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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.
MAGE offers NEW PROGRAM at Multiple Locations
"E3: Engaging Enrichment Experiences"
MAGE knows that our bright, gifted, advanced, high potential, and 2e children need engaging activities to help support their interests and stimulate their creativity and problem solving abilities. That is the main reason why we have "The Services Network."
With that in mind, MAGE has run a pilot program for the past two years with a few students at one site. With the success of that program, we are now expanding to multiple locations. We will now be offering Engaging Enrichment Experiences a.k.a. E3, for children in grades K - 8 (grouped into K-2, 3-5, & 6-8 grades). Courses will run 8 to 10 weeks. They will be both during school hours for homeschoolers and partial homeschoolers, and after school classes as well. There will be a variety of options for each grade level group. Each site will be one day of the week.
The first of these will be in Northampton, MA at the Compass Community Education Center starting October 8th and continuing to November 26th on Tuesdays. If you are interested check out the flyer attached here. Just click on the PDF icon.
To register, click on the Registration button. Those who register here online get a $20.00 discount per class!
Massachusetts 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!
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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.