Getting Connected At Colorado Gifted Conference

I attended the 35th annual CAGT conference this week in Denver, along with over 400 attendees – a strong turnout!

I’m on the Board of CAGT (Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented) and the CAGT Affiliate co-chair.  There are several active groups around the state that are local representatives of CAGT, with a few more groups looking to form.  I met with affiliate reps from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Cortez, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson County, Cherry Creek, Four Corners, Thompson Schools, and Douglas County.  Over lunch we discussed member benefits, steps involved in starting and running affiliates, and getting involved with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) convention coming to Denver in 2012 (NAGC is in New Orleans this year).

One of the CAGT conference sessions I attended was RTI – Response To Intervention for Gifted.  It reinforced how it’s important to change the level of instruction for gifted students rather than try to fit the student into the existing system.  If we’re meeting the needs of our core, 80% of the students, then 20% of the students’ needs aren’t being met.  Many of these 20% are gifted students.  We need to change our instruction for these 20%, rather than trying to change the students.

Lisa Weil from Great Education Colorado spoke about how to support Proposition 103 and keep further cuts to education from happening.  “Strong education means a strong economy.”

This is my 20th year of attending CAGT conferences.  It’s great to connect with people from around the state that I get to see infrequently throughout the year.  I am honored to be working with such a devoted group of people!

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