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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 […]

Alexander • 12th Grade • Scottsdale

  Competing against graduate students, Alexander placed second in the Society of Neuroscience’s International Brain Awareness Video Challenge. CONGRATULATIONS ALEXANDER! Please support him with a “like” in the People’s Choice Competition.

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 […]

Gray • 10th Grade • Deer Valley, AZ

Thank you to Gray for sharing this poem, entitled “Black and White”, written for a sophomore project

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 […]

Math Resources for Teachers

Thank you to AAGT Supporter, Christina Cimino for sharing these resources! Georgia Math  This K-12 curriculum provides some great strategies to teach concepts, intervention for gap areas, word problems, and games for students. SFUSD Math Curriculum: This is task based […]

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 […]

GIFTED STUDENTS MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY

Legislative Updates: The State Legislature passed a “skinny” budget before it recessed in March. Gifted funding was not included in this budget.  The Legislature has not convened again to make any adjustments or additions to the budget. There will be […]

Riley • Freshman • Gilbert, AZ

  Being home for so many months have made many of us re-examine our spaces. 14 year old Riley has worked months on her “aesthetic” in her room. Piecing together images to hang, painting her wall, saving up for new […]

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 […]

Isaiah • 5th Grade • Phoenix

Supervolcano project created and painted by Isaiah!

Gavin • 4th Grade • Gilbert, AZ

Gavin loves to learn how to bake or cook, and we wanted to make something we’ve never made before. So we tried our hand at cannolis! They turned out amazing!

Styles • 4th Grade • Phoenix

Styles has a passion for flipping.

Elsa • 2nd Grade • Prescott, AZ

Earth art using rocks Villain lair Cat (marker & water on foil laid down on paper for paint effect)

Matthias • 4th Grade • Prescott, AZ

Dot art of Eiffel Tower Insects (paint effect from using markers/water on foil) Dabbing unicorn/cat

Anya • PreK • Prescott, AZ

Mom Boy in monster costume, girl in cat costume Wild Thing (preschool assignment after reading Where The Wild Things Are)

Jefferson • Kindergarten • Chandler, AZ

Jefferson’s kindergarten class was going to study bugs upon returning from spring break. When it was announced they would not be going back, he had a big idea to learn about insects and report on the praying mantis egg case […]

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 […]

The HOT Spot Issue 4 – When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth

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 3 – Happy Earth 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 […]

The H.O.T. Spot Issue 2 – Ancient Egypt

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 – Creatures of the Deep

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 […]

At-home Learning and the Gifted Student

Susan Jackson from the Daimon Institute for Highly Gifted shared these thoughts: We are in a LIMINAL time. A time of in-betweenness. A time of tumult. In these times it’s normal to feel dysregulated. To feel unmoored. To experience overwhelmedness. This might […]

NAGC 2020 Professional Learning Award

  2020 SUBMISSION DEADLINE– August 1, 2020 The Professional Learning Network annually awards a Professional Development Award.  The Award recognizes an individual(s), institution, or organization for planning and implementing sustained professional development on gifted education. The program may relate to […]

AAGT – Tools for Home-based Learning During School Closures

UPDATE: Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all schools through the remaining of the 2019-2020 School Year. See the announcement. Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented is here as a resource to parents, students […]

What the New NAGC Standards Mean for Teachers of the Gifted

Dr. Jason McIntosh, WESD’s Gifted Services Coordinator, recently took the time to compare the old NAGC standards with the new standards and created a PowerPoint summarizing his findings for teachers of the gifted. We are so grateful that he is […]

HB2626 Moves to Senate Appropriations Committee

House Bill 2626 passed through the Senate Education Committee and will now be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm in Senate Hearing Room (SHR) 109. During the Senate Education Committee, there was […]

HB2626 Continues to MOVE ON – March 10 Hearing

House Bill 2626 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm in Senate Hearing Room (SHR) 1. We persist in our quest to get full funding of the mandate at $5 million. […]

HB2626 in the Senate

It takes a village to raise a child and also to make a difference in advocacy! AAGT truly appreciates all your work in emailing, calling and supporting our initiatives with HB2626 – but our work continues. We are asking that […]

AAGT 46th Annual Conference Recap: 2020 Vision

Another AAGT Annual conference and expo has come to a close and we hope that everyone that attended feels invigorated and ready to continue meeting the unique needs of our creative and talented youth! This year’s conference focused on Creators […]

HB2626 Moves on!

House Bill 2626 passed through the House Education Committee and the House Appropriations Committee last week. It is YOUR emails and dedication that made a difference! THANK YOU! We are asking that you please send a thank you to the […]

Just Announced – Win A Spectacular Prize from Renzulli at the AAGT Conference!

AAGT partner, RenzulliLearning has generously gifted a 1-year Renzulli Learning Site License with 2 Online Professional Development days, which is a $5,000 value, to raffle off at the Annual Conference next week! Raffles and prizes are given away each day […]

A State of Arizona Proclamation – Gifted Education Week is February 2 – 8, 2020

Exciting news for Gifted Education in Arizona – Governor Doug A. Ducey has proclaimed that February 2-8, 2020 is officially Gifted Education Week! We look forward to celebrating with Gifted Educators and Supporters from around arizona at our Annual Conference […]

Governor Ducey has placed $1 million ongoing in his budget for Gifted Education Funding!

January 19, 2020 This is a tremendous step in our effort to get full, ongoing, dedicated funds back for Gifted Education in Arizona! Please show your gratitude to Governor Ducey for listening and responding to our messages with the $1 […]

APS Workshop Series Brings Makerspace Training to Arizona Teachers

Original post from AZEdNews, written by Elaina Verhoff | APS Treasures 4 Teachers and Arizona Public Service (APS) are pleased to present a series of free workshops titled “Putting the Make into Education” to help Arizona teachers bring a Makerspace to the classroom. […]

New AAGT Member Benefit: Partnership with Renzulli Learning

Renzulli Learning and the Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented (AAGT) have established a partnership to share their resources with homes and classrooms for gifted, talented, twice-exceptional, and all students. Renzulli Learning helps to increase a child’s engagement in […]

SENG Phoenix Mini Conference

A SENG MIni-Conference is coming to Phoenix! SENG mini-conferences are one-day events filled with breakout sessions from GT/2E experts, keynote sessions, and more. THe Phoenix conference will be held: February 29, 2020 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Barry Goldwater High […]

Action Alert: Gifted Study Committee Recommendations

Thank you! Your advocacy this year has been powerful. From messaging the legislature about the unique needs of gifted students, to appearing at your congressional and senate offices in Washington D.C., you have been exceptional advocates for our gifted students. […]

Final Study Committee Meeting for Gifted Education

Monday, December 16, 2019 AAGT was informed just last night that a third session of the Study Committee on gifted funding is planned for today, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. House Hearing Room 1. If you are available, it is […]

2020 Board of Director Seats Open

For over 46 years, the Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented (AAGT) has become recognized as an effective provider of support to educators and parents of Arizona’s gifted students, as well as an advocate for the needs of these […]

National STEM Scholar Program – Seeking Middle School Science Teachers

SEEKING MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHERS WHO: enjoy the creativity in teaching are eager to share ideas with colleagues are excited about networking with peers from across the country would like financial and academic support for great ideas About the National […]

DDC Welcomes You: Teaching Gifted Students in China

Hello Arizona teachers – do you have an interest in teaching Gifted Students in China over the summer? Join a group of experienced and accomplished educators bringing innovative, hands-on education to the young bright minds of China. Dive into a […]

Arizona’s Donna Campbell Receives the 2019 NAGC David W. Belin Advocacy Award

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) awarded Donna Campbell, a consultant with the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented, with the 2019 NAGC David W. Belin Advocacy Award at the 2019 NAGC 66th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Donna was […]

Successful Second Study Committee Meeting!

The second study committee with Rep. Shawnna Bolick (Chair), Rep. Leo Biasiucci, Rep. Walter Blackman, Rep. Alma Hernandez, Rep. Arlando Teller, Sen. Sylvia Allen (Vice Chair), Sen. Lela Alston, Sen. Heather Carter, Sen. Andrea Dalessandro, and Sen. Sine Kerr went […]

Study Committee Meeting on Funding for Gifted Pupils – October 21

The second meeting of the Study Committee on Special Education Weights and Funding for Gifted Pupils: MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 20191:00 PMARIZONA STATE CAPITOLHOUSE HEARING ROOM #1 This study committee is very important to all of us as it could have […]

2019 Parent Institute Presenter Slide Decks

[wa_restricted login_label=”Login to View” message=”The following information is for current AAGT Members Only, please log in to view.”][/wa_restricted] Below are links to the presentations given at the 2019 Parent Institute. 2019 GIFTED DIFFERENTIAL DX AND LD • Paul Beljan, PsyD, […]

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 […]

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 […]