Fall 2012 Vol 1

Fall 2012 Volumn 1
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Make sure that you are at the summit as we reach into the future together!

Link to the NAGC website here to register, view session schedules and so much more.

Letter from the CAGT President

I have had a theme this year in the Kaleidoscope; growing our NAGC garden.  Well, the crop is in and I want to share the harvest.

For the Javits-Frasier scholarship applications, we did an outstanding job.  We got the word out across the state and our teachers responded. Of the 34 applicants, 24 were from Colorado and they represent different school districts from around the state. The primary purpose of the Javits-Frasier Scholarship Fund for Diverse Talent Development is to increase culturally and linguistically diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities through educator training and support related to equity and excellence in gifted education.


Of the twelve people who received the scholarship, eight were from Colorado. Of the 16 people who were not selected, 14 are attending NAGC through the combined efforts of the GERCs (Gifted Education Regional Consultants) and the GT Directors.  We are still working to see how we can fund the other 4 individuals.


Now for the next step of the growing season: Parent Day and Leadership Forum.  We need to make sure that our parents attend the Parent Day session on Saturday, November, 17 and that administrative teams attend the Leadership Forum on Thursday, November 15. These two events are organized and presented by our Colorado GT team and we want to show the rest of the nation how GT programming should be done.  Registration for both of these events is located on the CAGT website.


Personally, I am so excited and can’t wait for November.  From my small district of 14 schools, I have 24 people attending NAGC, 10 parents who will attend the Parent Day and an administrative group attending the Leadership Forum.  This has been a collaborative process and my administrative team, teachers and parents have been so supportive!


Cheryl Franklin-Rohr

CAGT President





"One of the most inspiring, entertaining and insightful talks I've ever attended." 

"I left feeling inspired to 're-imagine' education."

"He gives people hope."

"His message is simple and straightforward.  He lived it, so he knows it from the inside out."

"Jonathan reminded us that it is our job to advocate for all of the children we are lucky enough to have in our schools."

"He is extremely motivating and positive."

"My 15-year old daughter left that evening with her self esteem boosted by at least 200%."

You must see Jonathan Mooney as the closing keynote speaker at the NAGC Conference, Sunday, November 18th, 10:30am-Noon at Denver's Colorado Convention Center. 

For more information and to register go to http://coloradogifted.org/component/dtregister/?eventId=15&controller=event&task=individualRegister


Want to go see Jonathan Mooney but aren't going to the convention? Keynote-only admission is $20. Tickets at the door. 


Want to bring a friend or family member to hear Jonathan Mooney?  Additional Keynote tickets are $20. Tickets at the door.

 TEN REASONS Why YOU Should Attend

2012 Parent Day at the NATIONAL

co-sponsored by

The Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented and

The National Association for Gifted Children


1.   The event is in Colorado this year - meet us at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Denver!


2.   Parents of gifted and high potential children from across Colorado and beyond will join you for the day!


3.   You will meet, hear, and learn from national experts in gifted education as they share their insights and expertise throughout the day.


4.   You will discover new ideas, fresh perspectives, current resources, lifelong connections, and new ways to parent and advocate for gifted learners.


5.   You will find you are not alone!


6.   You will enjoy, be inspired, laugh, cry and gather your thoughts around a lifetime of learning, research, and expertise from those who know.


7.  You will visit the exhibit hall of the Annual Convention of the National   

     Association for Gifted Children hosting hundreds of vendors of publications,

     educational resources, programs, organizations, special schools and gift items

     for the family and for your children’s teachers.


8.  You will join an author or expert at your table over lunch to discuss a topic of

     particular interest to you and eight other parents.


9.  You will attend NAGC’s General Convention Session as well as concurrent 

     afternoon sessions of your choice (dozens of sessions to choose from)!


10. End your day with celebrated author, speaker, and teacher Jim Delisle as he

      leads an open discussion with gifted students on a variety of topics.


Then come join us at an evening reception at the History Colorado Center!

Don't Miss Out! Click here for Parent Day information

Affiliates with Altitude

A positive collaboration across parents and other family members, teachers, administrators, students and community leaders is a powerful way to foster awareness of the educational and emotional needs of gifted children and gain the resources to meet those needs. A group of GT advocates can benefit greatly from understanding and supporting multiple viewpoints; it then has a stronger and more informed voice than an individual in addressing concerns and explaining the needs of gifted students to a legislator, a board of education, or the general community. The fact that education does not start or stop at school doors is particularly relevant to all adults who care about gifted students, as are the complex socioemotional issues that can face GT children in various walks of life. Further, parents and other community members, as voters, can become a supportive part of the political process, not limited by the constraints affecting professionals in education. Teamwork and understanding are what GT students need—at home, in school, and in the community.

CAGT local Affiliates offer a particularly promising opportunity for this kind of teamwork and understanding. Every local Affiliate is aligned under CAGT’s mission (in turn aligned with that of NAGC), but each local Affiliate also reflects its own local GT community’s particular strengths and individuality. Some Affiliates are comprised of representatives from independent schools, public schools, homeschoolers and community members as well as family representatives from all of these areas.  In some Affiliates, public school representatives offer the majority of the Affiliate’s impetus. Still others are made up more of concerned family members independent of their schools. Although each has its own local style and bylaws, the true value of any local Affiliate is the positive teamwork it can afford: educators, families, and community leaders all working together to support GT students.

And the NAGC convention is a great opportunity to strengthen--or even start—a local Affiliate, offering a common experience of learning, inspiration and community. Affiliate members can work together to maximize this special national event here in Colorado in a number of ways:

·      Attend the full NAGC convention as a team of colleagues and advocates (Nov 15-18). Although convention attendance is largely made up of professionals in the education field, anyone interested in supporting gifted children may register.

·      Family or community members can attend “Parent Day at the National” together (Sat., Nov. 17).  This is a FULL day, overlapping with national convention and taking advantage of the expertise brought to Denver. There is even a reduced rate for two adults from the same household (The schedule is here and registration is here).

·      Share the ride with old and new friends!  Your Affiliate can organize a carpool sign-up, or a small bus back and forth.

·      If you are coming from out of town for this great event, share the camaraderie and room together where the GT folks are (NAGC convention rates!)

·      Spread the word about the NAGC convention and about “Parent Day at the National”. Tell your friends and colleagues. Remind principals that this is coming up and get permission to put information in the school newsletter, parent updates and websites. School and community meetings and events are also places to share. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can send you templates for posters, handouts, or information to post in your school, local newsletters, libraries, bookstores and other places that the GT community might take note and “tap in”.

·      See if your PTO, PTA, or a local organization or business will fund registration fees.

·      For those growing their local Affiliates, consider having an Affiliate member who is attending the NAGC convention go to the breakout session How to Develop a Vibrant Local Gifted Community (Sat., Nov. 17, 8:00 am)

·      Plan to reflect on and share ALL the information gained at the convention and “Parent Day at the National” afterwards, with colleagues but also across roles. What a great foundation to support the GT students in our lives!

At CAGT we look forward to seeing you at the NAGC Convention. Please stop by at the CAGT and Affiliate tables and say hello.

Affiliates...If you are in need of a press release for your local paper, click here to get our sample.
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Would you like to Volunteer at NAGC this fall! If so download the volunteer letter below and find out more about how you can help out.



Volunteer letter

Would you like to go to this year's NAGC conference but need the support of your PTA in order to attend?


Below find a link to a template you can use to petition your PTA for a grant.

Simply fill in your information and submit it to your PTA.

PTA Grant Template

Getting the Most Out of the Opportunity

The opportunities to learn and speak with others who “get it” about gifted children can be both rare and enlightening.  Therefore, I believe we (families, educators, community members and other GT advocates) must fortify ourselves when we can.  The NAGC Convention and “Parent Day at the National” in November 2012 brings such an opportunity for learning and support to Colorado, so it is important to attend and to get the most out of it!

Attendance is an investment of resources already, of course.  However, putting a little further attention into some details has added to what I have personally brought away from conventions and conferences. These are some of the individual investments I would suggest for you to get the most from the NAGC Convention and “Parent Day at the National” experience:

·      Consider your goals: Determine ahead of time what you hope to get out of the event. Spend some time thinking or writing/drawing/talking out some priorities. How would your attendance most benefit you and the gifted children in your life?  In what areas do you most want to strengthen your knowledge?  What question(s) do you most want to ask?

·      Do your research: It doesn’t have to be a lot; focus on what is most important to you. The NAGC convention schedule will be online for those registered to attend from the 15th-19th. The Parent Day schedule is also available. Take the time to read an article if it will help you better understand a session or ask a question. Look up the layout of the convention center and surrounding area. Know ahead of time where you want to be so you use your time and energy well.

·      Equip yourself for success: Plan you time. Take breaks if you need them.  Attend with a supportive friend or colleague (you can reflect on ideas throughout the event and afterwards). Carry small snacks and water (in Colorado you can’t have enough water!!) Wear something comfortable and carry your belongings comfortably. At the site, ask NAGC volunteers for directions.

·      Be flexible and prepared to challenge yourself a little: Ask that key question. Introduce yourself. Meet people from other disciplines and places. (There are people attending from everywhere, all interested in GT – business cards can be so useful for keeping track of the folks you meet!)  Seize an opportunity to learn or do something new and perhaps even unexpected.

·      Note applications: As you go along, create some form of notes about how you (or others you know) might apply what you are learning. It’s easy to think you will remember but there can be so many good ideas that, by the time you get home, it can be hard to recall specifics.

These suggestions should be thoughtfully adjusted to suit your needs. The most important thing, for the sake of your child, student, and community, is to proactively attend so that you can make a difference for gifted children.

  • 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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