Learn about additional organizations that offer support, advocacy, and services to students.
Center for Advanced Academics
The Center for Advanced Academics (CAA) is a partnership between the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the U.S. Department of Education. The Center houses the MPS Online Academy, Project A, and Smart Spaces Programming, and provides talented online and blended programming to middle school students throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network
Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network (GDCALN) is a non-profit organization serving 35-40 schools in the Greater Dane County area. The organization holds five annual meetings, affording the opportunity for educators to collaborate, review, and plan for each school year—working in cooperation with other organizations such as The Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG), Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), and the UW Office of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
National Association for Gifted Children
For over 50 years, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has worked to increase public awareness surrounding the unique needs of the estimated 3,000,000 gifted students in the United States today. The 8,000+ members of NAGC work on behalf of these students and invest all of their resources into training teachers, encouraging parents, and educating policymakers and administrators on how to develop and support gifted children.
Northwestern Center for Talent Development
Center for Talent Development’s (CTD) central goals are talent identification, talent development, research, and advocacy. CTD provides a vast array of advanced, gifted programs for academically talented students.
Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) offers assessment and targeted resources to help gifted students in the Midwest reach their full potential, including the EXPLORE test for grades 3-6 and the ACT or SAT for students in grades 7-9. NUMATS provides the tools necessary for parents and teachers to help gifted students find a path from high potential to exceptional achievement.
Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network
The Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network offers student programming, staff development, and professional networking to meet the needs of gifted kids in southeastern Wisconsin.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) is dedicated to fostering environments where gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are in turn understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. The SENG Model Parent Group of Madison is a group of parents, concerned with the welfare of gifted children, who work with facilitators to create a parent community through discussion.
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Continuing Education and Extension offers Youth Programs including ACT Prep courses, Spanish Hour, Environmental Explorers, Boys’ Exploration Camp, Girls in Science, Young Scholars, and more. Visit their website to see all of their schedules and course offerings.
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies offers workshops and training sessions periodically for undergraduate and graduate credit. Licensure cohorts can be arranged in school districts. UW–Whitewater maintains the Wisconsin Gifted e-mail listserv.
Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted
The Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) is a non-profit organization of parents, students, educators, business and industry personnel, and other interested persons dedicated to fostering a climate in the home, school, and community that allows each individual to reach their own unique potential. The organization was formed in 1993, resulting from the merge of WAEGT and WCGT, which had been in existence since 1973. WATG’s mission is to provide assistance in meeting the varied needs of gifted and talented individuals and their advocates. Therefore, our outreach efforts—educational opportunities, resources, and ongoing support—reflect our commitment to this goal.