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Summer 2017 MOSAIC™ Registration Coming Soon

January 13, 2017


Get Ready!  Mark Your Calendars!

CGA Members Only Early Bird Registration

for Summer 2017 MOSAIC™ will be

February 1st through February 22nd!

Class options will be published closer to registration opening date

Must be a CGA member on or before January 31, 2017 to qualify for Early Bird Registration


Summer Camp Weeks in 2017:
June 5th-9th and July 24th – 28th

*Registration Opens to the Non-Members on Feb. 23rd

Creative Writing Update: 2016-17 competition

December 20, 2016

We received 618 entries this year. Congrats to everyone who entered! We are so proud of you for sharing your passion and your voice.

Our judges are hard at work. Results will be posted in early February 2017 at our website. If you have questions in the meantime, or wish to judge, please let me know. Elizabeth Chappell:

In my inbox this morning from one of our amazing judges:

Although not a poet by any stretch, I enjoyed reading these pieces by these students. I chose these top five because of their insight into life and the resolve they have to deal with their issues. It was very, very difficult to score these from 1-5. Each of these themes are human challenges we all face, not just as teenagers, but throughout our life. I was really touched by their level of maturity and their approach to expressing their thoughts and feelings, for the most part, in just a few succinct paragraphs. Not easy to do. I applaud you all and want you to know I truly was impressed with your words!!

Please let all the students know that their work was appreciated. Putting your heart, your thoughts, your feelings on paper is difficult and makes you vulnerable and human.

Congratulations to ALL for being chosen to share your work in this format. Keep writing daily!! It is a great means of expression, of reflection, and of resolving inner conflict. Well done!!

— Cheryl Locklear, former principal of Austin Elementary,
retired after 19 years in CISD

2016-17 Creative Writing Competition Update

December 11, 2016

We received 618 entries in the competition this year. More students participated than ever before!

Final results will be posted in early February 2017.

Special thanks to our judges for all their help making this event possible!

We are in the process of sorting the entries and checking for rule violations. The entries will go to the judges this week to start the process. If you have questions about judging, please see our FAQs.

Watch our website for more information. Best of luck!!

Coppell Gifted Association Named Parent Group of the Year!

November 28, 2016


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.”

The Social Scene at School: 5 Tips to Help Your Gifted Children — An Intense Life

September 27, 2016

Back to school means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some of our gifted kiddos, it means back to the social grind. Many of our gifted children struggle when it comes to making friends. The five tips below can help your gifted children feel more comfortable in the social aspects of […]

via The Social Scene at School: 5 Tips to Help Your Gifted Children — An Intense Life

Destination Imagination Fosters Creativity, Courage and Curiosity

September 5, 2016

Below is a guest post from Ratna Kolachalam, Destination Imagination Coordinator at Lee Elementary.

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Destination Imagination (DI) is a volunteer run 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 34 teams represented in the regional tournament, 5 advanced to states and 2 teams advanced to global finalsCheck Coppell DI website for more details.

To learn more about DI in-person please attend one of the following sessions with your learners. The events are held at various Coppell schools on the following dates-

September 12, Monday – 6:30 to 7:30 – Mockingbird Elementary

September 15, Thursday – 6:30 to 7:30 – Pinkerton Elementary

September 19, Monday – 6:30 to 7:30 – Lee Elementary

September 20, Tuesday – 6:30 to 7:30 – Wilson Elementary

September 22, Thursday -6:30 to 7:30 – Town Center Elementary

To start a DI team at your school and/or further inquiries please contact

Making Social Media Work for Community Organizations

August 26, 2016

This is the first in a series of posts based on Erik Johnson’s presentation, “Getting Your Message Across,” about how community organizations can effectively use social media.

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Erik Johnson

Most of us use social media to connect to friends and family, follow blogs that address our interests or keep up with the daily news. But community organizations and the volunteers who work with them must recognize the unique role that social media plays in their supporters’ lives in order to make the most of these platforms. On August 25, the Coppell Gifted Association invited Erik Johnson, Vice President of Marketing Technology for ClubCorp, to speak to a group of community organizers and volunteers about how they can best use social media to reach the Coppell community.

“Social media brings your story to life,” Johnson said. “Facebook and other platforms allow your organization to pull out the stories that show why you exist.”

Although social media sites like Twitter and Instagram are appropriate for some organizations, Johnson focused his remarks on Facebook, citing statistics that show 71% of Internet users have a Facebook account and 50% of those users check it every day.

According to Johnson, the goal of your organization’s Facebook posts should be to compel your followers to engage with your stories by commenting or sharing your posts, which will, in turn, ensure that your posts are seen by those user’s friends and so on. In order to make content engaging, Johnson recommends that organizations follow a rule of thirds: “You should spend equal time posting about Appreciation, Advocacy and Appeals,” he said.

Appreciation posts should be exactly what they sound like–posts that highlight volunteers, sponsors, donors or other organizations that have helped your group. Johnson recommended that these posts lead with the activity. In other words, a great advocacy post would read: “XYZ Company volunteers braved the heat to set up booths for our Spring Carnival. We appreciate them so much!”

Johnson said that Advocacy posts show your followers that you care about the things they care about. Posting original content or re-posting news articles associated with your cause (education, child development, community sports, etc.) elevates your credibility as a source for information and increases the likelihood that your followers will engage with your page.

Appeal posts focus on what every organization needs: volunteers and money. And while these kinds of posts are important to groups, they should be interspersed with other the other two kinds to prevent donor/volunteer fatigue.

“Most importantly, an organization should be real and transparent on social media,” Johnson said. “You must listen to your followers and respond to every single comment, even the negative ones.” He recommends that organizations acknowledge any negative comments and indicate what they are doing to address the situation. Then, if necessary, take up the issue in an offline format like email or by phone. An exception would be if the group receives any dangerous or disturbing comments. These should be deleted immediately.

For more information on the Coppell Gifted Association or to become a member, click here.