Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted, please accept our sincere wish for a happy and healthy holiday season.

As we enter 2019, CAG's 50th Year providing support to Connecticut's gifted, talented, and high-potential children, we look to further expand CAG's advocacy efforts, programs, and resources.

Please help us expand these outstanding offerings and consider making a tax-deductible donation or renew your membership today! Unleashing the potential of these bright young students will shape our communities and the nation for generations to come.

Welcome to the Connecticut Association for the Gifted

CAG supports you as educators and parents to meet the needs of Connecticut's gifted, talented and high-potential children. Our mission is to help 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.

For only $35 a year, $100 for 3 years, or $150 for a Lifetime membership, you will have priority individual support, guidance on testing and assessment and information about educational options. Members enjoy the benefits of a vast network of resources and research-based information on all aspects of raising and educating your gifted child. You'll have access to helpful tools, training, expert speakers, and more. Members also receive discounted registration at Minds in Motion™ events and CAG conferences. We offer resources, information, and programs for students, parents, and educators. Join CAG to help children reach their full individual potential. Financial Aid is available for memberships, please email info@ctgifted.org. Please explore our website to learn how you can benefit from what CAG offers.

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Nominations Open for CAG Awards

Now is the time to nominate someone you know for a CAG Award before January 31, 2019.

CAG's Educator of the Year - Recognizes a teacher or administrator who has gone above and beyond for gifted students.
CAG's Friend of the Gifted - Recognizes an individual who has made a significant difference in the lives of gifted children in Connecticut.
CAG's Gifted Kids' Hero - Recognize and thank anyone who has helped to create a positive experience for gifted children in his or her classroom, school, district, home or community.

Please read about our Scholarships and Awards program and see if there is someone you know who might be worthy of a CAG award! We will honor our awardees at our Annual Members Dinner in May 2019. For more information, contact info@ctgifted.org.

Minds in Motion™, CAG's Signature Enrichment Event for Children and Adults

Make plans to attend a Minds in Motion™ in the 2018-19 school year! Minds In Motion™  is an afternoon of interesting, fast-paced workshops for children, with free workshops for adults.

 Our Upcoming 2018-2019 Minds in Motion™ schedule:

March 9, 2019 - Bridgeport, Discovery Magnet School
March 16, 2019 - Middletown, Middletown High School
March 23, 2019 - Westport, Bedford Middle School
April 6, 2019 - Litchfield, Litchfield High School 
April 27, 2019 - Milford, Jonathan Law High School

Email programcoordinator@ctgifted.org to host a Minds in Motion™ in your town. Learn more about Minds in Motion™.

Get Your CAG Parent's Handbook

Every parent should own CAG's invaluable primer to gifted education in Connecticut, and raising gifted children in general.  The newly-revised book is entitled A Parent's Guide to Gifted Education: What it Means to Have a Gifted Child. This book is every parent's first step in charting their child's educational future. [ more ]

NAGC Announces New Membership Rebate to Benefit CAG

As an affiliate organization of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), CAG will now receive a $10 rebate from NAGC for each member who joins or renews using the Referral Code CAG18. This is a win-win for you and CAG because NAGC is our advocate for gifted children in Washington, DC and they offer many benefits to educators and parents, including high-quality publications and newsletters. To see all the benefits of membership in NAGC, click here. For questions, please email info@ctgifted.org.

CAG's Teacher Resource Group

The CAG Teacher Resource Group (TRG) is specially designed to help teachers meet the academic, emotional, and intellectual needs of their students. To get involved in the Teacher Resource Group (TRG), please email info@ctgifted.org. Learn more.

View a past TRG presentation by Heidi Molbak on Twice Exceptionality.


Gifted/Talented Law in Connecticut

Signed into law June 6, 2017, Public Act 17-82, requires the Commissioner of Education to designate an expert staff member to be responsible for providing assistance to educators and parents regarding identification and provision of services to Connecticut's gifted and talented students. The law also requires the Department of Education to develop "best practices" guidelines for academic and social-emotional services to gifted and talented students, as well as professional development for teachers. [ more ]

CAG Board of Director Positions Open

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG), founded in 1969, is the pre-eminent parent, teacher, and school resource; and legislative advocate for Connecticut's talented and high-ability students. CAG is seeking individuals to serve as board members in the following capacity: Technology, Strategic Marketing/Advertising, Fund Development, Public Relations. For more information, contact Executive Director Katie Augustyn at execdirector@ctgifted.org.

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