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Welcome to the Orange Region of the California Association of the Gifted. This regional page is designed to keep educators, parents, and students aware of events and resources in the Orange Region and throughout California. Please contact your regional representatives if you have questions, have local resources to share, or would like to become more involved.
Membership in CAG supports advocacy efforts for gifted students in the state legislature, continued educator training opportunities, direct access to the Gifted Educator Communicator, and discounted conference fees.
UCI’s 10th Annual GATE Webinar Series (a free, expert-led series designed for teachers, administrators, and parents of the gifted!) is now open for registration. See the attached flyer for dates, times, and topics. Click here to view the flyer.
Individuals can register by clicking here.
OCC GATE Parent Education Night:
This free event is for parents of students who are gifted. Join us to hear Dr. Rankin discuss Underachievement, Stress and Perfectionism in Students Who are Gifted. One great presentation at three convenient locations. Registration is required for this free event. Click here to view the flyer
Professional Development and Conferences
County Office of Education Information
Advanced Differentiated Instruction
This 2-Day workshop, July 9 -10, 2018, is designed for the more advanced GATE teacher who is looking for additional ways to meet the needs of their gifted students. The workshop will center around the advanced strategies of Depth and Complexity, Acceleration and Novelty standards. We will go in-depth on how to create lessons utilizing the 8 layers of gifted strategies. All participants will receive a differentiation resource and a certification of completion.
This 2 day workshop, August 9-10, 2018, is designed for teachers new to gifted instruction or those who need a refresher. The workshop will include differentiation strategies including the prompts of depth & complexity, Socratic seminars, curriculum compacting and many more ready to use practices to implement immediately into classroom instruction. All participants will receive a set of color prompts and a certificate of completion.
The Orange County Council for Gifted and Talented Education (OCC GATE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a consortium that holds networking meetings for district GATE coordinators, university liaisons, and CAG representatives. Its purpose is to provide support for member districts in strengthening GATE programs and services.
The office of Gifted and Talented Education is committed to advocating for the needs of gifted and talented students throughout Orange County. Through trainings, guest speakers and student events, our office is dedicated to being a resource to teachers, parents, and students. Support activities include speaking at District GATE Parent Nights, teacher trainings on differentiation and instructional strategies, conference presentations and other educational events throughout the year.
We are an award-winning chapter of American Mensa! Orange County Mensa consistently has received awards from American Mensa in recognition that we rank very high in terms of activities and member participation compared to Mensa local groups of a similar size (Class II = 400 – 899 members).
Kidseum is high-tech and interactive childrens museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology, and world cultures. Be sure to check out the new “Glow Cave” with its fun art-making activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in our new Archaeology Lab. There is a lot of visual stimulation and engaging education with new smart tables, smart boards, and computers.
Homeschool Days – Discovery Cube welcomes homeschool families to use the Cube as a teaching tool. We periodically offer special discounts, offer exclusive workshops and other unique opportunities for homeschool students and their parents.
Sleepovers – Grab your sleeping bags and flashlights and get ready to spend the night at Discovery Cube! Overnight Explorers sleepovers are great for groups of all ages! Many sleepovers incorporate programming that aligns with Boy Scout Merit Badge and Girl Scout Journeys requirements.