Are YOU a fit for WATG?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
WATG is looking to fill a few positions on the current board. Having a diverse board, comprised of a mix of educators, parents and community members that represent the state of Wisconsin is a key objective we are committed to meeting. Read More
We wish to thank the 12 Teen Conference participants and almost 300 parents, educators, counselors, IHE representatives, and others committed to gifted education who attended this year’s conference.
Here, in Wordle format, is what attendees said they liked about this year’s conference:
ADHD and Gifted Students
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D.
Educator, Author and Consultant
nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
Most people who know me would say that I’m “bubbly” or “full of energy.” When I was in school, I was always talking to my neighbor, easily distracted, and generally into everything other than what I was told to do. In my school years, we didn’t have terms such as ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder). I was just labeled “chatty” or “naughty.”
Attend Richard Cash's Keynote at the WATG Conference!
In December 2017, Wisconsin Senator Alberta Darling announced proposed legislation that would establish “Education Savings Accounts” (ESAs) for low-income gifted children. Sen. Darling (R-River Hills) was joined by co-sponsors Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, and Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee. The proposed bill would establish a fund of $1000 for up to 2000 families who have a student who is already eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches (household annual income at or below $45,510 annually for a family of four). Eligibility is limited to students who score in the top 5% on standardized tests OR are otherwise identified as gifted and talented “by an education official.” The funds would be administered by DPI, and parents could use the money for public or private education expenses authorized by DPI. Read More
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Cooke Foundation is the nation’s largest provider of scholarships to support the education of exceptionally promising students with financial need. In addition to a College Scholarship, the foundation offers a unique pre-college Young Scholars Program for students starting in middle school. This $40,000 per year scholarship program supports high-achieving, low-income students from 8th through 12th grade by providing intensive advising and financial resources for tuition, extracurricular pursuits, and summer programming. Interested 7th grade students should apply starting January 17, 2018.
For more information visit The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Did you know? Do YOU have the PERKS?
WATG Membership has benefits!
Are you already a WATG member? Thinking about joining? Here are 3 great perks you should know about: