The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of parents, educators, and community members working together to advocate for education that meets the academic prerequisites of gifted children and to better meet the unique needs of our gifted and talented students in Arizona.
AAGT is a state affiliate of the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC).
AAGT is a resource for the information and guidance necessary for parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, community stakeholders and legislators to develop and support gifted education in our state. All of us share in the challenge to meet the needs of Arizona’s gifted children with limited funds for their education and development.
AAGT provides an annual conference for parents, educators and community members as well as an annual Parent Institute. In addition, AAGT offers scholarships for teachers of the gifted and scholarships for educational opportunities for gifted students. AAGT provides continuous support to local affiliate chapters.
Information on these opportunities can be found on the website.
Advocacy and Legislative Update
It’s time to fund gifted education! Thanks to Senators Carter, Brophy-McGee, and Bowie, gifted education was partially funded for the first time in almost a decade in last year’s budget. Districts have spent the $1 million appropriation identifying gifted students, training their teachers, and changing student lives. Nevertheless, this partial reinstatement of funding is not enough to meet the diverse learning differences of the 89,000 gifted students of Arizona.
With your help this will be the year that Arizona fully-funds gifted education! Senators Carter, Brophy-McGee, and Bowie, and Representative Pawlik have introduced legislation that would appropriate $5 million to fully-fund gifted education. We need your help to make sure that this bill gets heard. Please write your representatives and tell them that you support SB1171.
With your help and support, we can make this happen. Please register your support today on the Request to Speak System or contact your representatives and tell them that you support gifted education.