Coppell Gifted Association Named Parent Group of the Year!
Coppell Gifted Association has been named Parent Organization of the Gifted for 2016-17 by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. The award will be presented at the TAGT’s annual conference on December 1st at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas. The award comes as CGA celebrates its 10th year of advocating for gifted learners in Coppell and beyond.
Tracy Fisher, a Coppell ISD board member and founding member of CGA, said that interested parents and community members started the organization to provide support not only for gifted students and their parents, but to CISD teachers as well. “We wanted to raise the expectation of educational outcomes and support the work of the Coppell ISD Strategic Plan, which is ultimately, creating personalized learning for all,” said Fisher, who will accept the award on behalf of the Coppell Gifted Association Board and volunteers.
Coppell Gifted Association executes their mission through a variety of programs. CGA hosts MOSAIC summer camps designed to provide unique and interesting learning opportunities for 4th-8th graders in addition to after-school workshops include coding, public speaking, creative writing and kid-friendly improv comedy shows. In addition, CGA provides annual scholarships for dozens of teachers to attend training opportunities like the TAGT conference.
Todd Kettler, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas and another founding member of CGA, said that all students in Coppell benefit from the wide range of program CGA facilitates for children, parents and teachers. “Both gifted kids and potentially gifted kids have benefited immeasurably from these opportunities,” he said. “Additionally, the advocacy efforts of CGA have continually initiated and supported district policies and practices that match the most recommended practices in gifted and talented education.”
Taddie Cook, a 2016 Coppell High School graduate, said that Coppell Gifted Association’s MOSAIC summer camps offered her opportunities to explore unique classes like “Political Philosophy” and “The Presidency,” topics not usually offered to middle school students. “These MOSAIC courses gave me the courage to stretch myself beyond what was expected while exploring more than what just the school would offer,” she said.
Fisher said that all along, CGA’s goal has been to fill a void in the community. “From its inception, CGA worked hard to ensure that we added value in the community,” she said. “We wanted to be open to all and fill a void instead of competing with other parent support groups in Coppell.”