Join fellow educators at the 3rd Annual Teaching and Learning with iPads: Educating in the Digital Age Conference, a One-Day Conference for K-12 Educators. Sponsored by the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education. Wednesday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus. $99 registration fee includes conference attendance, UConn parking, and lunch. Conference information and registration are online at: http://ipad.education.uconn.edu. Register Early! Registration closes at 400 participants.


Exploring Expertise: Saturday May 17, 2014

Exploring Expertise is a conference for students in grades 8-12 and their parents.  We invite talented, motivated adolescents to spend a day with UConn experts learning about the career directions they might pursue in their areas of interest and talent.  Experts in a wide variety of disciplines will share their passion for their subjects and talk about the kinds of questions guiding cutting-edge research. Registration ends April 29, 2014. [ 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.


Become a CAG Intern

Looking for an interesting summer project?  We will work with you to design a rewarding project that excites you and meets your interests.  Projects may involve social media, designing landing pages, creating a video, investigating fund raising opportunities, communications, technology, and more. The internship is designed for rising high school sophomores and juniors who can work independently on a number of business projects during July and August.  This will look excellent on their college applications.  Time commitment is flexible.  This internship is designed to be a fun, interactive, and hands on volunteer learning experience. The selected students will have high academic achievement, excellent communication skills, creativity and the ability to work unsupervised. Interested students should apply by sending their qualifications, project interest, and something interesting about themselves to info@ctgifted.org.


Use Your Spare Time To Help CAG

Want to help CAG support educators and parents to meet the needs of Connecticut's gifted, talented, and high-potential children?  We have volunteer opportunities in Facebook, events, fundraising, communications, advocacy in Hartford, technology, and grant writing.  If you'd like to share your skills and your expertise we'd be delighted to have your assistance.  Let us know at info@ctgifted.org.


Buy Solude Coffee and 20% Supports CAG

Want a better cup of coffee and help a good cause?  Buy Solude Coffee. Solude's patented process hot air roasts their beans in computer controlled ovens. The full flavor of each green bean emerges without burning the tips (edges) because direct heat never is applied, ensuring beans are consistently roasted to the very high temperatures required for the best flavor.  Purchase every day coffee, office coffee, holiday gift baskets, corporate gifts; orders over $50 ship free.  Visit www.soludecoffee.com/ and select CAG/Connecticut Association for the Gifted as your cause. Learn more about Solude coffee.


Donate Your Stuff and Give to CAG

Clean out your closets, attics, and basements and bring your unwanted items to Helping Hands.  Ask friends who are moving, downsizing, or de-cluttering to donate on behalf of CAG.  CAG has partnered with Helping Hands Community Thrift Store and Furniture Bank and we need your help to make it a success.  Items should be gently used, clean, and free of rips or tears.  The better the quality, the more CAG benefits. Your donation is tax deductible. Free furniture pick-up. LEARN MORE AND FIND THE 4 DROP OFF LOCATIONS. Get a $5 coupon here.


Seeking Teacher Educators and Accomplished Teachers

Pearson is recruiting Gifted/Special educators to score edTPA!  edTPA is designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching that promotes student learning in diverse contexts.  LEARN MORE AND APPLY. 


Grant Increases Awareness for Gifted Student Needs in Fairfield County

CAG awarded $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation
Westport, CT:  The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) is pleased to announce they have received a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation.  The grant is to generate awareness of the needs of gifted and high-potential children in all socio-economic, cultural, and racial groups, to generate support for strengthening education for gifted and high-potential students, and to let Fairfield County residents know that CAG is the best resource to meet the needs of gifted and high-potential students.

 

 

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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.


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 is a Top 10 Non-Profit: Tell Us Why You Love CAG And Help Us Make A Difference!

Help the Connecticut Association for the Gifted increase donations. It's easy — take a minute to write a new, positive CAG review (4 or 5 star), and you could help CAG gain online promotions worth $20,000! CAG is Top-Rated for the year, and eligible for prizes. [ more ]


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Want to get all the latest, breaking CAG information as soon as it's announced? Follow CAG on Facebook and get connected today. Visit our Facebook page and "like" us to make sure you're always informed of all that's happening at CAG.


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