About CAGT


Every child has a right to learn something new everyday. Gifted children thrive in learning environments that present challenge and wonder in 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 students.

Four Main Areas of Focus

As a statewide advocacy group, we are focused on improving the lives and opportunities of gifted students.

This is accomplished in four main areas:

  • Helping our stakeholders (educators, families, and politicians) understand the characteristics of gifted students

  • Training teachers in different strategies to create dynamic classrooms that challenge and engage gifted students

  • Providing families with information on how to advocate for and support the unique needs (both academic and affective) of their gifted students

  • 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!

A Gifted Child

What is Gifted?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “gifted” as: 1. having a great natural ability 2. revealing a special gift. However, for practical purposes, there are several working definitions that drive policies and programming for gifted education that are helpful to look at to have a better scope of how giftedness can be defined.

Two common definitions addressed by Colorado educators and parents are from the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Our History

It all began in 1973 when Dr. Rita Dickinson was appointed by the President of the Colorado Federation of CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) to chair a TAG (Talented and Gifted) committee. Then on March 2, 1974 two parents and seven psychologists met at the CEC convention at the Broadmoor and CAG (Colorado Association for Gifted) was born…

Since then our conferences have grown from the 1st conference held November of 1975 with 135 attendees, to close to 900 in 2018. Our conference has not only grown in attendees, but in sessions offered, topics addressed, international Keynote speakers and more.

Our organization has successfully advocated for, and had legislation passed to specifically support the academic and affective needs of our gifted children.

Currently we have been reaching out to support gifted throughout the state of Colorado by extending our Executive Board to include at-large positions from our Eastern Plains and Western Slope; creating a Speakers Bureau and Affiliate Grant program to support our affiliates across the state; and have grown in the number of CAGT affiliates that have come on board from all corners of Colorado with more developing each year!

For more information about our organization and to join us on our journey to fulfill our mission please peruse our website, check out affiliates in your area and find out about our membership opportunities.

Bowtie Kid