About the Conference

Each year CAGT hosts one of Colorado’s most esteemed Gifted and Talented Education conferences. This year we are going virtual! Our prices have been discounted, but include a ton of content with a conference registration!  The conference spans over two days and will still include keynotes, choice of breakout sessions, Family Institute, Awards Recipients, and much more. Also this year all of the sessions with be recorded and accessible to view through the end of January 2021! This allows all registered attendess to see EVERY session that the conference has to offer which is a great deal for the price tag – EARLY BIRD pricing ends September 18th! 

Here is the Program 2020 At a Glance for a sneak peak of all of the presentations we have to offer this year. Please join us this year for the 2020 Annual Conference, Through Their Eyes: A Wider Lens of Gifted, October 19th-20th. We hope to see you there!


Family Institute

We’re excited to announce that Family Institute, like the CAGT Conference, will be going virtual this year, which means that we’ll be offering the same high-quality experience you’ve come to expect from our events, except it will all be online for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home! Family Institute is designed specifically for parents, guardians, grandparents and any adult who plays an integral role in raising their gifted children. During the event, our presenters will share their expertise about how to support the unique academic and social-emotional needs of these children when at home. The Family Institute takes place on Monday, October 19th from 5:30 pm to 9:00.
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Exhibitors and Sponsorships

Would you like to be an Exhibitor and/or a Sponsor for our fall Conference? We have more opportunities this year to virtually promote your organization or business. Please join us this year for our first virtual event – and just think, no travel, lodging and shipping expenses! Click below for information and registration. We would love to have you support us!

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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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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 2019 CAGT Leadership and Youth Impact Award Winners!

Leadership Award Winners

George T. Betts Inspirational Award:
Linda Silverman (Denver)

Lifetime Achievement:
Glenna Alexander (St Vrain)

Special Advocate:
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

Junior Division
Jalen Thompson
Freedom Elementary, Colorado Springs

Senior Division
Andrew Deeds
Lewis Palmer Elementary School, Monument

Masters Division:
Eric Joseph Garcia Jr.
Centennial High School, Pueblo

Saphira Klearman
Battle Mountain High School, Eagle County

CAGT’s 1st Annual Art Contest Winners!

CAGT would like to congratulate our 2019 Art Contest Winners

Elementary Division


Laura Dragoo
Freedom Elementary
Colorado Springs District 11


August Hartman
Running Creek Elementary
Elizabeth School District
Wood Mosaic

Middle School Division


Everett Derosier
Manning Middle School

High School Division


Alex Garcia Moreno
Northridge High School
Colored Pencil

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!