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CAG Names 2017-18 Friend of the Gifted, Educator of the Year

Westport, CT 5/7/2018 – The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) has announced that New Canaan (CT) Saxe Middle School Gifted/Talented Teacher, Jean Caffrey has been named the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) '2018 Educator of the Year', and Connecticut's Education Committee lawmakers who supported the new G/T law PA 17-82 have been named CAG's 'Friend of the Gifted'. Caffrey and the Education Committee members will be honored at an awards ceremony during CAG's Annual Members Dinner at the Inn at Middletown, 70 Main Street, Middletown, on May 16, 2018. Rep. Andrew Fleischmann will represent the committee at the dinner and receive the award. [ more ]

Advocacy and Leadership Conference, NAGC, Washington. DC. March 18-20, 2018

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted representatives attended the NAGC Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. CAG's VP for Legislation and Public Policy, Bianka Kortlan-Cox was one of the speakers addressing CT's new gifted education law, PA 17-82, and CAG Vice President Bonnie O'Reagan, met on the Hill with Sen. Murphy's representatives to talk about federal funding for gifted education, the Javits Fund, and the progress CT is expected to make following the passage of the new law. CAG member, Yvonne DeSt.Croix visited Rep. DeLauro's office to discuss the Javits funding and establishing a liaison connection for CAG. She also attended Betsy DeVos' hearing yesterday on the Capitol.

Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) Names Macdonough School's John Ferrero the 2017 'Educator of the Year' and UConn's Catherine Little, PhD, the 2017 'Friend of the Gifted'

(Westport, CT): 5/4/2017 – Middletown (CT) Macdonough School STEM teacher, John Ferrero has been named the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) 2017 Educator of the Year award. University of Connecticut Associate Professor of Educational Psychology Catherine Little, PhD, has been named CAG's 2017 Friend of the Gifted. Ferrero and Little will be honored at an awards ceremony during CAG's Annual Members Dinner at the Inn at Middletown, 70 Main Street, Middletown, on May 16, 2017. [ more ]

CAG Awards 'Friend of the Gifted' To CT Education Commissioner Wentzell May 10, 2016

(Westport, CT): 4/28/2016 – Connecticut State Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell is the recipient of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted 2016 Friend of the Gifted award. CAG's annual Friend of the Gifted award is given to an educator, school administrator, parent, community member, or professional who has profoundly impacted the lives of gifted children in our state. [ more ]

CAG Celebrates ESSA Legislation

WESTPORT, CT, December 17, 2015 -- The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG), Connecticut's voice for high-ability and high-potential students, celebrates the December 10th enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. (View an abbreviated version in The Hartford Courant) [ more ]

CT Education Commissioner Wentzell to Speak October 23 at Gifted Education and Talent Development Conference

(Westport, CT): CT Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell will welcome attendees of the New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development (NECGT) on Friday morning, October 23rd, lending her support to helping students reach their full potential. In addition, Gil Andrada, who recently added the oversight of gifted and talented education to his SDE role, will join the conference discussion. [ more ]

Governor Proclaims October 22, 2015 Gifted Education and Talent Development Day

(Westport, CT): Governor Dannel Malloy declares October 22nd Gifted Education and Talent Development Day to support The Connecticut Association for the Gifted's (CAG) hosting of the New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development (NECGT), October 22-24, 2015 in Cromwell CT. This annual conference is designed for everyone involved with educating high potential students: parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and policy makers. Join the leading thought contributors to stimulate your thinking and inspire your successful actions. You'll interact with parents and educators like you, learn from the leading experts, and gain resources and tools. [ more ]

2E: Twice Exceptional - A Film by Thomas Ropelewski Screening at NECGT Oct. 22-24,2015

Press Release September 15, 2015
Westport, CT – The New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development (NECGT), hosted by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted and sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, will hold a screening of director Tom Ropelewski's award-winning documentary '2E: Twice Exceptional'. The film follows the personal journeys of high school students who have been identified as gifted with another exceptionality, and features interviews with students, parents, teachers, psychologists and therapists. [ more ]

Del Siegle, PhD, Offers Tips for Parenting Gifted Children as Keynote for Middletown MIM

By Joyce M. Singer, Co-Director of Professional Development
MIDDLETOWN, CT - At CAG's March 14 Middletown Minds in Motion event, Dr. Del Siegle, Department Head of the University of Connecticut's National Center for Research on Gifted Education both entertained and educated a rapt audience of parents and educators about the importance of encouraging an achievement attitude with children. As he was gracious enough to share his presentation with us, if you missed his presentation, you can find it here. [ more ]

CAG Creates Space for The Gifted to Explore

Goes beyond school based GT programs throughout CT
By Diana Blass | Westport, CT | Added on November 07, 2014 At 10:31 PM|
Three-to-five million students in the United States are classified as gifted, demonstrating advanced knowledge or creativity. Yet, many are left in the dark of their capabilities. "Somehow we got to a place in this country in which we were teaching to the test," said Katie Augustyn, the President of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. [ more ]

Catch CAG on TV and Facebook this January

This January CAG has launched its first-ever media campaign to boost public awareness of gifted and high-potential children in all socio-economic, cultural, and racial groups. The "We Are CAG" campaign is aimed at parents of children in Kindergarten through 8th grade in Fairfield County, CT, and funded by a grant from Fairfield County's Community Foundation.

The 15-second commercials are running through January 31 on Norwalk Cablevision: News 12, Home & Garden Television and the Oprah Winfrey Network, enabling CAG's message to reach parents in both served and underserved communities.  [ more ]

Thank You for Making CAG a Great Nonprofit - AGAIN!

Thanks to the many positive reviews we have received, CAG is proud to have been named a Great NonProfit again in 2014.  GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2014 Top-Rated List. Thank you for helping us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us.  All reviews are visible to potential donors and volunteers. Visit to read all of our positive reviews!

U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.9 Million to Partnerships to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576,
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to partnerships of postsecondary institutions and school districts that focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs. The University of Connecticut is one of 10 grantees. [ more ]

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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Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy Receives Recognition

Hartford's Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy, led by CAG Board member Dr. Ruth Lyons, has been designated a Connecticut School of Distinction by State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. "The Renzulli Academy is celebrated by the Hartford Public Schools because it reflects the vision of a choice system of high performing schools," said Dr. Jacqueline Jacoby, special assistant to the Hartford Board of Education. "It gives its students the room to grow and perform advanced-level work that enhances their interests and their intellectual ability." The Renzulli Academy is one of 73 Connecticut schools honored in three categories: schools with the highest overall student performance, schools that made the most progress and schools that had the highest performing subgroups of students. Read the press release.

CAG Annual Members Dinner May 22, 2014

The CAG Annual Members Dinner was held at the Inn at Middletown May 22. Board members, new and outgoing, and members, along with CAG award winners Nancy Eastlake, 'Trey' Rawlins, III, and guest speaker Gena Rotas, were in attendance. Highlights of the evening included presentation of the CAG Educator of the Year Award to Nancy Eastlake, and the NAGC Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award to "Trey Rawlins, III, as well a presentation by psychologist Gena Rotas, whose talk "Take Stress Out of the Backpack" became an interactive event. [ more ]

Jeff Danielian Delivers Plainfield Keynote at Minds In Motion May 3, 2014

Jeff Danielian, LaSalle Academy, NAGC, delivered the keynote address at the Plainfield Minds In Motion, held at Moosup Elementary School on May 3.  [ more ]

Canton MIM Enjoyed by Parents, Children

The April 26 Canton Minds In Motion featured Dr. Joseph Renzulli as the keynote speaker. Nearly one hundred fifty children participated in workshops ranging from art to cold-blooded creatures, to Lego robotics. View pictures of the event. [ more ]

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. [ more ]

America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs

The National Governors Associations Chair's Initiative for 2013/2014 has published "America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs".  The report lays out the business community challenges of not being able to fill knowledge-intensive jobs, and proposes several steps that could be taken by state governors to ensure better alignment between business, workforce training, and state public education systems. [ more ]

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