This section of our website is designed to bring you updated information on all kinds of topics of interest to those who are concerned with the gifted. Check back here regularly to see what’s new!
October 14, 2013 – More than 150 people enjoyed a beautiful day at Baker College for our fall conference "Gifted Education – Kick it Up a Notch." Keep an eye out for more wonderful opportunities to engage in learning and sharing!
October 3, 2013 - Register soon to get the sessions you want to attend. A copy of the registration and breakout listings is attached as well as the revised flyer. More exciting news to share: Another great speaker on testing is coming: Dr. Jack Naglieri. He has developed tests that can identify highly intelligent students through the Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test—thus opening the doors to finding gifted ESL students and minorities without language interference. Another added value to the conference: speaker, Diana Hart, is asking that teachers attending her breakout (Meeting the Needs of Gifted Student in the Classroom) bring some of their curriculum to her session so that she can help them differentiate the very materials they use.
August 22, 2013 – Registration now open for the fall conference "Gifted Education – Kick it Up a Notch".
June 4, 2013 – Save the date for our fall conference. Print out a flier to post at work or around the community.
April 24, 2013 – Also, registrations are being accepted for "Celebrating Gifted Education" conference at Ottawa Area Intermediate School District on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:15 – 3 pm. A flier with all the details if available for printing or forwarding!
March 9, 2013 – Online registration is now being accepted for Challenges of Raising a Gifted Child: a power shot mini-conference. Join us on Saturday, March 9 – 9:00 to 11:30am. Registration begins at 8:30 am at Steppingstone School, 30250 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills, MI 48336, just west of Target, north side of Grand River.
February 22, 2013 – Resources for summer programs can be found at:
February 1, 2013 – Online registration is now being accepted for Challenges of Raising a Gifted Child: a power shot mini-conference. Join us on Saturday, March 9 – 9:00 to 11:30am. Registration begins at 8:30 am at Steppingstone School, 30250 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills, MI 48336, just west of Target, north side of Grand River.
January 29, 2013 – Metro Parent Education issue: Letting kids fail, Gifted education for February 2013. Check out the article about gifted education.
January 28, 2013 – Challenges of Raising a Gifted Child, A power shot mini-conference. Join us on Saturday, March 9 – 9:00 to 11:30am. Registration begins at 8:30 am at Steppingstone School, 30250 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills, MI 48336, just west of Target, north side of Grand River.
January 23, 2013 – Jim Delisle, a national expert on the teaching and parenting of gifted children, will be at Emerson School on Tuesday, January 29th. Please go to www.emersonschool.eventbrite.com to register for this free event, and invite your friends and neighbors to come as well.
December 4, 2012 – Support the unique learning needs of academically gifted students by passing the TALENT Act. Sign the online petition today!
October 8, 2012 – Thank you for your immense efforts to compose the letter to the Oxford Foundation and to collect signatures on behalf of our gifted children and youth. As a result of your efforts, we collected 375 signatures on nine pages from supporters of the gifted across Michigan in less than one week. This morning letters went out with all the signatures to Peter and Richard at the Oxford Foundation and to our long-standing and greatest champion, former Senator Dan DeGrow.
October 2, 2012 – A letter has been drafted by the Michigan Alliance for Gifted Children's Advocacy Committee. It was created as a request for considering the needs of gifted students in Michigan while reforming the school funding model. Please read the letter >here and consider adding your name to this request. If you would like to add your signature electronically, please fill out the form at the bottom of that page. Your response is required by midnight, Sunday, October 7, 2012.
September 21, 2012 – Several of our chapters across the state are having meetings in October to help you kick off the year! Check out our events page to see if there is one in your area. If you know of any meetings or presentations of interest to the gifted community, fill out the survey at the bottom of the page to have in included in the calendar.
August 24, 2012 - As you get ready to go back to school, check out our resources page to get information on your specific situation. You can also check out The Summit Center's page for more resources. The Summit Center: Assessment, Consultation, and Treatment for Children, Adolescents, & Families; Specializing in the needs of the gifted, creative, and twice-exceptional.
May 29, 2012 – Sign up for our June 9th Ecological Restoration Volunteer Workday at Kensington Metropark! Come lend nature a helping hand! Volunteers will pull garlic mustard, an invasive plant, from high quality natural areas at Kensington Metropark. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot at 10:00am — look for the white Metroparks truck. We’ll wrap things up by 1:00pm. Park entry is free for volunteers!Tools, gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear long pants and closed toe shoes and dress for the weather. Gifted in Michigan will be getting together a group for this event and other gifted organizations in SE MI will also be participating. Please RSVP via the above link by Thursday, June 7th to be included in this group.
May 23, 2012 -> Illinois Association for Gifted Children Parent Academy: Understanding the Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children with Keynote Speaker Dr. Ellen D. Fiedler on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm – register now!
May 10, 2012 – >Know anyone who's looking for something new to explore this summer? American Mensa is running a special promotion in an effort to maximize the impact of all the recent international media attention on Mensa's youngest members. Just in time for the end of the school year, kids (of all ages) can qualify for Mensa membership for free through the end of May. All they need is a qualifying test score from one of more than 200 standardized intelligence tests; many students have taken one or more of these at school and are often not aware of it. They can view a partial list of accepted tests and scores (for kids, adults, military, etc.) at http://www.us.mensa.org/testscores<> <http://www.us.mensa.org . To get their scores evaluated at no charge, applicants should complete and return the Mensa membership application (http://www.us.mensa.org/application <http://www.us.mensa.org/application> ) before 11:59 p.m., Central, on Thursday, May 31, and put "May PE" in the "Name of Special Promotion" box.
April 26, 2012 – Attention Families with Children! Get to Know Mensa a Little Better… Register for the Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering May 4th-6th!
April 17, 2012 – A new logo has been adopted by MAGC – check it out!
March 19, 2012 – Lots is going on right now! The Spring conference is approaching, the deadline for the Nicholas Green Award has been extended to May 15, and summer camp information is coming out. Instead of listing all of the summer camp opportunities here, we have created a pdf of the opportunities that we know about. The best resource is probably the Dreamcatcher catalog on the MightyMindz website because it lists a lot of opportunities.
March 18, 2012 – Our president has a message for you! There are lots of opportunities for you to help gifted students in Michigan – can you help out?
February 22, 2012 – Spring Conference: Discover the MAGiC….of Gifted Children, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Ottawa Area ISD-Educational Services Building, brochure is now available! Keynote: Growing the Social Emotional Component of a Gifted Child's Brain by Jean Veenema-Birky, ACSW, LMSW. Many wonderful breakout sessions. Register at www.oaisd.org.
February 1, 2012 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is pleased to announce that in 2012 it will once again offer Student Summer Scholarships. This year, two $300 scholarships will be awarded. New this year, scholarship applicantsmust fill out the application online, providing an easier, more streamlined process. The online application will be available from Wednesday, February 1, to the deadline date of Thursday, March 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Saturday, March 31. Also, nominations are being sought for the Nicholas Green Award.
November 23, 2011 – Give the Gift of Membership! Membership in the Michigan Association for Gifted Children makes a great gift, at the holiday season or any time of the year. Download this form, and give a membership today!
October 12, 2011 – The statewide "Gifted In Michigan" group has invited members of MAGC to collaborate for a very low group rate to use the excellent Stanford University Education Program for Gifted Youth. Contact Gifted in Michigan on Facebook or online for more information.
October 6, 2011 – Minnesota has a state gifted conference coming up on November 12 - check it out!
September 27, 2011 - Registration and the conference schedule is now available. Check MATE's website for all the information. Early bird registration ends on September 30! You don't want to miss some great speakers.
September 20, 2011 – Registration for the joint MATE/MAGC Fall Conference is extended to September 30. Nationally and Internationally recognized presenters give their best back to the field of teacher education! You cannot miss this 2 DAY opportunity for $120.00. New information included in the registration packet – Register today!
September 15, 2011 – Online NUMATS registration began September 1 for all available EXPLORE, ACT and SAT test dates from November 2011 through June 2012 for students grades 3 thru 9.
September 8, 2011 – We are revising the Articles of Incorporation for our organization. A vote on them will be coming in the next issue of Images. The revised Articles of Incorporation provides for:
- Article I - name change to reflect the name is Michigan Association for Gifted Children;
- Article V (b) – removal of the membership class distinction and the dues amount – and instead provides that the membership classes will be established in the bylaws with dues to be determined by the Board of Directors.
- New Article X – provides the indemnification language required so that lawsuits can only be instituted against MAGC, as opposed to directly against any director or volunteer, and provides for more comprehensive indemnification than is currently the default under the statues.
August 24, 2011 – Fall Conference information is now available. The brochure describing the conference with the Michigan Association for Teacher Educators has been published. The conference will be held October 21 and 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI. Proposal submissions are being taken until September 10, 2011. Early bird registration ends on September 11. Join us for a fantastic conference!
July 22, 2011 – Our name has changed! We are no longer known as the Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education. Our new name is Michigan Association for Gifted Children to align ourselves with the National Association for Gifted Children. Please be patient with us as we change over to the new name. Some items may have the new name and some the old. We are working diligently to change everything to the new name.
January 19, 2011 – In his first State of the State Address, Governor Rick Snyder announced “We need to establish a system that focuses on real achievement for all of our children. We cannot leave children behind without the tools for success in their adult lives, but we also need to encourage better and faster opportunities for children that can go farther and faster in our system.” It is the hope of gifted advocates that this signals willingness on the part of the Snyder administration to work toward gifted education reform. These reforms could include mandating curriculum on gifted education for those working toward their teaching certificates, requiring school districts to have a gifted education policy in place, or streamlining the steps toward early graduation. Governor Snyder indicated that a future speech, planned for April, will go into further detail regarding his plans for Michigan’s education system. Stay tuned for updates on what these plans may mean for Michigan’s gifted students.