BENEFITS...


  • membership is made up of Gifted Facilitators, general educators,  district and building administrators, other special educators, parents, and students from across the state


  • updates concerning legislation that would impact gifted students, as well as what you can do to help


  • latest news on state and district events

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  • networking with gifted teachers, students, and parents in your area

BENEFITS OF KGTC MEMBERSHIP 

INTERESTING FACTS...


  • the only statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the needs of identified gifted children other talented, creative and high ability learners in Kansas


  • ​an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and other charter members of the Kansas Learning First Alliance (KFLA)


  • holds an annual convention and provides opportunities for gifted stakeholders


  • maintains a website and Facebook for communicating with members and stakeholders (links are below)


  • has close ties with the regent universities that train specialists in gifted education


  • informs policy makers on the needs of gifted learners and advocates for improvements that affect high ability learners


  • works closely with Kansas State Department of Education and their consultant for gifted curriculum


  • welcomes all parents, educators, community and business people as members

ABOUT GIFTED EDUCATION...


  • All children have the right to progress at an academically appropriate level of challenge.


  • Kansas is one of a few states that provides a mandate to identify and provide services to gifted children in Kindergarten through 12th grade under the umbrella of special education.


  • ​Without proper identification and appropriate services gifted children are at a great risk for failing to meet their potential.


  • Gifted education is not about status, it is about meeting student needs.


  • Advanced learners are found in all cultures, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic groups.


  • Gifted learners also have learning and physical disabilities.  These "twice-exceptional" students often go undetected in regular classrooms, because their disability and gifts mask each other; making them appear "average."


  • Most gifted learners spend over 80% of their school day in the regular classroom, but 61% of their teachers have  no training in gifted interventions and needs.