President's Message

On behalf of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! It is going to be a wonderfully challenging and interesting year! It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve as your new CAG President. I am extremely passionate about meeting the needs of all gifted, talented, high potential, and twice exceptional students, parents, and educators so that everyone can be successful in school and in life and achieve the highest levels of well-being.

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted has been evolving due to everything going on in the world and we are excited to announce our virtual offerings for the year. Starting this fall, we will be offering online Minds in Motion™ events for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. We will also be offering online professional development for parents and educators consistently throughout the year.

Please know that the Connecticut Association for the Gifted is poised and ready to advocate for ALL gifted, talented, high potential, and twice exceptional students, parents, and educators. However, we cannot fulfill our mission alone and we need your help. Your voice is imperative, your work is vital, and we care about you. It is critically important that we all support each other. There is strength in numbers and together, we will accomplish great things. If you are a member of CAG, we thank you for your support. If you are not a member, please consider joining us as we work diligently to support the needs of the gifted in Connecticut.

If there is ever anything that CAG can do to help you, please feel free to email me at You can count on us. May you have a safe, happy, healthy, and joyful school year.

Respectfully yours,
Lorrie-Anne Monte, Ph.D., M.P.H., CHES
CAG President

Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19

Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona announced details of the framework to allow all students – in all school districts statewide – the opportunity to have access to in-school, full-time instruction at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year, as long as public health data continues to support this model. Read the press release.

Parents: Here is a List of Online Activities and a module of Social Emotional Learning activities

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has curated links from trusted partners, and/or leaders within the gifted community. NAGC has also developed this TIP Sheet with strategies for helping gifted children. 

Access numerous education and enrichment resources.

Talented and Gifted Distance Learning Resources for teachers, parents, and students and Talented and Gifted Distance Learning Resources for Educators

Developed in partnership with Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), Advanced Learning Labs are provided for K-12 students each week. 

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) has collected G/T-related educational resources

Your Chilld's Gifted Programming is in Danger: ACT!

Welcome to the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG)

CAG supports educators and parents to meet the needs of Connecticut's gifted, talented and high-potential children of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We provide resources and advocacy so children are identified and provided access and opportunities for an appropriate education by personnel trained and qualified to meet their cognitive, social, and emotional special needs. Benefits of CAG membership. Don't want to join but inspired by our mission? Please click the star on the right to donate to CAG.

What does your IQ really say about you? Is it possible to accurately assess intelligence through a test? And does it make a difference who is setting the test and why? Watch this short film from the BBC

Why you might be smarter than you think. The concept of human intelligence has changed a lot over the past 100 years. Could broadening our perception of what it means to be intelligent change how we view human potential, and ultimately make us more successful at solving the problems facing the world? Watch this short film from the BBC.

Latest Updates

PAGE Partnership

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted is excited to announce a new online networking opportunity: Parents and Advocates for Gifted Education (PAGE). CAG is offering PAGE as an opportunity to support and encourage the development of gifted students through an understanding of their characteristics and needs, by fostering appropriate educational opportunities for them at home, in school, and in the larger community. Learn more about PAGE. For questions, email

CAG's Coordinators, Administrators, & Teachers Resource Group (CATRG)

One of the most difficult challenges in education is consistently and appropriately meeting the needs of gifted students. The CAG Coordinators, Administrators, & Teachers Resource Group (CATRG) is here to help you meet this challenge by answering your questions, sharing information, and providing resources and support. For questions about the Coordinators, Administrators, & Teachers Resource Group (CATRG) , please email Learn more.

CAG Board Members Recognized for Work in SEL, NAGC Dissertation Award

CAG is proud to announce that two of it's board members have received recognition in their recent accomplishments. Dr. Lorrie-Anne Monte is teaching social emotional learning this summer at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Dr. Laurel Brandon has placed in the annual NAGC Research & Evaluation Network's 2020 Dissertation Award Competition for her study, "Teachers' and Students' Perspectives of School-Based Opportunities for Student Creativity".

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Guidestar Nonprofit

Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) is proud to have earned a 2019 Bronze Seal of Transparency on GuideStar. Click the logo at left to learn more, or to donate to CAG. 




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