I am so delighted to introduce to you North Dakota’s affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)--North Dakota Association for Gifted Children (NDAGC). This is an organization that has a history serving GT children and families from around the state, but not until 2018 did this organization make its official debut as an incorporated entity with official support from NAGC. I am so proud of the Board Members who have worked so diligently for the past year to give form to their passions through a clearly stated mission statement and set of bylaws. They have shared their expertise, time, and collaborative spirit. With this launch, we now look forward to executing this vision through a partnership with you.
The NDAGC website articulates essential resources that will help you navigate the complex terrain of either raising your GT child, teaching your GT student, or just trying to bring to light the critical needs of GT students in our state. This website is a work in progress, and I look forward to your membership that will make this website and NDAGC’s activities relevant and useful.
I don’t think I have ever been as committed to a service as advocating for GT children. Ironically, gifted education found me through two beautiful children whose spirited nature perplexed and challenged me. My journey to find answers brings me to this privileged role serving NDAGC as its President and a few concluding remarks that explain why I love this field so much.
As a Chinese-American, I was raised in a collectivist culture. This means that the desires of the group outweigh the desires of the individual. While serving the collective good is important, serving others at the expense of our individual needs, desires, and capacities is at best unsatisfying. Gifted education is about seeing the strength and beauty in the individual. Gifted education dares the individual to be vulnerable, to strive for the impossible, and to be resolute in facing challenges. Gifted education brings forth the best in all of us. I hope you join our organization in our charge to champion the needs of GT children in North Dakota.
Yee Han Chu
North Dakota Association for Gifted Children