As the holiday season is almost here, I would like to ask each of you a question. How would you like to receive more funding for students from the state legislators? AAGC needs your help NOW to contact legislative members (House and Senate) to request that the Gifted Student Program budget be earmarked for 3 million dollars this time. Last year the state legislative budget began in the Senate. This year the state legislative budget will begin in the House. I received information that the House has already begun constructing their budget.The legislative session will begin the week of January 13th, 2014.
I know with the holidays come many extra activities, but please take a few minutes to contact your legislators now. Your message can resonate to other legislative members that Alabama has people who care about gifted education and the funds they receive for gifted students. Please let them know the items that were purchased with the gifted monies, the purpose of purchasing the item, and invite them to your school for Gifted Education Month in January, 2014. Your help can make a difference in the amount of funding we receive for the 2014-2015 school year!
Please don’t delay, make the call to your legislators today!
Amy Waine, President
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We are pleased to announce that the next three years of the AAGC Conferences have been booked at the McWane Science Center! They are:
September 17-19, 2014
September 16-18, 2015
September 21-23, 2016
Please, put this on your calendars!
What Are Your Plans for 2014 Gifted Education Month (GEM)? In January, 2014, Alabama will celebrate our 2nd Gifted Education Month! In order to be prepared for the statewide event, I am suggesting that you contact your local legislators, newspaper or radio talk show host for an interview, or local television station NOW to set a date on their calendar in January to visit your classroom to discuss with children, parents, administrators, superintendents and you why gifted matters in Alabama!
Many individuals need to hear the importance and benefits of gifted education for Alabama. This summer, I found out some legislators did not know that gifted education is mandated, but not fully funded! Gifted education in Alabama is sparsely funded. AAGC’s funding goal for 2014 is set to request 3 to 4 million dollars in the upcoming Alabama Legislative budget.
AAGC needs your help to insure each legislator hears the message. Please start making your GEM plans today! Also, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know the great experiences thru videoing a play or event, digital pictures of products created, newspaper articles, television interviews or any other idea you had during GEM that helped promote gifted education!
The holidays will be here before we know it! Being prepared for Gifted Education Month needs to begin now because GIFTED DOES MATTER IN ALABAMA!
Let’s show we are prepared and ready for action before 2014 arrives!
Amy S. Waine
President of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children
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We started our AAGC Conference with a bang – one from Debbie Dumais as she taught us how to Zentangle, and then from Mandy Fox as she taught us the latest tech tools to use with gifted students.
We learn from each other as well. Today while we were talking to each other, Shirley Farrell shared this app – wordfoto and Patti Wood created this absolutely wonderful logo within minutes. Come to AAGC13 and learn why “Gifted Matters.”
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Excitement fills the air as we prepare for the 19th Annual Alabama Association for Gifted Children’s conference! Gifted Matters is the theme for the conference. Keynote speaker Ian Byrd, a gifted education teacher from California who shares his best practices for gifted learners through his blog www.Byrdseed.com. His blogs attract thousands of worldwide readers to inquire about gifted education topics. Diana Reeves will join us as a keynote speaker from the National Association for Gifted Children on the topic of parenting gifted children. Many parents seek information so they can help their child(ren) achieve to their full potential. She will provide answers that addresses today’s parenting issues.
The AAGC preconference sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Are you creative and like to draw or doodle? Then Zentangle is for you with Debbie Dumais who is an official Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher! You will be amazed how quickly you can create wonderful pieces in a short period of time! She will also have Zentangle kits for you to purchase at the conference! If technology is your game, then Mandy Fox will provide you with technological strategies to utilize in your classroom. You will enjoy the numerous resources and tips for you and your students. Technology helps your students be prepared for 21st Century Skills while staying engaged and creative with the curricula!
Additional sessions will be offered on September 26th- 27th. Please go to http://alabamagifted.org for more information. Please join us on September 25th-27 at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama for a fantastic gifted conference because GIFTED MATTERS IN ALABAMA!
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The fall conference will be here before we know it! So please take the opportunity to register now for the fall conference which will be located at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 25 – 27, 2013! The registration form can be located at the top of the AAGC web page entitled conference. Please print, complete, and mail the form and registration fee to Judy Simpson, AAGC Treasurer.
The theme of the conference is GIFTED MATTERS! The popular preconference sessions being offered on Wednesday include Zentangle with Debbie Dumais and Technology Strategies to Use in Your Classroom with Mandy Fox! On Thursday and Friday, dynamic keynote speaker and writer, Ian Byrd, will be addressing an array of gifted issues. You can register for his newsletter about gifted education at www.byrdseed.com.
On Friday, (Parent Day), Diana Reeves, a NAGC keynote speaker, offers strategies and insight to help parents raise gifted children. Parenting today can present many challenges! Please encourage gifted parents to attend the conference to hear her expert voice!
Several video presentations, the artwork contest winner, and recipients of awards and grants will be presented! Hear information about legislative budget updates, Gifted Education Month, and gifted parent groups across Alabama! Numerous door prizes will be given away as well as an awesome grand door prize! Remember, you must be present to claim your prize! So please register!
See you there!
President of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children
It has been a long road but…I am pleased to announce on May 20, 2013, Governor Bentley signed the 2014 ETF budget allotting $1.05 million dollars for gifted education! This year’s budget is an increase of $50,000 dollars from last year’s budget! A word of thanks to everyone who helped advocate for the gifted education in Alabama! We will need your continued support each year through social media, calling, letter writing campaigns, face to face visits, media interviews, and classroom visitations to demonstrate to the governor and legislators the importance of gifted education.
Gifted Education Month (GEM) will occur again during January, 2014. I encourage you to begin planning classroom activities that includes inviting important state dignitaries, legislators, superintendents, gifted coordinators, the media and parents to observe why GIFTED MATTERS in Alabama during January, 2014! Legislators need to understand the importance of gifted education before designating funds!
My gratitude for a job well done!
I wanted to remind you about a couple of upcoming opportunities! First, the Alabama Association for Gifted Children is offering grants up to $500 each. The grant application is available here: AAGC2013-14 Grant. Follow directions and submit the completed grants before the deadline of June 3, 2013. Grants will be awarded at the AAGC annual conference on September 26-27, 2013.
Secondly, do you know someone who has made a significant difference in gifted education in the state of Alabama? The Alabama Association for Gifted Children is pleased to announce the Awards of Excellence to honor individuals who have made a difference in the life of a gifted student and/or in gifted education in the school or community. These awards will be presented during the AAGC Annual Conference on September 27, 2013. Completed nomination form with letters of support must be emailed to Shirley Farrell at email@example.com no later than August 23, 2013.
The categories are:
· Outstanding Gifted Specialist Award
· Outstanding Administrator Award
· Outstanding Gifted Coordinator Award
· Outstanding General Education Teacher Award
· Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gifted Education (dedicating 20 years or more to GT education)
· Outstanding Community Member Award
· Outstanding Gifted Student Award
I want to encourage you to apply for the grants and nominate individuals for awards. It is a pleasure seeing individuals across Alabama who seek excellence and make a difference in the lives of gifted students or gifted education at the fall conference!