Dear Parents and Educators:
I am delighted to introduce you to the National Society for the Gifted and Talented. I am convinced that this organization will have a significant impact on the lives of our country’s most able young people. The recognition, resources, and opportunities that the Society offers these remarkable students will play an important role in their development.
As a psychologist and educator, I know well how our young people need to be nurtured, supported, and challenged for them to soar to the heights indicated by their abilities. As a parent of gifted children, I know firsthand the challenges of raising high ability children and appreciate the importance of parent resources and support. We know that when these children are not given the opportunities to advance, excel, and flourish, they can fall by the wayside and never reach their full potential.
NSGT is excited to work in partnership with families, educators, foundations, and corporations to create the resources necessary to meet the needs of these terrific young people. One component is not sufficient; we need to create collaborations among a number of interested and concerned entities to provide these students with the opportunities that they need.
It is heartening that the NSGT has already received support from the Educational Testing Service, the Summer Institute for the Gifted, the American Institute For Foreign Study, Renaissance Learning Inc., Renzulli Learning Systems, and the Carmel Hill Foundation. We are seeking additional support from foundations and corporations who want to be part of this exciting work.
I am honored to be the Chair of the Board of NSGT and to be a part of an organization that provides services for these remarkable students and their families. These young people represent our nation’s future leaders, educators, and professionals, who will ensure the strength of our country. They need our help and support, and I am delighted that we have a powerful way to provide that for them through NSGT.
Arie L. Nettles, Ph.D., Chair
Dr. Arie L. Nettles is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Child Development at Vanderbilt University.