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. AAGT holds two conferences each year. A state conference in February and a Parent Institute in fall. At these conferences, advocates, parents, researchers, administrators, educators and policy makers join together to understand and support the social, emotional and academic needs of high-potential and high-ability children.  These forums allow attendees to network, exchange experiences, participate in educational sessions and learn from our keynote speakers, while providing parents and educators the tools needed to inspire students to reach their goals.

Please check out the event schedule associated with each conference for more information.

Definition of Gifted:

Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.

Gifted 101 Summer Workshop

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2020 45th AAGT Annual Conference

Thank you for attending our 2019 AAGT Annual Conference!

“Gifted Knows No Boundaries”

February 7th-8th, 2019

Black Canyon Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ

Thank you so much to all of you that attended the 2019 AAGT Annual Conference!

We had an amazing turn-out.  Please check back for some pictures soon!


State Definition of Gifted:

“‘Gifted child’ means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs special instruction or special ancillary services, or both, to achieve at levels commensurate with the child’s intellect and ability.”
(Arizona Rev. Stat. §15-761(8))

Parent Institute

Registration now open. 

2019 AAGT Parent Institute

Unleashing Our Children’s Potential.  How can our gifted children meet their true potential?  With everything going on in the world today, what can we do as the supportive adults in our children’s lives to strengthen their social & emotional well-being and academic abilities?   Come hear highly interactive keynote speaker, Colin Seale of Think Law, and walk away with concrete takeaways to support your gifted child. This is also a great opportunity to connect with other parents from across the state!  Children’s Enrichment Classes for students K-5 are offered for an additional cost.

DATE:  Saturday, September 21, 2019

TIME:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  On site check-in will open at 8:00 am

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

*Parent Institute information and registration:

*Proceeds from the 2019 Parent Institute will benefit the gifted programs of the event host.  Would you like YOUR school district to host a future AAGT Parent Institute? If so, contact AAGT at (602) 882-1848 or via email at

*NEW* FOR 2019! SENG Model Parent Group to immediately follow Parent Institute!

Do you live in the north or northeast valley?  Do you want to continue your parent networking and learn even more about how giftedness impacts a child’s growth and development, strengthening your parenting strategies?  Sign up for a SENG Model Parent Group to be launched after the Parent Institute!

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Model Parent Groups bring together 10-20 parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management and peer relationships over a period of six weeks in a nurturing and non-judgmental environment.  The cost of the SENG Parent Group includes the first group meeting on September 21st, the five additional weekly meetings either in the Deer Valley Unified School District or Scottsdale area as well as the cost of materials. A spouse may register as a guest for the discounted rate, which includes the sharing of materials.  Parents who need childcare in order to attend the September 21st class should register their K-5 children for “SENG: Childcare” which is available for an additional cost.

DATE:  Saturday, September 21, 2019

TIME:  1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. 

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

SENG Model Parent Group information and registration:

Call for Proposals

Parents of GT kids want to hear from you!  Come share your tips, experience and expertise at the 2019 Parent Institute to empower parents to unleash the potential in their gifted and talented children.  Theme: Unleashing Our Children’s Potential.

Submit your proposal:


We appreciate our exhibitors and support from the business community. 

Register as an exhibitor at the 2019 Parent Institute: