CESA #1 PAGE (Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education) is
a working committee of parent volunteers and educators of gifted students
in Southeast Wisconsin, composed of
representatives from member school districts. By combining resources
from our individual school districts, we collaborate to provide
educational and enrichment opportunities for gifted students and their families.
The mission of PAGE is to provide information, collaboration, and networking
to help meet the needs of gifted children at home and in school. Over the
years, PAGE has sponsored a wide variety of activities to enhance the academic,
intellectual, creative, visual arts, performing arts, and leadership talents of
gifted students. Past events and projects have included author visits,
guest speakers for parents and educators, activity nights for families, an
annual opportunity fair, and donations of gifted education books to our county
library systems. In addition, PAGE has
supported the social and emotional needs of gifted children, and has helped
parents and teachers understand and respond to those needs.
The Cooperative Educational Service
Agency (CESA) #1 is located in southeastern Wisconsin and includes 45 public school
districts in six counties. Membership in
PAGE is open to any of these school districts.
Our member districts include: Cudahy, Elmbrook, Fox Point-Bayside, Franklin, Germantown, Grafton, Greendale, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, Muskego-Norway, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Racine, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis-West Milwaukee, and Whitnalll.
Representatives are expected to
attend four or five meetings/year. These
meetings are held on Friday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. In addition to planning events, we share
information about educational topics and special events. We also ask each representative to volunteer
to help with events throughout the year, take the lead on coordinating an
event, or consider holding one of our key leadership roles.
PAGE was formed in the late 1980’s as an alliance between educators and
parents who sought to provide ongoing educational services for gifted students,
and to provide support and networking for their parents. It was their
hope that by working together and pooling resources, they could provide
valuable programming to a wide audience.
In addition to putting information about our events on our
website, flyers are distributed electronically to each member school district
to be shared with parents and students in their district. Due to limited space, some events may be
targeted to specific audiences – for example, a Writing Activity Night, might
be offered primarily to students who have shown a love for and interest in
We have always offered all of our programming free to
educators, parents and students. We rely
heavily on volunteers to plan and coordinate our events, school districts to
provide free space to hold events, and the annual dues of our member districts
to cover any financial costs.
Any school district within CESA #1 is welcome to join PAGE
by agreeing to pay annual dues ($175 in 2016) and regularly sending an
educator and designated parent representative to the meetings. Member districts receive electronic flyers
advertising all PAGE events, including information on how to register for such
events. Many districts are attracted to
the fact that membership in PAGE helps satisfy the “parent participation”
aspect of “Standard (t)”, the Wisconsin statute that requires school districts to provide
appropriate programming for gifted and talented students in Wisconsin public
All are welcome to attend our annual Opportunity Fair, but for our other events, the number of participants is often limited. Because we are able to make our events available using resources from our member districts, the events are typically available only to students, parents, and educators affiliated with our member districts.