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Our Mission 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 in a manner that is fully commensurate with his/her ability or talent, without restriction.
Fun and Games!
MAGE Family Meet-Up
When: February 1, 2020 2-4 pm
Where: Robbins Library in Arlington
Why: For parents to connect, chat, share, and relax with other families of bright kids, while children enjoy playing board games.
Details and RSVP information HERE
MAGE Spring Conference
April 4, 2020
Save the Date!
Details and Registration
July 22-25, 2020
Summer may seem like a long way off but we will begin taking registration very soon.
A NEW MAGE opportunity
MAGE Summer Family Retreat
Save the Dates
This is a chance for families to really get away, play, have fun, relax, and maybe learn a little something, with peers. This event is for families of gifted, twice-exceptional, and PG children.
Watch for it!
Announcing the 20th Nicholas Green Scholarship!
Change a Life!
Nominate a student for a Nicholas Green Award!
The winner receives up to $500 towards an enrichment program of the student’s choice
DEADLINE: April 17,2020
This scholarship is funded entirely by donations. Please encourage and support our gifted students through this program.
Needs Gifted Education!
In June 2018 the state legislature mandated that the state's department of education (a.k.a. DESE) have independent research done into the practices, policies, and educational needs of students who could achieve beyond their grade level and the those who are gifted. The report was completed by the end of June 2019 and was released 8/21/2019.
The report's findings concluded with:
"The current approach of Massachusetts, with few gifted programs and not much attention to gifted education, is not serving students well. The Commonwealth can and should take actions to make certain that all students, including advanced and gifted students of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic characteristics, have opportunities to engage in meaningful learning and rise to their potential." and that"Massachusetts will benefit from unleashing the untapped potential of high-achieving students."
The report's recommendations were,
"Create a statewide task force, which will;
Define giftedness and measures to assess giftedness;
Determine most effective way to collect data on gifted students;
Consider best practices of other states and districts;
Establish state policy and guidelines on acceleration;
Track and report on the excellence gap; identify and implement strategies to close it.
Include instruction on the learning needs of gifted students as part of teacher training for all teachers; and
Hire staff at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with expertise in gifted students and gifted education."
These findings and recommendations are highly consistent with MAGE's bills in the legislature!
All of these recommendations and findings substantiate what MAGE has known for a long time.
Now we have to make sure that action takes place to make these recommendations a reality.
You can help! Call, email, and/or visit your legislators a.s.a.p. You may not have done it before but you can do it now. To find out more about the bills and how to contact your legislators, click on the Advocacy tab above. Thank you! Here is the full report
DID YOU KNOW?
MAGE can Provide Professional Development at your school!
We are a state approved PD provider and can award the professional development points that teachers need to keep their licenses.
We have professional development programming that helps classroom teachers know what to do with their advanced, bright, gifted, high potential and Twice Exceptional students . We can do presentations, coaching, and mentoring that is economical and effective!
School districts are required to provide professional development to their faculty and the state provides funding for that.
If you want teachers at your school to know how to teach advanced, bright, gifted, and high potential students,
Talk to your school and district administration today!
Renzulli Learning Systems Home Edition
is FREE for our MAGE members!
and we offer
Free training for members who are teachers!
What is Renzulli Learning?
If your children are in the Boston Public Schools
Did you know about the
YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THE QUEST FOR AN APPROPRIATE EDUCATION FOR YOUR
MAGE Legislative Advocacy Update
We have great news to share with you!
Representatives Naughton and Kelcourse have filed
our five education bills listed below. Thank You!
Now is the time for YOUR voice to be heard!
H.539--An Act relative to the use of computer-adaptive assessments in K-12 education
H.540--An Act providing for the education of gifted and beyond grade-level children in the public schools of the Commonwealth
H.541--An Act creating an expert panel on gifted children and their education in the public schools
H.543--An Act relative to academic acceleration of K-12 students
H.3408--An Act to prohibiting age discrimination within the public schools of the Commonwealth
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The Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of parents, educators, and other members. Your donations are tax deductible.
MAGE is the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children.