State associations for the gifted are collaborative efforts of parents, educators, and other interested parties, usually as nonprofit organizations. Many associations were originally established in the 1950s and 1960s, when gifted education as it is known today was in its infancy. These associations typically have a mission of advocacy and support for educators and parents of gifted children. Forty-seven state associations are currently members of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). The focus in this entry is on consistencies across most state associations, while acknowledging the individuality of each association, based on the state's size, history, needs, and resources.

Many state associations provide self-published educational materials, such as statewide or regional newsletters, or professional journals. Newsletters provide educational materials in the form of articles ...

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