TAG Teacher Mini-Grant Applications are posted!
TAG Teacher Mini-Grants are intended to fund TAG teachers’ innovative projects that are designed or differentiated to meet the needs of gifted students. Students should be engaged in creative or critical thinking and/or problem solving activities that deepen their understanding and mastery of challenging subject matter and further develop their habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and reflection. Mini-grant funds may be used for non-consumable resource materials, supplies, equipment, or software. Funds may not be used to support after-school, weekend, summer, or home school programs or to pay stipends or salaries.
Applications must be posted marked by December 15, 2013 and will be reviewed by members of the TAG Executive Board. Recipients will be notified by February 1, 2014. Multiple mini-grants (up to $250 each) will be awarded to TAG teachers. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant's TAG membership must be current through May 2014.
The application can be downloaded here: Application
Questions? Contact Megan Peters : firstname.lastname@example.org
NAGC 2013 Convention Recap
TAG President, Megan Peters, and Secretary, Laura McLean, made the trip to Indianapolis in November to participate in the National Association for Gifted Children's 60th Annual Convention & Exhibition. Featured speakers included Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and John Green, New York Times bestselling author and leader of the Nerdfighters. While absorbing the newest ideas and research in the field of gifted education, Megan and Laura also represented Tennessee at a special meeting for state affiliates. During the convention, the 2012-2013 State of the States Report was released, documenting support, policy, and practice on a state and national level. It is always exciting and energizing to be in the company of others who support the needs of gifted students!
TAG 2013 Conference Recap
Approximately 150 teachers, parents, administrators, and advocates joined us for two days of learning, sharing, and networking, all while celebrating gifted education in Tennessee.
We kicked off our 2-day conference with a keynote from Michael Clay Thompson. He shared so many great ideas and strategies, inspiring all of us as we work with our gifted learners each day.
During our awards luncheon, we recognized several exemplary Tennessee educators for their dedication to the needs of gifted students. We also recognized and awarded the 2013 Nicholas Green award to Logan Guleff. If you were not in attendance, you missed a real treat. Check out some of Logan's accomplishments here:
On Friday, Rip Patton kicked off the day with an inspiring talk. We all left energized and better-equipped to lead and
advocate for our exceptional students.
The TALENT Act expands the education debate by focusing on gifted, high-ability students—particularly those from low-income or minority backgrounds—who have been overshadowed in a U.S. educational system that focuses on its struggling, low-achieving students.
How You Can Help
Urge Our TN Senators to Co-Sponsor the TALENT Act by emailing or calling their offices asking for their support.