HCL Resources 

State and Local Organizations for Gifted Learners

Resources for Families and Students During COVID-19

Social Emotional Supports

Learning Resources for Highly Capable Learners

Other Resources

Website Links to Associations & Organizations

Local Bellingham  HCL Parent Association

This is a local organization whose mission is to support high capable/gifted children by providing a forum for parents to:  Increase Awareness, Disseminate Information, Collectively Advocate, Encourage Development and Maintenance of School Programs, Support Legislation, Establish a Stronger Partnership with School Personnel. This Parent Association is a resource for information about services and activities available to your child in the area and a source of support for parents of HCL students.  You can find their website linked above.

Northwest Gifted Child Association:

This is a regional organization that provides support and information to parents of gifted children. It continues to help parents enhance and hone their parenting skills. It gives them tools to speak out for an appropriate gifted education and deal with this learning difference we call giftedness.

Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted

WAETAG is a non-profit Washington state organization which supports the education of gifted and talented persons through an annual conference for professionals and with a web site and newsletter filled with resources relevant to gifted youth and educators. Join this network of dedicated and concerned professionals who are continually striving to better meet the needs of gifted and talented youth in Washington State.

The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world.

National Association for Gifted Children

NAGC staff and leaders support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)

SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) located in Burlington, Wash. This parent group meets on Mondays beginning Jan. 7, 2019.

Helpful Articles & Resources

Upcoming Parent Night

Please mark your calendar for 6-8 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 17, when we are hosting a parent night for families of highly capable learners. Guest speaker Austina De Bonte will present on understanding and supporting the social and emotional needs of your highly capable learner.  Ms. De Bonte is an advocate for parents and educators of highly capable students and has a wealth of knowledge on this topic.  This flyer has more information about her and the workshop.

Guest Speaker Austina De Bonte
Understanding and Attending to the Social & Emotional Needs of Your Highly Capable Learner
6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 17, 2020
Online, via Zoom: https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/87665811124
No preregistration needed.

Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory (HCL PA)

Four meetings will be scheduled for the HCL Parent Advisory for the 2020-21 school year.  These meetings are opportunities for parents of students identified highly capable to meet to learn together, share resources, and to discuss various topics related to highly capable students’ supports, funding for services, and topics brought up by the group for discussion. Meetings are open to all, please come join in the learning, sharing and connection. No RSVP needed, just come and join in!  The agenda and zoom link for December 10 will be posted on or before December 1, along with the dates and times for remainder of meetings for 2020-21.  If you cannot attend and have ideas for this topic please email your input to Angie Ritchey.

2020-21 Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory Meetings

December 10, 2020  11:00 AM via Zoom

February, date and time to be determined

April, date to be determined

June, date to be determined

For the 2019-20 school year we had a learning focus that will thread through the  parent advisory meetings around the social and emotional learning needs of students, especially targeted toward the needs of gifted students.  This included the topics of anxiety, self-management, relationship skills, and other related topics identified by the group at the November meeting.  Meetings, minutes and presentations can be found on the Highly Capable Learners Parent Advisory webpage or linked here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 9:45 – 11:00 AM at the District Office

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Cancelled due to COVID-19 closure

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9:45 – 11:00 AM, cancelled



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