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American Association for Gifted Children

The American Association for Gifted Children (AAGC) has been located in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University since 2001 and continues the mission of the two pioneer educational leaders and founders, Dr. Ruth Strang and Miss Pauline Williamson who believed that “the gifted were the most neglected children in our democracy.” AAGC’s mission since 2001 is to continue to focus on the highly gifted, but with a new goal to increase opportunities for the most neglected and underserved in gifted programs. These underserved populations include children who have limited English language experiences, economic disadvantages, educational disadvantages, disabilities, or factors that make it difficult to demonstrate potential on traditional identification measures of talented and gifted. They have historically been (and continue to be) underrepresented in gifted programs.