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The mission of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children is to provide advocacy leadership, and support to assist educators, parents, and community partners in meeting the educational and affective needs of gifted children and youth in Alabama.

Gifted Education Month was a success!  Thank you everyone who reached out to their elected officials.  It's not too late and this is definitely an ongoing effort.  Need to know what to do?  Check out our Advocacy page at https://alabamagifted.org/advocacy Our gifted students deserve to learn something new every single day.

PD Webinar Series and Parent Webinar

February 21, 2023, 6:00 pm CT

Mental Health and Well-being: Dispelling Myths About Gifted Learners

Young exceptional students exhibit a startling depth and sensitivity in their emotions. Contrary to popular opinion, some aspects of a gifted child's giftedness may affect or magnify their experience with mental health issues. In addition to debunking common myths about the capacity of gifted students to manage their complex emotional nuances and sensitivity, this session will go through techniques that may encourage healthy growth and mental well-being.

Dr. Sherrionda H. Crawford is a Professor of School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation & Interpreter Training at Troy University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Georgia and Alabama, and a Certified School Counselor in the state of Alabama. Before becoming a professor at Troy University, she provided valuable counseling services to children and adults in clinical and school counseling settings. Dr. Crawford actively volunteers for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a scholarship reviewer and mentor. Her research interests include trends in school counseling to include interpersonal violence and suicide prevention across the lifespan and skill acquisition for counselors-in-training.

Dr. Kanessa Miller Doss is an Associate Professor of Psychology and COE Director of Operations- Montgomery Campus at Troy University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Doss is also a certified School Counselor and School Psychologist in the state of Alabama. She has nine years of experience as a public-school educator. Dr. Doss is also a certified QPR Gatekeeper in Suicide Prevention Training instructor. She is a member and board member of several professional organizations. Her research interests are social-emotional functioning with an emphasis on school/college campus violence, bullying, school psychology advocacy, youth suicide, and accessibility issues.

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AAGC is pleased to announce two monthly podcasts.  Have you listened yet?


 AAGC Gifted Chat Podcast  is a 15-20 minute conversation with leaders in the field of gifted discussing topics important to them. Then after you listen to the podcast, join the conversation on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/AAGCGiftedChat. Each Gifted Chat episode will have a separate post on FB with questions to continue the conversation and share ideas and resources.



Think Like a....where we will explore different professions to see what it takes to be successful.  We hope you will join us each month to listen to a conversation with a professional in a career.  We will learn what skills are required to be successful and education requirements, and what you really do in this career.

Already a member?  Login with your AAGC credentials to take advantage of our webinars for parents and educators!

Gifted advocacy takes a year-round effort.   We made great strides this last legislative year but we are far from the much needed funds to make full-funding a reality.  Share what is happening in your classroom on all your social media outlets.  Reach out to your elected officials.  Until gifted education is fully funded, we will still strive for that goal!  Go here, to find out what you can do!

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Birmingham, AL 35243

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