Gifted Education Alliance of New York State Holds First Legislative Summit

Updated: Jul 19, 2019


Gifted Education Alliance of New York State Holds First Legislative Summit

Group established a vision statement and planned policy research

LATHAM, New York, June 1, 2019-- The Gifted Education Alliance of New York State (GEANYS) convened its first summit in Albany on June 1st in pursuit of legislation to support the gifted pupils of New York State. The summit resulted in the following declaration of the organization's vision statement, which incorporates its understanding of giftedness into two parts: first, the definition of giftedness, and second, the academic and affective needs of the gifted pupil.

Building off of New York State’s existing legislative language (Education Law 4452, shown in bold), GEANYS proposed the following additions (in italics) to fully meet the needs of gifted students.

As used in this article, the term “gifted pupils” shall mean those pupils who show evidence of high performance capability and exceptional potential in areas such as general intellectual ability, special academic aptitude and outstanding ability in visual and performing arts.

These gifted pupils receive and process information differently from their age peers. They react in unusual and unique ways in order to produce ideas, products or outcomes atypical of their age.

Gifted pupils are diverse. They are found in all cultures, ethnicities, religious belief systems, races, socio-economic statuses, gender identities, sexual orientations, and disabilities categories.

Such definition shall include those pupils who require educational programs or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their full potential.

The educational programs and services shall include the following:

  • Support from school personnel who have had specialized training and ongoing staff development

  • An environment that is flexible, individualized, and cultivates expertise

  • Ongoing opportunities to interact with peers of shared interests and talents

  • An environment which promotes healthy social-emotional growth for asynchronous development of intense, exceptional pupils

  • An environment that fosters freedom to learn at their own pace, to explore their passions, and to demonstrate understanding in unique ways

  • Access to materials that are commensurate to their abilities

This statement was developed through the partnership of national experts, parents, and other individuals who support, educate, and advocate for gifted populations.

It is Gifted Education Alliance of New York State's vision that the organization, along with the growing support of communities within New York State, will build awareness and understanding of the needs of the gifted individual to promote federal, statewide, and local policies and initiatives that support and protect these underrepresented children in New York State.

To accomplish this end, summit participants took on the responsibility of researching separate elements of gifted education policy across the nation to build a comprehensive and best in class gifted education policy for New York State.

GEANYS will reconvene in October to discuss the working groups' research findings and identify next steps toward proposing legislation.

GEANYS is seeking the support of the various gifted communities in New York State and beyond. Those interested in getting involved may contact the administrative team at

Founded in 2018, Gifted Education Alliance of New York State (GEANYS) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and professionals who have come together for the common purpose of supporting the needs of New York’s gifted population. For more information, visit:

Contact: GEANYS Leadership Team