Fall 2008

   CAGT Fall Conference Keynote and Featured Speakers
Learn more about our exciting lineup of presenters for CAGT's Fall Conference, Talents and Tools for 21st Century Excellence!
 Speakers Bios...
   Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math
by Dr. M.R.E. Richards

As another school year begins, it is time to add some fun in your fall science and math classes through the of use forensics.

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   Tuskegee Airmen Come to Math and Science Camp
by Jenna Lin

During four weeks in July, seventy-two children of ages ranging from three to fifteen squealed in delight, laughed, ...

   NAGC legislative update
Legislative updates from the nation's capitol...
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   "Tomorrow's Stars" Fundraiser
Read about the Tomorrow's Stars Fundraiser and how to host your own fundraiser.
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   The Gifted Child Bookshelf
Sleeping Bear Press: A Decade of Excellence

by Jerry Flack 

Gifted. Talented. Creative. Yes, these three crucial words describe the countless youths for whom parents and educators of the Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented advocate. But, the same words may also characterize the qualities of authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers that produce exceptional books...

Celebrating the spirit of citizenship and activism explored in the books, D is for Democracy; Everyone Counts; and The Happy Prince, Sleeping Bear Press invites elementary and middle school teachers and their students to demonstrate their understanding of good citizenship by participating in the “What’s a Citizen to Do?” Classroom Community Action Contest. 


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Talents and Tools for 21st Century Excellence Kaleidoscope - September 2008

The Future, the Excitement, the Possibilities

This year’s conference topic “Talents and Tools for 21st Century Excellence” is enticing in its title and in its possibilities.  What do we really know about 21 Century Learning?  How do those of us who were raised exclusively in the 20th century chart a course for learners who will have future jobs in areas which have not yet been invented?  It is our hope that this year’s conference topic will drive your personal knowledge and connection to learners to reframe gifted learning into an emphasis on the following hallmarks of 21st Century Skills...

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Lessons Learned About Educating the Gifted and Talented: A Synthesis of the Research on Educational Practice
Dr. Karen B. Rogers, Keynote Speaker for CAGT's Fall Conference, is a Professor of Gifted Studies in the College of Applied Professional Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Read a summary of Dr. Rogers’ 2007 article, “Lessons Learned About Educating the Gifted and Talented: A Synthesis of the Research on Educational Practice.”


More About Karen Roger's Research
We are offering graduate student credit for our conference through Adams State and CDE.






Dr. Karen Rogers

What’s Happening in the World of Gifted Education: Recent Research Update

Dr. Susan Assouline

Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel: New Tools for Gifted Education of the Future

Dr. Robin Schader

Analyzing Elephants and Enlarging Our Vision of Talent Development

With, Dr. Thomas Frey, Futurist


Dr. Linda Silverman - Breakthroughs in Assessment of the Gifted

Dr. George Betts & Robin Carey - Rti and the Autonomous Learner Model

Dr. Stuart Omdal - Creating Creativity

Dr. Amy Rushneck  - Enrichment and Acceleration Programs Outside of School Settings


Gifted Specialist Endorsement; Early Entrance to Kindergarten; Curriculum MENU

Mathematics for 21st Century; STEM + ARTS = STEAM; Emotional Intelligence

Technology Sessions; Colorado Twice-Exceptional Project; Affective Education Strategies

Literary Analysis; Leadership Development; Overexcitabilities

Brainteasers and Humor in the Classroom; Social-Emotional Discussion Groups

ALPS Charter School; Young Adult Literature; Perfectionism; Gifted on the Autism Spectrum

And more!!!



  • Welcome
  • What is Gifted?
  • Colorado & Gifted

Every child has a right to learn something new everyday. Gifted children thrive in learning environments that present challenge and wonder throughout school lessons and activities. Welcome to Colorado's gifted community, where educators, families and community advocates partner for support, instruction, and information in the education of gifted children. This partnership motivates the implementation of school and district goals that provide appropriate educational opportunities for gifted student. The shared responsibility of implementing these goals fosters development of gifted exceptional potential over time.

As a statewide advocacy group, we are focused on improving the lives and opportunities of gifted students. This is accomplished in four main areas:

1) helping people understand the characteristics of gifted students,

2) training teachers in different strategies to create dynamic classrooms that challenge and engage gifted students,

3) providing families with information on how to advocate for the unique needs (both academic and affective) of their gifted students, and

4) supporting statewide and national laws and policies that assure gifted and talented students access to appropriate academic and social-emotional programs.

JOIN us as we strive to improve the educational opportunities for the gifted and talented children of Colorado!

Gifted is a social construct that describes a child/student with exceptional potential given culture, language, and traits of exceptionality. Getting to know the student, his/her interests and family priorities are essential to understand a student’s area of strength and gifted capabilities.

Two common definitions addressed by Colorado educators and parents are from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). The CDE definition drives state and local policy to implement gifted education program plans.

The NAGC definition provides a holistic construct for reflection and programming.

Giftedness can best be understood by looking at a list of “common” gifted characteristics. But please keep in mind, these characteristics might present in very different ways in different people.

A dynamic expression of “gifted” is often expressed by the term “asynchronous” development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create experiences that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching, and counseling in order to develop optimally." The Columbus Group (1991)

There are 68,663 identified gifted students in Colorado as of the 2014-2015 school year.  That equates to 7.7% of the total student enrollment.  All 58 Administrative Units report they have procedures in place to identify gifted students.  The 2014-2015 gifted education categorical line item in the state education budget was $10,010,269.  Any additional money for gifted education would be budgeted from individual school districts.

Terms that gifted families should be aware of in public schools throughout Colorado:  Exceptional Children’s Education Act, Early Access, Concurrent Enrollment, RtI (Response to Intervention), 2e (Twice-Exceptional), ALP (Advanced Learning Plan), and ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan).

Listed below are the state definitions for Colorado.  While the state definitions include age requirements, it is important to remember that these ages are defined only for the purpose of receiving services.

The state definition in the Colorado Exceptional Children’s Education Act CRS 22-20-202 (6)…  "Gifted child" means a person from four to twenty-one years of age whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishments are so outstanding that he or she requires special provisions to meet his or her educational needs.

The state rules for Exceptional Children’s Education Act (1CCR 301-8, Section 12) expand the definition to….  “Gifted and Talented Children” means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted and talented children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.

Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness: 

1) General or Specific Intellectual Ability,

2) Specific Academic Aptitude,

3) Creative or Productive Thinking,

4) Leadership Abilities, and

5) Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical or Psychomotor Abilities.


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