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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.

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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!

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Individual Membership is for those who are aligned with CAG’s mission to support the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of diverse gifted students.

$75/YR

  • A year’s membership for a single, low price
  • Individuals can include: parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, students, and community stakeholders

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Life Membership is for those who want to commit a lifetime to advocate for CAG’s mission to support the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of diverse gifted students.

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  • One investment. A lifetime of impact.
  • Opportunities to attend CAG events and be recognized as a life member
  • Complimentary copies of any CAG publications
Does your Child’s Gifted Program Need Additional Funding Support?

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.

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Do you have questions about your gifted child? View our FAQ page to get common questions about gifted children answered.

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Questions to Ask as a Parent or Caretaker 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 these questions might be helpful in your conversation as the parent or caretaker of a gifted child.

Common Core and the GATE Standards

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.

GATE Standards

California State Board of Education publishes a recommendation standard for gifted programming.

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Underrepresentation

Underrepresentation

CAG Position PaperUnderrepresentation 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...

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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. In this list, you can find various associations, journals, organizations/programs, and research centers that focus on gifted education and supporting gifted students.