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:
CAGT
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...

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Vacancy Announcement:
STATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION FACT SHEET AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY
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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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SAVE THE DATE
Please mark your calendars now for the

COLORADO ASSOCIATION FOR
GIFTED AND TALENTED

2008 32nd ANNUAL STATE CONFERENC
E

Talents and Tools for
21st Century Excellence

OCTOBER 13 AND 14, 2008
MONDAY AND TUESDAY

G/T Parent Institute
Monday Evening, October 13

MARRIOTT DENVER TECH CENTER
Featuring Dr. Karen Rogers
and
Dr. Robin Schader

FOR MORE INFORMATION
www.coloradogifted.org
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