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The goal of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented is to advocate, educate, and communicate on behalf of gifted learners in the state of Arizona.

11TH Annual Parent Institute

Saturday, September 21, 2019

8:30 am – 12:30 pm. 

On site check-in will open at 8:00 am

Barry Goldwater High School
2820 W. Rose Garden Ln.
Phoenix, AZ  85027

AAGT Annual Conference

20/20 Vision

Save the Date – February 6 & 7, 2020

Black Canyon Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ

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2019 Parent Institute Presenter Slide Decks

Below are links to the presentations given at the 2019 Parent Institute. 2019 GIFTED DIFFERENTIAL DX AND LD • Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN A Showcase of the Needs of a Specialized Middle School Gifted Program • Speranta Klees Defeating […]

2019 Parent Institute Vendors

A very special thank you to the 2019 Parent Institute Vendors for sharing resources with us at our event on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Be sure to view the gallery above for information from our vendors and take time to […]

Apply for the CBYX Program and attend High School in Germany

Jointly funded by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is a full scholarship exchange program that annually offers 250 young Americans the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school […]

Community Action Network ACTION ALERT: Interim Committee Meeting on Gifted Education

September 26, 2019 In addition to the 2019 Arizona Legislature allocating $1 million in grant funds for gifted education, members also approved the formation of a Legislative Interim Committee to study, Special Education Weights and Funding for Gifted Pupils. This […]

2019 Parent Institute Recap

The 2019 Parent Institute was a huge success and we want to thank everyone involved, specifically AAGT Board Members and Parent Institute Co-chairs Adam Laningham and Stephanie Newitt. Excellent job organizing and preparing for this year’s event. Our hosts at […]

Free American Mensa Testing Opportunity with Greater Phoenix Mensa

Here’s a Golden Opportunity for Smart Kids…and People who Care About Them. As you know. Mensa is an international high IQ society.  The requirement for membership is to pass one of the two Mensa tests or make an appropriate score […]

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Deadline Extended through September 30

Gifted Education Grant Application

Thank you to all who helped get the $1 million grant in the 2019 Legislative budget to support our gifted students in the state. It was with your persistence in sending emails, placing phone calls and making personal visits to Legislators that you were heard.

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has officially opened the grant application process.  http://www.azed.gov/gifted-education/.  It is very important for every district to apply to get its fair share of the funds.

To do that, each district must complete the grant application process online at the ADE. The district must designate what the money will be used for as part of the application process.  This past year, districts used their share of the grant primarily for identification tools, teacher professional development, classroom resources and enrichment opportunities.

The application process is open only until September 6, 2019.  The earlier a district applies, the more quickly they can receive their funds.  This means with early application, identification and services can begin early in the school year.

Here is how you can help to be sure your school applies and receives funds from the grant:


Remember, these are the only dedicated funds for gifted education. The funds are distributed in accordance with the mandate for gifted education.  Be sure your district gets their fair share!