Spring 2008

   National Recognition for UNC Program!

The Master’s and Endorsement Graduate Programs in Gifted and Talented Education at the University of Northern Colorado recently attained “Nationally Recognized Program” status from accreditation reviewers... 


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   The Gifted Child Bookshelf

By Jerry Flack

Laura Numeroff’s If You Give an Author a Pencil is, of course, a play on words heralding her modern classic, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (HarperCollins, 1985)...

 An Author, A Pencil, and a Terrific Series for Youthful Researchers
   The Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative
The Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative offers mentorships, scholarship opportunities and much more.


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   New Internet Resources

Information about the Gifted Kids Network and "Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math" by Dr. M.R.E. Richards




 More web resources
   CAGT Ballot for Secretary 2008

______ Susan Pedersen

______ Write-in vote: __________________
            (Please give full name)

Ballot deadline is April 15, 2008

Please complete ballot and mail to:
P.O. Box 473414
Aurora, CO 80047-3414

   Nature vs. Nurture: The Origin of Giftedness and Intelligence

By Stephen Seedorf

Although one of the most thought provoking questions in gifted education has been what exactly intelligence is...

Vacancy Announcement:
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Kaleidoscope March 2008

Message from the President

Dreams can be very private, hard to share with someone else, or they can be big public announcements meant to stir people to action.  No Child Left Behind, was someone's large, public dream.   The words themselves create a picture of lifeboats and rescue workers, moving frantically to be certain that every child is present and accounted for. But NCLB, began to flounder under the weight of record keeping, lack of funding and the concept that if every student was “proficient” that the rescue was complete.

Our dreams are much bigger than No Child Left Behind.  We want to see every child rescued and flourishing with the appropriate curriculum, placement, teacher, resources and support.  Colorado House Bill 1244 was a great beginning.  Now, HB 1021 has been introduced. This bill addresses the need of early entrance and financial support following the child into the school.

Colorado’s legislature is becoming aware that our gifted students have special needs; they are now recognizing that mandates are needed to insure that our public schools are motivated to address the needs in the classrooms with special programs, curriculum, and placement.

How do we keep our dreams alive?  Keep working at the “grassroots” level.  Meet with your local affiliate. Read the books recommended on the CAGT Website.  Reach down and pull someone else up by sharing information and teaching techniques; listen to a gifted child, a parent of a gifted student, or a teacher who needs support.  Offer support to organizations that are advocating for gifted students.  It is hard to keep a dream alive if we can’t share with others who are dreaming too.

Dreams become reality with planning, organization, sharing the task, and never, ever giving up.  In the year 2008, DREAM BIG, work hard.

Janet Gilbert - CAGT President

Legislative Day Highlights
Hopes and Dreams: 
Bridging the Gaps & Creating New Partnerships for Potential
By Julie Gonzales, CAGT Consultant

This issue’s theme, Hopes and Dreams¸ has innumerable possibilities, even
within the harsh realities of today’s world.  The key to progress in educational programming for gifted learners in Colorado is making connections between the stakeholders and community activists, citizen legislators and policymakers, educators and advocates, and certainly and always the children, the students that are our future.  We must wrap our energies and involvement around the efforts that support and nourish their intellectual, physical and emotional/social growth and development.   It is our responsibility as parents, educators and advocates to seek the opportunity to build our networks of support, involve ourselves in the discussions and debates that impact the education of these young minds, and create broader awareness and understanding on behalf of these exceptional children and youth.  The opportunities for raising the bar are unlimited.  It is our willingness to give time and effort to the cause that determines the outcome.  Each of us model in our daily routines how we address the challenges, seek solutions, and build collaborative partnerships.  Perhaps, you will find your connections in the following starred summary reports.

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Please mark your calendars now for the



Talents and Tools for
21st Century Excellence

OCTOBER 13 AND 14, 2008

G/T Parent Institute
Monday Evening, October 13

Featuring Dr. Karen Rogers
Dr. Robin Schader

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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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