2018-2019

Goal 1: SAGE educates our community about giftedness.

  • SAGE won 2018 State Parent Group of the Year from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. We were recognized at the TAGT state conference and at a GCISD school board meeting.
  • SAGE Campus Representatives attended Campus GT LEAD Curriculum Nights
  • SAGE Campus Representatives and Board attended “Java with Julie” meetings and connected with principals, GT Specialists, parents
  • SAGE Member Coffee Chat – SAGE kick-off and discussion
  • Gifted Pathways Event breakout sessions:
    • panel featuring GT parents and students
    • Gifted 101, Cindy Garcia
    • Perfectionism, Lisa Van Gemert
    • NuMinds, helping kids find their element
  • Continued our strong Facebook presence
    • Followers:
      • August 2018 – 858
      • January 2019 – 974
      • June 2019 – 1074
    • Average Daily Reach (people who viewed any content):
      • 2018 January to July: 175
      • 2018 July to December: 238
      • 2019 January to June: 340
  • Continued our Twitter presence
    • Followers increased
      • 293 in July 2018
      • 359 in December 2018
      • 408 in June 2019
    • Impressions increased
      • June to December 2017 = 23,760
      • June to December 2018 = 94,000
      • January to June 2019 = 100,600
  • Summer Spotlight event featured local camps and classes offering challenging summer activities

Goal 2: SAGE promotes “well-being” in addition to academic achievement …

  • Evening Program: Julie Leslie “Slaying the Giants Within”
  • Previewed social-emotional support Parent Discussion Groups 4 times
  • Hosted Aphelion Craft for a Cause art workshop
  • Advocated for sending counselors to TAGT giftED18 conference
  • Facilitated Spring Understanding Social/Emotional Parent Discussion Group
  • Summer Spotlight

… and aims to help gifted & talented (GT) students learn to self-advocate.

  • Gifted Pathways:
    • Gifted Guru, Lisa Van Gemert on underachievement
    • Julie Leslie, conversations for college and career
    • Panel of high school students
    • KD College Prep – preparing for SAT/ACT
  • SAGE Meeting: Choosing GT/AP High School Classes – Jan. 30

Goal 3: SAGE supports all GT students …

  • SAGE provided $2700 for 10 teachers’ TAGT conference registrations
  • Funded training for 60 educators in Summer Training Workshops: Clint Rodriguez and NuMinds
  • Promoted GT Teachers’ Wish Lists for classroom materials
  • SAGE Member Meeting: Evening Program: Get Ready for College – Ducerus
  • SAGE Member Meeting: Choosing GT/AP High School Classes (with counselors)
  • SAGE Java with Julie at OCT, GES (with BCES & HES), SLES (with DES), CES
  • SAGE Member Meeting: Coffee Chat: Dept. of Science Argument Driven Inquiry demo
  • Crowdfunded $2000 to purchase Sphero Bolt robots for GT LEAD elementary gifted classes
  • Coordinated volunteers for GT LEAD’s LIVE19 conference for 5th graders
  • Supported GHS “Make it Memorable” event
  • Individually supported GCISD Education Foundation “Celebrating Our Stars” event
  • Advocated for additional district-level support for gifted students

… We also recognize the unique needs of three particular segments of our gifted population:

  • twice-exceptional (2e)
    • Named a parent Representative for “2e Special Interest Group” Gifted Pathways breakout on 2e
    • Purchased “2e: The Movie” for the SAGE lending library
    • Hosted a movie night and discussion facilitated by Gypsy Mishoe
  • under-identified populations
    • Named a Parent Representative for “GT & Spanish Speaking Special Interest Group”
    • Met with 2 GT Specialists, Assistant Principal, Community Liaison
    • Attended Silver Lake “Java with Julie” with live Spanish translator and met Spanish-speaking GT parents
    • Created a WhatsApp chat group for GT Parents who speak Spanish
    • Granted $400 to attend TAGT Gifted Equity Plus Conference to Cindy Garcia, GCISD Advanced Academics Instructional Coach
  • highly gifted
    • Frequent discussions with admin, parents and students about ASPIRE
    • Met with Administrators
    • Java with Julie/Coffee with Principal – hosted at all 3 ASPIRE Campuses
    • Provided lunch for teachers on ASPIRE High School Curriculum Design Days
    • Advocated for dedicated ASPIRE HS counselor
    • Supported ASPIRE HS presentation at GHS Mustang Nation Night
    • Participated in GTAC’s creation of ASPIRE Teacher Profile to be used in hiring
    • Advocated for hiring and announcing ASPIRE HS teachers as soon as possible
    • Advocated to the School Board and Administrators for ASPIRE
    • Hosted ASPIRE Middle fundraiser/social in March – Pi Day Pizza Party
    • Hosted ASPIRE High School family social and meet the teachers in May
    • Hosted ASPIRE Elementary Q&A and Coffee with the Principal
    • Coordinating ASPIRE HS t-shirt orders
    • Supported “Make It Memorable” GHS event through marketing and finding subject-matter experts
    • Awarded SAGE GT Educator Grants for classroom materials to: Christina Hayes, ASPIRE 5th; Kimberly Lackey, Debra Graves, Dawn LeBleu, Amanda Guthrie, ASPIRE High School.
    • Received a $1000 donation for ASPIRE High School

Goal 4: SAGE recognizes outstanding students …

  • 2019 Senior Scholarship to Ruth Schlenker for $1000
  • Supported GHS “Make it Memorable” event
  • SAGE members personally individually supported and attended GCISD Education Foundation “Celebrating Our Stars” event

…. and educators in our gifted community.

  • Awarded the Inaugural Sherry Hamilton Memorial GT Educator Award for $500 to Allyson Dickinson, Glenhope ASPIRE
  • Received a $500 donation from the Hamilton Family for next year’s award
  • Honored 8 GT Educators of the Month
  • Back to School Teacher Appreciation – pop cans “You’re going to Crush this year”
  • Winter School Board Appreciation – candy and thank you notes
  • Spring GT Specialist Appreciation – light bulb cookies
  • Thank you & birthday recognitions for Advanced Academics Director

Goal 5: SAGE continues to build our solid network of involved and informed GT advocates.

  • Teacher and Parent Membership Drive
  • Hosted Facebook Groups for every school; SAGE membership not required
  • Summer 2018 Social – Popsicles and Popcorn at Parr Park
  • Hosted Family Fun Night and Fundraiser at Dave & Buster’s
  • Connected with 60+ GCISD teachers and counselors at TAGT giftED18
  • Hosted networking reception for teachers attending TAGT conference
  • Hosted SAGE Moms’ Social at Sloan and Williams Winery; raised $
  • Hosted GT Kids playdate at Central Market for elementary families
  • Hosted Appreciation Reception for all GCISD Ad Building staff

Advocacy and Planning Accomplishments

  • Hosted GCISD Board of Trustees candidate panel
  • Sent two GCISD gifted students to Austin to advocate for GT funding by testifying before the Senate Education Committee, April 2019
  • Raised awareness about GT funding with elected officials (Stickland, Powell, Capriglione, Nelson) at PTA Rally Day, emails, phone calls, tweets
  • Conference call with Rep. Capriglione post-session
  • Networked and built relationships with DFW-area parent group leaders
  • SAGE President served on a panel in Northwest ISD about forming a parent group
  • 8 Campus Rep Meetings
  • 8 Executive Board Meetings
  • Exec Board had meetings with top administrators, principals, counselors, teachers
  • Actively participated in TAGT’s Parent Support Group phone calls and planning
  • Participants from SAGE and the GT community served on GCISD’s LEAD 2.0 planning
  • Streamlined membership, financial, and communications with MySchoolAnywhere app
  • Summer Exec Board Planning Retreat
  • Annual Member Satisfaction Survey

SAGE Accomplishments 2017-2018

  • SAGE funded training for more than 60 educators and provided grants for classroom materials.
  • SAGE’s campus-level fundraising provided needed classroom resources and assessment materials for teachers and administrators. We also began featuring GT educators’ online classroom wishlists on our website.
  • SAGE honored one outstanding GT Educator per month, nominated by parents or students.
  • SAGE funded our third $1000 scholarship for a graduating GT senior’s college tuition.
  • SAGE’s monthly Coffee Chats and Brown Bags featured key district personnel, including GCISD’s Director of Advanced Academics, Director of Math, Director of Testing, Exec Director of Learning.
  • SAGE’s campus-level events featured district personnel including our Deputy Superintendent, Principals, Counselors, GT Specialists, and Educators. Events included Coffee + Q&As (OCT, GES, GHES, CTMS), Dessert & Discussion (CMS), pool parties (GHES ASPIRE, CTMS GT/ASPIRE); a spaghetti dinner (CTMS), and a district-wide GT playdate (hosted by OCT).
  • SAGE’s second annual “Gifted Pathways” event featured a keynote about “Best Practices in Gifted Advocacy,” and two breakout tracks for elementary and secondary families featuring Gifted 101, insights from National Merit Scholars, KD College Prep, and a dozen district counselors answering specific questions. Attendees could sign up for a time slot to chat with a GT expert.
  • SAGE partnered with Southlake’s gifted parents for a “Digital Learning” event featuring a globally known, young entrepreneur Travis Allen giving three keynote speeches plus a fun family escape room learning experience.
  • SAGE facilitated a 6-week parent discussion group during which participants read and discussed a book about supporting our children’s social and emotional needs.
  • SAGE has a new advocacy partner for our twice-exceptional (2e) learners, with the group BOLD. We presented about gifted learning differences in a session at BOLD’s inaugural event.
  • SAGE hosted a reception honoring GCISD’s retiring and incoming Directors of Advanced Academics.
  • SAGE hosted a forum for school board trustee candidates that focused specifically on gifted education.
  • SAGE was present at the Rachel’s Challenge event in support of spreading kindness in our district.
  • SAGE’s “top tier colleges” session featured the Counseling Department once again giving their first-hand reports of college visits.
  • SAGE hosted a vendor fair of camps and classes that would be challenging and enriching for gifted students, and included a Q&A panel of diverse GT parents.
  • SAGE hosted a fundraising social at Dave and Buster’s and are hosting a playground social in late July.

SAGE Achievements prior to 2018

  • 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