As the new President-Elect for the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT), one of my duties is to organize committees to run the annual CAGT Conference that’s held every October in Denver. This year it will be on Oct 7 and 8. I’ve been an attendee and a presenter at the CAGT Conference for many years. Now I’m the CAGT Conference Chair!
Our conference theme this year is “Mind The Gifted Gap – With Heart.” Experts from the state of Colorado (and there are many!), along with others from outside of Colorado, will join together to share information about latest research and best teaching practices for gifted students. We are proud that we already have three amazing keynote speakers lined up: Jim Delisle, a long-time friend of gifted, Deb Delisle, the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, and Susan Jackson, researcher and expert in highly and profoundly gifted (HG/PG) from Vancouver.
The CAGT Conference will be at the same location it’s been the past few years, the Denver Marriott Tech Center. For the 2014 conference, we’re looking into moving it to The Westin in Westminster so our friends up north can have easier access to the conference.
At this time of year, one of my main focuses is getting the Call for Proposals ready to post on the CAGT website so dozens of presenters can start to submit proposals for sessions. We will need many speakers to lead breakout sessions throughout the two day conference. There will also be a separate Parent Institute and Leadership Event. My programming committee will be reviewing each of those proposals as they come in.
Meetings to keep everyone updated are another focus of mine during the winter, spring, and summer. The CAGT board and volunteers are gathering often to discuss their various areas of responsibility. Considering we’ll have about 500 guests attending the CAGT Conference, there are a lot of areas that need attending to.
We are definitely coming off the high that the NAGC conference created in Denver in 2012 — we’re psyched to keep up the momentum this year.
I know it feels like a long away until October, but to me it seems to be right around the corner! I hope to see you there. Stay tuned.