Winter 2009

Happy Holidays! From All of Us to All of You!

CAGT's 11th Annual Legislative Day will be on Thursday, February 18 2010! 

Registration will begin on January 1.  Check out our website for more information!


Introducing the Student Corner

As we head into 2010, we would like your help in launching a new column for the Kaleidoscope. The “Student Corner” will highlight exemplary student writing in each edition, beginning in March 2010. In order for this column to be a success we need CAGT members to encourage students to submit their work (stories, poems, articles, etc.) to us for consideration.

We encourage students to submit pieces that are in accordance with the next edition’s theme. Information on upcoming themes and submission dates will be found within the Student Corner column. Submissions should be sent to Michelle Oslick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March’s Student Corner information
Theme: Colorado Students Take on Global Issues: How students are using skills and resources to help the global community.
Submission Deadline: February 28th 2010

-Michelle Oslick and Stephanie Kawamura

A Message from the President

In October, CAGT hosted the 33rd annual Colorado conference for gifted. This year’s conference focus drew our attention to diverse gifted learners, their varied nature and their unique needs. Cheryl Franklin-Rohr, Debbie Getzel, Carrie Clark and Nannette Jones led our “Embracing Diversity, Growing Potential” mosaic of topics to “reenergize your heart, spirit and mind” as over 500 participated each day to learn, share and create possibilities together!
Africa! Africa! Africa!
By Jerry Flack

 A great many gifted and talented students will spend at least a portion of their high school or college careers engaged in study and travel abroad. Regardless of their current age, there is no better time to engage them in learning about Earth’s fascinating continents and nations than the present. Both reference materials and children’s literature can help gifted readers of all ages embrace world culture and in the process become more cultured and
worldly themselves.
Critics of contemporary education cite a lack of knowledge of geography by students as a curricular shortcoming. Studying atlases and reading premier travel books with comprehensive information about the geography, history, food, language, natural beauty, and culture of the world’s great locations benefits talented middle and secondary students. International children’s literature for younger readers also expands vast geographical horizons. There are innumerable resources that may be used with talented students of all ages to assist them in developing a broader awareness of the greatness and majesty of Africa.
“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.”
                                                                  George Kimble

Internet Resources for Math & Science

Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math

Dr. M.R.E. Richards


In this month's article you will find two separate sets of resources. The first section of this article is full of fantastic resources including new offerings sing animation. Second you will find highlights of the free offerings presented at the Colorado Association of Science Teachers Conference held in November. Enjoy all of the ways that you can infuse new life into your mid year teaching!

Breaking News!

The Center for Bright Kids (formerly Rocky Mountain Talent Search) has relocated to the Colorado School of Mines.  Check out their website for summer programs.


Affiliate Update!

Exciting news!!! The Denver Affiliate (DAGT) is soon to be up and running again! They had their first planning meeting in November. It was a fun and vibrant meeting, and they are exploring what information already exists, plus ways to move forward as an organization. DAGT will have another preliminary meeting in January so that they will be prepared with as much information as possible when they broaden it out and hold a kick-off meeting.  The experiences and views of others who've trodden this path are valuable and welcome!

DAGT Meeting Discussion Points:

  • Obtaining an Affiliate Handbook so DAGT can learn about the requirements involved in setting up an affiliate.
  • Making plans to discuss with other CAGT Affiliates in Colorado their experiences in setting up. This information will be brought to the next meeting to discuss as a group. It would be great if they could find someone from another Affiliate willing to come and speak at their next meeting to share ideas and experiences. The next meeting is still in the preliminary stages.  After that, they can decide when to bring together a much broader range and number of people. 

If you are interested in learning more about how you can be involved or help DAGT as they form their affiliate, contact Mandianne Berg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or CAGT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations, DAGT!

2009 Conference Lost & Found!

If you inadvertently got home without your book purchases, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • 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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