Fall 2012 Vol 2

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Volume 2
In this Issue
Thank You
Better Support for Gifted Education is Critical to our Future
One World…So Many Ways to See It: Biographies of Modern Artists
Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math
Thank You

CAGT would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who made NAGC's 59th Annual Convention, Reaching Beyond the Summit: Educating with Altitude, such an amazing event! The spectacular week would not have been possible without all of our wonderful volunteers who worked so tirelessly to plan and execute every detail so perfectly.



Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented is pleased to announce the CAGT Distinguished Student Award winner for the school year 2011-2012.  CAGT is proud to have such an outstanding student in our state.  This year's winner for the state of Colorado is Autumn Stevens. Autumn attended Mountain Middle School in Durango, Colorado as a sixth grade student during the 2011-2012.    Autumn was nominated for her excellence in leadership, academics, music and creative writing.   Her student composition was very creatively written and showed exceptional communication skills.   She will receive a Certificate of Excellence from Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.  The certificate was presented this year at "Parent Day at the National" on November 17, 2012 during the NAGC 59th national convention.


Autumn Stevens was one of the sixteen nominations for this year’s award. The quality of excellence described in the student compositions and the nomination letters from teachers and parents is living proof of the outstanding young girls and boys we have growing up in our state.  Choosing the state winner for this year was a most challenging task.


Below are the fifteen nominees who received a certificate along with a letter and a one year membership to CAGT for their parents.


Elizabeth Browne from Silverthorne

Danielle Ely from Colorado Springs

Madison Larter from Boulder

Sebastian Lawton from Loveland

Alexandra Lubotsky from Littleton

Kaitlyn Lubotsky from Littleton

Dorsa Mohammadi from Westminster

Rylan Moore from Westminster

Pranit Nanda from Centennial

Angel Ruiz from Longmont

Samantha Shaw from Greeley

Abby Shrack from Colorado Springs

Gabrielle Trueblood from Edwards

Alyssa Wells from Brighton

Sierra Williams from Cheyenne Wells


For information about Parent Day click here.
Better Support for Gifted Education is Critical to our Future

by Tom Coyne

The United States continues to face the challenge of reducing the high level of private and public sector debt we have accumulated in recent years. We have limited number of options: we can attempt to inflate away the debt, default on our obligations to repay it, impose extended austerity to reduce it, or grow our way out of it. Clearly, the latter is most people's first choice. But how can we increase the rate at which our national and state economies grow?

In short term, main initiatives have been proposed to accomplish this, such as improving public infrastructure, reducing regulatory burdens, and increasing support for research and entrepreneurs. In the medium-term, however, the potential growth impact of just one initiative dwarfs all others: improving the performance of our public schools (see, for example, The High Cost of Low Educational Performance, published by the OECD).

To varying degrees, many well-known recommendations are already being implemented to improve the educational outcomes achieved be the average student, including better teacher preparation, selection, evaluation, and compensation; more rigorous standards and better curriculum; and better use of technology for instruction, feedback, and parental involvement. All of these initiatives metir our continued support. However there is another area  where our public schools also need to improve that is just as critical, not just for the faster GPD growth, but also for the future success of our individual businesses: the way the Colorado educates our most cognitively gifted students.

To read this OpEd by Tom Coyne in its entirety, click here.
One World…So Many Ways to See It: Biographies of Modern Artists


Jerry Flack



Trade publishers in the past few years have issued a substantial library of highly creative and informative picture book biographies about fine artists and particular schools of modern art such as Dadaism and Surrealism. These biographies, handsomely revealed in picture book formats, should have broad appeal to art lovers of all ages. Magritte’s Marvelous Hat, for example, may be as sufficient and complete a portrait of the Belgian Surrealist as elementary school gifted readers need; however, the same book may arouse or pique the curiosity of middle- and high school talented learners who may use Magritte’s Marvelous Hat as a springboard to research both the artist’s famous life and the school of modern art, Surrealism, to which his masterpieces belong.

This installment of “Book Ends” begins with reviews of five books that represent but a small number of especially fascinating, colorful, and highly imaginative examples of this unique genre (picture book biographies).

Next, fifteen additional volumes that present additional artists and schools of art are noted and briefly annotated. Finally, activities and extensions highlighting modern art are recommended.

To read this edition of Book Ends with complete detail, click here.
Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math

Dr. M.R.E. Richards 

Fall 2012


 Remember: NAGC in November has a STEM education workshop on Thursday

Grades K-6 in the morning and 7-12 in the afternoon.


Classroom focus ideas

Need to regroup your students’ brains so they can learn? Then try visual thinking skills, math pattern skills. Visual thinking skills are a part of the brain stretching and integration skills kids need. So stretch those brains. Remember “Use, use, use your brain even in the rain. Memory, Memory, Memory and you will feel the gain.”

To start, try such activities as Match pictures, complete picture, special arrangement skills, sequence skills etc, at Edhelper.com, http://www.edhelper.com/visual_skills.htm

Edhelper.com also has weather worksheets http://www.edhelper.com/weather.htm science and math worksheets and supports, logic worksheets, graphic organizers, math sequence, time, geometry poetry units, history and other options

Neuroscience for kids can be found at http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/works.html

Visual puzzles http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlePlayground/Visual.htm has a range of options. Download the pdf and make an overhead or project with your interactive whiteboard.

Expand your mind puzzles is a great resource. http://www.expandyourmind.com/logicproblems/logic_puzzles.shtml

Brain training game has games and the explanation of what is happening in your vision brain interaction. Perfect for those science minded students http://www.scientificpsychic.com/graphics/

Download this plethora of resources here.
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  • 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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