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    #245737 - 06/24/19 01:06 PM Private Massachusetts support group?
    MA_PippaAndGoose Offline
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    Registered: 08/18/14
    Posts: 15
    Loc: essex county MA
    Hi, I know there is a MAGE facebook group but I am weary of joining that publicly given the name of the group. Anyone know of a more private group?

    Also anyone on the northshore?

    #245754 - 06/27/19 04:50 AM Re: Private Massachusetts support group? [Re: MA_PippaAndGoose]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    I do not have a group for you, but wanted to support your efforts in looking for a support group. I believe you are wise to choose a group other than Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE), which is a State Affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

    While State Affiliate groups may have lists of local testers, etc, which may be more complete than the lists on Hoagies Gifted Education Page, the overall focus of NAGC State Affiliate organizations may be support to public school teachers, and encouraging parents to lobby for more funding.

    SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) offers online support groups and webinars in popular topics of interest to gifted adults and parents of gifted children. There are also SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG) which typically meet weekly for 8-10 weeks and are structured like a book club discussing themes from A Parentís Guide to Gifted Children, by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward Amend, and Arlene DeVries. Some groups are free to join and are led by parents with BTDT experience, some groups have a fee to join and may be run by professional psychologists in private practice, and some may be run by local public school psychologists. Parents may want to ask questions about privacy, confidentiality, data collection, etc, before joining.

    #245877 - 07/12/19 11:34 AM Re: Private Massachusetts support group? [Re: MA_PippaAndGoose]
    onemom13 Offline
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    Registered: 09/26/17
    Posts: 11
    Hello, I am curious if you found an answer to your question? We are also in the Boston-metro area, and could benefit from some additional location-specific information.


    #247687 - 10/13/20 08:21 AM Re: Private Massachusetts support group? [Re: MA_PippaAndGoose]
    MA_PippaAndGoose Offline
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    Registered: 08/18/14
    Posts: 15
    Loc: essex county MA
    A bit late (we've been busy! LOL) but no, I am still looking for support for the MA area. It baffles me a bit to not have found something or for there to be not much action on the regions forum on this site for MA.

    #247692 - 10/13/20 12:30 PM Re: Private Massachusetts support group? [Re: MA_PippaAndGoose]
    aeh Offline

    Registered: 04/26/14
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    You may find the 2019 report linked in the second paragraph of this page of interest regarding MA gifted education:

    Short version: not much exists in MA. But there may be some contacts that you can try reaching out to at the model districts profiled.

    My commentary: there's a lot of competition from private prep schools for the MG population in MA, which likely drains a lot of GT advocacy efforts away from public schools.

    You might, however, find that involving yourself in the meetings listed on the above MA DESE page provides an avenue for advocacy.

    Edited by aeh (10/13/20 12:38 PM)
    ...pronounced like the long vowel and first letter of the alphabet...

    #248576 - 04/10/21 09:58 AM Re: Private Massachusetts support group? [Re: MA_PippaAndGoose]
    acgoldis Offline
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    Registered: 08/21/18
    Posts: 19
    I'd love a Massachusetts support group for adults! I live in Brookline.

    Where is everyone else from?

    Edited by acgoldis (04/10/21 09:59 AM)


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