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Fall 2015 Scholarship Opportunity for CISD Educators and Administrators

September 2, 2015

Are you a CISD educator or administrator interested in gaining additional gifted education training and enrichment?

CGA is offering scholarship opportunities for attendance at the TAGT Annual Conference being held in San Antonio, TX from December 2nd-4th, 2015.

The 2015 TAGT Annual Conference will join together nearly 2,000 educators and parents who share a passion for gifted education.  This unique experience features over 150 training sessions in 15 strands of designated subjects.  TAGT is an approved provider of CE credit for educators, counselors, psychologists and school board members.’

Parents, please feel free to forward this to your teachers ~ By enriching and supporting our amazing educators and administrators, we improve the educational experiences for everyone.

Application Link

Note:  Application is for both Educators and Administrators

(Administrators please complete page 1 only).

DEADLINE to apply is October 1st, 2015

CGA Speaker Series: Susan Johnsen

September 2, 2015

“Recognizing and Nurturing Talents of High Ability Kids”

Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D.
Director of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Director of gifted programs in the School of Education at Baylor University, Waco.

Please join us to hear Susan Johnsen, editor of Gifted Child Today, and author of books and tests used in gifted education shares specific ways that parents can recognize and nurture the talents of their children. Special attention will be paid to common beliefs about gifted children and experiences that parents might provide in promoting their child’s talent development.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Coppell High School – Lecture Hall

6:30 p.m.

 

Event is free for CGA members; $5 for non-members

Destination Imagination 2015-16 – Information session 17th September,2015

September 2, 2015

The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.

Coppell DI had a very successful year with 24 teams in regional tournament, 5 advanced to states and Mockingbird Elementary  “brain Blasters”  to global finals. Check Coppell DI website for more details.

There are seven new Destination Imagination Challenges to choose from each year. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows participants to build social and problem solving skills.

Destination Imagination Timeline:

September – Start a team

September to May – prepare team for instant challenge and central challenge which include following

-Weekly team meetings

-Workshops

-Challenge scrimmage

-Manager training

-Appraiser training

Competition Dates:

February 27, 2016: TVNC tournament (Regional teams compete)

April : Texas DI affiliate tournament (Winner of regional teams compete at state level)

May 2016: Global Finals – Winner of state tournament and international teams compete

Interested in learning more? Read on…

Who:

Up to 7 members can be on a team, and students from kindergarten through university level participate. Each team needs an adult Team Manager. Team Managers help students stay on track but do not directly help the team develop its solution to the DI Challenge. Team Managers are often faculty members or parents.

DI teaches the creative process by allowing teams to solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of our program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own. Parents, Team Managers, family and friends can’t suggest ideas or force teams in certain directions. Outsiders can only facilitate the acquisition of skills and knowledge.

What:

There are seven new Challenges to choose from each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows participants to develop social and problem solving skills.

When:

Each season takes place from September through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions.

Where:

The team’s solutions are assessed at regional, state or country tournaments. While most schools run DI as an after school program, some school districts incorporate the program into their electives curriculum. Our tournaments provide the opportunity for participants to celebrate creativity with their peers and promote healthy competition. Every year, local volunteers help run 200 tournaments around the world.

Why:

Teams in our program learn higher order thinking and improve in creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. Our participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships and learn to work together

How:

Teams choose one of seven Challenges. Click here to preview the Challenges. After weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, they go to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to their state or country tournament, also known as an Affiliate Tournament. The top tier teams from each Affiliate Tournament have the opportunity to participate in Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.

Join us for a DI information session at Mockingbird Elementary Cafeteria on Thursday, 17th September from 6.15 to 7.30 P.M.

Questions about DI or interested in joining/forming a team?  Contact Tejas Purani, the Coppell DI Coordinator. 

Gifted Matters – September 2015

September 1, 2015

Welcome to the September 2015 edition of Gifted Matters, the newsletter for CGA members.  Each edition features articles for parents, teachers and the CISD community at large.

Our September edition is open to the public.  Future editions will only be available to our 2015-2016 CGA members.  Not a member?  See the membership article below to join!

Welcome to a new school year! We hope you had a great beginning to the 2015-16 school year. Here at CGA we are planning some great events for you through the year so be sure to check out the newsletter each month. (If you are not already a CGA member this year, be sure to join / renew as the future 2015-2016 editions of Gifted Matters will be only available to members).


Family Membership :

New school year has started and it’s time to renew / join CGA for the academic year 2015-16. All memberships run concurrent with the school year so renew now!

Did you know that when you join or renew your membership in addition to supporting gifted education in Coppell you get a number of benefits for you and your family to enjoy? This year CGA is proud to provide our members with a bigger benefit. When you join CGA for the 2015-2016 school year, you will receive a FREE parent-level membership for TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted and Talented)!

Click here for more information.

Early Bird Discounts Expiring 10/16 – Join or Renew now! 


Educators Membership : 

Educators ! Join or renew now to avail the early bird discount of  free membership to CGA.

Click here for the details of membership.


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CGA Speaker Series :  Join us for an informative session with CISD’s Director for Advanced Academics, Deana Harell. Her topic will be The State of Gifted Education and Advanced Academics in CISD 2015 and it will be held on September 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Coppell High School. This session is open to everyone, and there is no admission fee.


CGA Speaker Series:  Recognizing and Nurturing Talents of High Ability Kids” – Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D.

Please join us to hear Susan Johnsen talk about this topic on September 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Coppell High School. Event is free for CGA members; $5 for non-members. Click here for more info.


TAGT Family Night:  Mark your calendars for October 7th as we have a great TAGT Family Night planned for you. More details will be posted soon but it will be an event you would not want to miss.  


Educator Scholarships

Fall 2015 Scholarship Opportunity for CISD Educators and Administrators

Are you a CISD educator or administrator interested in gaining additional gifted education training and enrichment?

CGA is offering scholarship opportunities for attendance to the TAGT Annual Conference being held in San Antonio, TX from December 2nd-4th, 2015.

Click here for more information.

Parents, please feel free to forward this to your teachers ~ By enriching and supporting our amazing educators and administrators, we improve the educational experiences for everyone.

Application Link

Note:  Application is for both Educators and Administrators
(Administrators please complete page 1 only).

DEADLINE to apply is October 1st, 2015


Destination Imagination 2015-16

The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.

Coppell DI had a very successful year with 24 teams in regional tournament, 5 advanced to states and Mockingbird Elementary  “brain Blasters”  to global finals. Check Coppell DI website for more details.

More information on the program can be found here and at a DI information session at Mockingbird Elementary Cafeteria on Thursday, 17th September from 6.15 to 7.30 P.M.


8th Annual Creative Writing Competition

2015-16 Creative Writing Poster
The creative writing competition is back ! The 8th Annual Creative Writing Competition is free and open to all students grades 4th – 12th to enter.

The 2 categories this year are – POEM and STORY.

Deadline: December 9, 2015 at midnight.

Want more information? Click here tab for all the details.

Are you an educator or published author who would like to help judge these amazingly talented young writers? Please contact Elizabeth Chappell, Competition Coordinator.


 

We hope that you will enjoy the information included in this newsletter and find it useful. We’d love to have your feedback on how we are doing, and what you’d like to read about in the future. Email us, comment on the blog or Facebook, or contact your campus rep; we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

8th Annual Creative Writing Competition

August 31, 2015

2015-16 Creative Writing PosterImportant announcements about the 8th annual creative writing competition:

  • Competition is open to ALL CISD students in grades 4-12 (FREE to enter).*
  • 2 categories this year: POEM and STORY.
    • “Story” can be any creative prose — including fiction, narrative, personal memoir, screenplay, etc.
  • Deadline: December 9, 2015 at midnight.
  • All winners will be published in a professionally-bound book to be released in Spring 2016.

Want more information? Click the “COMPETITIONS” tab for all the details.

Are you an educator or published author who would like to help judge these amazingly talented young writers? Please contact Elizabeth Chappell, Competition Coordinator.

 

 

* students who do not attend CISD may participate if they are members of CGA. Click here for more information about membership.

CGA Speaker Series: The State of Gifted Education and Advanced Academics in CISD 2015

August 31, 2015

CGA Speaker Series: 

The State of Gifted Education and Advanced Academics in Coppell ISD

Thursday, September 10th

6:30 p.m.

Coppell High School – Lecture Hall

Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

Presented by Deana Harrell, CISD Director of Advanced Academics

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We invite you to come hear Deana Harrell, CISD’s Director of Advanced Academics discuss the latest updates in CISD’s Gifted and Advanced Academic programs as we begin the 2015-2016 school year.  The GT and Advanced Academic opportunities from K-12 will be touched on during this presentation. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear this presentation!

 

CGA Family Membership Options for 2015-2016 – Join Today!

August 24, 2015
 

Early Bird Discounts Expiring 10/16 – Join or Renew now!

Join or renew your annual CGA membership with a GREAT deal!  When you join CGA for the 2015-2016 school year, you will receive a FREE membership for TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted and Talented)!   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, 2015 – August 14, 2016

Parents, click here to register.  

 

PARENT Membership Options Thru 10/16/15 After 10/16/15
Coppell Gifted Association only– Support gifted education in Coppell.

  • Free admission to CGA Speaker Series
  • Program and event notices
  • Advance copy of CGA newsletters
  • MOSAIC early registration discounts
  $15   $20
CGA plus TAGT (Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented)
PARENT LEVEL

  • Includes subscriptions to TAGT’s magazineTempo
  • TAGT lobbies the Texas and national legislatures to provide funding for GT programs and to enforce GT training and GT education rules.
  INCLUDED in CGA membership   INCLUDED in CGA membership

Don’t miss out on this GREAT deal!  Renew online by clicking here.  If you prefer to mail in a paper form, you may access our 2015-2016 membership form here.

If you have questions regarding membership, please contact our Membership Chairs.

If you have difficulties with registering online, please contact Carrie Clark.