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.”
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Below is a guest post from Ratna Kolachalam, Destination Imagination Coordinator at Lee Elementary.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 9th annual Creative Writing Competition is open to all writers in 4-12th grade in the categories of STORY and POETRY. Please see our “Competitions tab” for more information.
Coppell Gifted Association is offering summer scholarships for up to 20 Coppell ISD educators for the UNT Gifted Education Summer Conference on July 28-29. You may select either the 1 day or 2 day option depending on your summer schedule. Scholarships will be offered on a first come, come first served basis.
If interested, please first email email@example.com. Once you receive notification that a scholarship is still available, then register yourself (using the online link below) and receive reimbursement for your payment. Get your 6 hour GT update on your own time!
Sessions include: Teaching for Deep Learning with Gifted Students, Teaching Critical Thinking with Debate and Deep Reading Seminars, It’s More than Technology: Engaged and Connected Learning, and Teaching for Creativity and Innovation. Space is limited. Register today!
Details about the conference and online registration link: https://lifelong.unt.edu/GiftedatUNT
We had a great time at the 2015-16 Creative Writing Book Release Party. Special thanks to Asim RoyChowdhury for providing us with these pictures.