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Regional Representatives (Redwood)

Redwood Region

Includes Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties


Jana Reveles

Educator Representative


Elizabeth Hendrickson

Parent Representative


Welcome to the Redwood Region of the California Association for the Gifted. This regional news is designed to keep educators, parents, and students aware of events and resources in the Redwood Region and throughout California. Please contact your regional representative if you have questions, have local resources to share, or would like to become more involved.


Membership in CAG supports advocacy efforts for gifted students in the state legislature, continued educator training opportunities, direct access to the Gifted Educator Communicator, and discounted conference fees.

Regional Opportunities

Nor-Cal GATE Symposium Oct. 29, 2016

Breakout sessions with experienced practitioners in differentiation feature GATE Standards to create challenging, dynamic lessons for all students in Common Core Classrooms. Strands will focus on Cluster Grouping, Acceleration, Depth,
Complexity, and Novelty. 

County Office of Education

Del Norte

Parenting Advanced Learners Classes!

The California Parenting Institute, a local non-profit, is offering one new cycle of “Parenting Advanced Learners.” This series provides a comprehensive overview of parenting gifted children, including meeting social/emotional needs, asynchrony, intensity, sensitivity, peer relationships, motivation, depression, twice exceptional children, self-regulation, frustration tolerance, perfectionism, advocacy, and a reminder of ways parents can take care of themselves too!  Please consider signing up for this group, which offers good company, support, and lively discussion. 

Group will meet in:

This group will meet for six weeks, and parents have a choice of mornings or evenings:

Six consecutive Tuesday Evenings:
January 31- March 7, 2017 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Location: Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School, 4650 Badger Road, room #1, Santa Rosa
Six consecutive Friday Mornings:
February 3 – March 10, 2017 9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Location: Child Parent Institute, 3642 Standish Avenue, Santa Rosa

Click here for the CPI 2017 Flyer!

To register, parents can call CPI at 585-6108 x1240 or go to

Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  

  • Take a moment to check out Ian Byrd’s website at, and his free newsletter for teachers—you can sign up to receive these on his website. Ian is a wonderful, young, inspirational teacher who is committed to sharing innovative strategies for engaging gifted students.  In addition, David Chung has great resources incorporating elements of Kaplan’s depth and complexity with Kosta’s Habits of Mind at
  • If you, your school, or your district is interested in learning more about understanding and implementing the Common Core State Standards, CAG has many teaching and learning strategies in place to help. Email Kathy Alexander, Redwood Region Educator Representative at

Wonderful, Comprehensive Resources for Parents, Educators, and Kids:

Hoagies Gifted Education Page:

Explore Hoagies reading lists for gifted children

Classroom Observation Opportunities

The Redwood Region offers opportunities to observe differentiated instruction as follows:
On the second Tuesday of each month, Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School offers an opportunity for CAG members to view lessons in depth and complexity in 6th grade classrooms. Please contact Anna Williams at to make an appointment.

Kathy Alexander, 6th grade teacher at Sequoia Elementary in Rincon Valley Union School District, welcomes visitors to observe GATE strategies being used across the curriculum.  Please contact her at to schedule an appointment.Please contact Kathy Alexander at to schedule an appointment.

CAG Membership

Please take a moment to renew (or initiate) your CAG membership. This will ensure that you receive CAG newsletters and the Gifted Education Communicator (GEC). You will also have access to past issues of the GEC, resources, webinars, and discounted rates at all CAG events including the annual conference. Your membership also carries the intrinsic benefit of supporting gifted education—CAG has a strong presence in Sacramento and continues to advocate for gifted education throughout California. To join or renew your membership, please click the membership tab at, or print out the membership form and send it to the CAG office.

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