I got to spend time recently with one of my good friends and mentors, Dr. George Betts. He was a speaker at the 20th anniversary of the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented and Creative (CAEGTC). 8 of the 10 founding members, George is one, were honored at the celebration of the organization’s 20th year.
George spoke on “Celebrations and New Directions.” He traced the history of gifted education and reminded us how far the field has progressed. He brought up the new definition of giftedness as defined by the NAGC and all the controversy and confusion surrounding this updated definition. It’s always good to hear someone who’s been in the gifted field for so long speak. George has such a wealth of knowledge; I love hearing his historical perspectives and his hopes for the future of gifted ed.
Since 1992, over 160 Colorado educators, including me, have become members of the Academy and form the core of educators dedicated professionally to education of GT students throughout the state.