It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the dissolution of RIAGE. On November 14th, 2011 the Executive Board voted to dissolve the organization. The website will remain registered to serve as a resource for those seeking information regarding gifted and talented. Members who have paid membership in 2011 will be refunded. If you have not received a refund please contact me at chaslyn45@aol.com and I will process a reimbursement for you. All inquiries regarding specific gifted and talented services available in RI should be forwarded to Commissioner Gist at the Department of Education. 

I, personally, am unable to continue leading RIAGE. It has been an honor and pleasure meeting people throughout the state, trying to be a support for parents, teachers and children. I hope RIAGE has been of value to all who have sought support and understanding regarding gifted and talented. Gifted children need advocates. Don’t give up the fight!

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Commissioner Gist Hosts Information Meeting

by Carolyn on January 11, 2011

Attend a Meeting with Commissioner Gist

Do you have someone in a RI public school? A son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild? Are you a concerned resident of the state of Rhode Island? If you have concerns about the public school system, please register and attend this important meeting. Ask questions. Get involved ! Our children need us to be involved! They think you are not interested in our children’s education. We need to fill the room. We need all your voices to make a strong statement.

Join Us on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 6:00pm. Email to register at: ranonnie2@gmail.com or call the Office of Family and Community Engagement 401.456.0686

It’s all about CHILDREN !

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RIC Early Enrollment Program

December 17, 2010

The Early Enrollment Program(EEP) at Rhode Island College The following information on RIC’s Early Enrollment Program was found in the April 9, 2007 edition of What’s News @ Rhode Island College.

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Gifted Children: Nurturing Genius

December 16, 2010

A three part article in the Psychology Today blog by Joseph Cardillo. The author says, “It is my hope that this series of posts on gifted children helps answer some common questions for the parents of gifted youth, establish some camaraderie, dialogue, and strategy among us for nurturing them, and perhaps inspire our educators to [...]

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Scholars’ Academy in New Hampshire

December 16, 2010

Watch Capitol Access Episode 120: School for the Gifted. Denis and Lydia interview Kate Baker Richards, founder and executive vice-chair of the nonprofit Scholars’ Academy NH, a private school for gifted children. Topics include identifying gifted children, the special needs of gifted children, and differing education methodologies.

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Many Gifted Children Fail Academically

December 16, 2010

It may seem contradictory, yet many gifted children struggle academically. Some 33 to 50 percent of intellectually precocious children will fail at least once in their academic career. According to a 2003 study, a mere 40 percent of gifted children will complete an undergraduate degree or pursue graduate studies. The rest drop out. Learn more…

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No Male/Female Difference in Math Ability

December 16, 2010

Culture, Not Biology, Underpins Math Gender Gap ScienceDaily (June 2, 2009) — For more than a century, the notion that females are innately less capable than males at doing mathematics, especially at the highest levels, has persisted in even the loftiest circles. Now, however, in an analysis of contemporary data published June 1 in the [...]

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Poor, Bright Suffer from RI Neglect

December 16, 2010

Poor, Bright Suffer from R.I.’s Neglect (PDF file) Year after year, Rhode Island lags far behind other states in supporting high-ability learners. Our state’s gifted-education policy was last revised in 1982, requires no specialized instruction for gifted students and – perhaps most telling – dedicates not a single dollar to gifted education. Teachers are not [...]

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One-Size-Fits-All a Failure

December 16, 2010

A one-size-fits-all approach to learning doesn’t suit today’s classrooms It is our duty to nurture and celebrate potential in gifted and talented children. I manage gifted and talented provision in 30 schools, and I see examples of how it provides opportunities for all children and offers challenges appropriate to their individual needs every day. The [...]

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Brightness at Risk

December 16, 2010

School is a largely meaningless exercise for our highest-performing students. Instead of eagerly anticipating a new beginning, most gifted students suffer through the first half of the school year in a state of boredom as their days are wasted with needless reviews of subject matter they’ve already mastered. Often, these learners see the holidays come [...]

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