NEWS FROM THE BOARD
Happy New Year from the WATG board! After the unforgettable year of 2020, we truly hope that 2021 is a fresh start for all of us, and the WI Association for Talented and Gifted also looks forward to new ideas and fresh starts.
One of the ways that WATG has begun to look at the new year is to reimagine some of the ways that we work together as a board. Our strength as an organization relies on our Executive Assistant and a highly dedicated group of volunteer board members who work tirelessly on behalf of gifted individuals in Wisconsin. We also rely on volunteers who choose to work with us on shorter term projects as well. An example of this is the cadre of fabulous speakers who join us every year to present at our fall annual conference, and we are truly thankful for them. Another example is the group of people who volunteer to translate portions of our newsletter into Spanish for our Spanish speaking constituents. We are truly grateful to them as well.
As our board met in late 2020 to envision our future, we decided to tap further into the talent, wisdom, and commitment of additional volunteers who are willing to work on shorter term projects with us. As we envisioned this change, we created a number of task forces -- groups of people, headed by a “point person” on the WATG board -- who would tackle shorter term projects, sharing their skill sets and interests. Some of these task forces will work in short but repeated bursts; others will work briefly on projects that occur only during certain times of the year. Still others may require sustained effort over time. Each of these task forces was created to share the work of the board, and to invite more talent to the table. For 2021, our task forces include these:
(WATG would like to extend a huge thank you to German Diaz of Milwaukee Public Schools for translating this article into Spanish for our Spanish-speaking families and educators. The translation can also be found below.)
(WATG desea extender un gran agradecimiento al Dr. German Díaz de las escuelas de Milwaukee por traducir este artículo al español para nuestras familias y educadores de habla hispana. La traducción también se puede encontrar en nuestros blogs de sitio web.)