President’s Welcome Letter

First I want to thank the PAGE  for allowing me to serve as President and be a part of an organization that not only gives knowledge back but allows friendships to be created within the gifted community to advocate for gifted kids.   I am following the footsteps of some great leaders and hope to serve you as well as they have.  This organization had its origins in the Pennsylvania Association for the Study and Education of the Mentally Gifted (PASEMG) which emerged from a Conference on Gifted Children and Youth held May, 1951 at Pennsylvania State College. This conference had been organized by Margaret A. Neuber, Chairperson of the Special Education Department at Penn State; and, Dr. Hedwig O. Pregler, Principal of Colfax School in Pittsburgh, early pioneers in gifted education. In November, 1951, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Pregler was elected President. At a meeting in Pittsburgh on May 16-17, 1952, a constitution was adopted which established the name of the organization as “The Pennsylvania Association for the Study and Education of the Mentally Gifted.” This name remained until the Association approved the change to “Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education,” on September 24, 1977. The  individuals who formed this organization were motivated and persistent in pursuing a goal of success and advocacy for gifted education in PA.

This next year becomes a challenge for the board as they start developing committees for policies, brand awareness, growing and supporting affiliates,  writing grants, publications, writing guidelines for underserved gifted students and the conference so we can become more beneficial to our members. These committees will work together to produce products, procedures and supports that will help to move PAGE forward.  Our board is excited about the opportunity continue  to give something back to our membership and to gifted students.

For our current members and perspective members I want to assure you that the intention of this board is to grow PAGE and gifted services.  We will stay focused on remaining as a benefit to our members and gifted kids and also stay current with best practice standards and requirements.  I Look forward to a productive successful year and invite each of you to participate on the committees, and most important become involved.

Regards

Nanda Mitra-Itle

President of PAGE