You Spoke, We Listened: New Legislative Advocacy Section

Dear CAG members,
We listened when you told us in your October survey responses that requesting proper academic services for gifted and talented was the most important priority for the majority of you.

CAG is supporting Raised Bill S.B. 911, An Act Concerning Services for Gifted and Talented Students, which had its first Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 1st at the Legislature in Hartford. CAG testified in support of the passage of the Bill, and offered several amendments to enhance the bill. Please click here to read CAG's and other testimony filed in support of the Bill. Click here and learn how you can participate in the next steps of the legislative process.

Thank you to our Minds in Motion™ 2016-17 Season Hosts, Presenters and Sponsors

Thank you to the planners, presenters, and sponsors of the the 2016-17 Minds in Motion™ season. Minds in Motion is an afternoon of interesting, fast-paced workshops for children, with free workshops for their parents. Each event is different, with different workshops and speakers. Email programcoordinator@ctgifted.org to find out how you can host a Minds in Motion™ in your town.

CAG is here to support you!

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 $25.00 a year or $100.00 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. Members also receive discounts for registration at Minds in Motion™ events and CAG conferences. Put CAG to work for you and join today!...

Latest Information

Save the Date for CAG'S Annual Members' Dinner Tuesday, May 16

Don't miss this very special CAG Annual Member's Dinner; a CAG (Almost 50) Reunion for everyone who was part of CAG from the beginning! Please help us get the word out. The event will take place at the Inn at Middletown on Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., and will include a celebration of our successes during the 2016-17 school year, a retrospective from past years, and a look ahead to next year. Connect with old G/T friends and colleagues and meet current CAG Directors and members . Click here for more information and to register. We look forward to seeing you there!


6th Annual Teaching And Learning With iPad Conference May 10

The 6th Annual Teaching and Learning with iPads Conference, a one-day Event for K-12 Educators, sponsored by the Department of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education will take place Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Main Campus Storrs. $115 registration fee includes conference attendance, UConn parking, and lunch. Read more.


Educators: Plan to Attend UConn's Creativity Conference May 12

Interested in learning how to infuse creative activities into any curricular area? Make plans to attend 'Designing Creative Lessons in K12 Classrooms: A Creative Activity Swap Shop', taking place May 12  at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. Learn how to modify existing lessons to promote students' creativity in this one day conference. Registration online through April 28 at http://wp.creativityconference.uconn.edu/. Cost: $95,  Student Cost: $50 (includes lunch and parking). Spaces fill quickly; please register early. E-mail creativityconference@uconn.edu for more information. 


Register Now For Exploring Expertise At UConn May 13

Exploring Expertise is a conference at the University of Connecticut for students in grades 8-12 and their parents/guardians. It will be held on May 13 from 9:45 AM to 3:45 PM. Talented, motivated adolescents are invited to spend the day learning about potential career directions. Informational sessions are available on a variety of topics of interest to parents and students.

Parents can speak with staff from the Admissions and Financial Aid departments, for example, while students hear experts in a wide variety of disciplines share their passions and talk about the kinds of careers available in their fields. There will be information that is specific to the University of Connecticut as well as sessions on topics such as Choosing a College Major that are useful to students going to any university. Registrations will be accepted through April 29. 


CAG's Teacher Resource Group is Back!

The CAG Teacher Resource Group (TRG) met recently in West Hartford, and would like to thank Heidi Molbak, Co-Founder and Head of FlexSchool: The Gifted and 2e Micro School, who led a topic on Twice Exceptionality. View her presentation here. Future meetings at other locations are being planned. The TRG is specially designed to help teachers meet the academic, emotional, and intellectual needs of their students. 

CAG recognizes and would like to celebrate the wonderful work you do, as well as the uphill battle you face. Let's work together to learn from each other. Come be part of your peer group who all 'get' you! To get involved in the Teacher Resource Group (TRG), please email info@ctgifted.org. Learn more.


Attend CONFRATUTE July 9-14 at UConn

Sign up for the 40th annual Confratute 2015, July 9-14 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. 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 40 STRANDS of intensive, week-long mini courses. Read more.


Register Now For The 2017 SENG Conference August 3-6

The SENG 2017 34th Annual Conference 'Creating New Possibilities' will take place August 3-6 in Chicago. SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population. Learn from world renown experts across a variety of disciplines who will share their stories and expertise including Dina Brulles, Jaime Castellano, Susan Daniels, Jim Delisle, Sharon Duncan, Joanna Haase, Scott Barry Kaufman, Nicole Tetreault, and Carol Anne Tomlinson. Activities Include: Continuing Education Sessions, SMPG Facilitator Training, 6 Keynote Presentations, 8 session strands, 80 + General Sessions, Voices Live! New in 2017, Children's Enrichment Program (Ages 6-14), and much more. Read more: http://sengifted.org/seng-annual-conference-2017/.


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 Kate O'Neil at execdirector@ctgifted.org.


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 drag and drop this Amazon link to your browser toolbar and just click next time you want to shop. You'll be supporting CAG each time you do!  Amazon will donate .5% of the money you spend on Amazon.com to CAG on your behalf, without you spending a single extra penny! For more information, visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2682441.


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 make CAG a top-rated non profit. Just visit CAG at www.greatnonprofits.org and write a positive review of CAG. That's it. Has CAG helped you and your child? Do you believe in CAG's mission? Does your child enjoy Minds In Motion™? Just explain how or why. Your positive reviews will help raise awareness for CAG's important education work and increase educational opportunities for all children in your community and across Connecticut. All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

 

Your positive opinion will help CAG spread the word about CAG and how we can help parents like you help their gifted, talented and high-achieving children through the many educational and advocacy programs we offer. Just go to the GreatNonprofits website to post your review today. Thanks for your great words! [ more ]


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