What is SAGE?
 
SAGE stands for Special AND Gifted Education.
 
The Plano Council of PTAs established the SAGE committee to provide an opportunity for families and teachers of students who learn differently to share resources and friendship.  If you or someone you know has a child who participates in Special Education, the PACE program for gifted and talented students or simply is an exceptional diverse learner, this is your chance to come together with others!
 
Approximates 25% of the PISD student population has been identified to have a special learning need.  You are not alone!  You have come to the right place.
 
We are a group of dedicated volunteer parents who work together to provide EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION and SUPPORT for families just like you.  And, we engage the teachers and administrators along the way.
 
EDUCATION
 
SAGE sponsors various classes and seminars throughout the year to provide families and educators the latest information.  These classes are usually free of charge.
 
Popular topics have included:
 
  • The Carol Gray Workshop on Social Stories
  • Life Planning for families with Special Needs
  • SENG Clinics (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
  • Managing the IEP Process
  • Advocating for your child
  • Summer Camp Vendor Fair
 
COMMUNICATION
 
The primary objective of SAGE is to promote dynamic communication between educators, families and the community.  It’s through cooperation that we help ensure that all diverse learners derive the most from their education.  Our website at planoptasage.org is communication central with our event calendar, updates, resource links and contact information for our local chairpersons.
 
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
 
Sign up to get our weekly email BLAST with news about
 
Special Education
Gifted Education
or BOTH!
Send an email to sage@planopta.org and include the following information:
 
“Please add my name to the SAGE information database.  I wish to receive information about ______ Education events and program through PISD and the community.   I understand that my email address will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with other groups or organization.”
 
It’s that simple!  Then you’ll be connected to the Plano ISD PTA SAGE community.
 
SUPPORT
 
SAGE facilitates the formation of special interest groups so that families can SHARE the information that is most relevant to their needs.
 
No matter where you may be on the path of educating your children, there are families who have traveled ahead of you, those who follow you and those walking this journey today.  It is vital that we combine our knowledge, our experience and our resources to benefit  all our children along the way.