CAG serves a vital role in advocating for the needs of gifted and high-potential children in CT. They are the only ones in the state who do this, and they do a great job of helping educators and parents understand the special needs of these students.
CAG was a wonderful resource for us when we first moved to CT and our son was starting kindergarten. We attended numerous Minds in Motion events all over the state and were able to meet other families who had similar interests. It was great to know we weren't alone! The information, newsletters and website were all helpful in learning about the needs of gifted children and how best to meet them. CAG continues to serve many families of gifted children as well as educators.
Very helpful information and great support for families. I love Minds in Motion for the kids and seminars for myself.
CAG has helped my gifted students, their families, and me for more than a decade. CAG provides enrichment through Minds in Motion, they bring top notch guest speakers to communities, and connect families to support the unique needs of gifted children. They lobby for improved education legislation, as well.
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.
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.
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.