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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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Free American Mensa Testing Opportunity with Greater Phoenix Mensa

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Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva Visits Lauffer Middle School in Tucson to Observe Gifted Program Developed From the Federal Javits Grant

TUCSON, AZ, AUGUST 2019 — Arizona Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ 3rd District) toured the gifted education program at Lauffer Middle School in the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) and visited with students on Thursday, August 29, 2019. He was […]

The Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted

By Carolyn Ragatz, PhD AAGT Board of Directors As we head into another school year here in Arizona, I start to think of the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students. Whereas all students are special and their emotions certainly […]

Deadline is September 6

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:

CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SUPERINTENDENT OR GIFTED SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO APPLY FOR THE GIFTED EDUCATION GRANT IMMEDIATELY.

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!