SPOTLIGHT ON CESA #1 PAGE
Great things are happening all around the state for gifted students, and this is the direct result of the efforts of many individuals and groups who work tirelessly on behalf of gifted students.
At the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, we are pleased to announce a new feature in our newsletter, the Gifted Connections Corner. The Gifted Connections Corner is the work of the Networking Committee of WATG, and is designed to showcase many of the groups that are working to strengthen education, parenting, advocacy, and opportunities for gifted students in Wisconsin. In showcasing different groups around the state, we hope to exchange ideas, stimulate conversation, and inspire other groups and individuals to grow in their support of gifted education.
Our first article, SPOTLIGHT ON CESA #1 PAGE, will feature a state parent and educator group that has been in existence for over twenty years, CESA #1 PAGE (Parent Advocates for Gifted Education).
CESA #1 PAGE was founded as a cooperative effort among many of the school districts in Southeastern WI. Many districts wanted to offer gifted workshops, family events, and advocacy awareness activities, but were constrained by their individual district budgets. In pooling their resources, these districts found that they could bring in high-profile speakers, plan and deliver quality enrichment activities for kids and families, educate parents and teachers, and advocate for gifted education in their local districts. Some of the highly successful activities of PAGE include:
● Speakers Jan Davidson from the Davidson Institute, Felicia Dixon, author of The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education, and Sylvia Rimm, author of many definitive books on parenting gifted kids
● Parent to Parent Evenings -- facilitated discussions on parenting gifted kids
● Student Events such as Unplugged Trivia Nights, Writer’s Workshops, Comedy Sportz, Shakespeare Evening, Self-Advocacy, Preparing for College, Stamping and Book Design, Opportunity Fairs, Engineering Events
● Purchase of books on gifted education and parenting for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Library System, the Waukesha Library System, and the Racine Library System
● The fun and camaraderie of working together on an important mission!
CESA #1 PAGE is a working committee, composed of one educator and one parent from each participating district. Together, these highly motivated individuals have created opportunities that have touched lives of thousands of gifted kids and their families over the years. At their recent May 2015 meeting, the group changed their formal name to: Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education, to more clearly emphasize their unique partnership. For more information, and to see their calendar of events, contact www.cesaonepage.org
To focus the spotlight on your group or organization, send your story to www.watg.org We’d love to hear from you! ~The WATG Networking Committee
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As you may already know, the State of Wisconsin provides less than $237,000 in total funding related to gifted education. Below is a graphic showing Wisconsin funding levels compared to our neighbor states.
Source. National Association for Gifted Children State of the States Report (2011-2012)
The lack of public support in our state puts the burden on parents, teachers, and community organizations to not only provide appropriately-challenging curriculum for students, but to advocate for students’ needs to be met in the first place. This year we hope to undertake a progressive drive to provide additional training and professional development for educators and implement advocacy training for parents and others who understand the importance of gifted education.
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WATG– NAGC Member Benefit
Did you know that because WATG is an affiliate of NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children), Parent Members of WATG are eligible for a reduced-price NAGC membership? The NAGC affiliate Parent Member price is $15 and includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential. Find out more here.