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February 18, 2017 Newsletter

Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - "Positive Advocacy for your Gifted Child's Needs" Presented by Dr. Jenny Ritchotte
Gifted Exchange Support Group  February 21st - Last One for a While
JAGC Election Nomination Pre-Announcement
Middle School Math...No Credit Toward High School Requirements
In Case You Missed It - January Parent Seminar Breakout Sessions
Jeffco GT Department 2e Web Page
Jeffco News - Budget Cuts, Colorado Gifted Education Review, New GT Identification Process and Criteria
Colorado News - ESSA Feedback
Summer Programs
GT Enrichment Corner - NOAA Science On a Sphere Student Contest
Jeffco Early Access Testing for Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade for the 2017-2018 School Year
CDE Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Vacancies
Davidson Young Scholars Program - Free Support, Information, and Resources for Profoundly Gifted Students
NAGC Award Nominations 2017
Beyond Giftedness Conference and Parent Mini-Conference  February 24th
Mackintosh Academy Presents Girls in Science & Design  February 25th
BVGT Presents 2e: Twice-Exceptional Film  March 8
DCAGT Presents "Different by Design; Moving from Feeling Defective to Being Distinctive" with Sharon M. Barnes  March 9th
Colorado Teen Literature Conference   April 1st
Living Minds GT Online Parent University  April 3rd - May 15th
DCAGT Presents College & Career Readiness by Barb Cousins  April 13th
Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest 2017  April 29th & 30th
Helpful Links
   "Are Kids Missing Out by Not Skipping a Grade?" by Linda Flanagan
   Fordham Institute GT Blog The High Flyer
   National Education Policy Center Review of High Stakes for High Achievers and High Stakes for High Schoolers
   Douglas County Parent University Courses (there are often Gifted topics)
   SENG Newsletters
   Previously broadcast SENGinars can be purchased
   Davidson Institute Newsletters
   Gifted Education Press Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2016
JAGC GT Ambassadors
How you can help JAGC

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Note: This newsletter is intended to provide a wide array of information that readers may find helpful. In an effort to bring breadth of information, JAGC does not necessarily endorse or support opinions presented.  JAGC also does not endorse, approve for services, or recommend any specific program mentioned.
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Jeffco GT Parent Seminar - "Positive Advocacy for your Gifted Child's Needs" Presented by Dr. Jenny Ritchotte  February 27th

"Positive Advocacy for your Gifted Child's Needs" Presented by Dr. Jenny Ritchotte
Presentation description: He just doesn’t care... It must be my fault... If only the teacher would…! Sometimes raising a gifted child takes a village. Blaming others or ourselves when issues arise is reactive and not proactive; it only gets us so far. This presentation is about replacing blame with effective collaboration and communication skills. We will learn more about how to work together to positively impact our gifted children’s lives!

      Monday, February 27, 2017
      6:30pm - 8:00pm 
      1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. #27
      5th Floor Board Room
      Flyer

 Mark your calendar for the last Parent Seminar of the year: 
      Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - GT Share Fair 6:30pm-8:00pm (Student projects from Destination Imagination, Tech Challenge, Service Learning, SPARKS, Passion Projects)

           Parent Seminars are typically held:
           1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg #27
           5th Floor Board Room

 More information about this school year's Parent Seminars can be found here. And find Jeffco GT Parent Resources here.

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Gifted Exchange Support Group  February 21st - Last One for a While

JAGC "Gifted Exchange" Support Group (3rd Tuesday of the month)
   Tuesday, February 21, 2017
   10:00am
   Bean Fosters Coffeehouse
   SE corner of 6th Avenue & Heritage Rd., across from Jeffco Courthouse
   720 Golden Ridge Road, Unit D, Golden, CO 80401

The group is a place to find support and get new ideas. We look forward to seeing you.  Come share how things are going for your family, ask questions, and share your experiences with others who "get it."  Please help JAGC volunteers plan their time and also reserve enough space.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , noting your name.  Your RSVP also allows you to be contacted in the event of a last minute cancellation.

NOTE: This will be our last Gifted Exchange for this school year due to scheduling conflicts, but we may consider starting it up again in the fall. Should you have questions or concerns you need help with, please join our Facebook Group (send a Friend Request) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

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JAGC Election Nomination Pre-Announcement

We are starting the formal election process for next year’s JAGC Board of Directors. Terms run for 2 years from July 1 to June 30. Nominations for open positions will be accepted soon. Please look for an email blast from the JAGC Nominating Committee with details on available positions, the nominating procedure, and the election process. Information will also be available on our website.

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Middle School Math...No Credit Toward High School Requirements

The challenge for many of our advanced learners is their ability to access material that challenges them, that keeps them engaged. A number of middle schools do provide our students access to higher levels of math including Algebra I, Geometry, and in some cases Algebra II (although that is normally an on-line course). So we think, great, our student is challenged, they are happy, we're happy as parents. But not so fast, because unless your child is taking a course that aligns with the high school math curriculum, your child may be stuck having to take four more years of math once they hit high school. Let's look at an example. Take a young dancer who excelled in math, took Geometry in "eighth grade" and moved on to high school, only to find that she needed to take multi-variable calculus and stats, because she needed four years of high school math. Now, why a dancer would need multi-variable calculus, when she wanted to take extra art classes, was confusing to her, as well as her parents. Suffice it to say, check with your high school principal on how best to meet state and district math requirements. As we move towards competency we need to recognize that competency needs to be honored for our accelerated learners too. The math dilemma has been a challenge for our advanced learners for a long time. If they can access the high school level math in middle school, that's great. Just make sure your middle school principal and you high school principal are working to ensure students who do move quickly through the math curriculum aren't forced to take even higher levels of math if that's not really necessary for your child's college or career pathway. 

If you want to discuss further, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

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In Case You Missed It - January Parent Seminar Breakout Sessions

In case you missed last month's GT Parent Seminar, several breakout sessions were offered. Here are the presentations or information offered:
   - Navigating High School and College  
   - Early Access for Kindergarten/1st Grade  
   - Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners  
   - Twice Exceptional Students (Gifted with a Learning Disability)  
 
Find Jeffco GT Department Parent Resources here.

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Jeffco GT Department 2e Web Page

The Jeffco GT Department has a web page with resources for 2e (twice exceptional - gifted with a disability) students.

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Jeffco News - Budget Cuts, Colorado Gifted Education Review, New GT Identification Process and Criteria

Budget Cuts - Jeffco School District staff presented a list of recommended cuts to the school board on January 26th in an effort to free up money for other items in the budget. Gifted and Talented faced losing 4 Resource Teachers and the Wheat Ridge High School GT Program (2 GT teachers). Through efforts of our GT community, many letters were sent to the school board and many many people (a number of them students) spoke in support during the Board of Education meeting on February 9th. The Wheat Ridge High School GT Program is the only high school GT program in Jeffco. You can see the course descriptions to get an idea of the program. The GT program has permeated throughout Wheat Ridge High School, supporting and getting support from the other teachers and programs in the school. It is truly a unique model. The presentations and letters to the school board focused mostly on the social emotional support the program provides, but it is much more than that and is worth a visit if you are looking for high school options. At the February board meeting, staff changed their recommendations to defer the closing of the Wheat Ridge High School GT Program and to keep the 4 Resource Teachers, among other deferrals. We won't know for sure what cuts will occur until the state gets their budget set, so we know how much money is coming to school districts. We must remain vigilant.

One of our constant struggles is educating people on what gifted is. National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) had a poignant article on their blog titled "Gifted Isn't Good" by Janet Kragen. Another good article from a blog on Psychology Today "The "Bright Child" vs. the "Gifted Learner": What's the Difference?" by Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. that takes a few points from the Bright Child or Gifted Learner? chart and goes in depth with them. In addition, the gifted brain actually develops and works differently. An article from Johns Hopkins School of Education, "Brains on Fire: The Multinodality of Gifted Thinkers" by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide discusses some of this.


Jeffco’s Colorado Gifted Education Review (CGER) Process Complete! - From Roger Dowd, Jeffco Director of Gifted Education, "This is certainly an exciting time in Jeffco’s GT Department! We are implementing several new processes, and have also participated in the Colorado Gifted Education Review(CGER) this past January. Every four years, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) reviews each district’s gifted education processes, including identification, programming, Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs), professional development and communication. The process is very extensive, in which CDE examines all of our documents, policies, websites, communications, protocols, etc., and meets with a variety of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators and students from throughout the district. The CDE review team visited several of our schools, including both neighborhood and GT Center schools. We also used the survey feedback that parents, students, teachers, and administrators completed then shared this with the CDE visiting team as well -- thanks to all of you who took the time to complete these surveys!

We should have the official CGER report by early March, but did get initial feedback from the visiting team. Their feedback, and that from the surveys parents and other stakeholders completed, was very helpful in guiding our next steps toward improvement. We are doing many great things to meet the needs of Jeffco gifted learners, and the visiting team recognized the wide variety of enrichment opportunities we provide for students, our Center programming model, and the outstanding professional development and parent information opportunities and seminars we provide. But as with anything, we definitely have room for growth, including areas like developing common programming expectations for all of our schools, a more meaningful and collaborative ALP process, and clearer communication on areas like how students are identified and what resources are available to families.

We welcome this feedback from you, the team, and other stakeholders, and embrace the opportunity for growth and the direction this feedback provides. We look forward to further strengthening Jeffco’s reputation for meeting the needs of gifted learners, as well as partnering with you to help ensure our growth and that of our students."


New GT Identification Process and Criteria - The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) unveiled new identification guidelines this past year, and Jeffco is implementing those going forward. The changes are in an effort by the state to create “portability” of identifications -- all school districts follow the same identification criteria, so that a student identified in one Colorado school district will transfer that GT status to another Colorado district. There are a few important changes to the way Jeffco has identified students in the past: 
     - All identifications are made based on a Body of Evidence comprising of Cognitive data (like CogAT or IQ scores), Achievement data (like MAP trends or CMAS scores), Observation scales (discussed below) and Performance Evaluations (which could be top placements in state/national academic contests like a national spelling bee or national science fair.)
     - Identifications require at least 3 pieces of qualifying evidence from at least 2 of the above categories. The guideline for qualifying evidence is at the 95th percentile, or on the Advanced level (‘Exceeds’ standard level for CMAS.)  A cognitive score (like a CogAT or IQ test) will no longer qualify a student for an ALP by itself.
     - For teachers, Jeffco will be using a nationally normed behavioral scale, the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS). Parents will continue to complete our 15 Traits scales. 
     - Please visit Jeffco's GT Website for further information.  You can also visit the CDE website for the complete state guidelines.

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Colorado News - ESSA Feedback

PLEASE LIFT YOUR VOICE!

Most of you are familiar with No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It was a federal mandate put in place by the Bush administration, which requires schools to give more attention to the lower performing students and to be accountable for their growth. NCLB is being replaced by a new law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This law holds schools accountable for multiple groupings such as low-income, English learners, Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and homeless. It requires states to include student achievement on their state report cards disaggregated by student categories such as race, gender, low-income, English learners, and students with disabilities. It also requires states to not only show students performing at the proficient level and below, but now requires states to show the advanced level(s) as well. 

Under some of the grants available through ESSA, states must include information about how they plan to improve the skills of teachers and other school leaders that will enable them to identify students with specific learning needs, particularly children with disabilities, English learners, students who are gifted and talented, and students with low literacy levels, and provide instruction based on the needs of such students.

Please review the initial ESSA draft from the Colorado Dept of Ed. Unfortunately, Gifted Students are missing as a subgroup. CDE is seeking feedback on this draft, which needs to be submitted to the Feds in early April.

Please lift your voice. You need to speak for the needs of (y)our GT students. Accountability for their growth is the only sure way to make it happen. Feedback can be submitted online. It's also possible to upload a letter response via the survey link.

Suggested beginning to a letter:

"Dear Commissioner Anthes,

I am a parent (teacher, guardian) of a ____ year old student who is identified as a Gifted and Talented (GT) student under the Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA). Under the ECEA, GT is a categorical and state funds are dedicated to school districts to meet the needs of advanced students.  As taxpayers we need be able to measure the effectiveness of these dollars.  How are our advanced learners growing? Are they realizing their potential?

(Insert brief overview of your student)

These children will drive innovation and significantly contribute to Colorado's economic growth.  Please ensure our GT students have access to effective programming, challenging standards and data is disaggregated to allow us to be held accountable to these students.

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Summer Programs - Jeffco Ignite and a List from BVGT

Find a list of 2017 summer programs

The Jeffco GT Department has a new summer program for grades 7-9 called Ignite on June 19-23 at Wheat Ridge High School. Three strands are offered to choose from.

Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented put together an extensive list of summer programs in 2015 in various categories, including out of state residential.

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GT Enrichment Corner - NOAA Science On a Sphere Student Contest

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) "invites you to create new maps, visualizations, and stories that help share NOAA’s mission in creative and innovative ways. Winners will receive a $250 gift certificate to be used on educational products, a certificate from NOAA, and have their work featured at the 2017 SOS Users Collaborative Network workshop as well as in our online catalog of content that is available to our worldwide user community." Find more information here.

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Jeffco Early Access Testing for Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade for the 2017-2018 School Year

Colorado House Bill 08-1021, Early Kindergarten and First Grade for Gifted Children, extend the definition of “gifted child” to include four year olds who may be able to access Kindergarten and five year olds who can access First Grade, and adds a new classification of “highly advanced gifted child.” Essentially, Early Access applies to children in the 98th percentile or above on standardized tests and functioning levels typically two years or more above peers.

For early entrance to kindergarten, a child must be 4 years old by October 1, 2017 and for early entrance to first grade, a child must be 5 years old by October 1, 2017.

How to apply (the cost is $250):
  1.  Fill out the online application, which will open in January 2017 through sometime in March 2017: 
  2.  Once the application is submitted, you will receive, in the mail, an Early Access Packet (with portfolio requirements) and Developmental History Form from the GT Office. 
  3.  The Early Access Packet, Developmental History Form, and portfolio submissions will be due by March 24, 2017.
  4.  Parents will be contacted to schedule Cognitive Testing (DAS-II - Differential Ability Scales).  Testing is typically scheduled in late March or early April and takes approximately 2 hours.
  5.  If the child scores in the 98th percentile or higher on DAS-II, a second session will be scheduled to take TEMA-3 (Test of Early Math Ability), TERA-3 (Test of Early Reading Ability), and an observable play opportunity. This testing will be scheduled in early April 2017 and takes approximately 2 hours.
  6.  Notification of acceptance and non-acceptance will be sent to parents the week of April 28, 2017.

Part of the Early Access process is submitting a portfolio of evidence. This may include examples of art work, writing, photos or videos of things that have been built or auditions. It may be documentation of connections the child has made. It may be statements from preschool teachers. Any way you can show what were ‘wow’ moments for you. Things you noticed that seem advanced for a child of their age at the time.

If accepted, Jeffco has four elementary schools offering Early Access: Coronado, Hackberry Hill, Kendrick Lakes, and Parmalee. GT Early Access follows the Choice Enrollment process. Transportation is not provided to Early Access locations and is the responsibility of the parent.

Jeffco brochure for Early Access.
Jeffco web page for Early Access.

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CDE Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Vacancies

Colorado Department of Education Gifted Education State Advisory Committee vacancies for the Term 2016-2019. The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee (GE-SAC) is seeking applications from individuals in Congressional Districts interested in providing input about issues and strengths in gifted education, and exploring timely educational topics impacting gifted students. The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee is a council of citizens appointed by the State Board of Education. The committee provides the State Board of Education recommendations and information about ongoing and emergent needs related to the education of gifted learners. 

Applicants must reside in the Congressional District of representation. This year’s vacancies are by role in the following Congressional Districts. For assistance in determining the Congressional District (CD) of residence go here or more detailed here.
CD 1 – Community
CD 1 – Parent
CD 3 – Community
CD 3 – Parent
CD 3 - Educator
CD 6 – Educator
CD 7 – Parent
CD 7 - Educator

Applications are due April 20, 2017.

For more information contact:
Tara Rolfe
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office of Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794

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Davidson Young Scholars Program - Free Support, Information, and Resources for Profoundly Gifted Students

The national Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE support, information, and resources to families of profoundly gifted students. Through an online community and annual event, Young Scholars have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and abilities, and utilize their talents to maximize their educational potential and make a difference in the lives of others. Parents collaborate with a team of knowledgeable Family Consultants who provide individualized services based on each family's unique needs, including educational advocacy and planning, social and emotional development, and enrichment opportunities. Once enrolled, Davidson Young Scholars can access exclusive opportunities such as online courses and a summer camp for 8 to 12 year olds. The Davidson Young Scholars application deadline is the first of each month. Visit their website to learn more.

Also, find guidebooks, free to download, about Advocacy, Early College, Gap Year, Giving Back, Homeschooling, and Mentorships.

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NAGC Award Nominations 2017

National Association for Gifted Children offers many different awards. Find nomination forms for all the choices here.

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Beyond Giftedness Conference and Parent Mini-Conference February 24, 2017 Arvada, CO

Our Gifted will host a conference for educators and parents at the Arvada Center for the Arts on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 8am-4pm. The Parent Mini-conference will be a special parent focused event from 9:20am-1pm including sessions, lunch and keynote. Featured keynote speaker this year: Nadia E. Webb, PsyD., ABPdN, author of "Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults." Conference features include certificates for 7.5 hours of Professional Development and breakout sessions for teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents. Find registration, updates, and more information here.

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Mackintosh Academy Presents Girls in Science & Design  February 25th

Mackintosh Academy Presents Girls in Science & Design: Workshop & Discussion - For girls ages 9 -13 & their parents, this FREE event will offer hands-on workshops led by women scientists, and a panel to discuss how we can empower girls to maintain and grow their interest in science, design, innovation and exploration.

     Mackintosh Academy Littleton
     Saturday, February 25, 2017
     1:00pm - 4:00pm
     7018 S. Prince St., Littleton
     Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Information here.

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BVGT Presents 2e: Twice-Exceptional Film  March 8

Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented presents "A viewing of Thomas Ropelewski’s groundbreaking and award-winning documentary 2e: Twice Exceptional (54 minutes) will be followed by audience Q & A with panelists including special education experts, educators, parents and students. Come learn more about the challenges and successes of this unique type of gifted learner. Find out how teachers and parents can engage these students’ curiosities and help them build meaningful and successful social and academic connections."

     Wednesday, March 8, 2017
     7:00pm
     Summit Middle School
     4655 Hanover Ave., Boulder
     More information and registration here.

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DCAGT Presents "Different by Design; Moving from Feeling Defective to Being Distinctive" with Sharon M. Barnes  March 9

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented presents "Different by Design; Moving from Feeling Defective to Being Distinctive" with Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW. Gifted and 2E students often notice early on that they’re different than others. This can lead many GT/2E kids to draw a secret inner conclusion that there is something essentially wrong with themselves.  This can be the hidden link to many of the emotional and behavior problems common to gifted and 2E kids and teens - Emotional meltdowns, verbal outbursts, hitting, kicking, punching AKA violence, going silent, underachievement, discouragement and despair. In this session, you’ll learn four stages of discouragement; how to identify discouragement before it takes over; and four stages of overcoming discouragement. We’ll also share powerful tools to help parents and teachers help their GT and 2E students overcome their discouragement and develop their true distinctiveness and make their unique creative contributions.

  Thursday, March 9, 2017
  6:30 - 8:00pm
  Stonegate Village Community Center, 10326 Stonegate Pkwy, Parker, CO
  More information here.

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Colorado Teen Literature Conference  April 1, 2017  Denver, CO

Keynote authors Gail Carriger and Greg Neri.

     Saturday, April 1, 2017
     8:30am - 4:00pm
     Tivoli Center on Auraria Campus, Denver

Registration will open February 6th. Find more information here.

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Living Minds GT Online Parent University  April 3rd - May 15th

Living Minds is offering four different online courses for parents of gifted and talented children:
  GT 101
  Supporting Social Emotional Needs
  Visual Thinkers
  Twice-Exceptional Learners (2e - gifted with a disability)

Each week a new session will open following that week's topic. There will be readings, online explorations, an opportunity for discussion, suggested strategies for you to try, and some weeks an invitation to share your thoughts with the facilitator via an online journal. There are no grades and there is no pressure to participate if you would rather take a more passive role in the course. Please note that Supporting Social Emotional Needs will require an additional text book, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb. The materials for all other courses are contained within the course.

The price is $35/family. Find more information and registration here.

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DCAGT Presents College & Career Readiness by Barb Cousins  April 13th

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented is offering a presentation on college & career readiness by Barb Cousins.

     Thursday, April 13, 2017
     6:30pm - 8:00pm
     Stonegate Village Community Center, 10326 Stonegate Pkwy, Parker, CO
     More information here.

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Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest 2017  April 29th & 30th

"We are celebrating all things creative, imaginative and exploratory at a festival extraordinaire…  It’s Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship (invention!), Arts and Making.  STEAM Fest is an awe-filled, jaw-dropping chance to tinker, hack, build, crumble, fly, drive, drink, DO, dabble - PLAY!"

     Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, 2017
     10:00am - 5:00pm both days
     Boulder County Fairgrounds
     9595 Nelson Road, Longmont
     More information here.

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Helpful Links
   "Are Kids Missing Out by Not Skipping a Grade?" by Linda Flanagan 
   Fordham Institute GT Blog The High Flyer 
   National Education Policy Center Review of High Stakes for High Achievers and High Stakes for High Schoolers 
   Douglas County Parent University Courses - Often there are Gifted topics.
   SENG Newsletters 
   Previously broadcast SENGinars can be purchased here.
   Davidson Institute Newsletters  
   Gifted Education Press Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2016 - Find all issues here

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JAGC GT Ambassadors

JAGC works in positive partnership with the Jeffco School District's Gifted & Talented Department to provide leadership by promoting information about the educational and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented (GT) students. JAGC's Ambassador Program extends this leadership from the district level into individual school buildings. JAGC Ambassadors are volunteers who receive training in how to serve GT students, parents, and staff at the articulation area and school building levels. If you are interested in volunteering as a family or community member to help JAGC locally support the local GT community, please think about advocating for Jeffco's GT students in this capacity. JAGC would like to have a GT Ambassador at ALL schools, so please let us know if you can help.

What's involved in being a GT Ambassador?  Find out here.  Click here for additional information about this important role or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions and/or to volunteer.

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Call for Volunteers

Are You a JAGC Member?
The Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) is a non-profit group providing leadership and support to families and educators of gifted young people in Jefferson County, Colorado. Membership in JAGC includes joint membership in CAGT (Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented). Combined dues are $40 annually.

Although JAGC often works in partnership with Jeffco Public Schools' Office of Gifted and Talented, JAGC is a volunteer organization. JAGC provides its newsletter and seminars to everyone in the community but membership, donations, and volunteers are essential to providing these resources. Locally, through JAGC, your membership helps support things such as: seminars, presentations, and speakers; printed literature; this website (including the JAGC newsletter); JAGC on Facebook; local advocacy. Through CAGT, your membership helps support such things as: CAGT's annual conference, CAGT's annual Parent Institute, CAGT's website, monthly "Happenings" email, the quarterly Kaleidoscope e-newsletter, state level legislative advocacy for gifted learners, and online learning opportunities.

Become a Member
Membership in JAGC and CAGT runs concurrent to the school year. Both are valid from September until August of the following year.  Download JAGC Membership Form (PDF).

Donate
Your contributions make a difference. 100% of your tax-deductible donation to JAGC will directly support distribution of information and GT advocacy in Jefferson County. Click here to download JAGC Donation Form (PDF).
Amazon Smile - Through Amazon Smile part of your purchase price will be donated to JAGC. When you shop at Amazon, first go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and select "Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children" before making your purchase.

Volunteer
Your time and talents help JAGC run as a volunteer organization. We particularly would like to have at least one JAGC GT Ambassador at each school, to share information at the local level. Help in other areas is also welcome; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer your particular area of interest/skill.

Did you know that JAGC is on Facebook?
You can "Like" JAGC on Facebook and read GT and Jeffco-related information as part of your Facebook feed. JAGC also has a private Facebook group; JAGC Online for the purposes of discussion. To join "friend" Jeffco Gifted and send a FB message to request group membership or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. A big thank you to Susan Carter-Ruskell for sharing great gifted content and managing JAGC's Facebook presence!

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Note: This newsletter is intended to provide a wide array of information that readers may find helpful. In an effort to bring breadth of information, JAGC does not necessarily endorse or support opinions presented. JAGC also does not endorse, approve for services, or recommend any specific program mentioned.