Supporting and advocating for appropriate education for the gifted and talented of Massachusetts


 

Mission

The mission of MAGE is to:

  • support and advance the understanding of high potential/gifted children and their special needs; 
  • promote the establishment of programs, services and opportunities for high ability/gifted students; and
  • encourage the exchange of information pertaining to gifted individuals among educators, parents, policy-makers and students on the national, state and local level.

     We recognize the need to provide every Massachusetts student, regardless of cultural or socio-economic background, the opportunity to be educated fully commensurate with his/her ability or talent without restriction.


Vision

     Gifted and talented learners have unique potential and diverse needs that deserve to be recognized, supported, and respected. We envision a time when teachers and parents are all trained to understand and help bright students reach their potential in the most effective way possible. We envision a time when an equitable, appropriate, and challenging education, aligned with their potential, is delivered to all children.


Objectives

  • To Create Community – a community of shared interests and values pertaining to gifted individuals and gifted education
  • To Disseminate Information –  information on education, challenges and needs of high ability/gifted children
  • To Advocate – in support of public policies appropriate to these goals
  • To Provide Professional Development - provide professional development for those in the education profession on characteristics of this population, the challenges they face, and strategies for supporting them. This can be in partnership with higher education institutions or directly
  • To Offer Services - services to children to meet their specific needs, and to provide advice and advocate on their behalf with schools/districts
  • To Present Awards – to offer recognition to individuals promoting MAGE’s objectives as well as gifted students deserving recognition.

Goals

  • Increase the understanding and special needs of high-potential students and gifted underachievers in parent and educator communities
  • Establish opportunities for all gifted children and youth in Massachusetts
  • Increase understanding of this population among state legislators
  • Involve higher education institutions
  • Expand our regional support networks (Cambridge, Springfield, Central, Foxboro)
  • Expand our membership
  • Increase content on our website, and information in MAGE Newsletters.
  • Provide professional development on gifted education
  • Provide access to scholarships for student enrichment programs
  • Maintain a fiscally sound organization

Definitions of Gifted

  • Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared wtih others of thei age, experience or environment. - National Society for the Gifted and Talented 2016
  • Students, children or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. Federal definition 2017

History - 40 Years of Commitment to Gifted Education

The Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE) was founded in 1976 as an organization of parents, educators, and other individuals who wished to foster the growth and development of gifted and talented individuals in Massachusetts. It continues to run as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. MAGE is the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children.


Become a Member

MAGE will achieve its goals through your participation. We welcome and look forward to working with everyone interested in supporting gifted and talented individuals in Massachusetts. Join now and help us change our state for the better!

 

Upcoming MAGE Events

02/01/2018 7:00 PM • Ottoson Middle School, 63 Acton St., Arlington MA

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