Resources for Parents
Whether you suspect that your quirky and spirited child may be gifted, or your quiet and sensitive child has been identified as one in your school, below are some resources and tools to support your efforts in helping your child succeed.
Parent Day at the 58th Annual California Gifted Conference
February 21-23, 2020
Palm Springs, California
Join us for informational workshops, speakers and exhibits to assist you with the educational and social/ emotional journey of your gifted child.
Learn more about Parent Day here.
Connect with CAG
Find out which region you belong to, connect with your regional parent representative and with other parents, and learn more about regional events.
Parents and educators in the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) have been the principal supporters of gifted learners in California since 1966. The program benefits that gifted children enjoy today are a direct result of that support. Your membership makes you a part of the team working for gifted education. Through your membership in CAG, you clearly demonstrate that you actively support gifted education in California. Receive information on CAG events through our member mailing list and CAG member exclusive benefits. Network with other parents at CAG events. Become a member today to advocate for your child and others!
California Association for the Gifted (CAG) periodically publishes position papers that deal with issues, policies, and practices that have an impact on the education of gifted and talented students. All position papers approved by the CAG Board of Directors are consistent with the organization’s philosophy and mission, and the current research in the field.
Do you have questions about your gifted child? View the FAQ page to get common questions about gifted children answered.
All students, regardless of their gifted identification, deserve to learn, make continuous progress, and succeed. Gifted services are necessary to have at every school site to meet the academic, intellectual, social and emotional needs of gifted and high ability students.
California schools are funded through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) as a means to provide greater flexibility to school districts in the distribution of equitable funding that is responsive to local needs. Through LCFF, the state is providing the decision-making power to school districts and their school boards, with input from parents and community members to make fiscal decisions for student needs. School districts engage parents, staff, and community members to gather input to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that addresses the needs of all students. Make sure gifted students are included in your school district’s LCAP. Request that your school district include programming and services for gifted students by submitting a letter to your school board and superintendent.
Joyce VanTassel-Baska discusses the merits of the two important provisions for the gifted students: acceleration and ability grouping. While the issues are deemed controversial, studies have shown that acceleration and ability grouping work and this article provides a recommendation on how educators can help gifted students.
The California Association for the Gifted (CAG) periodically publishes position papers that deal with issues, policies, and practices that have an impact on the education of gifted and talented students. All position papers approved by the CAG Board of Directors are consistent with the organization’s philosophy and mission, and the current research in the field. This paper focuses on extending and differentiating the California Common Core Standards for the gifted students.
California State Board of Education publishes a recommendation standard for gifted programming.
Social and Emotional Support
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: SENG
In this list, you can find various associations, journals, organizations/programs, and research centers that focus on gifted education and supporting gifted students.
Questions to Ask as a Parent of a Gifted Child
Working collaboratively with the district, school or classroom teacher is a great way to ensure services for students who are gifted. When meeting regarding your child’s educational plan, communicate your child’s needs clearly, offer information that is relevant, be a part of the solution, and work as a partner with the school / teacher. When you leave the meeting, there should be a clear understanding of the next steps.
Some of the below questions might be helpful in your conversation.