With the elections completed and the votes tallied, we want to congratulate and welcome to the CAGT Executive Board Colleen Urlik as our new CAGT Secretary and Stefanie Renquist as our new Treasurer/Membership Chair. We are excited to begin our work together to continue to build a stronger and more impactful organization to improve the educational opportunities for the gifted and talented children throughout Colorado.
Again congratulations to Colleen and Stefanie as they will be wonderful additions to the CAGT Board!
First CAGT would like to recognize and thank our outgoing Executive Board members, Kathleen Robinson and Jann Folsom, for the tremendous service they have provided to our organization. Kathleen and Jann have been dedicated professionals who have helped us move CAGT forward, and we truly appreciate all they have done for our association. Kathleen and Jann will be truly missed.
With the interview and hiring processes completed, we are pleased to announce that effective August 1, 2017, Nanette Jones is the Executive Director of CAGT, and Barb Cousins is the Executive Assistant. Nanette has long been affiliated with CAGT’s operations, conference and board. Her passion for and vast experience within gifted education K-12, at the state level, and her organizational knowledge will ensure a smooth transition in this role. Barb has extensive experience with the Douglas County CAGT affiliate (DCAGT) and also in the field of adult training and education, with a business and government sector background as well. Both will be great additions to our CAGT team!
Q and A for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), currently sitting on President Obama's desk awaiting signature.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015) – The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the nation’s leading advocate for high-achieving and high-potential students, applauded the inclusion of gifted and talented students within the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a Senate bill to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Looking for scholarships and grants for students and teachers? Please go to The Foundation for Colorado Gifted and Talented at www.cogtfoundation.org for more information.
The 41st Annual Conference will be held on Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23 at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Loveland. Please check back after the first of the year for more information!
U.S. Congressman Jared Polis (2nd Congresional District) introduced the Talent Act (S. 512) on Wednesday, June 12th, along with Tom Latham (Iowa-3). Read more about the Talent Act under Resources Tab - Advocacy & Legislation or by clicking on the Advocacy (state capitol) mosaic. Our thanks to Congressan Polis and his office for continually stepping up to plate for gifted children! Make sure you thank him by email or in person, when you see him out and around.
As part of the FY14 Omnibus package, Congress has authorized $5 million for the Javits Act thanks to Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) who led the push to restore funding. The Javits Act, which was defunded by Congress in FY 11, supports applied research to develop classroom strategies for identifying and serving gifted learners.
State Representative Cherylin Peniston has introduced HB14-1102 Gifted Education Programs. In addition to updating language in Part 2 of the Exceptional Choldren Education Act (ECEA), this bill requests funding for a Qualified Person to administer an AUs gifted education program and for a universal screening process, to aide in the identification of at-risk and underrepresented gifted children. Read more about it under Resources Tab - Advocacy & Legislation or by clicking on the Advocacy (state capitol) mosaic!