About the Conference
Each year CAGT hosts one of Colorado’s most esteemed Gifted and Talented Education conferences. The conference spans over two days and includes: four keynotes, over eighty breakout sessions, Family Institute, Creativity Night, Awards Night, and much more. Please join us this year for the 2020 Annual Conference, Through Their Eyes: A Wider Lens of Gifted, October 18th-20th. We hope to see you there!
Call for Proposals is Open!
Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise about our gifted children and their unique needs at our conference October 19th and 20th, 2020. Our professional conference offers over 80 presentations from experts in the field of gifted education and has an annual attendance of over 800 educators, administrators, parents and community members.
Youth Impact Award
Even though you are not in the classroom at this time, we want you to think of a student from this school year that you want to honor by nominating them for the 2020 Youth Impact Award. This award is designed to recognize children ages 7-18, who have made a positive, meaningful, and beneficial impact on others in their classroom, school and/or community. Four children from the state of Colorado will be named CAGT Youth Impact Award Students: one student for the Junior Division (ages 7-9), one student for the Senior Division (ages 10-12), and two students for the Masters Division (ages 13-18). All four students who are selected will receive a CAGT Certificate of Excellence and a cash reward.
2020 Leadership Award Nominations
The 2020 Leadership Award nominatons are now open. Each year individuals are honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in our gifted community throughout Colorado. Leadership Awards will be presented in the following categories: George T. Betts Inspiration Award, Jacquelin Medina Visionary Leadership Award, Parent of the Year, Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Special Advocate of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at CAGT’s 43rd Annual Conference. If you would like to nominate someone for their extraordinary efforts in the field of gifted education please visit the link for award information and criteria, and to submit your nomination.
CAGT Conference Scholarships
CAGT offers two scholarships for educators and administrators interested in learning how to better their pedagogy to support the needs of gifted students and programming at their schools.
The Colorado Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development
This CAGT scholarship (Colorado Scholars) is intended to support teachers working in Title I schools who are new to the field of gifted education. This opportunity provides teachers the tools for identifying and understanding the needs of underserved gifted learners. Selected candidates will attend the CAGT annual conference and participate in activities and/or presentations focusing on the fundamentals of gifted education with an emphasis on working with underserved populations. Upon completion of the program, candidates will complete a short “project” exhibiting their understanding of the issues addressed.
Leaders in Action Scholarship
CAGT, in collaboration with The Foundation for Colorado Gifted and Talented, is proud to offer Leaders in Action, a scholarship designed to support current Colorado Principals interested in growing or strengthening his or her school’s GT program. Selected candidates will be partnered with a mentor, attend this year’s CAGT Annual Conference and other conference events. Upon completion of the conference, scholarship recipients will work with their mentor to complete an impact project within their school utilizing their new knowledge and network.
Exhibitors and Sponsorships
Would you like to be an Exhibitor and/or a Sponsor for our fall Conference? We would love to have you support us!
The 2019 CAGT Leadership and Youth Impact Award Winners!
Leadership Award Winners
George T. Betts Inspirational Award:
Linda Silverman (Denver)
Glenna Alexander (St Vrain)
Paula McGuire (NEBOCES)
Jacquelin Medina Visionary Leadership Award:
Carol Swalley (Thompson Schools)
Michelle Barkemeyer (UnBOCES)
Administrator of the Year:
Natasha Straayer (Douglas County)
Educator of the Year:
Delsi Steach (Burlington)
Parent of the Year:
Tia Toennis (Adams 12)
Youth Impact Award Winners
Freedom Elementary, Colorado Springs
Lewis Palmer Elementary School, Monument
Eric Joseph Garcia Jr.
Centennial High School, Pueblo
Battle Mountain High School, Eagle County
CAGT’s 1st Annual Art Contest Winners!
CAGT would like to congratulate our 2019 Art Contest Winners
Congratulations to all of our winners and every student who submitted their interpretation of our conference theme this year – A Gifted State of Mind. The artwork was remarkable and we hope to see even more incredible entries at our 2020 Conference, Through Their Eyes: A Wider Lens of Gifted!