Congratulations to Our New Executive Assistant!
We would like to congratulate and welcome our new Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Morarie! She has been carrying out this role as we searched to fill this position. Her extensive knowledge of gifted and talented and the inner workings of CAGT makes her the perfect fit for this extremely important job with our organization. Elizabeth will support all aspects of our association and help CAGT grow into the future. Congrats Elizabeth!
It's a New Year and New CAGT Executive Board Positions!
With the start of this new year we have a shift in our Executive Board positions. We want to first begin by thanking our Past President Terry Bradley for her six years serving CAGT! She has graciously represented, supported and grown our organization into an exemplary statewide non-profit that adresses the needs of our gifted youth, their families and educators. We know Terry will still be an active member, supporting us wherever she is needed. Thank you Terry!
Jennifer Barr and Roger Dowd will now fill the Past President's shoes as they pass their baton(s) to our new president, Diana Caldeira. Roger and Jennifer will be very busy in their roles of Past Presidents as they will not only be providing much needed consultation and support for the president and president elect, but they have very specific responsibilities crucial to the organization.
Diana Caldeira will take the helm as CAGT President for the next two year term. With her incredible organizational skills, thoroughness and passion, she will continue the work our former presidents put into motion and set forth new ideas and initiatives of her own to grow and strengthen our association.
Our new President-Elect, Colleen Urlik, will begin her work contributing to ideas, discussions and decisions that impact the work of our organization, but her biggest role is organizing and overseeing our 42nd and 43rd annual conferences - she will be a busy lady!
Stefanie Renquist will continue her work as Treasurer/Membership Chair, but has also taken on the role of secretary (vacated by Colleen when she was elected President-Elect) until our next election this fall. Thank you Stefanie!
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. Congratulations to all of you in your new positions!
U.S. Senate ESEA Bill contains Multiple Provisions to Support High Potential and High-Achieving Students
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.
The Foundation for Colorado Gifted and Talented
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.
Save the Date!
The 42nd Annual Conference - A Gifted State of Mind will be October 20 through October 22 at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Loveland. Please check back in early spring 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!