Dear CAGT Community,
I hope this edition of the Kaleidoscope finds you happy and healthy. On behalf of the entire CAGT team, I want to wish you a prosperous and joyous New Year! In 2014, our themes will continue to be connecting, collaboration and communication to improve gifted education in Colorado.
The year 2014 will prove to be a busy and exciting for gifted education in Colorado. We made incredible progress during 2013 and the momentum continues. In October, CAGT hosted the largest state conference in our history, touching over 850 parents, teachers, and students over two days. Congratulations to President-Elect, Terry Bradley and her team in their thoughtful planning and preparations. We know the next state conference will be just as exciting and successful. In November, a Colorado treasure, Dr. George Betts was elected to the NAGC President-elect position. We look forward to continued partnerships and collaboration with NAGC to improve Gifted Education at all levels.
Our Legislative team, led by our Executive Director, Linda Crain and her co-Chair, Susan Scheibel (past president) have been working diligently on a few major topics which include: revision of ECEA to included and clarify Gifted Education, review of the current Concurrent Enrollment to support advanced learners and graduation requirements for advanced learners. Our momentum is growing and our legislative representatives are listening.
Our past president, Cheryl Franklin-Rohr is connecting with our GT colleagues in neighboring states to create a strong bond and support system for the gifted community. Our partnership with CDE continues to grow as we work with Jacquelin Medina to improve practice and policy in the state.
Please check out our new web page. Our Executive Secretary, Kathleen Robinson and our Executive Director, Linda Crain worked diligently to update our web site and I think their efforts paid off! www.coloradogifted.org Also, join our Facebook and twitter groups to stay abreast of new ideas, thoughts, inspirational quotes and what is happening in the gifted community.
Join us as we continue to connect, collaborate and communicate throughout 2014! I look forward to another superior year with all of you.
Dr. Blanche Kapushion
By: Dylan McNally
For those of you who don’t know, I am the new Student Rep for the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) State Board. Besides gaining a better perspective for myself of what is going on with gifted education in our state, my job is to provide my own and my peers’ perspectives on such issues. One important issue in today’s gifted education is acceleration. With the task to challenge our bright and gifted students in this state always present, I feel that I should give my perspective on this issue. So comes the question: Why acceleration?