What is the NZAGC?
The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) exists to promote the needs of gifted kids at national level and support and foster initiatives at local level which meet those needs.
Our Constitution puts this more formally as:
"NZAGC will champion the cause of gifted children at home, in their schooling and beyond. NZAGC will foster the educational and social development of gifted children through the achievement of a climate in
which giftedness is recognised, understood and accepted as a valuable human attribute and in which the special needs of gifted children are met fully, effectively and with generosity."
The NZAGC provides an environment where gifted children, their parents, teachers and other education professionals can meet, learn from each other and help each other. Please use this website to make contact with members or others who can assist.
Membership of the NZAGC is for individuals, associations or schools who wish to support the goals of the Association and keep in contact with us; for parents of gifted children who do not live near a branch; and for others with a professional interest in the field. Our committee (National Council) is made up of parents, professionals and gifted education advisors.
The autonomous regional branches
organise activities - clubdays, speakers, parent evenings and so on - where gifted children and their parents can find support, friendship and stimulation. Each branch has a representative on the National Council.
We have an extensive library. Members can borrow items for just the
cost of the return postage.
NZAGC publishes Tall Poppies, a magazine aimed at the family of the gifted child and professionals involved with child development; and Apex®, the New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education, a peer-reviewed annual publication for professionals with an interest in the education of gifted students.
An online forum allows an open and frank discussion on any issues regarding giftedness. This is a good place to start if you are still coming to terms with this 'gifted' thing.
Goals of NZAGC
- To raise public and professional awareness and understanding of giftedness as the essential platform for the
recognition and fulfilment of the needs of the child.
In keeping with the principle of equity, to promote improved provisions to ensure gifted children receive an
education appropriate to their abilities and needs.
To support families belonging to the organisation, to empower them in their decision making and family life, in
relation to their gifted child.
- To support educators belonging to the organisation to empower them in their decision making and teaching of the
- To provide and promote access to information and resources regarding giftedness and gifted children to relevant
individuals and groups.
To encourage research into giftedness.
- To encourage and actively support branches in meeting members needs.
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