Register Now for CreativityCon, October 19!

CAG's fourth CreativityCon is happening Friday, October 19 at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Kathryn Haydon, Award-Winning Educator, Author and Founder of Sparkitivity, will deliver the Keynote, "Power Up Personalized Learning with Cognitive Creativity". Teachers of all levels and subjects will find their high-level thinking sparked during this active keynote workshop. Each participant will walk away with several structures to develop student cognitive creativity skills like fluency, flexibility, abstract reasoning, and elaboration. This conference is for ALL educators and parents of students of ALL ages!

CreativityCon was born in 2014 to connect educators with leading thinkers and practitioners  in a diversity of fields that value creativity in teaching and learning. There will be 18 interactive breakout sessions, a tour of HCC's Steam Programs, and lunch remarks by Dr. Ron Beghetto. CAG is thrilled to once again partner with them to bring you this stimulating conference.

After October 13, online registration is $120 for CAG members and $155 for non-CAG members and includes a one-year membership. Walk-ins are welcome! We look forward to seeing you on October 19! For sponsorship opportunities, click here. Learn more and register here.

Welcome to the Connecticut Association for the Gifted

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 support and advocate for Connecticut's gifted, talented, and high-potential children of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds so they are identified and provided access and opportunities to an appropriate education by personnel trained and qualified to meet their cognitive, social, and emotional special needs.

For only $35 a year, $100 for 3 years, or $150 for a Lifetime membership, you will have priority individual support, guidance on testing and assessment and information about educational options. Members enjoy the benefits of a vast network of resources and research-based information on all aspects of raising and educating your gifted child. You'll have access to helpful tools, training, expert speakers, and more. Members also receive discounted registration at Minds in Motion™ events and CAG conferences. We offer resources, information, and programs for students, parents, and educators. Join CAG to help children reach their full individual potential. Financial Aid is available for memberships, please email info@ctgifted.org. Please explore our website to learn how you can benefit from what CAG offers.

 

Latest Information

Free Workshop for CAG Members: 'The Suite of Tools Process With 2E Learners', by Susan Baum, PhD

Join Dr. Susan Baum on Thursday, October 25, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Professionals will be trained in how to use the "Suite of Tools" process, not only to gather information about students' strengths, interests, and talents but also how to use this information to systematically design dually-differentiated, strength-based, and personalized learning experiences. A major outcome is how to develop talent plans for students.

This workshop is FREE for CAG members, but space is limited to the first 40 who sign up, so register today! Register for the workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/zm0ZDk0IecrjFFyl2
Not a member of CAG? Join using this link: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ctgifted.

Date and time: Thursday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Cooperative Educational Services (CES), 25 Oakview Drive, Trumbull, CT


CAG Teacher Gifts to Help Your Child Have a Great School Year!

Parents, give your child's classroom teacher a CAG gift membership for the special price of $26 ($35 value).  Your child's teacher will benefit from CAG's articles, information, resources and programs this school year! Also, CAG's invaluable primer titled "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Education: What it Means to Have a Gifted Child", is every parent's first step in charting their child's educational future. Give one to your child's teacher as well – for a limited time you can buy one for $15 and get the second one for only $9! Click here to take advantage of these offers through the months of September and October only.


NAGC Announces New Membership Rebate to Benefit CAG

As an affiliate organization of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), CAG will now receive a $10 rebate from NAGC for each member who joins or renews using the Referral Code CAG18. This is a win-win for you and CAG because NAGC is our advocate for gifted children in Washington, DC and they offer many benefits to educators and parents, including high-quality publications and newsletters. To see all the benefits of membership in NAGC, click here. For questions, please email info@ctgifted.org.


Minds in Motion, CAG's Signature Enrichment Event for Children and Adults


Make plans to attend a Minds in Motion™ in the 2018-19 school year! Minds In Motion™  is an afternoon of interesting, fast-paced workshops for children, with free workshops for adults.

 Our Upcoming 2018-2019 Minds in Motion™ schedule:

February 23, 2019 - Shepaug (Washington)
March 9, 2019 - Bridgeport, Discovery Magnet School
March 23, 2019 - Westport, Bedford Middle School
March 16, 2019 - Middletown, Middletown High School  
April 6, 2019 - Litchfield, Litchfield High School 
April 27, 2019 - Milford, Jonathan Law High School

Email programcoordinator@ctgifted.org to host a Minds in Motion™ in your town. Learn more about Minds in Motion™.


Upcoming Conferences and Conventions

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.  The newly-revised book is entitled 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 ]


Reusable Gift Wrap: Good for the Planet, Good for CAG

CAG is excited to partner with ReGift the Wrap - a company that sells environmentally friendly, beautiful, reusable gift wrap. While CAG's mission is education, ReGift the Wrap's mission is environment. We are partners with the common goal of a bright future for all children! ReGift the Wrap is donating a portion of their sales to CAG. Enter 'CAG' as your company name to ensure your donation to CAG. Learn more: http://regiftthewrap.com/


CAG's Teacher Resource Group

The CAG Teacher Resource Group (TRG) is specially designed to help teachers meet the academic, emotional, and intellectual needs of their students. To get involved in the Teacher Resource Group (TRG), please email info@ctgifted.org. Learn more.

View a past TRG presentation by Heidi Molbak on Twice Exceptionality.

 


New Gifted/Talented Law in Connecticut

The law, Public Act 17-82, requires the Commissioner of Education to designate an expert staff member to be responsible for providing assistance to educators and parents regarding identification and provision of services to Connecticut's gifted and talented students. The law also requires the Department of Education to develop "best practices" guidelines for academic and social-emotional services to gifted and talented students, as well as professional development for teachers. [ more ]


CAG Board of Director Positions Open

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG), founded in 1969, is the pre-eminent parent, teacher, and school resource; and legislative advocate for Connecticut's talented and high-ability students. CAG is seeking individuals to serve as board members in the following capacity: Technology, Strategic Marketing/Advertising, Fund Development, Public Relations. For more information, contact Executive Director Katie Augustyn at execdirector@ctgifted.org.


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