DCSD Gifted and Talented News

September/October 2014

Douglas County School District Gifted Education Department

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.

Colorado Association of Gifted & Talented Conference

Monday, Oct. 20th, 8am

4900 S Syracuse St

Denver, CO

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CAGT is proud to be reaching out to bring The Many Faces of Gifted to our Colorado community. This theme provides opportunities to explore the differences and uniqueness of each gifted child. Make sure to save the date as you will not want to miss this innovative celebration! Find out more information and register HERE.

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.

CU Science Discovery

We are excited to introduce our new Saturday Science program! Spend a Saturday exploring the fascinating world of 21st Century Life Sciences in this full-day program. Do your genes play a role in you fitting into your jeans? Can we really print a scaffolding for bones to grow on with a 3D Printer? Can diversity really keep us all

healthier? Find answers to these and many more science and engineering questions in this day-long exploration of life science and biotechnologies.

Find out more information HERE.

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Webinars on Wednesday - W.O.W. (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.

DCSD Elementary DiscoveryProgram

The Discovery Program is a self-contained magnet program for highly gifted learners located regionally at 4 elementary school sites in Douglas County. The program is intended for those students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school program.

Application Process is NOW OPEN. To learn more about the Elementary Discovery Program and to access the application please click HERE.

Parent Information sessions will be held at each program site:

Parent information Sessions:

November 5, 2014 Acres Green Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Gym)

November 6, 2014 Northridge Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Gym)

November 6, 2014 Pine Lane Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Gym*)

* Pine Lane Elementary, North Campus - enter gym through west door by flag pole

October 23, 2014 Renaissance ELOB 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Library)

DCSD Gifted Parent Site

Please visit this site for more information on Gifted and Talented Programming in Douglas County School District.

Gifted Education Tuesdays (G.E.T.)

Spend some of your Tuesday each month with fellow colleagues from around the state to focus on topics of importance to Gifted Education. The first session is NEXT TUESDAY,

October 7, 2014: Supporting Affective Needs

This seminar focuses on parental engagement, support with at-risk behaviors and tips to recognize behaviors, support students through their Advanced Learning Plan affective goal(s) and include parents in the conversation as active partners. Speaker: Dr. James Webb, PH.D, ABPP—CL

To join session use this URL: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/getoctober2014/

Optional Reminder Request: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GETremindOct7

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.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

Find out more information HERE.
Supporting Gifted Learners

Supporting Gifted Learners provides resources and information on subjects related to learning, with an emphasis on those topics that impact gifted children and adults.

World Affairs Challenge Annual Kickoff Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, 6-7:30pm

Posner Center for International Development 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO

The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is dedicated to developing tomorrow's global leaders. With mentoring, education, and competition, WAC facilitates middle-school and high-school passion and learning about world affairs. WAC engages youth to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. WAC students move from awareness to action while learning to think critically, collaborate, communicate, and grow human capacity.


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.