Fairfax County Association for the Gifted

Fairfax County Association for the Gifted

Building a community of advocates for gifted children and
connecting the people and programs that support them.


The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG), is a non-governmental, non-profit organization of parent and student volunteers that supports educational programs for advanced academic students. FCAG's primary activity is advocacy for gifted students. In addition to advocacy, FCAG hosts meetings with distinguished speakers that are free and open to the public, sponsors math contests such as the AMC 8 and AMC 10, and annually hosts a Summer Academic Programs and Enrichment Camp Fair. FCAG also publishes newsletters and hosts a free, online, interactive Yahoo discussion group with over 2000 participants. You do not need to be a resident of Fairfax County to join the organization.

Join FCAG to support these efforts!

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Newsfeed and Online Discussion

Visit the FCAG Yahoo Groups Discussion Page.

Follow us on Twitter at @FCAGifted

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Update Budget Task Force

Fairfax County is considering scenarios for extreme budget cuts. These cuts will will be felt by all of us, and could affect many programs for gifted kids, including AAP and the music programs in the elementary and middle schools, AP and IB offerings, and Thomas Jefferson High School. FCAG has met with the Chair of the Budget Task Force, who makes a recommendation to Karen Garza about where to save money. FCAG and will meet with the Chair again next week. The preliminary list of budget cut items can be found here. It includes, among many items, eliminating AAP Centers, eliminating bus service to Centers for students who have a Local Level IV AAP, reducing funding for TJ by eliminating its 8th period, delaying the music program in elementary school by a year. It also proposed significant class size increases, which impacts all kids and could result in reduced high school advanced course offerings.

What messages should FCAG convey to the Budget Task Force? Join the conversation. Email your thoughts to Aditya at president@fcag.org or Rebecca at vicepresident@fcag.org or call Rebecca at 703-994-3762.

There are two upcoming public meetings where our voice can be heard.
Please consider attending, asking pointed questions, and speaking. We really need more people to step up for funding gifted education.

Wednesday, September 9 at South Lakes High School from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 12 at Mount Vernon High School from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Competition: Helpful or Harmful?

On June 1, 2015 at 7 pm at Jackson Middle School, FCAG presented a provocative discussion featuring Ashley Merryman, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing". The crew from HBO's acclaimed show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" filmed this event as part of a segment they are preparing on Ashley Merryman.

Panelists:

  • Featuring author Ashley Merryman, who is changing the dialog regarding competition and helping us discover what truly lies in the heart and mind of a champion. From soccer to the SAT, Top Dog explains how neuroscience and character combine with ability and training to create winning and losing outcomes. Her New York Times essay "Losing is Good For You" challenges the practice of indiscriminate praise and reward, prompting us to evaluate participation trophies and re-think what really motivates excellence.
  • Olympic figure skating coach and US National Medalist Audrey Weisiger, President and Founder of Grassroots to Champions, mentoring the next generation of champions and their coaches.

Moderated by Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association. Specialist in psychological strength training.

This is the flyer for the event.

If you would like to make a donation to FCAG to support our costs and allow us to bring more events like this one to you, please donate

any amount your like through Paypal or become a member.

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FCAG held a year-end General Membership Meeting on June 1, 2015

FCAG held a year-end General Membership Meeting on June 1 at 6:00 pm at Luther Jackson Middle School in the auditorium.

FCAG's new elected offices for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • President - Aditya Bhatnagar
  • Vice President - Rebecca Goldin
  • Treasurer - Jane Guo
  • Secretary - Nancy Levonian

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ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS
FOR TWICE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS:
TOOLS FOR SOCIAL & ACADEMIC SUCCESS

February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Luther Jackson Middle School

Panelists:

  • Dr. Carol Horn, K-12 Coordinator, Advanced Academic Programs, FCPS
  • Dr. Karin Varblow, M.D., board-certified pediatrician with expertise in Behavioral Pediatrics and treating children with ADHD
  • Michael Bloom, Coordinator, PreK-12 Special Ed Instruction, FCPS

The unique needs of Twice Exceptional, or 2e learners, can be challenging for everyone, especially the 2e student. Have you ever wondered why your gifted child or another child you know struggles when he/she should be smart enough to "figure it out?"

The presentations are posted here:

Calendar

News

FCAG has met several times with the Chair of the Budget Task force about the recommendations to Dr. Karen Garza regarding the FCPS budget.

FCAG was invited to be part of the TJ Admissions Advisory Group for FCPS. Read FCAG's newsfeed for more information.

 

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