Spring 2014

 

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The 2015 CAGT conference, Gifted: The Whole Picture, will be held October 19th and 20th at our new location, The Embassy Suited Loveland Hotel. Please see http://www.coloradogifted.org/conference for details. Conference registration will Open May 4th.

 

CAGT Call For Proposals 2015 is now open. And will close on May 15th at midnight.

 See our proposals site linked here for more information.
   CAGT Distinguished Student Award
CAGT Distinguished Student Awards for the 2014-2015 School Year.  This awards program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children 7-18.  This year the awards program has been expanded.  Three children from the State of Colorado will be named CAGT Distinguished Students.  One student for the Junior Division, ages 7-9, one student for the Senior Division, ages 10-12 and our new this year, one student for the Masters Division, ages 13-18.

Please see information below:

CAGT Distinguished Student Awards Information and Application

Flyer for Students Ages 7-12

Flyer for Students Ages 13 - 18

   Colorado Scholorship Program
Do you know an educator who are passionate, innovative, and in communities across the state where students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds tend to be under represented in gifted programs? Are you that educator?

The Colorado Scholarship Program was developed for just such educators and supporting their efforts to become leaders and advocates for these under-represented groups.  Please see the information linked below about this scholarship opportunity to participate in this program.

 Find more information and the application packet, please click here.
Community Corner
Do you know students in need of clothing? Clothes To Kids of Denver is here to help! Using their free and reduced lunch letter or a referral from a school employee, eligible families can select one week’s worth of clothing in a store-like setting. Shopping is by appointment for Preschool-12th grade students from low-income families. 

 Please call (720) 379-4630, ext. 2 to make an appointment.  Next day appointments are currently available! 

For more information, please visit www.clothestokids.org

Clothes to Kids currently serves the following Denver metro area school districts:

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Adams 14/Commerce City
  • Adams 50 (Westminster)
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Brighton 27J
  • Cherry Creek School District
  • Clear Creek School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Douglas County School District
  • Elizabeth School District C-1
  • Englewood Schools
  • Gilpin County School District
  • JEFFCO Public Schools
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Mapleton Public Schools
  • Platte Canyon
  • Sheridan School District 2

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Kaleidoscope Spring 2015



A Message From The President
Happy Spring to our many friends in the gifted community!  My name is Terry Bradley, and I am so pleased to be your new CAGT President.  I serve as the GT advisor at Fairview High School in Boulder and give workshops around the state on how to support parents and students on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness.  

 

Recently, I attended the 23rd Annual State Affiliate Conference in Washington D.C., hosted by the National Association for Gifted Children. Linda Crain, CAGT’s Executive Director, and I met with our Colorado members of Congress to urge them to support legislation known as the TALENT ACT that would help close the “excellence gap” between high-achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  During this time, we also applauded Congress for doubling funding for the Jacob Javits Gifted Education Grant Program last year and urged continued strong support for this initiative in 2016.  The Javits program funds research for identifying and serving high-achieving students from populations traditionally under-represented in gifted education programs and is critical for gifted programing nationwide as well as right here in Colorado.

 

A huge take-away from the DC visit, is that Colorado’s gifted community is leading the nation as far as advocacy and leadership in the field of Gifted Education.  What we have accomplished is highly regarded by other states. There’s an abundance of energy, ideas, creativity, and innovation to be found in our state and it is being used to its full advantage.  

 

The entire CAGT board is looking forward to a great year, and especially the amazing annual conference we have planned.

 

I’m looking forward to meeting many more of you in the months to come!

 

Warmly,

Terry 





Book Ends

Getting to Know a State

New Mexico – Land of Enchantment

Jerry Flack

 

Author's Note:

Motivating Reluctant Learners.

My own experience, circa fifth grade.

I was a reluctant and poor student in my early education. Then, when I was in the latter part of the fifth grade my family moved and I was assigned a major project by my new elementary school teacher. Each student in the class had picked a state or territory of the USA to investigate thoroughly. Suddenly, I was on fire. As the newest student in the classroom, I was left with the state of Mississippi, which was not nearly so popular as such glamour states as Florida, New York, or California. I greatly enjoyed writing to Mississippi government and tourist resources via the snail mail of the time, and I loved getting mail in return. Indeed, after my state project on Mississippi was completed, I spent the entire following summer between the fifth and sixth grades learning all about geology, geography, history, culture, national parks, capitals and capitols, and other hallmarks of the remaining 47 states at the time and all for no grades or school credit. My writing skills greatly increased and I found an entirely new genre of reading materials and writing, technical writing, that served me well for the rest of my formal education.

 

Learning about individual states, territories, and even other nations can be a wonderful inter-disciplinary inquiry. The recommended studies offer inventive ways to meet state and national standards. Moreover, such inquiries provide many different and rich paths students may follow with such studies. Individual interests and learning styles may be easily accommodated. One of the great changes that has occurred in the many decades since my fifth-grade introduction to a passion for learning is the Internet. Today, students may use myriad online searches to open their eyes to the glory of information available almost instantaneously.

 

Getting to know your neighbor. The following outline of a proposed investigation of a state can serve as a template to serve as a passport to studies the USA'S 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and other American territories. This curriculum model or outline can also serve as a format for organizing studies of the two hundred or more nations in the world. Students can investigate states or nations where they want to attend college. They may seek knowledge about the home states of their parents and grandparents. They may want to learn more about a state or region where they would ultimately want to live and work. It is a great and wonderful nation and world. Encourage gifted learners to delve into studies to become more familiar with its importance.

 

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SPECIAL EDITION

This special edition of “Book Ends” complements the major curriculum article, “Getting to Know a State.” Highlighting, two books each that are suitable for the elementary, middle, and high school grades are annotated. Notable books written in or about New Mexico are then listed for each of these three reading levels.  

 



Find all of these amazing resources here.


Websites and Support in Science and Math

By: M. Richy Richards

 

WHY do I need to know this?

How often is this thought, comment or idea expressed to teachers!

Your response…

…travel to the future, explore the past and plan for Fall! It’s never too early.

 Happy Hunting!



Websties and Supports to inspire you can be found here.
  • 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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