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 CALL for CAGT Executive Assistant Position!   

This posting is now closed. We will be interviewing and announcing our new Executive Assistant soon!
Thank you for your interest in this extremely important position.

Congratulations! It's a New Year and New CAGT Executive Board Positions!

With the start of this new year we have a shift in our Executive Board positions. We want to first begin by thanking our Past President Terry Bradley for her six years serving CAGT! She has graciously represented, supported and grown our organization into an exemplary statewide non-profit that adresses the needs of our gifted youth, their families and educators. We know Terry will still be an active member, supporting us wherever she is needed. Thank you Terry!
Jennifer Barr and Roger Dowd will now fill the Past President's shoes as they pass their baton(s) to our new president, Diana Caldeira. Roger and Jennifer will be very busy in their roles of Past Presidents as they will not only be providing much needed consultation and support for the president and president elect, but they have very specific responsibilities crucial to the organization. 
Diana Caldeira will take the helm as CAGT President for the next two year term. With her incredible organizational skills, thoroughness and passion, she will continue the work our former presidents put into motion and set forth new ideas and  initiatives of her own to grow and strengthen our association. 
Our new President-Elect, Colleen Urlik, will begin her work contributing to ideas, discussions and decisions that impact the work of our organization, but her biggest role is organizing and overseeing our 42nd and 43rd annual conferences -  she will be a busy lady!
Stefanie Renquist will continue her work as Treasurer/Membership Chair, but has also taken on the role of secretary (vacated by Colleen when she was elected President-Elect) until our next election this fall. Thank you Stefanie!
We are excited to begin our work together to continue to build a stronger and more impactful organization to improve the educational opportunities for the gifted and talented children throughout Colorado. Congratulations to all of you in your new positions!

 

U.S. Senate ESEA Bill contains Multiple Provisions to Support High Potential and High-Achieving Students

Q and A for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), currently sitting on President Obama's desk awaiting signature.

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015) – The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the nation’s leading advocate for high-achieving and high-potential students, applauded the inclusion of gifted and talented students within the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a Senate bill to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

The Foundation for Colorado Gifted and Talented

Looking for scholarships and grants for students and teachers?  Please go to The Foundation for Colorado Gifted and Talented at www.cogtfoundation.org for more information.

 

Save the Date!

The 42nd Annual Conference - A Gifted State of Mind will be October 20 through October 22 at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Loveland.  Please check back in early spring for more information!

        

Advocacy

jared-polisU.S. Congressman Jared Polis (2nd Congresional District) introduced the Talent Act (S. 512) on Wednesday, June 12th, along with Tom Latham (Iowa-3).  Read more about the Talent Act under Resources Tab - Advocacy & Legislation or by clicking on the Advocacy (state capitol) mosaic.  Our thanks to Congressan Polis and his office for continually stepping up to plate for gifted children!  Make sure you thank him by email or in person, when you see him out and around.

As part of the FY14 Omnibus package, Congress has authorized $5 million for the Javits Act thanks to Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) who led the push to restore funding.  The Javits Act, which was defunded by Congress in FY 11, supports applied research to develop classroom strategies for identifying and serving gifted learners.

State Representative Cherylin Peniston has introduced HB14-1102 Gifted Education Programs.  In addition to updating language in Part 2 of the Exceptional Choldren Education Act (ECEA), this bill  requests funding for a Qualified Person to administer an AUs gifted education program and for a universal screening process, to aide in the identification of at-risk and underrepresented gifted children.  Read more about it under Resources Tab - Advocacy & Legislation or by clicking on the Advocacy (state capitol) mosaic!

  • 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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