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Gifted Matters- January 2014

January 7, 2014

Welcome to the January 2014 edition of Gifted Matters.

The Coppell ISD (CISD) has presented a “Vision of Tomorrow” which detailed plans for its Education Curriculum with an emphasis on the future uses of Technology.   They delivered thirty minute versions of their presentation on multiple dates in December on a variety of Campus’s.  Deana Harrell, CISD Director of Advanced Academics, recorded her overview of the CISD’s presentation specifically for CGA Members, and she included details on Gifted and Talented Education.   The CGA encourages you to view Deana’s presentation .
We are very pleased to introduce a new guest writer for our newsletter. Parent and Psychologist Dr. Audrey Kteily shares her personal experience and professional views on parenting a gifted child. In this issue, she talks about The Special Needs of the Gifted Child.

The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) offers Mini-Parent Conferences throughout the state to bring exceptional information on gifted education to parents. TAGT will hold a conference in Plano at the SMU-in-Plano campus on Saturday, January 18. Breakout sessions will focus on parenting strategies, meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted youth, educational enrichment and other relevant topics. Click here for more information.

We received 426 entries in our 6th annual Creative Writing Competition!  334 students participated by submitting Fiction, Non-Fiction or Poetry.  Our biggest year ever! Read more in our 2013 Creative Writing Competition update.

Save the Mosaic Dates Summer of 2014: June 9-13 & July 28-Aug 1. Our CGA  MOSAIC Summer Enrichment program has been a great success in the past. We offer classes in topics as varied as video game design, balloon animals, ceramics and rocketry; all of which are fun learning opportunities for your child. Classes fill up fast and spaces are limited. Join CGA by January 30, 2014 for early bird pricing opportunities! More on class offerings coming soon. 
Do you have more Legos than you think you could have use for? Are you sick of constantly finding little bricks under your feet? Think about this! Maybe you could build a full-size Lego car! That actually works! Read more about this amazing engineering project here.
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. As always, we would love to hear from you.

We hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to more in 2014! Happy New Year!

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