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Parent Institute 2021 Recap and Photo Album

AAGT’s 2021 Hybrid Parent Institute was a well-received, highly rated event! AAGT was so excited to offer a hybrid option so that we can join together safely in persona and offer a virtual option to expand our reach across the […]

How Can We Better Understand, Identify, and Support Gifted Students?

The International Gifted Consortium (IGC), Research Center for the Highly-Profoundly Gifted shares real-life stories, trials and tribulations from the voices of highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents, young adults, families and beyond – they explore the depths of heightened sensitivity, […]

CAN Alert: Universal Screening & Group B Weights FAQs

What are the details about administering the assessment for Universal Screening? ADE is developing an RFP to solicit potential vendors to supply assessments for universal screening of every second grader in every district and school across the state. Potential vendors […]

Scholarship Recipient Testimonial – Neila the Actress!

“Neila has been attending theatre workshops since she was 3 years old. She recently received AAGT’s student enrichment scholarship to participate at Desert Foothills Theatre’s, Shrek Jr. summer camp. She absolutely loved it! Every class is equally as valuable as […]

Gideon • 12th Grade • Gilbert

Gideon made this 3′ x 5.5′ metal trellis in his second year Agricultural Engineering (welding) class at high school. The scroll work is made of 3/8″ rod of varying lengths and the frame is made from 1″ square 16 gauge […]

CAN Alert – AZ Legislature 2021 Finally Sine Die and a Moment to Celebrate

It is with great jubilation that Gifted Education has a stream of dedicated, ongoing funding. The Arizona Legislature approved a budget, signed by Governor Ducey, that now includes Gifted in Group B weight funds. Districts and schools will receive weighted […]

Ask our US Senators to sign the Dear Colleague Letter to support the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

Urgent Call to Action Please contact the offices of Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema and request they sign the Dear Colleague Letter to support the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. THE DEADLINE TO COLLECT […]

AAGT Attends SEATA – Congrats to Raffle Winners from Conference!

AAGT was honored and thrilled to join educators from schools in Graham and Greenlee counties as both speakers and exhibitors at the South Eastern Arizona Teachers’ Academy (SEATA)! Board President Stephanie Newitt, Board Secretary Marianne Landrith and Parent Engagement Task […]

The Discovery Project at USC – Summer Webinar Series

University of Southern California is excited to announce a new webinar series developed for incoming 6-9th grade students: The Discovery Project. The Discovery Project at USC provides opportunities to explore topical areas from the disciplines: Medicine, Engineering, Philanthropy, Education, Sociology, Art, Biology, and […]

UConn Hosts Summer Program for 2e Students with Autism

The University of Connecticut’s Project 2eASD/GT online program aims to support high school students as they begin to transition into post-high school years and prepare for college. This 2e/ASD program, offered in conjunction with UConn’s Pre-College Summer program for high […]

Gifted Education Funding is IN the FY22 Proposed Budget!

A summary of the FY22 proposed Budget as introduced by the House and Senate includes two items related to gifted education funding. Establishment of a Group B funding weight of 0.007 for gifted students who score at or above the […]

Online Summer Boredom Busters for Gifted Learners

Summer is just around the corner and many of our learners will be at home alone while their parents/guardians are at work (or continue to work from home). It’s important to provide ideas for students to explore that will keep […]

Gifted Education is key to developing a highly skilled labor force needed to fill technical jobs coming to Arizona

As parents, educators and supporters of Gifted Education, we are all aware of why a comprehensive K-12 education is important to our children/students as individuals, but what does Gifted Education mean when creating a talent pool for large companies to […]

Summer Enrichment Camps – 2021

Summer is Coming… Check out these unique opportunities for our unique kids! Please submit any other programs/camps by email director@azgifted.com Astronomy Camp – University of Arizona http://www.astronomycamp.org/ http://www.astronomycamp.org/register.html   Summer excellence programs – University of Arizona https://diversity.medicine.arizona.edu/summer-programs   Summer Institute […]

Teacher Classroom Mini-Grant Spring 2021 Recipient – Nicole Belden

Nicole Belden (Cartwright School District) was selected as a recipient in March 2020 for AAGT’s Teacher Classroom Mini-Grant, which she used to enhance the before school club for gifted students in the inner-city with enrichment games. Games such as Word-A-Round, […]

ASU Digital Culture Summer Institute

Join faculty and graduate students from ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering virtually in this year’s summer program featuring project-focused classes. Make 3D jewelry, code your own game, build creative robots, and more. Spark your creativity integrating arts, science […]

Action Alert: Sprinting to the Finish Line

Gifted students have learning differences that require accommodations in their curriculum and instruction and pace of learning as well as accommodations for their unique social and emotional issues. Without the opportunity to have appropriately challenging educational opportunities, the consequences can […]

It’s time to get LOUD for Gifted Education – Action Alert

Back in the Game with a Striker! Perseverance and passion got us back on to an agenda! With the help of Rep. Pawlik and Rep. Udall, we were able to get a striker bill for HB2418! Rep. Aaron Lieberman has […]

High School Senior STEM Signing Day on April 29, 2021!

STEM Signing Day celebrates high school seniors from across the country who choose to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education at technical programs, two- and four-year colleges and universities. Just like signing days for athletes, STEM Signing Day […]

Harvard International Relations Scholars

June 17th – 19th, 2021 (Online) The Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative will be hosting for the very first time the top international relations summer program for high school students around the world. The three-day program will comprise of discussions with Harvard […]

Seeking Participants for Research on Gifted Education Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Seeking Gifted Students Grades 3-6 Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati are seeking gifted students in grades 3-6 to take part in a survey. The survey seeks to understand the gifted education services that were provided […]

Unlocking Excellence in Overlooked and Underestimated Children by Fully Funding Gifted Education in Arizona

By Colin Seale, Founder of ThinkLaw Imagine a child watching her first gymnastics routine and immediately doing perfect backflips across her living room. A teenager hearing a song and, without training, beautifully playing it on the piano by ear. No […]

GERI Summer Program is back … Now in a virtual format! (Grades 5-12)

Purdue Gifted Education Research & Resource Institute (GER2I) is excited to announce the return of the Summer Residential Program for students currently in grades 5 – 12! Our summer program will be held virtually on July 11-24, 2021, and registration […]

ASU RISE Summer Leadership Institute

RISE Summer Leadership Institute is a free leadership and college readiness program for rising high school juniors and seniors that are accepted. • Cultivate leadership abilities • Resources to help navigate the college going process • Gain insight from Black […]

Zero Funding for Gifted – Again. We need your help.

Zero. Again. We need your help. As you know, gifted education in Arizona has not been fully-funded in more than a decade. This legislative session saw House Bill 2418, a powerful piece of legislation that would have sustainably, equitably, and […]

Seeking CTY Student Writers and Artists in Grades 5-9

Johns Hopkins CTY Online Programs course, Master Class II: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, is creating a literary journal titled Lexophilia to showcase work by CTY students and they are seeking student submissions. Whether it’s art, poetry, nonfiction, or action-packed stories, […]

Volunteers Needed: AZ Academic Decathlon State Competition

The 2021 Academic Decathlon Regional Competitions were held throughout the state last weekend, February 5 & 6.  The top three teams from each region were: Region I – St. Johns, Show Low, Snowflake Region II – Cesar Chavez, BASIS Peoria, […]

Teacher Classroom Mini-Grant Fall 2020 Recipient – Debbie Moore

Debbie Moore’s Design Lab (Deer Valley Unified School District) was selected as a recipient in November 2020 for AAGT’s Teacher Classroom Mini-Grant, which she used to update her Design Lab with a new 3-D Printer and Sewing Machine! We appreciate […]

AAGT CAN Action Alert: HB2418 is on the Agenda

HB2418 is on the Agenda! House Bill 2418 is on the House Education Committee agenda tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. and we could not be more excited. As you know, Arizona has not fully funded gifted education in more than a […]

Arizona Academic Decathlon- Regional Competition Volunteer Opportunity

The AZ Academic Decathlon Regional is looking for volunteers for the 2021 competition taking place virtually on February 5-6. The registration system is now open for speech, interview, and essay judges for the (virtual) AZ Academic Decathlon Regional competition.  Even if you have […]

A Year in Review Letter 2020

What an unexpected year.    We have all been impacted this year by a global pandemic, a demand for long overdue racial justice and equity in our society, and more changes in our education system than could have ever been […]

The HOT Spot Issue 20 – Winter Holidays

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The HOT Spot Issue 19 – A Salute to Snowflakes

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

Gifted Endorsement Tuition Scholarship Recipient – Leandra Sessions

I am so grateful to have been chosen for the scholarship award. I have been teaching gifted students in Page, AZ for a year and a half. It’s been a bumpy road but so much fun. I believe that our students […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 18 – Giving Thanks in November

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 17 – Veterans Day

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

Press Release: AAGT TAKES THEIR 47TH ANNUAL GIFTED EDUCATION CONFERENCE VIRTUAL

PHOENIX, ARIZONA –  A global pandemic. Social issues. Virtual Classrooms. During a year when many people have felt disconnected, worried and unheard, the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT) is aware of disparities that have become more obvious than […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 16 – Baseball Bonanza

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 15 – Democracy Defined

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

THE H.O.T. SPOT ISSUE 14 – AWESOME AUTUMN

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

AAGT RELEASES THEIR 2020 CANDIDATES SURVEY ON GIFTED EDUCATION IN ARIZONA

CONTACT: Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Heather Long • Executive Director (602) 882-1848 director@azgifted.org RELEASE DATE: Thursday, September 30, 2020 AAGT RELEASES THEIR 2020 CANDIDATES SURVEY ON GIFTED EDUCATION IN ARIZONA   PHOENIX, ARIZONA –  With heightened awareness around […]

2020 Arizona Candidate Survey Results

Election season is upon us and in doing your research for candidates in your area, do you know who supports your child’s education? We will update this post with results as we receive them. Unsure of your legislative district, click […]

THE H.O.T. SPOT ISSUE 13 – Castles: Old & New

THE H.O.T. (HIGHER ORDER THINKING) SPOT A WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR CURIOUS KIDS By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

We Press On – AAGT Advocacy Update

We Press On…. These last 6 months have been a time of trial, fear, anxiety, problem finding and problem solving. AAGT chose to respond to the uncertainty of the times with opportunities, resources and information for the gifted community in […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 12 – Genealogy

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 11 – Tropical Rainforest

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 10 – Greek Mythology

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 9 – The Evolution of Animation

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 8 – Australia: The Land Down Under

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

Managing the Highs and Lows

As a parent or teacher, it can be difficult to manage the highs and lows gifted children are experiencing right now.  Their minds are going in many different directions in response to their environment.  Sometimes, they withdraw to ponder and […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 7 – Insects of the World

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

Do you have experience teaching twice-exceptional (2e) students?

Pam McDonald, a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University, is working with AAGT to further gifted research. McDonald will study how teachers describe their support of 2e students using strengths-based practices to promote well-being. If you are an Arizona K-8 teacher […]

NAGC Vision and Plan for Equity and Supporting Social Justice

A Letter from the National Association for Gifted Children July 14, 2020 On June 5th, the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) published a statement denouncing systemic racism and supporting racial justice. Today, on behalf of the NAGC Board of […]

ACT Postpones Online Testing for Fall ACT National Testing to Focus on Increasing Seats for Full Testing

Due to COVID-19 disruptions and required social distancing guidelines in ACT test centers, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the planned launch of online testing for national ACT test-takers. We are focused on adding additional testing capacity for […]

[TAGT] No More Silence: Tools for White People Who Want to Actively Fight Racism

AAGT would like to take a moment to thank Texas Association for Gifted and Talented for sharing with us their resources and webinars. We hope that you take the time to watch and use the tools that have been provided […]

AAGT Supports Healing Racial Injustice and Shaping Resilience

Illustration by Sacrée Frangine The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) stands for equity and abhors the racial injustices that have devastated the lives of Black Americans across our country.  Many have felt their hearts burning and breaking in […]

AAGT Supports Equity for Students and Stands for Social Justice

AAGT’s Mission is to advocate for the diverse population of gifted and talented students in the state of Arizona. Our hearts are broken during this period of unrest our state and country are in. Our children today are going to […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 6 – Coding and Computer Science

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

The HOT Spot Issue 5: Our Solar System

The H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) Spot a Weekly Publication for Curious Kids By Jason S. McIntosh, Ph.D. CAUTION: Participation may lead to a lack of boredom and a tired brain! Available to download and print for your Gifted Students! Each […]

Finding Calm in Chaos

Written By: Donna Campbell, M.Ed. Advocacy Chair, Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Picture By: Katie Campbell-Grutsch Gifted students often respond to uncertainty and disruption in their lives with heightened feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, and sadness.  Many are unable […]

GIFTED FUNDING MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY

Updates from the State Legislature The State Legislature passed a “skinny” budget before it recessed in March. Gifted funding was not included in this budget. The intention is for the Legislature to reconvene at a later date to complete the […]