CGA recently received the following letter from JJ Colburn, CAE, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Gifted & Talented (TAGT). TAGT has been invaluable to CGA in our mission to support gifted kids, their parents and educators in Coppell and beyond. We encourage our parent members to consider joining TAGT as well as CGA. The letter reads:
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) strives to connect and empower parents and educators to meet the unique needs of gifted students. As a statewide, purpose based organization, this concept drives our programs, services and attitudes. We believe that fulfilling this mission is the best way to enhance the lives of gifted students. Naturally, it is critical for TAGT to partner with and support the efforts of local organizations that align with the TAGT mission. But, it’s incredibly exciting when an independent organization like the Coppell Gifted Association (CGA), which embodies a similar purpose, extends the TAGT message so effectively. CGA is truly a model for how to connect and empower parents and educators and the positive results on gifted education that can occur. The strategies, organizational structure and balanced focus of CGA is a prototype for effective advocacy and support of gifted learners and is a great example of mission in action.
Parent support groups like CGA provide great value to gifted children, their parents, to the school community, and to TAGT. For parents, a unified group can be far more effective than any one individual. They can work together to become better advocates and to solve problems or concerns they may see in the services provided by the schools. They can also provide a place to learn about parenting their own gifted children more effectively.
For the school community, an effective and forward-thinking parent group can have a major impact on the quality of education. Parent groups that look at the big picture recognize that their children do not exist in a vacuum and need opportunities to develop and mature socially, emotionally, as well as academically. They see the value in improving schools for all students, not just the gifted, and make a good partner, like other parent groups that support student activities and services.
For a state association like TAGT, parent groups provide another link in the chain that allows the advocacy and educational efforts of the association to be spread more widely. When a parent group as successful as CGA exists, it also provides a statewide association like TAGT a model to extoll and encourage others to create around the state. With a statewide platform, TAGT is connected to schools and communities all over and we are able to share ideas based on the CGA structure to affect the lives of many. The work being done locally extends beyond the CGA community through a strong partnership with TAGT.
You might wonder exactly how CGA sets a standard for parent groups. Effective parent groups require individuals to be knowledgeable, organized, define their goals and objectives, understand the organization and structure of the local school system, use existing local and state systems, be committed, and be persistent and patient. Those qualities aptly describe CGA. Since its founding less than 10 years ago, it has had a profound impact on all of these groups. These characteristics are likely going to be present in many successful parent groups. So, what makes CGA unique? It’s in the implementation of innovative strategies, balanced services and relevant partnerships that CGA truly shines.
First, CGA provides quality education and relevant information for parents by bringing in many speakers who share their knowledge and expertise. Through the organizational structure, making resources available to parents is a priority. Second, the partnership with teachers and commitment to teacher training is a key component of the work of CGA. Parent efforts to fund many Coppell ISD teachers to receive additional professional development in the area of gifted education, supplementing the work of the district, strengthens the bond between these two groups and also ensures that children benefit in the classroom. Third, CGA provides direct enrichment opportunities for students through the wildly successful Mosiac program. Finally, CGA is committed to partnering with TAGT, strengthening both organizations’ capacity to meet common goals. CGA has joined TAGT as an organization and encouraged hundreds of their own individual members to join TAGT, as well. CGA recognizes that there is not only strength in numbers, but there is value in having their own members become more involved and connected to issues that may extend beyond their own community. In addressing these four areas with such deliberate focus – parents, educators, students, and statewide advocacy – CGA has cultivated an ideal gifted education support group.
TAGT is proud to be connected to your efforts and we stand with you in shared passion for gifted youth. Know that you are having tremendous impact at all levels – individual students, parents and educators, in classrooms on campuses, across your school district, in your region and even statewide.
JJ Colburn, CAE
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
Special early bird discounts!
Join or renew your annual CGA membership with a GREAT deal! CGA is offering a fantastic opportunity to join BOTH active gifted associations, CGA and TAGT. We are one of a very select parent affiliate groups in Texas that is allowed to offer this opportunity so we hope you’ll take advantage of it. Please see below for the amazing benefits you’ll receive, and more importantly, by joining both associations, you are providing a bigger, stronger voice for gifted education in Coppell, Texas, and the United States.
Want to know more about the benefits of joining CGA? Click the “join” tab above.
Membership period: August 15, 2014 – August 14, 2015
Educators, click the following links to register:
|EDUCATOR Membership Options||Thru 10/15/14||After 10/15/14|
|Coppell Gifted Association only-
|CGA plus TAGT(Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented)
Parents, click here to register.
Parent membership registration opens August 15, 2013.
|PARENT Membership Options||Thru 10/15/14||After 10/15/14|
|Coppell Gifted Association only- Support gifted education in Coppell.
|CGA plus TAGT(Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented)
Don’t miss out on this GREAT deal. Renew online by clicking here.
If you have questions regarding membership, please contact our membership chair,
If you have difficulties with registering online, please contact Carrie Clark.
CGA Speaker Series:
The State of Gifted Education and Advanced Academics in Coppell ISD
Thursday, September 18th
Coppell High School – Lecture Hall
Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.
Presented by Deana Harrell, CISD Director of Advanced Academics
We invite you to come hear Deana Harrell, CISD’s Director of Advanced Academics discuss our GT and Advanced Academic programs. Following a comprehensive program audit in 2013, the CISD Gifted and Talented Program continues its transformation into the more collective, GTi Services program, geared toward identifying and servicing the unique needs of every gifted learner. Deana Harrell will once again share the advancements that are shaping the face of Gifted Education as it continues to grow and develop in CISD for the 2014-2015 school year.
CISD Educators can join CGA for FREE for a limited time!
This opportunity is only available until October 15th. (Click here to join) After that time, the rate will be $20. Join now to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Why should you join now?
- Eligible for scholarships to conferences and training throughout the year.
- CGA awarded over $12,000 in scholarships during the 2013-2014 school year to conferences like TAGT and NAGC.
- TAGT professional membership – Professional membership in TAGT includes discounted rates for TAGT’s conferences and a subscription to TEMPO magazine. (You must be a TAGT professional member to apply for a CGA scholarship to TAGT’s conference in Fort Worth, December 3-5, 2014). Click HERE to apply for a professional membership through Oct 15, 2014 for a discount. Join CGA and TAGT for only $50 through Oct 15 (will be $70 after Oct. 15th.)
- Receive regular information about gifted education and additional resources specifically targeted to educators.
- Plus, enjoy all of the benefits offered to our general membership:
- CGA programs, speakers & event notices
- Add to the voice of gifted education
- Support CGA competitions: Creative Writing Competition
- Receive CGA digital newsletter about gifted matters and education
- Discount on MOSAIC classes and early registration
- FREE access to Podcasts of CGA speaker series
- FREE CGA Lending Library containing books on gifted matters and videos
- Invitations to CGA social events
- Connection to a CGA Campus Rep
It takes less than 1 minute to join, and it is FREE (save $20). Click here to join.
If you have any questions, please contact the CGA Membership Chair, Aanchal Prakash.
Are you a CISD educator or administrator interested in gaining additional gifted education training and enrichment?