October 27, 2013 JAGC newsletter

This newsletter has information about:
Jeffco School Board Election: GT Questions Answered
Parent Seminar: Sancutary for the Gifted Child (11/5)
JAGC General Meeting (11/5)
JAGC GT Ambassadors Update (sign up now!)
JAGC Gifted Exchange Support Group (11/19)
CAEGTC Teacher Scholarships (Oct 31 deadline)
Gifted Education Tuesdays (free and convenient!)
Parent-Teacher Conferences & ALPs
Jeffco Public Schools GT Building Liaisons
Jeffco Public Schools Interest Nights
SENGinars: Nurturing Innovation (11/5), Formative Impact of GT (11/14)
Saturday Night at the Museums (11/2)
New CAGT Benefit Offers NAGC Webinars to members
New National Report on Excellence Gaps
Advocacy: New NAGC Position Papers
GT Teens: "Project Experience" Study
Child Hunger Ends Here Public Service Announcement Challenge
Western Academic Talent Search (deadlines soon)
BVGT seminar: “What Gifted Kids Want You to Know" (11/14)
Common Core Standards and CT
Misperceptions about Gifted Adults
Because You Asked: Susan Jackson lecture slides
Toys and Games
Just for Fun: Learn to Code
Food for Thought: Neil Gaiman on the Importance of Reading
Connect with JAGC

“The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. ”
~James Baldwin

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Jeffco Public Schools Board Election
On November 5, 2013, the Board of Education will have three of its five seats open for election: district 1 in the north and east area, district 2 in the west and mountain area, and district 5 in the south area. However, all voters in Jefferson County (and where the district extends into Broomfield) vote regarding all three seats, regardless of the district in which they reside.

Individuals (with their election sites linked here) running for board seats include, for district 1: Tonya Aultman-Bettridge and Julie Williams; for district 2: Jeff Lamontagne and John Newkirk; and, for district 5: Ken Witt and Gordon 'Spud' Van de Water. All will be on the November 5 ballot. Each seat is for a term of four years.

Questions
As in past elections, JAGC is contacting each of the School Board candidates and requesting a response to three GT-specific questions.  Each candidate's unedited responses is posted on our website.

JAGC and the Dept of Diverse Learners worked together to sponsor a candidate forum on Oct. 15.  Thank you to all six Jeffco School Board candidates for sharing their time and for their thoughtful answers to our questions.

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JAGC with Jeffco Public Schools Gifted and Talented present:
Sanctuary for the Gifted Child
Tuesday, Nov. 5
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Jeffco Ed Center
1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg #27, 5th floor
Golden, CO 80401
speaker: Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC

Please join us for an evening of education and conversation aimed at supporting gifted children to find and calibrate their authentic inner emotional balance. Fortify your knowledge of the gifted nature and the dynamics of gifted overexcitibilities. Develop new understanding of the impact of the modern world on gifted young people and adults and what you can do to offset the pain this may cause. Learn grounded practices to foster deepened connection with your own inner capacity and wisdom. Take home practical ideas to integrate into your everyday parenting and teaching which will support you and your child establish and maintain calm in your inner and outer experiences.

Catherine founded and directs Lumineux Institute providing counseling, education and educational consultation to support human brilliance. She has specialized expertise in counseling the gifted and creating global conversation and awareness on complex facets of giftedness often left out by achievement-only models of understanding the gifted. Her primary educational consultation focus is crafting and kind-heartedly facilitating organizational and educator self-awareness, visioning and growth processes as well as guiding social emotional program overhaul and highly creative research projects for schools.  Catherine designs and leads education leadership learning circles, bringing together school directors to identify, realign and integrate leadership integrity. She works with parents as they support their gifted child’s thrust towards natural health and functioning. Her education and career weave together her love of the human condition, art, psychology and systems theory. As a younger woman, Catherine worked and thrived in human resources, operations and production management for iconic and creative entrepreneurial businesses.
A flyer to share is here.

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JAGC General Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 5
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (right before the Parent Seminar)
Jeffco Ed Center, Golden (map)
Show up a half an hour early for the seminar for an update on JAGC's activities, a time to give feedback and a chance to connect with others in our GT community.

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JAGC GT Ambassadors Update

JAGC's Ambassador Program is coming along as we now have Ambassadors at more than 15 Jeffco Schools. However, that leaves 125 without Ambassadors. 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. What's involved in being a GT Ambassador? Find out here.

Click here for additional information about this important role and contact the ambassador coordinator if you have any questions and/or to volunteer.

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JAGC "Gifted Exchange" Support Group
Tuesday, Nov 19
10:00 am
Bean Fosters Coffeehouse
SE corner of 6th Avenue & Heritage Rd., across from Jeffco Courthouse
720 Golden Ridge Road, Unit D, Golden, CO 80401 (map)

Come share and find support with others who "get it". The group is a place to find support and get new ideas. We look forward to seeing you.  This month's we'll start off conversation around Nancy Robinson's article, "Talking about Giftedness: The Elephant in the Room".

Come share how things are going for your family, ask questions, share your experiences.
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 and whether attending day or evening group. Your RSVP also allows you to be contacted in the event of a last minute cancellation.

Note: the 6:30 pm meetings are on hold until further interest is expressed. If evenings work better for you, let us know and we will set up a meeting place.

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CAGT, CDE and NAGC present:
Gifted Education Tuesdays (GET)
The Colorado Association for Gifted Children and the Office of Gifted Educ
ation at the Colorado Dept. of Education have collaborated to bring you FREE gifted education training. Selected NAGC Webinars provide the foundation for live interaction and faciliatated conversation. See this flyer for all the dates and sessions.

Afternoon sessions are more related to GT education instruction and evening sessions are more related to parenting interests. However, all members of the gifted education community are invited to participate in any and all sessions.
Please invite friends and colleagues to join you. Use the sessions as an opportunity to form a discussion group and to invite positive, informed conversation within your community.

More info here about registering for the afternoon sessions. (GT education topics) Professional learning credit available!

Evening sessions (GT parenting topics) will not require registration, just signing in. Information for signing in will be forthcoming in CAGT's "Happenings" email. After Nov. 13 you can also check the CAGT website or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for more information.

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Know an educator who is learning about GT?  Please share!
CAEGTC Teacher Scholarships
The Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted Talented and Creative (CAEGTC) awards scholarships to teachers who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in Gifted Education.  Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree or endorsement in Gifted Education. The 2013-2014  Academy Teacher Scholarship will provide up to $500 to selected recipients.  One scholarship will be awarded in honor of Shirley Weddel and a second scholarship will be awarded on behalf of CAEGTC. Oct. 31 application deadline. More info here.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences & ALPs
Parent-Teacher Conferences are an important time to be sure everyone (teachers, parents and students) is on the same page about goals and expectations.  Be sure to discuss your child's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) when you meet with your child's teacher this fall or you can contact the teacher with particular questions.
Read up on ALPs here.

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Jeffco Public Schools GT Resource Teachers and Building Liaisons

Jeffco's GT Resource Teachers (RTs) are each responsible for GT professional development of teachers at about twenty schools each and for the indentification of GT students.

Each Jeffco school in the district has an educator at that school who serves as that school's communication link between the Gifted and Talented department and that school: the GT Building Liaison (BL). The BL has this role in addition to their job as a classroom teacher, librarian, principal or other staff member. Among the BL's roles are the dissemination of GT information to staff, principal, and parents, and facilitating the development of Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs).Learn about the role of the GT Building Liaison here.

ALPs should be discussed at parent-teacher conferences. Likewise, questions about your student and their ALP should first be directed to the student's classroom teacher. Your school's Building Liaison and then your school's Resource Teacher are additional resources if more information or support is needed.

Find out who are your school's GT Building Liaison and GT Resource Teacher here.

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For families looking a next year's education choices

Jeffco Public Schools Interest Nights

Most students attend their own neighborhood school, but in the Jefferson County school district any student in the county can attend any Jeffco School that has space available, including neighborhood,  charter and option schools, as well as home school support, online education and special programs.

Throughout the school year, Jeffco schools hold meetings for parents and students to introduce them to their instructional program and explain enrollment procedures to interested families. Most interest nights are held from late Oct. through February. Some of these information/preview events are listed here. If the school you are interested in is not listed, please check the school website. General information about Choice Enrollment in Jeffco Public Schools is here.

However, GT-specific information events and enrollment information may be listed separately here. You may also want to continue to check the latest JAGC newsletter for information about upcoming GT program events.

An article about GT programming in Jeffco Public Schools here.
Links to articles about making choices for a good school fit here.

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SENGinars:

Growing Innovative, Introspective and Inspiring Leaders
November 5
5:30 MST (90 minutes)
Where: online
Presenter: Kate Bachtel and Eric Robinson
Cost: $40
On cultivating creativity and collaboration. More info here.

Embrace the Present, Plan for the Future
November 14
5:30 MST (90 minutes)
Where: online
Presenter: Cal Domingue
Cost: $40
Reflecting on the impact of giftedness on the formative years and on how to move forward fully. Of particular interest to high school, college age, their parents and other adults. More info here.

As our aging population grows, assisted living and other eldercare facilties need to prepare differentiated environments that address their unique needs.

This SENGinar will address the gifted characteristics of older gifted individuals. What are their unique psychosocial needs? What are their developmental tasks in terms of self-actualization? How can residential environments respond to their needs?

- See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/diversity-series-oct2013#sthash.mjqIq2Vv.dpufThis SENGinar will address the needs of older gifted adults. See more here.
This lecture reviews many diagnoses and offers simple and logical methods for how to determine if they really exist in the child or not. - See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/programs/senginars#sthash.ICw3xEcA.dpuf top diagnoses asked about by parents of gifted children in my private pediatric neuropsychology practice are: short term memory deficit, processing speed deficit, central auditory processing deficit, sensory integration deficit and working memory deficit. More often than not, these disorders are not present. This SENGinar reviews these diagnoses and offers simple and logical methods for how to determine if they really exist in the child or not. We will further discuss why a gifted child may appear to have these disorders when in fact they do not. Suggestions are offered for what should be involved in an appropriate neuropsychological evaluation that parents should look for when having their child - See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/new-senginar-september-2013#sthash.rZg4tB2v.dpuf The top diagnoses asked about by parents of gifted children in my private pediatric neuropsychology practice are: short term memory deficit, processing speed deficit, central auditory processing deficit, sensory integration deficit and working memory deficit. More often than not, these disorders are not present. This SENGinar reviews these diagnoses and offers simple and logical methods for how to determine if they really exist in the child or not.  We will further discuss why a gifted child may appear to have these disorders when in fact they do not.  Suggestions are offered for what should be involved in an appropriate neuropsychological evaluation that parents should look for when having their child tested. - See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/new-senginar-september-2013#sthash.rZg4tB2v.dpuf

For more information or to register, click here.

Differential Diagnosis: A Logical Approach to Understanding Commonly Misdiagnosed Features of Gifted Children

Date: September 19, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern | 6:30 p.m. Central | 5:30 p.m. Mountain | 4:30 p.m. Pacific [90 mins.]
Presenter: Paul Beljan, PsyD

- See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/new-senginar-september-2013#sthash.z6xFNDGt.dpuf Differential Diagnosis: A Logical Approach to Understanding Commonly Misdiagnosed Features of Gifted Children

Date: September 19, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern | 6:30 p.m. Central | 5:30 p.m. Mountain | 4:30 p.m. Pacific [90 mins.]
Presenter:Paul Beljan, PsyD

- See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/new-senginar-september-2013#sthash.z6xFNDGt.dpuf

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Saturday Night at the Museums

Denver's best museums are FREE on Saturday, Nov. 2nd between 5 and 10 pm. There is even a shuttle between some of them to help you explore. Go have fun! More info here.

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A New Benefit of Membership

The Colorado Association for Gifted Children (CAGT) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), in offering current CAGT members access to selections from NAGC's popular WoW series for this fall! These archived presentations are available online to members to be accessed anytime. Webinar registration generally costs $40 or more EACH so this is a terrific value. The Webinars are listed below:

Archived Programs: 
Aug 21   Worth Reading:  High Quality Books for Talented Readers
Aug 28   Beyond Colorblindness:  Building a Gifted Education Classroom that Honors Cultural Difference
Sep 11  Making Sense of Bullying & the Gifted:  What Do We Know & What Can We Do to Prevent It?

Sep 26  NAGC:  Leadership Directions--Navigating a Changing Educational Landscape
Oct 2    Demystifying Ability Grouping:  Boosting Achievement Among All Students

Oct 16  How to Maximize NAGC's Administrator Toolbox
Oct 23  Differentiating Next Generation Science Standards for Gifted and Advanced Learners

Your CAGT membership includes JAGC membership and vice versa.  You can join CAGT & JAGC on JAGC's website here. (Also, your 2013 CAGT Conference Registration included CAGT/JAGC membership.)

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New National Report on Excellence Gaps

In a follow up to the 2010 Mind the (Excellence) Gap! report, Dr. Jonathan Plucker at the University of Connecticut led an examination of state and national data that confirms the continuing underrepresentation of students from minority and low socio-economic backgrounds in the ranks of students who perform at the highest levels on state and national tests. The report, Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps and America's Persistent Talent Underclass shows that the gap between white, relatively affluent students and their poorer, nonwhite classmates has widened over time. "The current study should crush anyone's optimism about the country's success in developing academic talent," said Plucker, a professor in the Neag School of Education. "The data we explored for this report, along with a growing body of research, provide considerable evidence that America has a permanent talent underclass." The report, which includes policy recommendations, also offers state-by-state information about student performance on both state and national assessments. In addition to the PDF of the report, individual state profiles are also available.

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New NAGC Position Papers

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors has recently approved two position papers that members might want to use in their education and advocacy efforts. Mandated Services for Gifted and Talented Services is an update of an earlier position statement. The paper calls for gifted education services, including identification, educational programming and support services, and teacher training being mandated by legislation in all states and funded at appropriate levels.

The second paper, Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment, makes five recommendations to improve identification processes so that 2e students will be recognized and served as having both gifts and talents and disability(ies). The 2e paper is an example of the NAGC Board of Directors taking a position on a timely topic affecting gifted and talented learners. NAGC Governance Secretary Christine Nobbe is leading an effort to revise and update other position statements and develop positions on new topics.
Find all NAGC Position papers here.

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GT teens: Share your experiences and help with a study!
Project "Experience"
Project Experience is a study designed to contribute to our understanding of the social experiences of intellectually gifted and profoundly gifted adolescents. Since gifted students often skip grades or have unconventional educational experiences, the study accepts any gifted students between ages 11-18, regardless of grade in school. On this website, parents and students can learn details about this research, or enroll in Project Experience. Letter from the Ohio University researcher about the project here.

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a project for creative, caring kids:

Student Project to Fight Against Child Hunger

Did you know that nearly 16 million children struggle with hunger in communities nationwide? USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and ConAgra Foods are working together on a program to educate students about ending hunger in the United States. Through the Child Hunger Ends Here Public Service Announcement Challenge, students can learn more about child hunger in their community, raise awareness, and submit the results for a chance to win this national competition. Fill out the sign up form to receive all materials for the challenge etc. It does not cost anything to participate.
The challenge requires teams of middle/high school student to create a 30 second video clip on the topic of Child Hunger in America. Contest entries are due December 13, 2013. Specific details for the challenge will be sent to you once you register. (Teachers:  They have aligned the project to common core standards). More info here.

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Western Academic Talent Search
The Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Development Center (CBK) is currently accepting applications for the Western Academic Talent Search (WATS).

The Western Academic Talent Search is an academic talent search program based on above-level testing and optimal match. Since many bright young students achieve above grade level, the talent search may more accurately measure their abilities than traditional in-grade achievement tests. The SAT, ACT, and EXPLORE tests provide a higher ceiling and valuable assessment information for young academically talented students. Taking these tests also provides students with early experience in taking college entrance-type tests. Students who have participated over the years report increased comfort with standardized testing and significant score gains based upon Talent Search experiences. Deadlines and fees vary by test:

The first deadlines for the 2013-2014 WATS season are:

EXPLORE, testing Nov 9th/deadline Oct 7th;
SAT, testing Dec 7th/deadline Oct 14th;
ACT, testing Dec 14th/deadline Nov 4th.

Please note that these are ONLINE deadlines for your application to WATS, meaning the last day you can submit your application without a late fee - they also hold earlier POSTMARK deadlines for mailed applications. CBK encourages you to apply for WATS as early as possible so that your dates can be fulfilled, any issues corrected, and in the event of inclement weather.

Please contact CBK today with your name and mailing address to get a copy of the Bulletin for 2013-2014. See their website here.

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BVGT presents:
“What Gifted Kids Want You To Know: Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out”
presented by BVGT board member and nationally recognized, licensed psychologist Dr. Patty Gatto Walden. Read more.
Thursday, November 14
6:30-8:30pm
Manhattan Middle School, 290 Manhattan Drive in Boulder, 80303.
Please RSVP here.
*Note: Patty Gatto Walden was one of the speakers at the OUTSTANDING Parent Institiute sponsored by CAGT on Oct. 7.

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Common Core Standards and the Gifted

Pedagogically, the common-core standards are already akin to gifted education but teachers will still need guidance on how to differentiate them for the most able learners. Read more in this EdWeek article: Common Core Needs Tailoring for Gifted Learners, Advocates Say

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Misperceptions About Gifted Adults

Did you "outgrow" your giftedness? Read the article here.

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Because you asked:

Susan Jackson lecture slides

Slides that accompany Susan Jackson's lecture "27 Strategies for Optimal Well-being in our Brilliant, Intense, and Asynchronous Kids" can be found here.

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Toys and Games

Looking for recommendations about toys and games that GT kids enjoy?

From NAGC 2013

From HoagiesGifted

From BVGT: Games and toys for children of various ages. Each game has won an award and has been recommended by NAGC, Hoagies Gifted, Mensa or another organization for gifted children. This list is not meant to be comprehensive or exhaustive.

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Just for Fun:

Learn to Code
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. A JAGC parent recommends checking out the FREE coding apps and tutorials here.

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Food for Thought:
Reading and Obligation

On Oct. 15 writer Neil Gaiman gave a wonderful lecture at the Barbican Centre, London about the importance of reading and imagination for the future.

See the full Reading Agency lecture (video and transcript) here.

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Connecting with JAGC

Please consider volunteering your talents, time and ideas with us to support GT students in Jeffco!  We need you!

Interested in the JAGC Ambassadors program? Email Susan Miller about getting involved in JAGC in any way!
If you have information to share, or questions about something posted, or need to change your contact info, email Kathee Jones.

Additional ways to be up-to-date on important GT information:
“Like” JAGC on Facebook
Follow JAGC on Twitter: @JeffcoGifted
JAGC has a private Facebook group; JAGC Online.  To join "friend" Jeffco Gifted and send a FB message to request group membership or email for more information
A calendar of most local items recently mentioned in JAGC emails is available on our website; if you use Google Calendar you can add this public calendar to your personal calendar

Support JAGC: Would you like to become a JAGC member or donate $$ to support JAGC's efforts for gifted students? Know a company who’d like to sponsor a project? Please contact JAGC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past JAGC emails can be found at: http://jeffcogifted.org/archives/email-blast