Advocating for the Needs of Gifted and Advanced Learners

The California Association for the Gifted (CAG) is an organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

CAG Statewide:

CAG was started in 1966 by a group of educators and parents who wanted to make a difference in the lives of gifted students. CAG is one of the nation’s largest state advocacy groups of its kind, providing its members information and training about the education of gifted and talented students.

Becoming a Member of the California Association for the Gifted Gives You a Voice! Parents and educators in CAG have been the principal supporters of gifted learners in California since 1966. The program benefits that gifted children enjoy today are a direct result of that support. The CAG website can be found at
CAG regional map
CAG divides the state into 11 regions, following the regional divisions used throughout the California Department of Education (CDE). We are the Santa Lucia Region of CAG; Santa Lucia Region is comprised of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.


The Annual Student-to-Student Conference

Our big event each year is the Student-to-Student Conference, which is like “a mini TED Talks for kids,” in which students make 15-minute presentations on any topic of their choice.

This year’s Student-to-Student Conference is the 10th annual,
and will be held on Saturday May 19, 1-5 pm, at DeAnza Community College in Cupertino.

Learn more about the conference and register today to attend and/or to present!

Folleto para Conferencia Estudiante-a-Estudiante, Sabado 19 de mayo, 2018, en DeAnza College Cupertino.Flyer for the 2018 Student-to-Student Conference, Saturday May 19, at DeAnza College in Cupertino
The first “Stu-to-Stu” was held at Los Altos High School in 2009; around 15 students presented to an audience of around 40 attendees. In 2010 we held the conference on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, and it more than doubled in size. Over the next few years we continued to hold it at UCSC, and the conference grew to nearly 200 student attendees and 55-60 presentations! This year’s conference will again be held at DeAnza College in Cupertino.

We’d also love your financial support to help make this all-volunteer-organized
shoestring-budget conference happen!

Check out the amazing workshops from the last couple of years!

2016 Student-to-Student Conference Worskhop Schedule 1:30-3:00 pm 2016 Student-to-Student Conference Worskhop Schedule 3:30-4:35 pm

 Learn more about the Student-to-Student Conference!