Friday, February 17, 2017

ASU Barrett Summer Scholars Program

The Barrett Summer Scholars (BSS) program provides students with the opportunity to experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College. The program is designed for academically-talented and motivated students entering the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade in fall 2017. Our residential program invites students to live on campus, engage in college-level coursework, and participate in a community of peers from across the state.

Applications are due March 3rd

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gifted students are not necessarily high-achievers

"As a gifted/talented specialist and as a district GT coordinator, I have lost count of the number of times I have sat with a parent and explained why his or her very capable, high-performing student did not qualify for the gifted program. Often, the outward accomplishments of high-performing students seem much more noteworthy than the lower achievements of some gifted students. There are many traits of gifted students that may not be evident in what the public sees, which is grades and performance..." by Heather Brown Read more at this link.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Legislative update on 2017 Efforts for Restoration of Gifted Funding

HB 2199 will be heard in the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Click on this link to view the Appropriations Committee agenda.

Please email/call these House Members of Appropriations subcommittee on Education and members of the House Appropriations Committee asking for support of HB2199.  Click here for their contact information.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Junior High GTC Program Update

At the January 24th GPS board meeting, the school board heard the superintendent's report on the proposed GTC program.  The superintendent and her cabinet are recommending the program to the board.  

On February 7th, GPS held a parent information meeting about the new proposed GTC program.  You can find out about the program by visiting the GTC webpage.

The Next Step ...

On February 14th, the GPS School Board will hold its monthly Work Study.  At the Work Study the board will hear a formal presentation from the Curriculum Department/Gifted Education Dept. with the details of the GTC program.  They will recommend the program to the board. 

Parents and general members of the community may attend the work study in person.  Please not that public comments are not heard at board work studies.  Parents and community members may also watch online.  By attending the work study you will show the board that parents are watching and are interested in gifted education services for secondary students.
  • To attend in person, the work study begins at 6:30pm and is at the district office, building B in the board room.
  • To watch online click here to go to the Livestream page of the district's website
  • 24 hours prior to the work study the agenda for the meeting will be posted to BoardDocs.  By viewing the agenda you can see where the GTC presentation is in the schedule and there will also be a link to the power point slide show.
The board will vote on the GTC program at their monthly board business meeting on February 28th.  Public Comments are heard at board business meetings.  A GTC update will be made on the GSG blog/Facebook page prior to the board meeting on the 28th.

Positive Parent Advocacy ...

After you, the parent, become familiar with the GTC program through the means listed above, you can make a difference by emailing the GPS board to express appreciation that ...  
  1. The district is supporting the GPS Gifted Education Vision statement by expanding gifted education programming into the secondary grades.
  2. District staff has worked many, many hours to research secondary gifted programming according to the Strategic Operating Plan, as indicated on page 8.
  3. The board is mindful of the genuine needs of Gilbert's gifted students.
  4. Also, briefly tell them what having the GTC will mean to you and your gifted child(ren)
  • All Board members can be emailed at the following address: ... and yes, feel free to include the above links (#1-3) in your email to the board!  Keeping your communications POSITIVE will make the biggest impact.

We can let the board members know that the GTC is a well thought out, needed program in Gilbert.  We parents can make a difference!  

Your Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted Board

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gifted Overexcitabilities In Real Life 

"If you hang around in gifted circles for any length of time, you’ll start to hear a lot of talk about overexcitabilities. I thought it might be fun to do a post on overexcitabilities, and what they look like in real life- my little poppies-style!

I remember being completely fascinated by theories of personality development, especially back in college when I sat in Dr. Spiegler’s Personality 101. Today, I’m going to dust off the cobwebs in my noggin’ and share a bit of the info with you all, and then I’ll show you what OEs look like in real life! First the nitty-gritty and then the fun, folks!

Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski is perhaps best-known for his Theory of Positive Disintegration, a complex human personality theory based on emotions and development. Without boring you with too much detail, I will share these snippets ..."

Friday, February 3, 2017


This weekend, please tweet/email/call your AZ representative with one of these:
1. Why gifted education is important to you 
2. How Gifted Education (or lack thereof) had impacted your family

Go to the Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted state advocacy page to get the link to find your representative:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

GSG New Website Hi-Lights:  Local Level Advocacy, #5 in our series

On the new Local Level Advocacy page of the GSG website you will find resources that answer these questions:

  • What gifted education program options and resources are available in Gilbert Public Schools?  In the Gilbert area?  For elementary students?  For secondary students?
  • Gifted education is not a "one-size fits all."  Did you know that our local community colleges have an "underage" or "early college" program available?  
  • Did you know that there are online resources specifically to support gifted students? 
  • Did you know that GPS has a Gifted Education Parent Council?  
There is helpful information on the GSG Local Level Advocacy page.  Check it out!