October 19, 2016

IQ Testing Your Child with Dr. Veronica Johnson

Please join us at our first monthly gathering with Dr. Veronica Johnson, Licensed Psychologist on Wednesday, November 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Stonegate Village Clubhouse in Parker.

Dr. Johnson will be answering your IQ questions including:

  • What is IQ
  • What IQ Tests are good to use
  • What scores determine "Giftedness"
  • Why do I want to know my child's IQ
  • What is testing like

Please read Dr. Johnson's article IQ in Context.

DCAGT on Facebook

Join Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented on our Facebook page.  Stay up to date on the latest gifted and talented programs and events in Douglas County and beyond.  There is also information on DCAGT Parent Coffees, DCAGT Monthly Gatherings, SENG Model Parent Groups, links to interesting articles and more!  

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership

CAGT is the leading voice for gifted education in Colorado. Through the vision and ongoing dedication of our members for more than 40 years, the programs that benefit over 68,000 gifted children today are a direct result of that support.  Join CAGT and lend your voice in helping to persuade policy makers that Coloradans care about gifted children and gifted education!

Electronic Communications

The Kaleidoscope, our quarterly electronic newsletter.
The Happenings, electronically provides monthly updates of GT events.
Online Calendar, found under Events tab.
NEW!  Podcasts about gifted issues.
NEW!  CAGT Blog.

Annual Statewide Events
Legislative Day
Advocacy and Support
Professional Development
Local Networking
Education Opportunities
Leadership Opportunities

The membership year is from September 1 – August 31. CAGT offers three different types of membership.
  • Regular Membership is $40 per membership year and is available to individuals and families.
  • Institutional/Corporate Membership is $150 per membership year and is available for educational institutions or corporations that would like to sponsor a school of their choice. 
  • Lifetime Membership is available for a one-time fee of $500.

What is an Affiliate?

When you choose an affiliate as part of your CAGT membership, you are connecting and supporting local people in your area who are volunteering time to make things better for gifted children and families. You will receive not only CAGT announcements, but also local information on programs or topics of interest to GT advocates. Some affiliates are more active then others and you do not have to live in the immediate area of your chosen affiliate.  DCAGT is the Douglas County Affiliate.  


CAGT website & membership info.
membership application form

October 17, 2016

DCAGT News - November Edition

The November Edition of DCAGT News is available now!

Please subscribe if you haven't already.

October 16, 2016

Happy Fall

DCAGT continues to provide GT information and programs for parents, teachers, and community members as well as publishing other GT offerings in the metro Denver area. All of our programs are free, except for materials costs.  We are funded by annual memberships to Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT), as we are their Douglas County Affiliate. Please consider becoming a DCAGT member!

October 13, 2016

DCAGT Monthly Gatherings

Beginning in November, DCAGT will hold monthly meetings at a Parker neighborhood community center.  Each month will be a different topic program, followed by networking / refreshments.  

The events will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Stonegate Village Metropolitan District, 10252 Stonegate Pkwy, Parker, CO 80134

The gatherings will be on the following dates:

Wed. November 9, 2016
Thurs. January 12, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The topics and RSVPs will be available soon.

October 12, 2016


SACs & DAC in the Douglas County School District 

A reminder that the School Accountability Committee (SAC) is the best way to understand many things happening at your child's school -- including Gifted & Talented.  ANYONE can attend.  You will find meeting dates and times on the school websites.  If you don't see them, call the school and ask.  These meetings are state-mandated and open to the public, not just those elected to SAC positions.

Also, anyone can attend monthly District Accountability Committee (DAC) meetings.

A detailed definition and additional information can be found on the district website at the below link. You can also get added to the DAC email list.
Link to DAC & SAC on DCSD website

October 10, 2016

Mackintosh Academy Offerings

Mackintosh Academy is a private, GT K-8th grade school in Littleton, CO.  Mackintosh Academy - An IB World School for Gifted Children

They have the following offerings:   

Taste of the Apple: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 -8 pm. Come enjoy the Mackintosh experience and participate in teacher-guided inquiry. Find out why Mackintosh truly offers the whole apple, preparing children for a world yet to be imagined. Tour our award-winning school and meet parent, teacher and student ambassadors to learn more about our IB programming for gifted and creative learners. 7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120. RSVP to beth@mackintoshacademy.com or (303) 794-6222.

Parent Education Webinar on Emotional Resilience: Tuesday, November 15, 7 - 8 pm ONLINE. Join Sharon Barnes, MSSW, LCSW, therapist for the gifted and sensitive, for an informative webinar on the 12 steps to emotional resilience that help sensitive, gifted kids become social-emotional ACES, that is, skilled experts -- in the social-emotional realm. These steps specifically build internal skills that address the issues identified in the acronym ACES: Asynchrony, social skills, Emotional Resilience and Self-Esteem. Location: ONLINE. Email kristi@mackintoshacademy.com to RSVP and get login information.

Drop-In Open House: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 9 -10 am. We welcome all families to come tour the Mackintosh campus to observe classes and meet our warm and welcoming community. Learn more about what our school has to offer for your gifted and creative child — whole-child focused, inquiry-based IB programming, art and P.E. daily, Spanish, greenhouse science lab, and more! 7018 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120. RSVP not required, but feel free to contact beth@mackintoshacademy.com or call (303) 794-6222 to let us know you’re coming.

October 7, 2016

GT 101 Center For Bright Kids Early SAT/ACT Testing

GT 101 & Center for Bright Kids Seminars
Parent Networking Opportunity  

On the same night, at the same place, DCAGT, Parent University & the DCSD Gifted Education office presents two programs and networking/ refreshments. 

Wednesday, October 19
Cresthill Middle School, 9195 Cresthill Ln, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
6:00 - 7:30 pm 

GT 101

How do you know if your child is gifted? How are they tested? What services are available to them? What is twice -exceptional? So many questions for parents to consider when determining the best routes for their students. Natasha Straayer, Director Personalized Learning for DCSD will help parents navigate the ins and outs of gifted and talented students.

Center for Bright Kids Early SAT / ACT Testing
Western Academic Talent Search Program

This is a national program for students in grades sixth thru ninth.  They can take the ACT or SAT test while in grade levels that are earlier than their peers.  The kids go to the area high schools and sit next to high school kids taking the same test.  Why do this?  It is a great way for your child to practice the test  and compare their scores to others in this top five percent of students.  It is an amazing motivator and confidence builder and significant score gains can be shown.  The grades are sent to only the family and CBK and not to any colleges or universities.  Dr. Amy Rushneck, Executive Director, CBK will present. 

RSVP for GT 101
RSVP for Center for Bright Kids

Center for Bright Kids Program website link

October 6, 2016

DCSD Discovery Program Info Sessions

Douglas County School District 

Discovery Program Parent Information Sessions
The Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students whose needs require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from neighborhood school programming. To learn more about the Discovery Program, attend one of the sessions below and click on the DCSD Gifted Education Webpage link.
~  October 20, 2016: Renaissance ELOB 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Library)
~  October 26, 2016: Northridge Elementary 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Gym)
~  November 9, 2016: Acres Green Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Gym)
~  November 10, 2016: Pine Lane Elementary 6:30pm to 7:30pm (*Innovation Lab) * Pine Lane Elementary, North Campus - enter through west door by flag pole
Discovery Program Application Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016
DCSD Gifted Education Webpage

October 4, 2016

DCAGT News - October 2016 Edition

The October 2016 Edition of DCAGT News just published! Take a few moments to read about gifted and talented information and programs for parents and community members.  

October 1, 2016

DCAGT Board Meeting - November 2016

Join us for the next DCAGT Board Meeting!
Date: November 2, 2016
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

We hope to see you there!