45th Annual CAGT Conference 2023 – Imagine, Believe, Grow 

Believe it or not we are already getting things in motion for our 45th annual CAGT Conference 2023 – Imagine, Believe, Grow. We hope you will join us this year, October 8-10th at the Embassy Suites in Loveland for yet another great event for educators, administrators, mental health personnel, parents and students! Different conference events are now open.

Call for Proposals – Submissions due June 26th
Youth Impact Awards – Nominations due June 10th
Scholarships – Nominations due August 21st
Leadership Awards – Nominations due August 21st
Exhibitors and Sponsorships – Registration is Now Open!
Conference Registration is Now Open!

Check out the descriptions below and for specific information about the events, click on the green buttons. Come back often to submit conference proposals; apply for our many scholarships; nominate a colleague for one of our Leadership Awards and a student for our Youth Impact award; or to be an Exhibitor or Sponsor at the conference. Hope to see you this fall!

2023 CAGT Leadership Awards

Nominations for the 2023 CAGT Leadership Awards are now open. We are proud to present 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 at CAGT’s 45th Annual Conference. Please consider nominating deserving individuals for our many awards.

CAGT Scholarship Applications for the 2023

This year’s CAGT Scholarships to attend the our 2023 annual conference Imagine, Believe, Grow are now open. Please take advantage of the many scholarships to attend conference this fall 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! Click below for more information and to apply.

2023 Call for Proposals

Presentation proposals for CAGT’s 2023 Annual Conference Imagine, Believe, Grow can now be submitted. Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise about our gifted children and their unique needs at our 2023 conference October 8th-10th, 2023. 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. Proposals for breakout sessions for this year’s conference can now be submitted. Click here for more information.

Youth Impact Award Nominations

The 2023 Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Youth Impact Awards are back.. 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 2023 Youth Impact Awards. Nominations are now being accepted. Click here for more information and to submit your nomination. 

Exhibitors and Sponsorships

Exhibitors and Sponsors –  Come join us for our 45th Annual Conference, ​Imagine, Believe, Grow. We would love to have you exhibit and/or be a sponsor at our 2023 conference at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, October 8-10th as it is your support that helps make our conference a success! Information for both exhibiting and sponsoring will be available in early April.. We hope you join us this next fall!

Family Institute

We are in the process of rebuilding our Family Institute. Once we have everything ready for this revised event, we will reach out to our stakeholders. Check back often for more information and to check out other conference related events.

The 2022 CAGT Leadership and Youth Impact Award Winners!

Leadership Award Winners

George T. Betts Inspirational Award:
Roger Dowd (Arvada)

Jacquelin Medina Visionary Leadership Award:
Michelle DuBois (Boulder)
Nisia Patalan (Durango)

Lifetime Achievement:
Sandy Malouff (Santa Fe Trail BOCES)

Special Advocate Award:
Christine Daugherty (Northeast BOCES)

Educator of the Year:
Emily Abell (Littleton)
Julia Lumsargis (Monte Vista)

Youth Impact Award Winners

Junior Division
Presley Hardin
Prairie Hills Elementary, Thorton

Senior Division
Gavin Linville

Masters Division:
Jameson Johnson
Grandview High School, Cherry Creek

Daniela Ortiz
Resurrection Christian School,

CAGT’s 4th Annual Art Contest Winners!

CAGT would like to congratulate our 2022 Art Contest Winners

Elementary K-2 Division


1st Place – Ritvi Rahul Pawar – 1st Grade
Ritvi wants to make her own world beautiful by doing wonderful things she likes. Color your own world.


2nd Place – Fiora Mariotti – 2nd Grade
Surfing Upside Down


3rd Place – Hendrix Petty – 1st grade
Bob the Gifted Gorilla


Elementary 3-5 Division


1st Place – Kishan Ajith – 3rd grade
Nature provides us with many gifts, unconditionally. So we need to save our planet Earth


2nd Place – Aoife Beal – 3rd grade
Different Dimensions of Me (self-portrait)


3rd Place – Danny Henes – 4th grade
“Without Labels” – Our giftedness is more than the labels we’re given, more than the diagnostics, more than the scores we produce. Our giftedness is our story to unfold and tell as we live it. It never fades, it may change, but it is who we are unconditionally. 


Middle School Division


1st Place –  Sofia Lyon – 8th grade
Infinite Knowledge


2nd Place – Elliot Kuehler – 7th grade
A burgeoning confidence leads a daydreaming student toward new possibilities.


3rd Place – Elliot Sibson – 7th grade
I am gifted!


High School Division


1st Place – Samantha Stephens – 11th grade
“YOU CANNOT BE HAPPY” -centered on the pressure of being labeled as “gifted” at a young age.


2nd Place – Anya Adkins-Trotta – 10th grade
Unconditional: no limits. “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”


3rd Place – Joshua Cho – 11th grade
I created a self portrait of myself developing unique aeronautical technologies on the moon.


Congratulations to all of our winners and every student who submitted their interpretation of our conference theme this year – Unconventionally, Unconditionally Gifted.  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