Cathy Schmit Joins the WATG Board
Cathy Schmit has worked in education for over 25 years. She has 8 years of experience in Gifted education serving as the Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher in the Tomahawk School District and as the Gifted and Talented Consultant for CESA #9. Her work has included organizing and teaching workshops in differentiation and enrichment, use of assessments and data, and initial educator support as well as district and CESA-wide enrichment activities for gifted students. Additionally, her work also includes differentiation and RtI coaching, small group pull-outs and individual testing, assessment and long-range programming.
The mother of five children and four international exchange students, Cathy has an extensive background working with youth in a variety of settings with varying abilities. Cathy grew up in Madison, but has lived in Tomahawk, Wisconsin for over 30 years. She brings to the board an understanding of the unique needs of and the limited opportunities for gifted students in rural Wisconsin.
Congratulations to the WATG 2014 Summer Scholarship Recipients!
The WATG Summer Scholarships Committee awarded a record $4,000 this year for summer scholarships. The Fall Conference Silent Auction and other fundraising efforts have increased the amount this year! We urge our members to continue their dedication to contributing to our scholarships fund, bidding at our silent auction and buying those candy bars each and every year at our fall conference so we can make a difference in the lives of more gifted children.
This year WATG was able to award 24 scholarships to children ages 9-16 who live in 16 different Wisconsin communities. This summer these young scholars will learn about physics, Japanese, engineering, dance, chemistry, art, algebra, robotics, songwriting, music and leadership by taking courses and attending camps in Wisconsin and other midwest states.
Applicants expressed their need to attend these programs for various reasons. Some wrote about how they are striving to reach their potential. Some expressed that they relish the chance to feel a sense of belonging. Many children wrote about their desire to begin or continue friendships with intellectual peers from across the state.
Thank you for a very successful scholarship season.
This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL *WISCONSINAS". WATG is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 - All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.
A big thank you to all who donated to WATG during our year end appeal! There is still time to donate by simply mailing a check to the WATG Office or clicking the Donate link above.
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.
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.