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Regional Representatives (Santa Lucia)

Santa Lucia Region

Includes Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties

susan-graultySusan Graulty

Educator Representative

paula-simkaPaula Simka

Parent Representative

Educational Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Regional Opportunities

SENG Model Parent Group in Monterey County in January 2018

A new SENG Model Parent Group is forming in Monterey County. The group will be co-facilitated by Jeff Morton and Nicole Peartree. Jeff is a SENG Certified Model Parent Group Co-facilitator. He is credentialed in Gifted Education, was formerly a Talented and Gifted Education Advisor in the Boulder Valley School District (CO), and is currently the High School Science Teacher at Chartwell School. Nicole Peartree is a credentialed elementary classroom teacher (TK-2) specializing in individualized instruction in multi-aged group settings with twenty years of experience. She has also led support groups for children through a hospice bereavement program and was a co-facilitator for the national non-profit organization, Holistic Moms Network.
The group is intended as a forum in which parents of gifted learners can come together to share their experiences and learn from each other and the co-facilitators. We will also work through content presented in the book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children. We are focusing this group for parents of students aged TK-6th grade. If you have a student older than this and are interested, please do register. If we have more parents of older students, we will shift our focus accordingly.* There is no cost for this group unless you choose to purchase A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, which can be bought from the co-facilitators for $35. The SENG Model Parent Group will meet Sundays for 90 minutes from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and is intended for parents (i.e., please leave your gifted learner(s) at home). The group will meet for seven weeks at Chartwell School in Seaside, CA on the following dates: January 14th, 21st, and 28th; February 11th, 18th, and 25th; March 11th If you would like to register, please email Jeff @

10th Annual Student to Student Conference – Information for Spring 2018 Coming!

Parent & Teacher Volunteers Needed! Please join us, a group of local GATE advocates, to help in planning and fund-raising for our annual event, the Student-to-Student Conference, held at De Anza College in mid-May. Student-to-Student Conference is an event presented to students and by students. This event is free to participants & open to all students who are interested, not only to GATE qualified students. Our next planning meeting will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 5 pm at Panera at 15200 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, CA. For more information about fund-raising & planning meeting, please email

Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley

Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley is a non-profit, self supporting, parent participation organization established by parents and educators in 1971. The mission of Lyceum is to provide after-school & weekend enrichment classes and other opportunities for our gifted children that might otherwise not be available to them.  Lyceum also provides an arena for our kids to meet and socialize with other gifted children. Lyceum also offers a weekly social event for kids from several local organizations and meet up to share and play board & card games, even if your family is not a member.  For more information, please visit the website:

County Board of Education Information

A resource page about the specialized programs for gifted & talented education.
California Department of Education GATE information

Community Support: County Office of Education, Santa Clara County

Community Support: County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County

Community Support: County Office of Education, San Benito County

Community Support: County Office of Education, Monterey County

Regional Resources

Monterey County Gifted

A new parenting support group for the families of gifted children in the Central Coast is forming. Anyone parenting gifted kids in the Central Coast are welcome, whether they are attending public private or homeschool. The Monterey County Gifted is about connecting and empowering thr Central Coast families who are raising gifted kids. This group supports parents’rights to choose the best educational option for their own children, which will be different for each family. All members are encourage to share resources, ask questions, and plan events. To join, please contactt or join the Facebook and/or Yahoo groups:

Gifted And Talented (formerly known as Stanford EPGY-Education Program for Gifted Youth)

Unleash your child’s genius!

Developed by Stanford University, Gifted and Talented is the premier online community dedicated to K-12 advanced learning and built on a foundation of over 50 years of research. Online courses, expert tutors, information and advice designed to help parents and educators develop accelerated learners.

Galileo Learning

Bay Area summer camps combining the spirit of exploration and innovation with art, science and outdoor education. Local camps available throughout the peninsula & south bay for 3 levels: Camp Galileo for Pre-K through grade 5, Galileo Summer Quest for grade 5-8, and Summer Camps at the Tech Museum of Innovation for grade 4-8.

California Future Problem Solving (the California affiliate for Future Problem Solving International, Inc.

Teaching students how to think, not what to think…CAFPS combines intellectual challenge of creative problem solving with an interdisciplinary study of the future. This program helps students, grades 4-12 develop their abilities in research, critical thinking, creativity & teamwork, using a proven framework for clear and structured analysis.

Schmahl Science Workshops

Because learning good science should be fun! Schmahl Science Workshops provides summer camp, homeschool lessons and after school workshops for kids in elementary & middle school, based at History Park in San Jose and local public schools.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT

Marté J. Matthews is a child & family therapist in San Jose with a special interest in working with gifted, talented and twice-exceptional “2E” students and their families. She is a SENG-model Parent Group facilitator, and offers linkage with resources, parent consultation & coaching and family therapy. The website contains additional information and resources for G/T/2E kids & families.

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Guidance, support, designing education for gifted kids and their parents.

Helios School in Sunnyvale

Challenging and imaginative education to engage gifted K-8 learners. Our mission is to create a K-8 school and foster a community that meet the unique educational, social and emotional needs of gifted learners and their families.

Please take a moment to renew (or begin) your CAG membership. Your membership and support is important.

More regional information for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties may be found on our regional website: Your parent representative is Paula Simka and Educator representative is Susan Graulty from the Santa Lucia Region.

What are the names and what makes them so special?

The DEPTH icons are language of the discipline, details, rules, patterns, trends, unanswered questions, ethics, and big ideas.

The COMPLEXITY icons are “relate over time,” “multiple perspectives,” and “across disciplines.”

The CONTENT IMPERATIVE icons are contribution, paradox, origin, convergence, and parallel.

The icons have been adopted by the California Department of Education as the preferred method for ensuring that GATE students’ courses of study are rigorous.