SAGE — Supporting and Advocating for Gifted Education — is a Grapevine/Colleyville Gifted & Talented (G/T) support group that collaborates with parents and educators to ensure that gifted children in our community reach their fullest potential.
How does a SAGE membership benefit you?
- A SAGE Membership includes a Parent Affiliate Membership in the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) — a $15 value.
- Members get free admission to SAGE’s monthly events that focus on parenting and teaching exceptional students.
- SAGE Campus Representatives will invite you to GT family events, where you can network with parents, teachers, principals and counselors.
- We’ll send you the monthly SAGE e-newsletter with the latest news that affects your gifted student. Plus, SAGE keeps close tabs on the Texas Legislature’s plans to fund gifted programs.
- Be part of SAGE’s network. Join or renew today!
- Our mission is to ensure gifted children in the Grapevine/Colleyville area reach their fullest potential by advocating on their behalf; connecting parents to valuable resources and to each other; and by educating and supporting their teachers and administrators.
Goals for 2017-2018
- Continue to work closely with teachers and administrators, focusing on expanding the teacher of the month program to include local campus recognition.
- Promote metrics and assessments for accountability – continue expansion of above level testing for ASPIRE, obtain better testing for GT kids in elementary, encourage the use of this data in student PLPs, identifying underserved GT students, and to strive for measurable growth.
- Increase SAGE engagement at the campus level with rotating meetings, inviting trustees, campus spotlight, cluster model, exec board mentors, and initiatives that help welcome and engage demographically underrepresented GT students.
- Continue increasing our performance numbers – hit the $18,000 mark on scholarship spending. Bring in $8,000 in memberships and $2,000 in fundraising. Target to have 225 families and 175 teacher members.
- Ensure continued optimization of ASPIRE Academy and ideal implementation of the ASPIRE HS plan.
- SAGE began in the fall of 2010 by a group of parents of gifted students in the gifted pull-out program then known as PAT. The parents came together from across GCISD to raise awareness of the unique needs of gifted students.
- 2011 brought our first annual membership drive, an expansion to include middle and high school families, and the chance to bring a unified voice to the gifted children of our area.
- Working in partnership with the district, members of our leadership team are serving on various district committees and are committed to advocating on behalf of these children.
SAGE Lifetime Achievements
- Provided input into the ASPIRE Academy expansion to middle school
- Served on GTAC for ASPIRE HS expansion in 2018
- Built relationship with the Advanced Academics Director
- Advanced Academics is a top district goal for the last 8 years
- Representation on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee which meets several times a year
- Enlisted SAGE teacher and parent representatives for each of our 19 campuses
- Enlisted the support of principals and held several campus meetings
- Increase in teachers with GT certification
- Over 150 teachers are SAGE members
- General SAGE membership has more than tripled
- Helped to gain more visibility and accessibility to the district telescoping program
- Provided input into the development and growth of the ASPIRE Academy for highly gifted kids
- Assisted in the implementation of several programs in the students’ regular classrooms (such as E2) to ensure that they can be challenged all of the time, not just when they are pulled out
- Provided input into the deeper clustering of GT kids in the classroom so that they can benefit from socially interacting and learning with each other
- Helped to ensure that curriculum changes were not detrimental to GT kids
- Provided over $10,000 in scholarships for classroom teachers to attend GT specific training as well as student scholarships for seniors
- Have hosted multiple showcases, nationally recognized authors, speakers, vendor fairs and parent events to educate and support our GT parents
- Collaborate with other GT parent groups around the state to bring in speakers and share best practices
- Host Lunch and Learns with district personnel
- Advocated for above level testing GT students
- Advocated for flexible scheduling and modes of learning at the secondary level to facilitate personalized learning
Below are examples of our frequent events. Click here for the latest announcements about upcoming events. Join SAGE to get our newsletter with lots of information.
- Speaker Series: Special speakers on topics pertinent to gifted education are scheduled throughout the year.
- Brown Bags and Coffee Chats are usually presentations with a Q&A, or informal conversations with a guest speaker.
- Summer Spotlight is our annual vendor fair for DFW-area camps, classes, and online learning. Local school districts, colleges and educational vendors will be represented. Browse exhibitors’ promotional materials and ask questions directly to representatives.
- Showcase offers GT students to display their science, visual arts and literary works.
- Community events in recent years include an area-wide TAGT Family Fun Night and a collaboration with Southlake to bring in Julie Lythcott-Haims.
These events are usually open to everyone with a charge at the door for non-members — and free to SAGE members! Join today.