Spring 2011

21st Century Communication in the G/T World
March Kaleidoscope
A Message from the President

As your new President of CAGT, I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed.  I look at the incredible individuals who have preceded me in this position and I can’t imagine that I can do as well as they did.  I look at our current state of affairs at the state legislature and I wonder if we have ever been in such a difficult political environment. 

But then, I realize, this is not the first time that a new person has moved into this position during a difficult time. CAGT has a strong history of advocating for the needs of gifted learners.  We have been successful in the past because we know how to work together and how to build relationships.  Now is the time for our efforts to become even stronger, and for us to unite as we have never done before.  We need to move beyond our on circle of influence and to make connections to other organizations that influence gifted learners.  When I took a class with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, I asked for resources that support gifted learners.  Surprisingly enough (or not surprisingly enough), there were none. 

We need to bring a stronger awareness for the needs of our gifted learners. We need to speak with a collective voice and not assume that others will do it for us. Be a part of the problem-solving process and make your voice heard!


Cheryl Franklin-Rohr

CAGT President




Dear Friends of Gifted Education,


CAGT is proud to announce the theme for the 35th Annual Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented Conference~ Connections:  Building the Future for Gifted Students.  Mark your calendar for October 10 & 11, 2011.  It promises to be an exciting and fulfilling conference experience. 


We are seeking presentations that will help to build the future for gifted students by connecting many facets of gifted education, including connecting to technology, diverse populations and needs, quality resources and instructional practices for gifted learners, parents, community members, mentors and any other connection that will help to strengthen and facilitate the gifted community.  We also want to assure that we are connecting to our gifted learners and community to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of gifted learners.  Our CALL for PROPOSALS is found on the CAGT website  http://www.coloradogifted.org/   Proposals will be accepted until Monday, May 2nd , 2011.  Presenters will be notified by June 17, 2011.  Thank you in advance for your proposal submission.


Dr. Blanche Kapushion

CAGT President-Elect

Engaging Your Gifted and Talented Learner through Technology Infusion


by Jennifer Arzberger



Walking into the classroom you hear students buzzing with excitement about where they’d like to go to college, what expenses they will need to cover (Gasp!), where they’ll reside, and how they’ll decorate their dorm rooms. Elementary students are logging onto their laptops utilizing Google to locate information and evaluate the credibility of the various sources where they are obtaining information. As the tone becomes serious, students diligently organize their expenses using an Excel database and develop a plan for funding the educational experience. Discovering the Auto SUM function fuels energy and excitement throughout the classroom!


Weeks later, students are working with a resident songwriter, Lara Ruggles, to compare and contrast poetry and songwriting. They focus on the usual reading skills and strategies when analyzing and interpreting poetry and song lyrics: 

*Making inferences while interpreting songs and poems.

*Analyzing metaphors.

*Making connections to our lives.

*Asking interpretive, higher level questions.

*Rereading the text with a purpose and articulating ideas about the text.

*Locating supporting evidence in the text, recognizing that evidence can be used to support more than one conclusion.

Imagine their excitement when they find out that their published songs will be viewed L-I-V-E by visitors from across the globe…or should I say across Google Earth? Students begin learning how to embed a widget in their class wiki to track where viewers are from. Excitedly one blurts, “We should Blog about this!”


As a passionate and enthusiastic educator, I am eager to explore the possibilities for infusing technology into students’ daily lives. While planning your next lesson, ask yourself, “What do I want my students to know and be able to do? And how can technology engage, motivate, and support me in attaining these instructional goals?”


Student work may be viewed at: http://twaingiftedandtalented.wikispaces.com/

Follow us at http://twaingiftedandtalented.blogspot.com/



2010-2011 School Year


NAGC and CAGT are pleased to announce– Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards program for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Originally funded by the Nicholas Green Foundation and NAGC, this award program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6. One child per state can be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student and that winner receives a $500 U.S. savings bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence.

Download more information about the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards plus all the required forms.


Download the promotional flyer.  Teachers and parents, please print this flyer and pass it along to your school. Nicholas Green award winners depend on your support for this opportunity.

More questions?

 Visit NAGC: http://www.nagc.org/nicholasgreen.aspx?terms=nicholas+green

Specific questions for Colorado? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. RE: Nicholas Green Awards


Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math

Dr. M.R.E. Richards


These season’s helpful links for parents and teachers!


General Gifted Information

The Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children http://hollingworth.org/


Hoagies Gifted Children Supports  http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/ 


NSWAGTC gifted children links  http://www.nswagtc.org.au/info/links.html

general, for parents, teachers, educational systems etc


Pieces of Learning  http://www.piecesoflearning.com/ go to classroom activities for a variety of links


For those interested in foreign countries try New Zealand and Australia at


or look into information from Canada at http://www.ontariogifted.org/links.htm


Mensa support and links for supplies and camps for the gifted at





Spring is coming; we are living for it and the promise of spring break. So plan to go out into the growing green with

Environmental Education



Is your organization, serving the gifted and talented community, interested in advertising in future issues of the Kaleidoscope?


Starting this year two of our quarterly issues will feature advertising sections for those who provide services and products that directly serve our gifted community. For more details please download the flyer below.

Need To Connect With Your Local Affiliate?!?

You can find all of the information you need under the  “Resources” tab on the CAGT website http://www.coloradogifted.org/. If you do not have a local CAGT Affiliate and are interested in organizing one, please contact CAGT.


Now is the time to be resources and support to each other and to advocate for gifted children

Don’t miss these fantastic upcoming events. Click on the events name to download the event’s flyer.

The Gifted Journey: Hardwires on the Spot

A Day Focused on and for the Gifted Adult

April 12th




Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D


Presented by

Boulder Valley Gifted

April 14th


  • 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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