Surprises During Productive Day at PTA Conference

Last Friday I was an exhibitor representing the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT) at the 91st annual Colorado PTA Conference. It was held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, and was for individuals from all over Colorado who are involved in their school’s Parent/Teacher Association.

I was representing CAGT to promote the upcoming national conference for NAGC – the National Association for Gifted and Talented. As a board member of CAGT, we’re very involved in planning for the huge national conference. We want to spread the word to get more parents and educators to attend the national conference since it will be in Denver in November 2012. We’re expecting between 2,000-3,000 attendees.

I handed out info about NAGC Parent Day and told PTA parents about CAGT, of which I am a board member. I was there with other CAGT board members Linda Crain and Kathee Jones.

A highlight for me at the Colorado PTA Conference was talking to a woman who’s from Wyoming! Wait, wasn’t this a Colorado PTA Conference? Yes, but there isn’t a Wyoming PTA Conference OR a Talented & Gifted state association in Wyoming. So this mom was there from Casper to gather info for her district about running effective school PTAs, and to connect with other people who are involved in supporting their schools.

She was really excited to get information to bring back about the upcoming NAGC conference. I know she’ll spread the word in Casper and to surrounding areas, and she’ll encourage parents to attend the event in Denver, which is about a 4 hour drive from Casper.

Also at the PTA Conference, I got another parent rep for BVGT, the local Boulder affiliate of CAGT. The day ended up being a much more productive and enjoyable time than I anticipated. Check out the PTA in your school and, no matter what state you’re from, attend this year’s 59th annual NAGC conference in Denver.


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