Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gifted 101

GPS Parent University will be sponsoring a free parent seminar "Gifted 101" on August 31st. Seminars are free but registration is required.  Click here for seminar categories and then scroll down to "Gifted 101" for event information/registration.

9th Annual AAGT Parent Institute to be held September 23, 2017.  Click here for flier.  Children’s program for grades K-5.  Registration fee.  Click here for registration info.  Want to carpool to this event?  Contact your school’s GEPC rep to network with other parents on your campus.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sending your gifted child to college: Providing support when fears arise

From the blog "Gifted Challenges" by Gail Post, Ph. D.

As families pack up their new college students for the journey ahead, emotions can range from exhilaration and relief to anxiety and sorrow. But coupled with the all too common worries about making new friends, dating, academics and fighting with roommates, gifted college freshman can harbor some particular questions and fears... click here to read more

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SOS Arizona!

Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted is committed to letting you know about legislative action that can impact gifted education.  There is currently a state-wide education issue that is likely to affect Gilbert Public Schools and gifted education within GPS.  

In April, the state legislature with the support of the governor, passed an ESA (voucher) expansion bill.  This expands the previously strict participant qualifications to only one:  first-come, first-served until the annual cap of applicants is reached. Enactment is scheduled to take place this August.

ESAs pull money from the general fund, which impacts all public schools -- district and charter. When district funds are cut, districts often feel the need to cut gifted education support in order to make ends meet. 

Save Our Schools Arizona (SOS Arizona) has gathered bi-partisan support across the state for a referendum to the law that expands ESAs (vouchers).  If enough signatures of registered voters are gathered by the end of July, then the enactment of this law will be put on hold until the voters of Arizona can vote on it in the November 2018 election.  95% of Arizona students attend public schools.  If this issue gets on the ballot then we and our educators will have a voice on this issue.

Go to the SOS Arizona website to request/find a petition near you.  Do you have questions about this issue?  Want a simple way to get involved?  Visit this link to the FAQs on the SOS Arizona website.

Time is of the essence.  Thank you for your support on this critical issue.

Monday, May 15, 2017

July Pool Party!

Mark your calendars!

Stay cool this summer!  Bring friends and meet new friends!

Click here to add the pool party to your google calendar.

Click here for a printable flyer.

Want to have an email reminder sent to you?  Then send an email to  giftededucationparentcouncil@gmail.com with "pool party reminder" in the subject line.

See you in July!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

AAGT 2017 Legislative Advocacy Summary

AAGT Advocacy Summary
May 8, 2017

Currently there are 89,000 students in Arizona identified as gifted from all demographics, cultures and corners of the state.  Since funding was suspended in 2009, there have been inconsistencies in identification and in the ability of districts and schools to provide curriculum and instruction at a level commensurate with gifted students needs.

Advocacy during the 2017 Legislative Session
Restoration of Funds
We are pleased with the positive response from both Senators and Representatives who have listened, asked questions, and become champions of the importance of gifted education for our students and the future of our state.

Through the leadership of Representative Heather Carter, HB2199 passed through the House Education Committee with a unanimous vote in favor, and passed through the House Appropriations Committee and the House Committee of the Whole with near unanimity overwhelmingly in favor of restoring gifted education funds.

In the Senate, Senator Kate Brophy-McGee introduced mirror bill, SB1105.  With the additional leadership of Senator Sylvia Allen, the Senate Education Committee unanimously voted in favor of restoring funds for gifted education.  SB1105 did not go on to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  And likewise, once HB2199 went on to the Senate, it was not heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee, in spite of its overwhelming support.

Members of the House and Senate then worked to add the restoration of funds for gifted education to the budget.  

Representative Carter changed the funding proposal to $500,000 from the original $3.5 million during the budget process.  It was agreed that this was a much more realistic ask at this point in the negotiations.  Even so, Gifted Education did not end up in the budget this year.

We appreciate the valiant effort on the part of Representative Carter and Senator Kate Brophy-McGee.  Please send them a thank you!  hcarter@azleg.gov   kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov

The GOOD NEWS is we have not lost any ground.  In fact, we have gained.
  • We have reached out to key legislators with a more vibrant message and introduced gifted education to new members of the House and Senate  
  • Representative Carter has been and is still working behind the scenes to get support
  • It has been reported to us that members of the Legislature are indeed talking about gifted education.  We have laid a good foundation to build on!
What are our advocacy efforts going forward?  If there is anything we have learned, it is that we need to be patient.  There are hundreds of issues in our state worthy of investment.  The key is to educate all legislators, the Governor, and business and organizational stakeholders that gifted education funding isn’t limited to helping just our gifted students; it is an investment in the intellectual capital of the state.  How many of those other worthy causes could benefit from such an investment?

  • Representative Carter is committed to introducing another bill in the fall to build awareness and support.

  • It is important to continue contacting Legislators and tell the story.  Personal compelling stories are important to help Legislators understand and get on board.  Summer is a great time to make a visit to the Senator and Representatives in your Legislative District.  Take your gifted student and help your Legislators put a face to the issue!

In speaking with Representative Carter, she shared that constituents who advocate for gifted education with their Legislative District’s Senator and Representatives magnify the volume of her voice in the Legislature.  

To find your Legislative District and the names of the Senator and Representatives who represent you, follow this link: http://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/

Here is a sample communiqué:

Dear Senator or Representative  _________________,
I am aware that you passed a budget this year without the inclusion of funding for gifted education.  

I will continue to work with you to ensure funding is restored for gifted education.

This is important to me because _______________________

Your name
The city in which you live

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

I hope to meet many of you at the AAGT Parent Institute on September 23, 2017.
Thank you so much for your support!  Together we can make this happen!

Donna J. Campbell, M.Ed.
Advocacy Chair, Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hidden Figures

Before a computer became an inanimate object and before Sputnik changed the course of history, before the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education established that separate was in fact not equal, and before the poetry of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech rang out over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a group of black women working at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia were helping America dominate aeronautics, space research, and computer technology, carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black, black mathematicians who were also female. Hidden Figures is their story.

Released to theaters in January 2017, "Hidden Figures" is now available on DVD.  After seeing it in theaters the DVD made the top 3 on my Mother's Day wish list.  The author of the book, Margot Lee Shetterly came to Phoenix in April as a guest speaker, sponsored by the ASU Piper Center for Creative Writing.  I was enthralled during her entire presentation.  Gifted and resilient, these women never gave up on their families.  They never gave up on themselves.  They never gave up on their gifts.  View the trailer below and decide for yourself.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why you still don't believe that you're gifted

This is from the blog "Your Rainforest Mind" by Paula Prober.

"People tell you that you’re super smart. They’re baffled by how much you know and how you know it. You can ace a test without studying. You can talk with just about anyone about just about anything. You’re always thinking, analyzing, imagining and empathizing.

But you’re sure that you’re not gifted.

How is that possible?"