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Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented

March / April 2016 News

DCAGT School Year 2015-16

DCAGT continues its line up of offerings for parents and community members as well as publishing other GT offerings in the Denver area.  We are funded by annual memberships to CAGT / CO Assn of Gifted and Talented, as we are their Douglas County Affiliate.  Please send us items of interest and we will add them here.

DCAGT seeks a treasurer.  Thanks to Tracy for all her work.  Please email us if you are interested.  

Finally, we ask that you forward this newsletter to one parent/ family and suggest they join our mailing list.  The form is on the homepage, top right.  We currently have a list of approx. 550 subscribers.  In the Douglas County district, there are approx. 3000 GT families.  If you also add  home school, charter and private school GT students, we still have a way to go with our outreach efforts.  

Barb Cousins, President
Kim Servia, Vice President 
Tracy Rodenbaugh, Treasurer
Karen Shirley, Secretary
Steve Johnson, Communications  
Sande Ruggles, Teacher Representative
Sound advice from a panel of mental health experts at the recent Beyond Giftedness conference in Arvada.
    • Eat, sleep, and play - find balance
    • Be present, practice deep listening
    • Show your kids unconditional positive regard
    • Be ok with who you are and model that for your kids
    • Find YOUR happiness and be okay with the PROCESS
    • Manage your stress and teach your kids to do the same
    • Surviving and thriving are two different things
    • It’s our own unmet needs that have the biggest impact on our kids
Mini STEM School 

7:00 - 9:00 pm each Wednesday from 1/27 to 3/16/16 
CU Auraria Campus, Student Commons, Room 2500
1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204 (bldg. address) 
Faculty from CU Denver| (Anschutz) campus will present on topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the lectures will be understandable to every interested layperson. The Mini-STEM School is FREE for all, and those who do attend at least 6 sessions will receive a certificate. Seating is limited and registration is required.    

Note:  My daughter and I have attended a few of these events and they are excellent!  Barb, DCAGT President
program flyer & registration link

Additional information  
The Twice Exceptional student seminar was held on
Wednesday, February 17th at 
Acres Green Elementary School .  

This was the program description:  The 2E designation is a relatively new topic in the GT world.  There are many GT students who also have dyslexia, auditory processing, ADHD, Asperger’s, autism and other learning disabilities.  These amazing students can have both a GT and IEP/ 504 plan.  Is your child possibly in this scenario?  What is next or how can your child’s needs be best met?  This will be a panel format.  

~~   We have provided a link to the powerpoint slides from the seminar.   You can also search "2E" on the dcagt website or under past programs for the link.  ( 
~~  The Colorado Department of Education/ DOE offers a free online class for parents and educators on the topic of the Twice Exceptional studnet.  The next 2e Level 1 class starts March 19, 2016.  They generally run 3 Statewide Level 1 classes per school year.  Below is the link to our CDE GT Professional Development page, scroll down towards the bottom of the page for registration info for both the Level 1 and Level 2 classes. 
powerpoint slides from 2E program
link for CO DOE online 2E class

= Every Student Succeeds Act from No Child Left Behind
2 articles  


~~  How much ESSA work will really get done during the final year of the Obama Administration vs. the next president?

~~  NAGC has posted an informative Questions and Answers document about what the passing of ESSA means for gifted students. Reflecting back on 2015 invites us to review and continue to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  According to the National Association for Gifted  Children (NAGC), “ESSA is the name of the 2015 legislation that revised and reauthorized the federal K-12 education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  Prior to the passage of ESSA, the law was referred to by the moniker No Child Left Behind.” 
How Much ESSA work gets done under Obama vs. the next president article
Nat Assn Gifted Children article on ESSA
DCAGT Parent Coffees March & April dates

(last times for the school year)

Join us for parent network meetings monthly in Parker, Castle Rock and Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch.  We will get together to chat about our gifted and high potential learning children and their exceptional needs.  This is an opportunity to meet, ask questions and share information so that we can help each other on our journey as parents of gifted kids.  Please RSVP.  This will allow us to contact you in the event of a cancellation.  Look for the DCAGT sign and chatty parents at the restaurants. 
Panera Bread – Parker area
11290 Twenty Mile Rd., Parker          
Panera Bread – Lone Tree/Highlands Ranch area 
9233 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree  
                                          Thursday, March 10             9:30 am
Panera Bread – Castle Rock area 
32 East Allen St., Castle Rock           
                                            Thursday, March 17          9:30 am
RSVP here for Castle Rock
RSVP here for Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch

CAGT / DCAGT Membership Options

We highly encourage you to become a Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) member. Your CAGT membership helps support gifted education advocacy, support and education efforts at the state level through CAGT and the local level, through Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented (DCAGT), an affiliate of CAGT.  Please choose a membership option below and select Douglas County as your affiliate on the form.  You will receive several online publications as part of your dues. 

The membership year runs from Sept 1st to August 31st so if you join now, you will get 1 1/2 years membership for the price of a one year membership.  It will automatically occur. 
DCSD Personalized Learning Dept. RESOURCE FAIR 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 (changed from 3/17)
6:30 - 8:30 pm  
Chaparral High School, 15655 Brookstone Dr, Parker 

This FREE event is a coordinated effort of the parent volunteer groups and Personalize Learning Dept. at the district.  This includes Gifted & Talented, Special Education, Twice Exceptional and English as a Second Language/ ESL. 

You can find exhibitors as they are confirmed from the link on the flyer). 
flyer & link to exhibitors
Stress Free Living & Finding Your Happiness

Parent Education Event with Dr. Julie Gelman

Tuesday, March 8  from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
 at:  Mackintosh Academy
7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120

Join Dr. Julie Gelman as she presents the Mayo Clinic’s SMART program  for stress free living.  Learn how mindful kindness - a focus on gratitude, compassion, meaning and forgiveness - can increase happiness and reduce stress in your life. FREE event but please RSVP:

Gifted and Talented / GT 101 & Advocacy 

March 16th at Cresthill Middle School, Highlands Ranch
from 6-8 pm  
sponsored by Parent University ~ please RSVP to the link below

Now that you realize your student is designated GT, how do you determine the best course of action for them and where do you go for resource, if needed? Parents will learn:
  • about the district opportunities available to gifted and high potential learning students
  • the role of your school's SAC
  • the role of the school GT coordinator and principal
You will have time to network with other parents.  
RSVP here

Developmental Milestones
March 16, 2016
Sky Ridge Women’s Atrium Classroom

DCSD Parent University program

Every child is different, and so is every parent's experience; but experts have a clear idea about the range of normal development from birth to age 5 €”and signs that a child might have a developmental delay. Learn about milestones organized by period of development, and tips on when to contact a health professional about your concerns. Remember €”there is no penalty for being cautious about your growing child, and if there is a problem acting early can make all the difference.
DCAGT note:  Keep in mind, a disability may mask giftedness and in most families, one GT sibling means the rest are often GT too! 
RSVP here

Transforming Burnout "Mini" Retreat

Saturday, March 19th from 1-5 pm 
Suite 203, 8089 S. Lincoln St, Littleton, CO 80122
There is a fee for this event.  Please see the flyer. 


Antidotes to the Negative Side Effects of being the Parent or Teacher of a Creative, Sensitive or Gifted Child or Teen!

Youth Leadership Douglas County / YLDC
accepting applications for next year's program

This local area youth program has changed slightly, and is now accepting current freshmen and sophomore high school students into next year’s class.  The class will still meet once a month, 8 times for an all day experiential leadership opportunity during the first year of the program 
(Government Day, History Day, Finance Day, Media Day, Law Enforcement Day, Health Care Day, Fire Safety Day, etc.). The second year of the program students will meet for half day classes, and engage in community service in an effort to give back to society and make a difference in their community.  The third year of the program meets only as needed to complete their community service project.  There is a cost for this program.  Community service hours will be awarded.  Students from outside Douglas County can participate. 

For additional information view the website or contact: 
Kristine Turner, Ph.D., Psychologist & Youth Leadership Director   303-909-8980
Note:  Several of us at DCAGT have teenagers in this program and we highly recommend it.  
YLDC website & application
Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted / SENG
DCAGT presents its 2nd annual 8-week national SENG model program

Parenting Your Gifted Child 

DCAGT program / A few spots remain.  

When: Thursday evenings -  6:30pm to 8:00pm  

March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19

Where: Pine Grove Elem, 10450 Stonegate Pkwy, Parker, CO 80134

Cost: $50 per couple / $30 per person.  
Cost includes:

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by Dr. James T. Webb, et al., handouts, and other resources
Facilitators: Kim Servia (DCAGT VP) & Fatim Klinker

This was a very popular parent program last year and we are repeating it this year.  See the flyer to contact Kim with your questions or email us at  Registration is limited. 

flyer & registration
Visual Spatial Parent Event

 Child is So Smart, Yet School is Still a Struggle:

How you can help your Creative Child succeed in school
by Jesse Berg

March 31, 2016 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Adams 12 Five Star Schools Training Center
1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241


FREE event.  No pre-registration required. First come first serve. Please see flyer for details.  

The simplest explanation of a visual-spatial learner is that they generally think in pictures, rather than in words. They also tend to learn holistically, instead of sequentially, or in parts. The visual-spatial learner can easily see the big picture of things, but might miss out on the details.
flyer Creative Child Succeed in school seminar
Can we suggest the Macaroni Kid website 

This is a website where you can find lots of activities for your kids in the Highlands Ranch, Parker, Lone Tree and Castle Rock areas.  This time of the year includes a summer program list.  You can also sign up for the email newsletter.

Macaroni Kid website

Gifted Children's Bill of Rights
written by Del Siegle, NAGC President, 2007-2009
You have a right to:

  • know about your giftedness.

  • learn something new everyday.

  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies.

  • have an identity beyond your talent area.

  • feel good about your accomplishments.

  • make mistakes.

  • seek guidance in the development of your talent.

  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.

  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.

  • not to be gifted at everything.

Bill of Rights poster
NAGC Bill of Rights webpage link
Pending Programs  
 ~  Understanding IQ test results 
~  College & Career Readiness 
~  Parent & Student Panel What to Expect in Middle & High School  
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