Spring 2009

   Nurturing Gifted Learners Outside of the Classroom
Spring 2009
>SAVE THE DATE! 2009 CAGT Conference
>Lincoln Manuscript
>Affiliate Updates
SAVE THE DATE! 2009 CAGT Conference
The 2009 CAGT Conference, focusing on Embracing Diversity: Growing Potential, will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 5 - 6, 2009 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. See the link below for further information, including registration information. >CAGT Conference Details
Lincoln Manuscript

by Jerry Flack

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” A. Lincoln Introduction & Rationale It is never too early to learn about the greatness of America and its heroes, including the remarkable achievements of exceptionally gifted and talented individuals, past and present. Sir Richard Livingstone wrote, "True education is the habitual vision of greatness." If parents and educators desire that contemporary gifted and talented youths have visions of greatness... >More...

Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math

Dr. M.R.E. Richards

2009 is the year of science, a celebration of how we know what we know. >More...

Affiliate Updates
Click below for recent and upcoming events. >Affiliate Events

Please Note                    Our New Address 

CAGT                              P.O. Box 460182  Aurora, CO 80046-0182                                                                                               

A Message from the President 

Hello from your 2009 and 2010 Board of Directors! We are pleased to represent you and to support your work in the state of Colorado for gifted and talented individuals!

>Click Here To Continue President's Letter

Nurturing Gifted Learners Outside of the Classroom
A Message from the Editors
This issue’s main feature is devoted to options for our gifted learners that reside outside the “typical” school atmosphere. With spring break underway or already finished, summer options are at the forefront of our minds. As editors, we have put together some ideas for our gifted learners this summer that encompass a variety of interests and abilities. Along with this list, which is far from comprehensive, don’t forget to check out your local recreation centers, libraries, and community colleges for their offerings.

So with hot days, plenty of sunshine, and summer vacation in mind enjoy dreaming of the possibilities.

>Follow this link to descriptions and other links to specific summer offerings around the state and country.

Colorado Gifted and Talented Has Lost Two Of It Treasures


Dr. Shirley Jean Weddel, a pioneer in gifted education, passed away at her home in Centennial, Colorado on Sunday March 29th. Our next issue of the Kaleidoscope  will feature an in depth memorial to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Weddel.




by Susan Scheibel

On March 14, 2009 gifted education lost a pioneer, true advocate and dear friend.  Gwen Rosentrater had been the Coordinator for Gifted and Talented services at Littleton Public School and prior to that she was the Arapahoe High School GT Facilitator.  Gwen was the recipient of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented’s 1995 Teacher of the Year Award, the 2000 Administrator of the Year and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Gwen’s passion, wisdom and legacy will live on in our hearts, in our friendships and in the lives of students, parents, colleagues and those who had the privilege of her acquaintance.

Gwen Rosentrater, CAGT President 2000: A Remembrance
by Jerry Flack

“A friend is a gift whose worth cannot be measured except by the heart.”  Anon.

In 1998, CAGT president Beth Bennett contacted me on behalf of the Executive Council to inquire if I would stand for election as the next CAGT president-elect. I answered affirmatively. One of the first ideas that surfaced in my own mind was precisely the same question that Beth had proposed to me. Among a multitude of outstanding and dedicated leaders in the field of gifted and talented education in Colorado whom would I most want to work with as president-elect during my own tenure as CAGT president?

>For Jerry Flack's memorial to Gwen Rosentrater in it's entirety, Click Here

Legislative Day in Review

“Celebrating excellence” with a sampling of Colorado’s talented youth while engaging in critical legislative debate offers unlimited possibilities for developing minds and addressing the challenges while posing solutions for Colorado’s future in this 21st Century.

>To download this update in its entirety, click here

Is proud to present the 2009 Premier Leadership Action Event

Challenges and Possibilities for Serving Gifted Learners
Featuring:   Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska
April 30, 2009

>For the event details and on line registration click 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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