CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR THE GIFTED INC
Rating: 5 stars 24 reviews
Location: PO Box 2598 Westport CT 06880 USA
Target demographics: children's educational opportunities
Geographic areas served: Connecticut
Programs: Minds in Motion to help students identify their passion and find their true potential to maximize their personal, academic, and professional achievement.
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CAG provides a great service to CT parents of gifted children who struggle to find resources who can challenge their children to reach their full potential. CAG was instrumental helping me find the resources I needed to help my son. I feel very fortunate to have found CAG and its knowledgebase.
CAG is an organization that fosters our greatest natural resources--creativity, intelligence, and talent. We all can do so much more than we believe we can, and CAG supports the maximizing of human potential in young people. I'm a very busy person, yet I give time to being a CAG Board member, because this is an organization of warm, dedicated people with vision. CAG works with the legislature, with parents, with children, with educators. It operates on all possible fronts to promote talent development and end underachievement. As a math teacher for 33 years, I wish I had learned of CAG sooner. It would have helped me boost my students to higher achievement. If I were a parent right now, I'd find out when all the Minds In Motion events are scheduled around the state, and drive them to every single one that I could. Each one is a fabulous Saturday afternoon for kids. Google ctgifted.org. It could change your kid's life.
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As a parent of gifted kids, I have found CAG to be an amazing resource on the latest information regarding the educational, social and emotional needs of gifted children. Perhaps even more valuable is the community of people who generously share from their experiences. They helped me see that the challenges of parenting a gifted child are both specific and very real. The more I learn, the better parent I can be.
The Connecticut Association for the Gifted is an excellent resource for Connecticut families, teachers and school leaders. Families can hear directly from other parents or stakeholders about specific programs and support structures available to their child through MIMs, CAG board meetings and online resources. In conjunction, teachers and school leaders can contact CAG about professional development opportunities available to their school or district. Most importantly, CAG is an invaluable resource for helping ALL students learn, achieve and succeed through their specific talent. Call CAG or visit their web site, you will be very appreciative!
Connecticut Association of the Gifted provides wonderful services to educators, families and students. The dedicated staff provide professional development opportunities for educators in creative thinking, problem solving and how to work with the gifted student. CAG has been proactive by including the CCSS in all presentations; this has been beneficial for teachers. The Mind in Motion program and other workshops for students are outstanding. Students are challenged and encouraged to take risks and stretch their learning. Parents are also supported in the organization and are able to get helpful information which allows them to be educated about the gifted child and in turn helps them to advocate for them. I have the highest regard for CAG, it is an outstanding organization.
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CAG supports teachers. As a teacher of gifted and talented children, this means a great deal to me. I have attended CAG sponsored conferences, conventions, and Minds in Motion events and have been continually impressed by the level of professional growth opportunities provided by CAG. I learn and re-learn every time I attend a CAG event and I always leave inspired and energized. Gifted students, parents of gifted students, and teachers of gifted students rely on CAG to advocate for gifted and talented education. We need an organization like CAG to ensure that all students, including those with gifts and talents, get the educational opportunities and support that they need.
Having been a student in gifted programs in the past, and seeing how CT's "official" support for gifted and talented has varied over the past few decades, it's of great value to see volunteers and a small staff to foster quality gifted education statewide. The relief on the faces of students and in the voices of parents is wonderful to see. As a current educator, watching fellow teachers learn simple things to reach all of their students is solid progress.
CAG is helping to dispel the myth that gifted and talented children can "make it on their own" without any support or assistance, especially from their schools. To the contrary, these children have special learning needs that must be recognized by their educators in order to reach their full potential. Thanks CAG, for getting important information out there, to both parents and educators!
I have been so impressed by the Minds in Motion program. It provides opportunities for children to be creative and to learn from each other. As an educator, I plan to be more involved with bringing this program to additional children in Connecticut. md
I was very pleased to discover CAG, its resources, its advocacy, its experiential events, its advice, information, and its encouragement for parents of gifted and high potential children. There are limited places for parents to turn and limited support for these children who are overlooked and presumed will be successful on their own without guidance and support. In fact, without the guidance and support of parents, teachers, and administrators, these children are bound to get lost in the educational system and not reach their full potential. This results in a loss to the Connecticut workforce. let's all aid the work CAG does.
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