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VA Gifted Statement

The Virginia Association for the Gifted (VA Gifted) stands up against systemic and institutional racism and is dedicated to the ideal that all children must be challenged academically and supported to pursue rigorous academic pathways.

We believe that gifted students come from a wide range of backgrounds. We realize that students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are underrepresented in many gifted programs and that educators and policy makers must make intentional efforts to ensure that gifted education programs reflect their communities.  The organization is committed to increasing awareness of this issue and supporting gifted educators in their efforts to better meet the needs of gifted students from all backgrounds.

We support the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) message that “the lives of Black gifted students, their families, and Black educators and scholars matter.” Please read the article NAGC Denounces Racism and Stands for Social Justice.


Identifying and serving culturally and linguistically diverse students enriches the fabric of gifted education and cultivates what is still an untapped national resource.


- National Association for Gifted Children

Our Vision

The Virginia Association for the Gifted and its members connect and empower parents, students, and educators to be active and innovative advocates for appropriate instruction, services, and opportunities for gifted and talented learners.

Our Mission

The Virginia Association for the Gifted is comprised of a network of educators, parents, and community members, guided by current research, who work collaboratively to advocate for the needs of gifted and talented learners. The association provides resources, information, and professional development to improve the quality of education in the Commonwealth.

About Us

VAG was founded in 1977 to support gifted education. We publish periodic electronic newsletters; organize a statewide conference in odd numbered years; organize a statewide seminar in even numbered years; support research in gifted education; support specialized professional preparation for educators of the gifted; and recognize outstanding educators for their contributions to gifted learners. Membership is open to individuals who are interested in the education of the gifted.




Note: Not all listed programs are specifically structured for gifted students. Some programs may have a cost associated with participation. Some programs may offer scholarships. Reference within this presentation to any specific commercial or non-commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Association for the Gifted. 



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