About the Conference – Registration and Access to Sessions Extended

Well, the first virtual 2020 CAGT Conference two day event has come and gone and we hope that you had a wonderful experience, learned a lot, were entertained and had tons of fun as well. The great news is – it’s not over! If you weren’t able to attend the two day event, see only part of it, or just want to watch more sessions, you are in luck!! All full conference attendees can view any and all sessions from the conference. Hopefully you still have your event app on your computer and/or phone, and if not, you can download it again because this is where you can see everything you missed.
All sessions, including Keynotes, Breakouts, Signature Series, Book Signings and more, have been recorded and uploaded to their specific schedule listing. All you need to do is use the app like you did during conference – it’s that simple!! These recordings on the event platform will be available through May 15th, 2021.
*Certain live pieces of our Conference are no longer available (e.g. certain discounts, author signatures, art contest voting, etc).*

*Just a tip: if you stay logged in then you don’t have to re-login and get a new verification code. If you log-out you will have to go through the login process again and will receive a new verification code. Remember you MUST use the same email that you used to register for conference.

**And if you didn’t have a chance to register and would still like to, registration has reopened. Although you won’t have the full conference experience from the live virtual event, we are offering all of the sessions from conference for the Early Bird price. Click Register Now for more information and to register.

To see the 2020 Art Contest winners, their art work and every art submission, as well as the list of the 2020 CAGT Leadership Awards recipients please scroll down the page.

Family Institute

Family Institute 2020 is now closed!

This year Family Institute, like the CAGT Conference, was virtual. It was a huge success and offered the same high-quality experience we have come to expect from our events. In 2021 our National Association for Gifted Children is having their annual conference here is Colorado at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. We will be working with NAGC to bring a Family Day to our parents and family members of our gifted students. Please check back with us in the Spring for more information about the plans for this exciting day coming in November. This event is designed specifically for parents, guardians, grandparents and any adult who plays an integral role in raising their gifted children. We will be planning presentations and other engaging activities to share with you about how to support the unique academic and social-emotional needs of these children when at home. Stay tuned!

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Exhibitors and Sponsorships

Exhibitors – CAGT will not be having their annual conference in 2021 as we will be hosting the National Association for Gifted Children’s annual convention here is Colorado at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. If you would you like to be an exhibitor at the NAGC convention please contact them directly. We would love to have you exhibit at our 2022 conference at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. See you then!

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Call for Proposals is Closed

If you submitted a proposal you should be receiving an email as to the selection decision by July 18th. Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise about our gifted children and their unique needs at our 2022 conference October 16th-18th, 2022. 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.

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2020 CAGT Conference Logo

Youth Impact Award is Now Closed

Please join us at our 2020 CAGT Virtual Conference to see the incredible students who have been selected for these awards. The Youth Impact 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.

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2020 Leadership Award Nominations is Now Closed

The 2020 Leadership Award nominatons are now closed. Award recipients will be honored at our 2020 Virtual Conference October 19th and 20th and announced on our website. Each year individuals are honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in our gifted community throughout Colorado. Leadership Awards are 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 each year at our CAGT annual conference. If you would like to nominate someone for their extraordinary efforts in the field of gifted education we will be accepting nominations for the 2022 conference in the spring of 2022.


CAGT Conference Scholarships are Now Closed

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.

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The 2020 CAGT Leadership and Youth Impact Award Winners!

Leadership Award Winners

George T. Betts Inspirational Award:
Jane Goff (Denver)

Jacquelin Medina Visionary Leadership Award:
Heather Baskin (Grand Junction)

Lifetime Achievement:
Leanne Cook (Elizabeth, CO)

Special Advocate:
Lisa Webster (Breckenridge)

Special Appreciation:
Anne Dunlevie (Eagle)

Educator of the Year:
Deb Darnell (Boulder)
Sharon Muench (Littleton)

Parent of the Year:
Wendy Allsbrook Javier (Durango)

Youth Impact Award Winners

Junior Division
Kapil and Sunand Bhandaram
Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Englewood

Senior Division
Charlotte Pankratz
Webber Middle School, Fort Collins

Masters Division:
Delaney McNally
Loveland High School, Loveland

Jake Sheykhet
Grandview High School, Aurora

CAGT’s 2nd Annual Art Contest Winners!

CAGT would like to congratulate our 2020 Art Contest Winners

Elementary Division


1st Place – Lucy Ratkiewicz
Grade 5
Pennock Elementary School
District 27J, Brighton


2nd Place – Danny Henes
Grade 2
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning
District 11, Colorado Springs


3rd Place – Isaac Wondel
Grade 2
Devinny Elementary
Jeffco, Lakewood


Middle School Division


1st Place – Koleton Pfaff
Grade 7
Ranchview Middle School
Douglas County School District, Littleton


2nd Place – Delia Bong
Grade 7
Escalante Middle School
Durango 9R, Durango


3rd Place – Kyra Aparicio Acevedo
Grade 8
Rocky Top Middle School
Adams 12, Thornton


High School Division


1st Place – Ashlin Leo
Grade 11
Rampart High School
District 20, Colorado Springs


2nd Place – Karol Quiroz
Grade 10
Greeley Central High School
Greeley Weld 6, Greeley


3rd Place – Santiago Benetiz-Fernandez
Grade 9
Boulder High School
Boulder Valley School District, Boulder


Congratulations to all of our winners and every student who submitted their interpretation of our conference theme this year – Through Their Eyes: A Wider Lens of 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
Middle School Division
High School Division