DCSD Gifted and Talented News

January 2015

Douglas County School District Office of Gifted and Talented

The Douglas County School District provides world-class educational opportunities for gifted learners who have demonstrated abilities that require differentiated programming to reach their full potential. Please visit our website for more information.

Facilitating Promise and Passion: An Evening for Parents with Dr. George Betts

Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

373 Inverness Parkway

Englewood, CO

The Douglas County School District office of Gifted Education and the Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented welcome Dr. George Betts, internationally acclaimed speaker and consultant.

Facilitating Promise and Passion:

An Evening with Parents

February 10, 2015


HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205
Englewood, CO 80112

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The Center for Bright Kids

The Center for Bright Kids is the Regional Talent Center for the Rocky Mountain area. This seven-state region includes Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming. CBK offers K-12 enrichment and acceleration programming for high interest and high ability kids. Our focus is not only on how kids think and learn, but how they discover ways to navigate the world while thinking and learning differently. CBK is focused on providing safe spaces for kids to laugh and play while being intellectually challenged with intensive academic experiences and actively engaged in meaningful, authentic learning experiences. The Center for Bright Kids has offered the Western Academic Talent Search, Summer Programs, and other youth programs for over 30 years and is a 501(c)3 non-profit center.

Byrdseed is a place dedicated to differentiating instruction for high-level learners. Learn new ideas, share what you know, and grow as an educator. Want to stay connected to Byrdseed? Have new articles delivered straight to you.

Webinars on Wednesday (Hosted by NAGC)

NAGC Webinars on Wednesday—WOW—offers high-quality educational content presented by experts in the field. WOWs are designed for administrators, classroom teachers, counselors, graduate students, gifted coordinators, parents, and professors.Our goal is to help you be more effective and informed in your support of gifted learners, whatever role you play. Participate live and take advantage of the opportunity to pose questions to or share your experiences with presenters and other attendees. Registration includes access to a multi-media recording, handouts, and other resources.

Find out more inforation and register HERE.

The Douglas County Affiliate of the Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented (DCAGT) aims to provide education, advocacy, and a community for families with gifted children in Douglas County.

Gifted Education Tuesdays (G.E.T. Sponsored by CDE)

Spend some of your Tuesday each month with fellow colleagues from around the state to focus on topics of importance to Gifted Education.

Healthy social and emotional development doesn’t always “just happen”. For many it is encouraged through a supportive, caring environment specifically designed to foster such growth. This session addresses the needs of gifted and talented students, 3-12,

whose social and emotional development may be qualitatively different from others their age. Step by step details will direct educators and professional support staff on how to effectively facilitate discussions.

Speaker: Terry Bradley

To join session use this URL: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/getfebruary2015/

Optional Reminder Request: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GetRemindFeb3

What is G.E.T.??

  • Interactive webinar (Adobe Connect) on selected Tuesdays for exploring practices in gifted education. (Test your connection prior to attending http://connect.enetcolorado.org/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm )
  • Live seminars 4-5:30 p.m. on designated Tuesdays. CAGT offerings on same dates specifically for parents.
  • Participation certificates are available for each session.
  • No need to register, but you can complete a reminder request.

Legislative Day at the Capitol is Almost Here

Held the Thursday after Presidents' Day each February, Legislative Day allows students (grades 8 – 12) a unique opportunity to shadow a state legislator for the day. The application process opens the first week of January. There is also an adult component to the day, where gifted advocates have an opportunity to learn about current legislative initiatives that affect our gifted children.

Registration for students in 8th-12 grade is currently open for this amazing opportunity, and will close on January 30th.

For more information visit http://www.coloradogifted.org/legislative

Colorado Math Circle

Interested in broadening your mathematical knowledge and sharpening your analytical thinking? Join the Colorado Math Circle for exciting math talks and problem solving sessions hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Speakers will include math professors and mathematicians from around the state. Topics are expected to include number theory, combinatorics, probability, geometry, and group theory. Click HERE for more information.
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SOAR with SENG (Annual Conference)

Friday, July 24th, 8am

4900 South Syracuse Street

Denver, CO

The SENG Conference Experience

Most conferences about giftedness focus primarily on educational issues. While they may include a few presentations about the social and emotional development and needs of gifted people and the challenges facing the gifted population, these presentations play a minor role.

SENG conferences reverse the priorities. We believe that recognizing, understanding, and accepting the social and emotional needs of this population are the first priorities for teachers, parents, and counselors. SENG supports strong gifted education programs, but we believe the emotional piece is the foundation for the development of healthy, happy, well-adjusted, appropriately educated, and contributing gifted members of society.

The 2015 theme is SOAR with SENG and we hope you will join us in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Denver to help us SOAR! Here is a sampling of the types of presentations you will find:

  • Social-Emotional Needs/Overexcitabilities
  • Gifted Adults/Gifted Elders Initiative
  • Diversity
  • Parenting/Families
  • Counseling
  • Twice Exceptional
  • Home School
  • Outliers Among Outliers

Find out more HERE