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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

Register Now: Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom, Sept. 19, 2014

Teachers, administrators, homeschooling parents: join CAG for an exciting day of hands-on workshops that will start your school year with inspired and rigorous creative thinking. Creativity is a core 21st Century Skill and has become a hot topic in education. But what does this mean for your classroom?  Do standards like the Common Core kill creativity? Do you worry about risks involved in attempting to increase your students and your own creativity? Find the answers by attending "Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom" at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury on Friday, September 19, 8:30am-3:15pm. Renowned leaders in the field of creativity Dr. James Kaufman and Dr. Ron Beghetto from UConn kick off the morning with a keynote that explores how creativity can be applied to your existing lessons and instructional practices in the era of Common Core. The conference includes three 75-minute breakout sessions of 4 workshop choices each. Cost is $69.00, including lunch, coffee, and free parking. Learn more and register. 


Discount Expires Sept. 20 for NAGC Annual Convention and Exhibition Nov. 13-16 in Baltimore, MD

The National Association for Gifted Children offers CAG a discount to NAGC's Annual Convention and Exhibition November 13-16 in Baltimore, MD. This is the largest annual convention devoted to gifted and talented learners. There are 3 discount rates available if CAG has a minimum of 10 CAG members attend. Discount expires September 20th. You can learn more about the discounted rates here. The complete convention agenda, attendee registration, and hotel reservations, are available at http://www.nagc.org/education-training/nagc-annual-convention-exhibition. If you'd like to attend with the CAG delegation, DO NOT submit the registration form; it will be rejected. Instead, advise CAG of your intent at programcoordinator@ctgifted.org. Join CAG at NAGC and learn the latest research, techniques, and program models.


Shop Amazon. Give to CAG

Do you shop on Amazon.com? Do you want to donate to CAG without any additional cost to you?  Simply sign up on smile.amazon.com and choose the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) as your charitable institution, and Amazon will donate (.5%) of the money you spend on Amazon.com to CAG on your behalf, without you spending a single extra penny! It's so easy, you can do it in just a few seconds.  Visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2682441 to participate.


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!


Minds In Motion 2014-2015 Season Almost Is Here!

Contribute to your child's happiness and success by volunteering for CAGs premier student enrichment program. This year's lineup of Minds In Motion events includes locations in Bristol, Madison, Canton, Monroe, Middletown, Milford, Westport, Plainfield and Bridgeport. Contact CAG to volunteer, to sponsor, or to bring Minds In Motion to your town. Check our  Minds In Motion page for dates and more information, and keep an eye on our website for upcoming brochures and registration.


Trey Rawlins of New Haven Selected 2013-2014 CT Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Winner

WESTPORT, CT – CAG is proud to award the 2013-2014 Connecticut Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award to James L. "Trey' Rawlins, III.  James is a student at Edgewood Magnet School in New Haven.  In third grade Trey authored the book When Mommy Had Cancer to give other children the courage to not be afraid.

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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 ]


Summer Sale: Three Bags of Solude Coffee for the Price of Two - Support CAG

Order any three 12 oz. bags of Solude coffee and the third bag is free. 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.  Visit www.soludecoffee.com/, select 3 12 oz. bags of coffee, select CAG/Connecticut Association for the Gifted as your cause, and use coupon code SUMMER to get this special promotion.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


New England Conference for the Gifted and Talented: Save The Date, October 22-24, 2015

There is no 2014 NECGT conference.  All the more reason to block your calendar now to attend  the 2015 New England Conference for the Gifted and Talented on October 22-24, 2015.  CAG will host the conference at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel  in Cromwell, CT, www.cromwellcp.com.  Check CAG's website for updates. Volunteer to help make this conference a success at info@ctgifted.org.

 


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