GAM has actively supported the needs of high-ability and high-potential learners in Missouri since 1980. We provide teacher training, curriculum development, parent support, regional seminars and workshops, scholarships, student competitions, and awards. Further, GAM conducts an annual state conference for all Missouri stakeholders in gifted education.
The purposes of the corporation shall be:
To create an awareness among parents, educators and the general
public of the characteristics, needs and educational requirements
of the gifted and talented.
To support the development and funding of programs for the
gifted and talented.
To share and disseminate information about existing local,
state and national educational programs for the gifted and talented.
To encourage research relating to the identification and education
of gifted and talented children and to assist in the dissemination
of the information obtained to educators and the public.
The current definition of gifted, which is located in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is: Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.
IIn Addition, GAM supports gifted education by:
Advocating for, and was instrumental in, the founding and ongoing development of the Missouri Scholars Academy
Yearly sponsoring a guest artist at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy
Advocating for and supported state certification for teachers of the gifted (mandatory as of September 1995)
Co-sponsoring the Annual Missouri State Conference on Gifted Education
Conducting the New Teachers Workshops for educators new to gifted education
Sponsoring activities that foster gifted awareness, i.e. Gifted Education Week
Offering broad professional networking opportunities for educators and parents
Working closely with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than 25 years
Maintaining membership in the National Association for Gifted Children and National Alliance of State Associations for the Gifted
Providing educational scholarships to teachers in gifted education
Providing awards to recognize outanding friends, parents and educators of the gifted