The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background who see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation.
Chartered in 1978, TAGT is the nation’s largest state advocacy group of its kind, providing more than 3,000 members a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of G/T students. TAGT recognizes the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students and provides educational services to meet these needs. TAGT is statewide, individual membership association and is classified as a 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofit organization.
TAGT Vision Statement
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented strives to positively impact the lives of gifted and talented individuals by providing relevant, innovative programs and services through an engaged, diverse membership.
TAGT Mission Statement
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented individuals through awareness, advocacy, and action.
TAGT Guiding Principles
In 2020, TAGT leadership adopted guiding principles to shape and inform the organization's initiatives, programs, and services. These principles are:
- Promote Equity in All Aspects of Gifted Education: We are committed to changing practices, structures and policies to realize educational equity for all children.
- Support Intentional Student Learning Environments: We believe students should be provided daily an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with their abilities and are available during the school day as well as the entire school year
- Empower the Whole Gifted Child: To empower gifted students and ensure they reach their full potential, we believe the needs of the Whole Gifted Child should be understood, addressed, and honored.
- Enable Continuous Listening and Learning: As professionals and parents, we believe in engaging our community with curiosity and a growth mindset.
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TAGT Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Definitions
TAGT connects and empowers families and educators to respond to the unique needs of gifted individuals. In order to strengthen our community, increase access, and benefit from divergent perspectives, TAGT will utilize the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion lens for all association endeavors.
- Equity: As an organization, TAGT acknowledges that institutional barriers exist in educational systems, creating unbalanced conditions. TAGT strives to identify and remove barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups through continual and responsive engagement with stakeholders. TAGT will work dynamically to provide resources, share knowledge, and create a community committed to collaborating, learning, and serving each other.
- Diversity: TAGT affirms, values, and embraces the presence of differences within educational systems and in all stakeholders. TAGT strives to provide positive and constructive environments in which its members are empowered to explore these differences. TAGT envisions a community that reflects the differences in its stakeholders' experiences, backgrounds, roles, race/ethnicities, genders, and geographies.
- Inclusion: As an organization, TAGT fosters a sense of belonging by valuing the inherent worth of all perspectives, experiences, and expertise. By embracing these differences, TAGT members are empowered to authentically and actively contribute to the association community, programs, and services.