Winter 2012

Kaleidoscope February 2013
It's almost here...
Legislative Day 2013 at the Capitol:  
Celebrating Excellence
Thursday, February 21, 2013
For All Those Who Are Attending Don't Forget:
Scottish Rite Masonic Hall, 1370 Grant Street (Lower Level), Denver, CO
(Across the street from the State Capitol)
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Check-In and Registration:  7:00 - 7:30 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Hall
Orientation Program:  7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
It's not not late to register to attend.
click below for more information.

For details click here.
Save the Dates!
Oct. 7-8, 2013



Denver Marriott Tech Center
Invited speakers:
• Jim Delisle, a Colorado GT favorite
• Deb Delisle, Asst. Secretary Education
• Susan Jackson, GT consultant & researcher
Parent Forum & Leadership Event
Call for proposals available on-line in March
Top Reads of 2012

Are you a lover of young adult fiction?


If so the following list is guaranteed to keep your kindle/nightstand filled with great reading material for the upcoming year.



If not, give a few of these title suggestions by Dr. Bob Seney a try. You will not be disappointed. Though you may end up hooked on a genre whose options are limitless.

Find the top reads of 2012 here.

Book Ends

Patricia Polacco: Of Bullies and Great Educators

Jerry Flack, The University of Colorado

 From the 1998 publication of her passionate and highly autobiographical picture book Thank You, Mr. Falker (see below), the hugely popular author and illustrator Patricia Polacco has vigorously battled student teasing and bullying in her hundreds of school visits, her Web Page “Stop The Teasing” campaign, and her colorful and dramatic picture books that well serve students of all ages and grade levels. Her most recent books are devoted to two of her most popular topics: school bullying and great educators. Her work is a collection worthy of note for any curriculum, at any level of learning.


To read an in-depth analysis of the works of Patricia Polacco on these topics,

please click here

A Message From the President
Dear Friends of CAGT,

Welcome to the 2013 New Year!  I am pleased to be your CAGT President for the next two years. As our journey continues, we have identified resolutions and goals to work toward as we collaborate with NAGC, CDE and our local affiliate groups.

I am happy to share that we have increased the number of local CAGT Affiliates.  The parents in these affiliates are our “boots on the ground” and our first responders to the questions and needs of parents.  Because of these affiliate groups, who are located in each and every corner of our state, CAGT is truly a statewide organization and growing stronger than ever.

One goal for CAGT in the upcoming year, is to get the Foundation for the Gifted and Talented off the ground.  The CAGT Foundation has been a dream of our organization for many years.  This effort will be led by our Past-President, Cheryl Franklin-Rohr.  Stay tuned for updates and news as the year unfolds.

Another goal, is to continue our collaboration with our State GT Director, Jacquelin Medina, to support gifted education efforts, including acceleration policies, supporting rural districts and BOCES with their needs around gifted learners, as well as partnering with CDE in increasing the accountability structures used by districts, to report on gifted education best practices and student academic growth.  This partnership and collaboration with CDE is critical in our work, and thus a priority for CAGT.

Communication is a continuing focus and can always be improved.  We are implementing the expansion of our Facebook page and Twitter. If you have not “friended” CAGT on Facebook and Twitter, please do.  Connect us with your “friends” and be our “friend”.  Together we can support parents, educators and students in the field of gifted education. We also encourage you to “friend” our local affiliates. We are working on updating the information on our webpage so that it is current and user friendly, please check in regularly to see what is new.  We will continue to send members CAGT Kaleidoscope and The Happenings in an effort to share information and strengthen connections.

We have many accomplishments to celebrate from the past year. The greatest being, the NAGC Convention in Denver, this past November. Three thousand attendees representing all 50 states, as well as 13 countries attended!  CAGT hosted a successful Parent Day event, with 250 parents who were engaged in learning from experts in the field of gifted education.  The Leadership Forum, hosted by CDE, brought together superintendents, administrators and teachers from across the state to learn about practice and policy to support gifted education.  Through this team effort, over 1200 Colorado teachers, parents and advocates were able to attend and increase their knowledge and skills to address the learners in their classrooms.

As a result of what we learned by hosting the convention, CAGT has made a commitment to recognizing and supporting our teachers and students.  The CAGT Distinguished Student Award will become an ongoing practice to recognize exceptional gifted or talented students.  The CAGT Colorado Scholars will be an ongoing effort to support the professional development of teachers who are interested in increasing their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of gifted learners.  Begin thinking about teachers or students who might benefit from each of these recognitions and keep an eye out for communications regarding the nomination processes for each.  The people nominated will be recognized at our CAGT Conference on October 7 & 8, 2013.

Finally, I want to share that CAGT is “sitting at the table” with state legislators and policy makers to bring to light the needs of gifted learners.  We have a policy analyst and a strong Legislative Committee working on behalf of gifted and talented education.  This team works closely with members from CDE, Great Education Colorado and Great Futures, Gifted Education Coalition and G- SAC as groups to represent gifted education data, needs and supports.

CAGT’s purpose is focused and strong.  Join us on Facebook and Twitter.  Stay connected and share information.  We are only as strong as our membership.  Together we can work together for all of our gifted learners.  2013 IS the Year of the Student! 



Dr. Blanche Kapushion


Legislative Update

                                                           GIFTED STUDENTS MATTER!

Dear parents, families, educators, administrators, academics, intermediate and high school students, community members, business leaders, legislators, and all advocates for gifted and talented learners:


Welcome to the first edition of the CAGT Quarterly Legislative Update!  Because the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented believes:

-     that educational policies affect the quality of programs and programming available for highly able students in Colorado schools and

-     that communication and collaboration are essential to supporting the needs of gifted learners;

-     we network, monitor, participate, and inform state stake holders in support of K12 gifted and talented students.

Please continue to participate and support the 14th Annual Legislative Day at the Capitol: Celebrating Excellence which will be held on Thursday, February 21 this year from 7:30 to 3.  It is an informative and engaging day for 8th-12th graders, parents, educators, administrators, school board members, and others to connect with Colorado legislators.  Students may apply, register, and shadow a legislator or be part of a group experience.  Adults will participate in a morning orientation and lunchtime session with legislators, as well as observe committee hearings at the Capitol in the afternoon.  Adults and students, do join this successful tradition!  Additional information is available online at

For five years CAGT has partnered with Great Education Colorado to support advocacy for all students in our state because we believe that all students matter, including gifted students!  This year Great Ed’s focus is on 2013 The Year of the Student, as they promote the need for adequate state funding for all of our students.  Please be informed and connect with them at

Do follow and support two significant legislative issues affecting gifted students this legislative session:


*      For the first time many years legislators are working to revise and update the existing Colorado School Finance Bill, led by Senator Mike Johnston.  This bill will affect the state stream of funding for gifted students, so please read and advocate for greater resources for gifted students.  Presently Colorado contributes $139 per gifted students each year and districts make contributions, while there is no national revenue funding for gifted students.


·       ACCELERATION BILL 2013 HB 1023

*      One of four education bills coming out of the 2012 bi-partisan Educational Success Task Force is HB 1023 focused on Academic Acceleration.  This bill, sponsored by Representatives Murray and Fields, requires districts and charter schools to develop an academic acceleration policy to support highly able students. Presently this bill has passed the House Education Committee and is on its way through the system.  CAGT supports this legislation.

As the intent of the CAGT Legislative Team is to support gifted learners in Colorado, we will now have quarterly reports in the Kaleidoscope, periodic Maildog alerts, and information on the website to communicate with each of you in support of our gifted and talented students. 

We welcome your feedback and support, so please let us know if/ how you would like to be involved!

Contact us at CAGT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through our website at



Susan Scheibel, CAGT Legislative Chair          Carol Norberg, CAGT Policy Analyst

Linda Crain, CAGT Executive Director              Kathleen Robinson, CAGT Executive Assistant

CAGT Board Legislative Team members:  Julie Gonzales, Susan Miller, Charlene Brock, Kathryn Kyd


Colorado’s 66,383 gifted students matter!

“If you want to go fast, go alone;  if you want to go far; go together.”

African proverb

Colorado Investment in Education
Did you know…

 The Colorado School Finance Project (CSFP) updated and created several reports on per pupil spending comparing Colorado to national per pupil spending from the Education Week, Quality Counts 2013 reports (school year 2009-10, FY 2010) released earlier this year.

Below you will find links to their surprising results.

1.       Per Pupil Spending by State

2.       Overall Grade and Per Pupil Spending by State

3.       Percent Total Taxable Resources Spent by State

4.       Nearby States Spending More Per Pupil than Colorado

Colorado spends $2,518 less per pupil than the national average.  In 2003, Colorado spent $551 less than the national average.  As Colorado has invested in education, other states have invested more.

Neighboring states and the amount they spend MORE per pupil than Colorado:

·         Kansas $2,479

·         Montana $4,975

·         Nebraska $4,243

·         New Mexico $1,664

·         Wyoming $9,508

We hope you find the information helpful in discussions with your communities.  Additional information about School Finance is available on our website, Colorado School Finance Project:




Teaching with Type: Applying Personality Type in the Classroom

By Charlene Brock




“My child won’t speak up in class and her teacher is constantly pressuring her to do so.”

“I give complete instructions to my students and some students still come up to me and ask me to repeat the directions.”

“I have one student who constantly questions and critiques me in front of the class. I feel like I am under his scrutiny.”

“My child is so smart, but it isn’t recognized because he can’t get his work done and turned in on time.”


These common concerns of parents and educators can be understood and dealt with from the perspective of personality type theory. Type theory, as identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), has been used in counseling and professional settings for over 50 years. An early dream of Isabel Myers, the instrument’s author, was its application in the educational setting. With the growth in the use of the instrument and the development of the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®), an instrument developed by Dr. Elizabeth Murphy and Dr. Charles Meisgeier for children in the 2nd-12th grades, type theory is being applied more widely in the field of education. Furthermore, a national research project recently conducted by the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT) has demonstrated that training teachers in type theory can lead to an increase in student academic performance.

(This article was originally published in the NAGC Early Childhood Network Newsletter
January 2013)

To read this article in its entirety click here

Winter 2013

Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and Math

 Dr. M.R.E. Richards


Winter 2013


With holiday’s far behind us, and a good chunk of winter ahead, it’s easy for the winter blues to kick in. Recharge your batteries with some new resources.

Happy Hunting!

To view these resources dowload list here.

Getting Connected


You knew CAGT has a webpage but did you know that CAGT also has a super Facebook page?

Further, many local CAGT Affiliates also have an online presence, via a webpage and/or a Facebook page. Click on a link below to connect to CAGT and with your local Affiliate!

BVGT (Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented)

Serving the Boulder area



ChCAGT (Cherry Creek Association for Gifted Children)

Serving Cherry Creek


DAGT (Denver Association for Gifted and Talented)

Serving Denver


DCAGT (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented)

Serving Douglas County



4CAGT (Four Corners Association for Gifted and Talented)

Serving the Cortez area


GET (Gifted Education Team)

Serving Eagle County



JAGC (Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children)

Serving Jefferson County



MAGS (Morgan County Advocates for Gifted Students)

Serving Morgan County


NOCO (Northern Colorado Gifted)

Serving Loveland & Ft. Collins area



PPAGS (Pikes Peak for Gifted Students)

Serving the greater Colorado Springs area


SAGE (Summit Advocates for Gifted Education)

Serving Summit County



Pueblo forming

Serving the Pueblo area



WCAGT (Western Colorado Gifted and Talented)

Serving the Grand Junction area


No Affiliate in your area? Ask CAGT about starting one!

  • 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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