Founded in 1961, the California Association for the Gifted is an organization of educators, parents, and community members who believe that just as gifted-ness is defined by diverse academic, social, and emotional traits and abilities, gifted-ness is also identified within the diverse Preschool – 12th grade student populations in our schools. The organization provides the resources to support understanding of appropriate developmental and differentiated identification and curriculum practices. By focusing on the gifts, talents, and potential of students, CAG’s philosophy and practices enrich the education of all students.
This includes gifted students who should be learning something new every day in a supportive and challenging educational environment.
CAG is involved at the local, state, national, and international levels, implementing research-based training in differentiation and advocating to help ensure that the academic and affective needs of gifted learners are met. Examples include:
- Annual CAG Conference
- Summer Institutes
- Northern California Seminar in the Fall
- Regional Events and Conferences
Gifted students are found in all populations and grade levels. As a result, California must develop the intellectual capacity and the intellectual potential of the next generation to ensure that the state has the opportunity to be a leader in a competitive market. California Association for the Gifted strongly endorses differentiation and excellence in educational programming to meet this goal.
CAG hires a part-time lobbyist who continually monitors proposed legislative initiatives that impact gifted education at the state level. Through periodic legislative updates, members are kept informed about potential legislation and rulings that may be issued by the California Department of Education (CDE). We work closely with CDE to address trends in gifted curriculum and accountability for program and educator standards.
CAG Members Receive Quarterly Publications
The Gifted Education Communicator is a quarterly journal on topics of interest and benefit to parents and educators.
The CAG Newsletter is an electronic newsletter sent to all CAG members in a downloadable format. Thus it is most important that we have current email addresses for all of our members.
CAG members will also receive periodic notification of educational opportunities and matters of legislative urgency.
California’s GATE Standards require that all teachers with gifted students in their classrooms must be trained in meeting the special needs of these students. Although it is up to local school districts to determine the requirements, many school districts look to CAG as a mark of quality training. CAG also offers a Certificate of Completion in three different categories and credit toward these certificates can be earned at all CAG Educational Opportunities.