The Alabama Association for Gifted Children (AAGC) is a
non-profit, tax-exempt organization of parents, educators, and community stakeholders working together
to advocate for education that meets the unique academic and affective needs of gifted children and youth in
Alabama. AAGC is a state affiliate of the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). In February of
1995, a group of educators, University professors, coordinators and teachers of gifted education, and the
Alabama State Department Specialist in gifted education came together to discuss the need to establish an
Alabama affiliate of NAGC. One of the goals of this new organization, the Alabama Association for Gifted
Children, was to provide the opportunity to create a grassroots network that could effectively serve as an
advocate for gifted and high-ability students.
AAGC believes that gifted children and youth deserve the opportunity to achieve to their fullest potential.
Gifted children and youth hold the promise of innovation and creativity that will shape our 21st century world.
The moral imperative is to strengthen the culture, attitudes, and learning environments so that gifted
learners will continue to enrich our world and nation with intellectual power as we face a changing future.
AAGC has partnered with selected state legislators on bills, proposals, and policies that influence gifted
education, particularly in the area of funding. While the State of Alabama has a mandate for identification
and service for gifted learners, the vast majority of funds come from local school districts. AAGC has worked
tirelessly to make gifted needs visible to state lawmakers in order to address the unfunded mandate.
Progress is being made, but the efforts will continue to be necessary for funding concerns to be addressed. We
applaud the commitment we have received from select members of the state legislature and will continue our
advocacy for the needs of gifted learners in Alabama.