Friday, September 27, 2013

2013 Annual AAGT Parent Institute - Sat.,Oct.5th


Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented

To Interested Parents and Teachers for the AAGT  Parent Institute-

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open on our website!  Please go to our website and click on the Parents Tab. There will be a drop-down menu and please click on Parent Institute.  Here is where you will see a large Register Now link

The 2013 AAGT Parent Institute will be held Saturday October 5, 2013 at the ASU Preparatory Academy.  We know you will find the day informative and inspiring! 

Additionally, while you are attending the Parent Institute, your child/children can attend our Super Saturday, Enriching Your Potential Program, for students K-8!  Registration is now open at the same link.

TEACHERS: You can receive Professional Development Hours when you attend this event!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 AAGT Parent Institute!

Patty Messer and Melissa Stockton
Co-Chairs, AAGT Parent Institute & Children's Super Saturday Enrichment


§  AAGT Parent Institute “Reaching For Your Potential”
§  Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2013
§  Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
§  Who: Arizona’s Parents, Grandparents, Educators
§  What: Seminars on parenting gifted children; Opportunities to connect and network with other parents of gifted children
§  Where: ASU Preparatory Academy, 735 E. Fillmore St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
§  Keynote: Dr. Bertie Kingore, International consultant and author
§  Children’s Super Saturday Program: Enriching Your Potential for Students in Grades K-8 - Register your child and provide them the opportunity to have fun and be creative while you learn. You can register your child when you click the REGISTER HERE link at the top of the page on the website.

Monday, September 23, 2013

News Around GPS

GPS Override Election

Gilbert Public Schools is having an override election on November 5th, 2013.  The override is for 6.6% in contrast to the 10% override that was requested of voters on the 2012 ballot.  As members of the Gilbert community we can share our voice regarding whether we want GPS to receive $5.8M in funding or $11.6M.

For more information about the 2013 GPS override election please visit - 
1.     GPS website for FAQs
3.     You may also wish to attend a GPS community forum this week to learn more about the override

Gifted Education and the Gilbert Override

There is ZERO state funding and ZERO federal funding for gifted education.  Based on the Override Presentation to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, without the passing of the 6.6% override specialty programs that include Gifted Education (ALP) may be eliminated.  To see this presentation, click here -  Override-Chamber of Commerce.  ALP (Gifted Education) is mentioned on slide #17 of the presentation.

This presentation is found on the GPS Board Docs site under the agenda for the Sep 11, 2013 Gilbert Town Council/Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Special Joint Meeting. -

GPS Community Survey

 GPS is looking for members of the community to take a survey regarding qualifications desired of a permanent superintendent.  For example, do you prefer the superintendent to have a non-traditional background or an education background?  To take the GPS survey, prior to 8am on 9/27, visit the GPS website.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2013-2014 Parent Education Guest Lecture Series begins September 12th, 2013

Have you ever watched your gifted child do something that seemed below their intelligence level and thought to yourself, “What was he thinking?!?!”

Our Guest Presenters are Heather Schlemmer and Amber MacRobbie who will
share strategies for facilitating social/emotional growth in gifted children.

Heather Schlemmer is the Social Cognition Interventionist/Gifted Resource
Specialist for Gilbert Public Schools. Amber MacRobbie is a Gifted Cluster Coach
who provides training for educators who work with gifted children.

All Guest Lectures will take place from 7:00-8:00pm.  Come early at 6:45pm or stay until 8:30pm to get to know other parents of gifted kids.

The GSG Guest Lecture Series is held at the Greenfield Elementary Library located at -
2550 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ

Our 2013-2014 Guest Lecture dates are set!  Mark your calendars for the dates below –
  • Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

*Also, mark your calendar for the AAGT Parent Institute on Saturday, October 5th!  More details can be found on the AAGT Parent Institute website.