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Connecticut Association for the Gifted Inc

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Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: To support and advocate for Connecticut's gifted, talented, and high-potential children of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds so they are identified and provided access and opportunities to an appropriate education by personnel trained and qualified to meet their cognitive, social, and emotional special needs.

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.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAG plays a vital role in increasing awareness of the need for gifted education in the state of Connecticut. It provides resources to teachers and parents, and advocates for gifted services in a state that currently does not mandate them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Catalina M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very helpful information and great support for families. I love Minds in Motion for the kids and seminars for myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAG has helped so many people around the state by providing information, resources, and a listening ear through their CAG phone line and in person at their Minds In Motion events. People literally breathe a sigh of relief once they connect with CAG and learn all that CAG has to offer. CAG is a balm for parents of gifted and high achieving children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I had known about CAG sooner! Long before my child was ever identified by the school system as gifted, I knew that I had a child that would be hard to keep up with. Once I discovered CAG, the world opened up. I found other people who became invaluable resources. The Minds in Motion events that they hold provided my child with opportunities to explore and learn in an environment with other high-achievers and gifted students; and I had the opportunity to learn about a variety of social and academic issues that affect not only gifted students, but all children and how they learn. When I have reached out to their leadership, they have been extremely supportive. Their Facebook outreach keeps me up to date on topics and events.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we found out our child was gifted, one of the places we were referred to was CAG. It has served to help us understand the gifted world and the many resources available that has helped our daughter.

CAG provides seminars that go far beyond the weekend workshops for your child. The people running the programs truly wish only the best for you and your child. In doing so they have assembled a frame work of support that provides parents with resources such as organizations, businesses, products, literature and people all focused on keeping your child stimulated and engaged. CAG’s weekend events bring together likeminded children and engage them in stimulating activities that schools are not doing for their age groups.

This wonderful organization offers insightful lectures for to better understand and nurture your child’s insatiable mind. Each session has a Keynote speaker featuring leaders in the field of gifted and talented education which bring out issues and strategies to help parents understand the special needs their children may have.

If you have a talented or gifted child, it would be parental negligence not to check out this organization and see what they have to offer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A truly dynamic organization for support and information on gifted and talented kids..Keep up the great work and wonders.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Connecticut Association for the Gifted is an amazing organization that is extremely helpful to teachers, students, and parents. CAG's dedication and support to gifted education is admirable and appreciated by all!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAG is a wonderful organization that offers resources and support for teachers, parents and others taking a role in the lives of gifted and talented children. They offer professional development for teachers, support and resources for parents, and exciting and innovative workshops for students. They also work to stay involved in the legislative happenings affecting the lives of our gifted students as well. CAG is an invaluable resource!