What Can I Do?
If you are a parent just recognizing that your child might learn differently than his or her peers, a transplant to Connecticut needing to navigate your new state's gifted education landscape, or even a seasoned school-district veteran deciding it's time to do something more for your kids, you've already taken the first, most-important step towards meeting your children's unique educational, affective, and social/emotional needs by seeking information and help. CAG's goal is to provide you resources and guidance to help make education—and life—better for your gifted child. Advocating for your gifted son or daughter is a process that takes time, but there are some things you can do as you begin your journey into the world of gifted education:
- Join and Support CAG - CAG is a nonprofit, volunteer organization. We are able to provide resources to the public through the generous support of our members. If you are not already a member, visit our membership section to join now.
- Peruse our Website - We have information on rules and regulations in the state of Connecticut, as well as resources to help you learn more so that you can become an effective advocate.
- Publications - Beyond the information contained in our website, CAG has published a parent handbook on gifted education in Connecticut that is a primer for those just beginning their journey and gifted education veterans alike.
- Communicate - Meeting the needs of gifted learners doesn't happen in a vacuum. Once you have information, you will need to convey your child's needs to his/her teachers and administrators.
- Enrichment - Schools don't always have the necessary resources to meet gifted kids' diverse interests, so parents can help by continuing learning at home. CAG can help with our enrichment programs on weekends throughout the school year.
- Don't Give Up! - It takes persistence and insistence to ensure that your child's needs are met. Please contact us for advice or if there is anything we can do to help.