The Montana STEM Girls Collaborative is a state chapter of a national effort to encourage girls to study science, technology, engineering and math. A $2,000 mini grant is available to teachers who have projects intended to promote STEM studies for girls. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2014 Click here for more information!
Are you looking for a summer opportunities for your gifted child? Follow the links to learn more about Peaks and Potentials Camp held June 15-20 and Montana State University in Bozeman. Students entering grades 5, 6, and 7 can participate in a week long program specifically designed for gifted students.
The 2014 AGATE conference was a huge success! Teachers all over the state of Montana traveled to Billings to hear Keynote speakers Bertie Kingore and Brian Housand teach about best practices in Gifted Education at the Billings Crown Plaza Hotel April 3 and 4, 2014. Teachers chose from over thirty different breakout sessions about topics such as technology, twice exceptional students, differentiation, the workshop model, problem solving and so much more! Parents of gifted students were invited to take part in many sessions as well as a panel discussion titled "An Evening with the Experts." The SAT Challenge Scholarship Awards Ceremony brought the event to a close as students from Montana were recognized for their participation in the 2014 SAT challenge and AGATE summer scholarship awards. We hope to see you next year for our 35th annual spring conference in Helena, April 9-10, 2015!
Bertie Kingore talks rigor with Montana teachers April 3, 2014
Montana teachers participate in small group activities during Bertie Kingore's key note speech.
Montana teachers explore resources provided by vendors during AGATE 2014, Billings MT.
Terri Porisch, Estee Aiken and Tamara Fisher share their wisdom during the discussion panel "An Evening with the Experts" Thursday April 3, 2014
Keynote Speaker, Brian Housand about talked about technology and "geeking out" during his lecture, "The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth" Friday morning.
Gayle Roege teaches Montana educators about finding artistically gifted adolescents in rural schools during a breakout session Friday afternoon.
SAT Challenge winners, Billings MT, April 4, 2014
Do you know a someone whose product or service is perfect for gifted kids or their teachers? Maybe a counselor or psychologist that wants to focus on gifted kids, a summer camp, a provider of enrichment materials, a publisher, an author, a toy company?
Encourage them to have a presence at the Montana AGATE spring conference, either by exhibiting (just $70/table) or providing materials that we can insert in the tote bags we give out to attendees ($50 to $60/insert).
They win by getting their name and product/service in front of over 200 attendees. The attendees win by learning about services they or their kids may want to take advantage of. And Montana AGATE brings in some extra cash, which helps us keep conference registration fees down so that more people can attend.
All the details are on our Conference page, under the Exhibition & Sponsorship Opportunities heading.
And the winners of the Montana AGATE mini-grants are.....listed here.
Is someone you know a winner? Tell 'em "congrats".
And if you're not a winner this year, start thinking about what project you might want to propose for next year's grant.
In 2012, Montana AGATE trained a group of people as facilitators for SENG-Model (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Parent Groups. Now Bozeman is starting its third group on January 14, 2014.
If you'd like to be a part of this group, and gain insights on parenting gifted children from other parents and from reading the guidebook that will be discussed by the group, get more details from the Gallatin Gifted Group website.
If you live in Missoula or Bozeman areas, you may want to participate in the local gifted parents' Facebook groups, COMPASS POINTS and Gallatin Gifted Group. You'll find out about the local group's events, plus other opportunities for gifted kids in the area. We're looking forward to seeing your posts about things of interest for families of gifted kids, too.
Whether you live there, or elsewhere in Montana, you still want to "like" Montana AGATE's Facebook page.
Does anyone want to start a Facebook group for gifted parents elsewhere in the state? We'll be happy to help publicize it.
Your 7th or 8th grader can take the SAT, find out how he or she compares to other gifted middle-schoolers, and potentially earn a $300 scholarship. How? By signing up for the Montana AGATE SAT Challenge.
Deadlines are looming, though. November 25 is the late registration date for the December 7th SAT test. December 27th is the regular registration deadline for the January 25th SAT.
Consult the SAT Challenge flyer or read more on our website.
AGATE's 2013 mini-grant competition has now started. If you'd like to receive up to $500 to fund a project that will enrich the lives and education of the gifted students in your class, send in your application by December 6, 2013. Winners will be announced in January.
Full details are on our website here.
If you want to tell others, download and print copies of this mini-grant flyer.
Gifted kids need to have opportunities to be with other gifted kids in order to find friends with similar interests. Here’s a way to facilitate that…
Destination ImagiNation is a fantastic program to help kids unleash their creativity. It is usually done as a weekly after-school program with teams competing at the end of the year. But sometimes it is difficult to get kids to sign up for “DI” and make a commitment to be part of team. Here’s a chance to let your gifted kid “try on” Destination ImagiNation for just one evening, and see if he or she likes it before making a commitment.
Elementary students (K-5) will work to solve up to five Instant Challenges at “Creaturz Cache”: