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September 2020 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children board has approved the following social justice statement:
The Michigan Association for Gifted Children recognizes the pain, frustration, and grief caused by more than 400 years of racial injustice and inequality in the United States.
Systemic and institutionalized racism and oppression lead to the exclusion and denial of gifted education for Black, Brown and Native Americans, and children of lower-economic status, in this country. Instead, the goal should be to seek out and include every gifted child. Access to gifted programs and services, as well as support and advocacy, must be equitable. We know that innate gifts and talents are not divided by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender, and MAGC is committed to working to address these issues. Actions to be taken include:
- Continue training and informing educators regarding systemic barriers to full participation.
- Aggressively advocate for adoption of “A Culturally Responsive Equity-Based Bill of Rights for Gifted Students of Color” in districts across the state. (www.nagc.org/blog/culturally-responsive-equity-based-bill-rights-gifted-students-color)
- Require each MAGC committee to create actionable items for practical change and hold MAGC accountable for operationalizing these steps toward equity.
- Increase the diversity and representation of the MAGC Board of Directors.
- Raise awareness in underrepresented families and communities regarding the characteristics of gifted children.
- Educate ourselves, as an organization and as individual members, so that we might understand how we can better serve and assist Black students and families in their pursuit of equity and justice.
Most importantly, MAGC recognizes that giftedness has no boundaries, and this foundational understanding will be reflected in the goals, actions, and policies of this organization. Justice and equity are the goals, and we will continue to strive for them in all that we do.
January 2020 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children regularly offers a limited number of scholarships for up to $400 to students who wish to attend summer enrichment programs. More information and requirements can be found on the Student Summer Scholarship Information and Application. March 1st is the annual deadline.
December 2019 – The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is the gold standard of best practices for districts and ISDs in Michigan. Gifted students are included in the wording of the following: “ALL students”, “EVERY student”, “ALL levels”, and “Advanced”.
MTSS is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports which is currently being implemented in the State of Michigan School Districts. It is a framework of research-based strategies which was developed by the MDE to meet the individual needs and assets of the Whole Child. It combines the education, health, and human service systems in support of successful learners, schools, centers, and community outcomes.
Kelley Senkowski, MAGC member, has been a member of the MTSS Committee for several years. She has represented and advocated for Advanced learners in Michigan.
The MTSS framework provides schools and districts with an efficient way to organize resources to support educators in the implementation of effective practices so that all learners SUCCEED.
The 5 essential components of MTSS are as follows:
- Team based Leadership
- Tiered Delivery System
- Selection and Implementation of Instruction, Interventions, and Supports
- Comprehensive Screening and Assessment System
- Continuous Data-Based Decision making
The MTSS is a major part of the Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 strategic plan, specifically:
GOAL 2: Implement, with strong district and building leadership, high-quality instruction in every classroom through a highly coherent, child-centered environment.
December 2019 – In June 2019, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) published new Academic Acceleration Policy Guidelines for ALL Michigan schools. This includes the guidance about the following: single subject acceleration, whole grade acceleration, and early entrance.
Acceleration is an effective research-supported approach to meeting the needs of advanced learners. You can find the policy guidelines, questions and answers, documents for parents, and other related links below:
- Accel. Resources BB
- Q&A’s about Acceleration MDE
- New Acceleration Resource – MDE
- accelerationinstitute.org is a valuable resource
Please review the links to help you understand and start conversations about successful acceleration placements.
If you have questions about the Michigan Academic Acceleration Guidelines or need further assistance, please contact the Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC).
September 2019 – Great news from the Michigan Department of Education – pass it on to your school district! Need more information on ESSA funding and gifted education? Look no further than this flier – ESSA Funding for Gifted 2019!
Schools that have data showing a need to improve their Gifted and Talented Programs or their accelerated learning programs may use title I part a or title IV part A funds to strengthen the program . They may use title II part A funds from the District to train staff to teach and facilitate these programs.
If a district or school has questions they can contact Fred Williams, Manager in the Office of Educational Supports (OES) at [email protected] or call 517-335-3866.
January 2019 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children regularly offers a limited number of scholarships for up to $250 to students who wish to attend summer enrichment programs. More information and requirements can be found on the Student Summer Scholarship Information and Application. March 1st is the annual deadline. A flier is available if you want to post this opportunity in the community.
December 2018 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is co-hosting a conference on April 25 at Ottawa ISD. The theme is “Differentiation…Comprehension Approaches to Developing Talent” with keynote speaker Dr. Todd Kettler. Check out all the information about conference and keynote speaker on their website.
February 2018 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children regularly offers a limited number of scholarships for up to $250 to students who wish to attend summer enrichment programs. More information and requirements can be found on the Student Summer Scholarship Information and Application. March 1st is the annual deadline.
January 2018 – The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is co-hosting a conference on April 26 at Ottawa ISD. Check out all the information about conference and keynote speaker on their website.