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CGA Members Only Early Bird Registration
for Summer MOSAIC will be
February 1st through February 22nd!
Class options will be published closer to registration dates
Must be a CGA member on or before January 31, 2015 to qualify for Early Bird Registration
Summer Camp Weeks:
June 8th-12 & July 27-31, 2015
*Registration Opens to the Non-Members on Feb. 23rd
Coppell Gifted Association furthers our mission of supporting gifted kids, their parents and educators by providing scholarships to CISD educators to attend training in gifted education. We realized at the start of our organization that educators do not receive much information from their teacher colleges about the field of GT.
The annual conference hosted by the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented (TAGT) is one of the best opportunities for educators to learn about gifted and talented education in our state. We were fortunate that their conference was held in Fort Worth this school year, allowing many of our educators the ability to attend. In addition to providing scholarships for a record number (56!) of Coppell ISD teachers and administrators at the TAGT Professional Annual Conference in early December, CGA was pleased to provide first day attendees a catered lunch at the conference site.
The luncheon offered a wonderful opportunity for like-minded educators to share a meal with each other and some of our CGA leadership team. Strong support for the event was evidenced by the attendance of Dr Waldrip (CISD Superintendent), Marilyn Denison (Asst Superintendent for Curriculum), and of course, Deana Harrell (Director of Advanced Academics for CISD). The majority of the campuses of CISD had a representative in attendance.
The excitement among all the attendees about what they had already learned at their session that morning and what they were looking forward to attending was contagious! It was especially wonderful to hear that most of the sessions had a CISD educator attending, with plans to share information in a session back in Coppell, organized by Deana Harrell.
“Thank you” was expressed to CGA over and over by the very appreciative attendees. With that, CGA would like to pass a huge “thank you” on to all of our members. Without your membership and support, we would not be able to provide such a unique contribution to help our learners! Your continued support of CGA allows us to further our mission and beliefs! Please contact your campus liaison for information on how to get more involved in CGA.
A record 56 educators received scholarships from CGA to take advantage of this year’s local Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Professional Annual Conference in Fort Worth. There were one-, two-, and three-day options to attend. Many of the 56 educators had never participated in a TAGT conference before.
Additionally, TAGT invited local Superintendents and School Board members to attend at no charge. From Coppell, Dr Waldrip (CISD Superintendent), and (School Board members) Tracy Fisher, Anthony Hill, and Thom Hulme attended sessions.
On Wednesday, CGA treated CISD attendees to a luncheon in their honor at the conference. It was conveniently held in the convention center between sessions so that all could attend.
The two keynotes for the conference can best be described as “gifted young men on their life’s journey, reflecting on education.”
Nikhil Goyal is a 19-year-old, American advocate against “old school education.” In 2012, Goyal was named one of the “World Changers” for Dell #Inspire 100. In 2013, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Freedom Flame Award. His passionate, outspoken manner was infectious but may have fallen into the category of “preaching to the choir” for most of our Coppell group, although it was nice to hear a student produced by “the system” making these comments.
The other keynote speaker, Dr Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist, author, and popular science writer known for his research and writing on intelligence and creativity shared his personal life story about being in special education for an auditory processing disability until the 9th grade when his teacher asked him why he was in special ed. He started taking pre honors classes and then moved to honors, while simultaneously learning how to play the Cello in the school orchestra.
This twice exceptional young man was finally identified as being gifted when he was a senior in high school and at graduation, received the highest award given by his high school for his musical accomplishments. He had a lot to say about resiliency, labeling students and his work as a researcher.
Watch for more reflections and comments from this school year’s TAGT conference from our CISD educators. Next year’s TAGT Professional Annual Conference will be held in San Antonio.