46th Annual CAGT Conference 2024 – Purpose & Passion

Believe it or not, our 46th Annual CAGT Conference 2024, Purpose & Passion, planning has begun! We hope those of you who joined us for the 2023 conference experienced an incredible event for educators, administrators, mental health personnel, parents and students! Each year we bring Keynotes, Signature Series, Breakout sessions, and other conference events that provide learning, networking, collaborating and fun for all of our attendees. The synergy is always amazing!

All of our conference and conference related events are now open! We have our Call for Proposals, Youth Impact Awards, CAGT Leadership Awards, CAGT Scholarships and if you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at our conference, that is open too!! To get information and to register for any of our 46th Annual Conference events – Purpose & Passion, please scroll down to find the event you are interested in checking out. We hope to see you at the Embassy Suites, Loveland, Oct. 20th-22th.

If you attended this year’s conference, or you missed it, the virtual piece of the 2023 conference registration is still open and registration is still available. You can view many sessions you may have missed and remember it’s FREE for 2 Day conference attendees.

*Please scroll down to check out all of our conference events and the 2023 Art Contest winners, Leadership and Youth Impact Award recipients.


Conference Registration – Now Open!!
Youth Impact Awards – Now Open – Due by 6/10/24
Call for Proposals – Now Open – Due by 6/24/24
Leadership Awards – Now Open – Due by 8/23/24
Conference Scholarships – Now Open – Due by 8/23/24
Exhibitors and Sponsorships – Now Open – Due by 10/18/24

2024 Call for Proposals

The window for submitting presentation proposals for CAGT’s 2024 Annual Conference Purpose & Passion is now open! Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise about our gifted children and their unique needs. 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. All proposals are due NO LATER than June 24th by 10:00 PM. There will not be an extended submission date, so get your proposals in soon!

Family Institute

We’re thrilled to announce the return of our CAGT Family Institute! New and refreshed based on your feedback, we’re bringing high-quality live presentations to local communities across Colorado. Please click here or go to Events and click on CAGT Family Institute for more information and to register.

2024 CAGT Leadership Awards

Nominations for the 2024 CAGT Leadership Awards are now open. We know that there are incredible educators, administrators, parents, advocates and community members in your corner of Colorado who are doing amazing things for gifted children and their education. Please consider nominating these deserving individuals for the 2024 Leadership Awards 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. We can’t wait to honor these outstanding award recipients at CAGT’s 46th Annual Conference, Purpose and Passion, this fall. Submit your nominations soon.

CAGT Conference Scholarship Applications

This year’s CAGT Scholarships to attend the 2024 annual conference Purpose and Passion will be opening soon. Please take advantage of the many scholarships to attend next year’s conference and learn from local, national and international experts from the field of gifted education. We will be offering four scholarships to attend conference for educators, administrators and mental health providers interested in learning how to better their pedagogy to support the needs of gifted students and programming at their schools. In addition to our Colorado Scholars and Leaders in Action scholarships, we offer scholarships to help send our teachers of color and our mental health support personnel to conference. Don’t miss these opportunities to attend the 2024 conference! Check back soon for more information and to apply.

Youth Impact Award Nominations

The 2024 Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Youth Impact Awards are now open. Each year these awards are granted to children ages 7-18, who have made a positive, meaningful, and beneficial impact on others in their classroom, school and/or community. CAGT chooses  four children from the state of Colorado who 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 receive a CAGT Certificate of Excellence and a cash reward. Please consider nominating students who you feel are deserving of this award for our 2024 Youth Impact Award.

Exhibitors and Sponsorships

Exhibitors and Sponsors –  Come join us for our 46th Annual Conference, Purpose & PassionWe would love to have you exhibit and/or be a sponsor at our 2024 conference at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, October 20-22nd as it is your support that helps make our conference a success! Information for both exhibiting and sponsoring is now available. If you would like to place an ad in the conference program, please check here for pricing.
We hope you join us this October!

The 2023 CAGT Leadership and Youth Impact Award Winners!

Leadership Award Winners

George T. Betts Inspirational Award:
Blanche Kapusion (Denver)

Jacquelin Medina Visionary Leadership Award:
Emily Andrews (D11 – Colorado Springs)

Lifetime Achievement:
Amy Graefe (UNC – Greeley)

Legislator of the Year:
Senator Rachel Zenzinger

Special Advocate Award:
Natalie Brown (Santa Fe Trail BOCES)

Administrator of the Year:
Gabe Futrell (Monte Vista)

Educator of the Year:
Aubrey Daschel-Lloyd (Denver)

Youth Impact Award Winners

Senior Division
Ryzer Spicer
Academy ACL, Colorado Springs

Shriya Madhavan
STEM School, Highlands Ranch

Masters Division:
Emory Vazquez
Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette

Sam Morgan
Fairview HS, Boulder

CAGT’s 5th Annual Art Contest Winners!

CAGT would like to congratulate our 2023 Art Contest Winners

Elementary K-2 Division


1st Place – Anthony Thornton, 2nd Grade
“Lightning Flowers”


2nd Place – Dorothea Light, Kindergarten
“Love Helps Grow”


3rd Place – Owen Rose, 2nd Grade
“The Place of Your Wildest Dreams”


Elementary 3-5 Division


1st Place – Danny Henes, 5th grade
“Little Imperfections”


2nd Place – Bailey Werner,  5th grade
“Rainbow Sky”


3rd Place – Antonia Leyton,  3rd grade
“Imagina Crea Crece”


Middle School Division


1st Place – Jordan Henry, 7th grade
“Future Frontiers”


2nd Place – Liberty Gage, 7th grade
“The Tenth Dimension”


3rd Place – Gavin Shaklee, 7th grade
“Beautiful Future”


3rd Place – Everleigh Chambers, 7th grade
“Plant Something Beautiful”


High School Division


1st Place – June Mattox, 9th grade


2nd Place – Sofia Lyon, 9th grade
“Power of the Mind”


3rd Place – Logan Conigliaro, 10th grade
“Manifest Vision”


Congratulations to all of our winners and every student who submitted their interpretation of our conference theme this year – Imagine, Believe, Grow.  The artwork was remarkable and we hope to see even more incredible entries at our next conference!

Here is a peek at all of the artwork, but remember voting is closed.
Elementary Division – K-2
Elementary Division – 3-5
Middle School Division
High School Division