PAGE President’s Letter
Thank you to the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) for allowing me to serve as your President. It is an honor and privilege to have the trust of my fellow board and general membership to lead this outstanding organization. I am excited to continue the forward momentum of our past president, Dr. Kali Fedor. This is currently an exciting time for gifted education in PA.
The PAGE leadership has maintained our connections with PDE and we are excited PDE will continue to have a presence at our conference in November 2023. PAGE continues to provide Act 48 and Act 45 service hours to assist teachers and administrators learn about gifted education in the state of Pennsylvania. We are continuing to increase our available trainings beyond our annual conference for teachers, administrators, and parents across the state. Over the course of the last several months, the PAGE leadership started a Parent to Parent (P2P) monthly webinar with more detailed presentations provided to the PAGE membership. Along with these
educational efforts, we will be offering more registration discounts to our members for these trainings.
In our efforts to increase opportunities for our members, PAGE has been working on innovative partnerships with other organizations and businesses both within PA and beyond. This year, I spoke for the country of Slovenia through the International Education Center, the Council for Exceptional Children, and will present twice at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference with Dr. Fedor. I have a passion for expanding my advocacy efforts in today’s global society for gifted students. I have created partnerships with the G Word and Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). The connections with people from all over the country and around the world are imperative to make PAGE a futuristic thinking organization. The connections also lead to sharing of information and discussions on partnerships, along with sharing of resources to benefit our members.
Our annual conference is always the highlight of our year and this year will be no exception. Our conference committee is busy at work confirming session speakers and hopes to have the full schedule released soon. We are excited to have Dr. Christine Deitz and Dr. Matthew Zakreski as this year’s keynotes. In addition, we have an amazing lineup of exhibitors for this year’s conference and super Raffle baskets. Don’t miss these opportunities! Get registered for the conference today!
In addition to empowering educators and parents through awareness, action, and education opportunities, advocacy efforts to increase opportunities and funding for our PA gifted students is still a major part of PAGE’s mission. We are continually in contact with our state legislators and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. To continue these efforts, PAGE will continue to participate in NAGC’s Legislative and Advocacy Conference in the Washington, D.C. area. Please continue to share with us your most
pressing concerns so we can include these issues with our state’s leadership. In order to gain entry to these face-to-face meetings, membership matters! We are often asked how many people in PA we are representing prior to scheduling a meeting with our legislators and to share personal stories with them for just how our requests can impact students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders across the state.
So, if you are not a member, now would be a great time to join and receive discounts, access to special events, special emails/newsletters with legislative (state and national) happenings, advocacy tips, and other upcoming opportunities from our growing partnership efforts with other organizations.
Together we are stronger and can continue to make positive changes for our gifted learners across the state!
I look forward to seeing you all at the conference in November!
Dr. Ciminy St. Clair