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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: NAGC's mission is to nurture potential giftedness and develop diverse talents.

Results: NAGC has provided professional development and mentoring opportunities to nearly 170 teachers and counselors in Title I schools, in turn benefiting thousands of children. NAGC also secured the reintroduction of the Talent Act in Congress with bipartisan support. An NAGC work group successfully wrote and produced two new relevant and timely books about using the Common Core State Standards with gifted and advanced learners, as well as a book on the Next Generation Science Standards. NAGC produced and disseminated Unlocking Emergent Talent, a white paper focused on supporting high achievement of low-income, high-ability students, based on a May 2012, National Summit.

Target demographics: parents, teachers, educators and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of high-ability students from around the country

Geographic areas served: the United States. National office in Washington, DC with state affiliates throughout the country.

Programs: The Javits-Frasier Scholarship fund, which provides professional development training for Title I teachers and counselors that serve high-potential students from low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAGC is the go-to professional organization for all who care about our nation's gifted children! Parents find the information and resources they need to understand their children's advanced learning needs, as well as their unique social-emotional needs, and to work effectively with their children's schools to make sure those needs are met. Educators at all levels and in all roles find the latest evidence-based, practitioner-focused resources to facilitate professional development for teachers, counselors and administrators as they seek to better understand and serve high-ability learners. As both a parent and an educator, I have turned to NAGC countless times over the last 30 years. I have never been disappointed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). I began attending the national conferences when I was a graduate student and have been drawn back each year to the people who are passionate about advocating for gifted children and adolescents. Being a volunteer for the organization is the most effective way to grow in my own understanding of the issues facing schools and families who want to do the best for their talented children. I've served on committees, been a Board member, served in more than one editorial role--and in each case, the rewards for service have been great. NAGC is the glue that holds the field together and provides a forum for all its constituents to have a voice. Now, I bring my own graduate students to the annual convention, encourage them to serve the field through NAGC, and enjoy the intellectual stimulation of being with informed professionals as they find their place within the organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) provides support and resources for educators and families of gifted children. I have been involved with the organization for almost 20 years, and am grateful for the opportunities and resources it has provided me. The leaders and membership work tirelessly to advocate for high quality education for all students and gifted students in particular. They provide excellent professional development opportunities, support solid research, and engage in conversation that advances understanding about the field of gifted education and the needs of gifted learners.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a wonderful resource for those like me - teachers of gifted students. Attending the conference last fall in Indianapolis was a wonderful experience. The NAGC is fully committed to helping, promoting, and enriching the education and opportunities for all gifted learners. They provide support, ideas, and much more for teachers, parents, students, etc. This organization is extremely professional and dedicated.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a Javits-Frasier Scholar and had a fabulous time attending NAGC. The organization of the event was flawless, every presenter intentional and worthwhile, and the amount of take-home strategies were abundant. I was especially impressed with the small-group panels of community members that shared with us how gifted education impacts a community at large. NAGC also had well-renown speakers like Temple Grandin and Jonathan Mooney who provided descriptive insight into what life is like as a person with Autism and Attention Defecit Hyperactive Disorder. Overall, NAGC is an amazing learning opportunity for educators, parents, and community members alike.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) changed my life and touched the lives of all of the students I teach. Being able to attend the conference, become aware of issues of equity and understand the needs of all students revised my entire teaching philosophy. Today, several practices and goals that I have in classroom can be traced back to my amazing four day conference with NAGC.

Hope14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NAGC is the largest organization serving gifted and talented children (and their families and teachers) in the country. They support research into effective practices, professional development for teachers, and produce top-quality publications for parents, teachers, and researchers. I volunteer up to 15 hours a week for this organization in various roles, and also am part of the annual giving campaign.

Gifted children are underserved in our country- their educational needs are rarely met, and our country is losing out on their potential!

Gina Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach Gifted and Talented on a small reservation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. NAGC has helped me have a better understanding of how to better serve my students. As a support and with knowledge of the latest research I have been able to lobby for for Gifted Education for minority students.

My greatest moment in teacher development came through an opportunity awarded to me through NAGC, the meeting of Howard Gardner. Having opportunity to meet and listen to his views on learning changed how I prepared and delivered lessons. My successes in teaching have been inspired by support and opportunities supplied by NAGC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is an galvanizing center for gifted research, support and collaboration for the gifted community. I applied for and received a Javits Frazier scholar appointment with my work as a teacher in a Title 1 school teaching gifted. I attended the national conference, a very significant event in sharing professional collaboration within our community. It is the tie throughout the country to this discipline and important in sustaining gifted services, research, and support within our field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAGC is a comprehensive organization that represents gifted children, parents, teachers, and professionals. NAGC provides resources, professional learning and networking opportunities, a legislative toolbox, and much more in order to serve the needs of gifted students. The people are dedicated and enthusiastic, and always looking for ways to improve the field as well as the organization itself.