Sign up for the GT Parent Listserv here. The purpose of the listserv is to inform parents about educational and networking opportunities related to gifted education.
*Announcements for opportunities in PSD will come through the parent email listserv.
PSD will be offering 2 SENG parent support groups for the Fall semester. These groups are led by 2 trained facilitators, a PSD employee and a parent. See attached flyer for more details about registration, dates, locations, and times. Also, you can find information at our PSD SENG Website!
Each year PSD offers 3 opportunities for parents to attend a presentation in order to learn more about gifted identification in PSD as well as district expectations for Advanced Learning Plans.These presentations do not address specific services at a school site, however, you can see the services at each school by clicking on this link: GT Services by School
The National Association for Gifted Children will be hosting their Annual Convention in DENVER, CO in November 2012.
See this link for more details about the convention:
During May 2011, parents of gifted learners in Poudre School District were offered an opportunity to provide feedback on the district's Gifted and Talented Program. Poudre School District is a site-based district, so programs will look different at different schools, however, there is a district-wide system for identification and Advanced Learning Plans. The results of the survey were very helpful in guiding the focus for the district Gifted and Talented Program. Results do not indicate specific schools. Each individual school will be administering this same survey in May 2012. Results will help specific schools evaluate the GT program at the school site level. Contact your school's GT Site Coordinator for more information.
Three parent support groups are happening RIGHT NOW in PSD! See this link for more information about SENG!
Connections: Building the Future for Your Gifted Students
Monday, October 10, 2011
Marriott Denver Tech Center, Evergreen Ballroom
SPECIAL NOTE: REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5TH.
The fee is $60 for individuals and $100 for two adult family members. Fee includes Parent Institute,
CAGT Membership and Kaleidoscope quarterly issues for one year.
Click here to register: www.coloradogifted.org
These Parent Information Nights are intended to provide parents with an overall view of the PSD Gifted and Talented Program. I will present on current identification procedures, which are common across the district, and the overall district expectation of the Advanced Learning Plan. The nights will not focus on the specific GT programs at each site. For questions of this nature, you will want to contact your school’s GT Site Coordinator. This site should also give you information about programs at each site.
These evenings will be very similar to last year (for those of you that attended last Fall). Most information will be the same with only a few updates. I will post updated information on the PSD Gifted and Talented Parent Website towards the end of the Fall semester.
Here are some changes I will be discussing at these sessions:
Are you interested in FACILITATING a parent support group for parents of gifted learners? We will have Terry Bradley in town Saturday, October 15, to train parents and educators on how to facilitate Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Support Groups. The location is TBA.
Parents must partner with a PSD certified educator in order to take the training. Only submit one application per team. There are about 30 spots available (15 teams). The educator does not have to be at your son or daughter’s school; however, we are asking that educators have experience working with gifted learners in some capacity.
All teams must commit to facilitating a support group for parents at least once every 2 years. The team would be responsible for selecting a location and recruiting participants. The district GT department will provide materials for any SENG groups offered in this manner by trained facilitators. To give you an idea of numbers, groups are usually between 5 and 10 parents.
See attached application and submit to Mary Nichols (email or mail) by September 30, 2011.
Application: Registration_SENG_October 15 2011 (2).pdf
For more information about SENG, you can view this website: http://www.sengifted.org/
"Understanding Academic Growth Measures for the Gifted Population"
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 (see flyer for more details: April 6 Dwayne Schmitz.pdf)
Location: Webber Middle School in Fort Collins, CO
Audience: Parents of Gifted Learners
Time: 6:30 pm
Come early to browse the parent resource table and network with other parents in PSD!
Presentation by Dwayne D. Schmitz, Ph.D., Research and Analysis Coordinator for Poudre School District
Dwayne will be presenting to parents of gifted learners about achievement tests administered in Poudre School District with a specific focus on the Colorado Growth Model.
View this student-created documentary from last year's Global Explorers: Canyon Skies trip to the Southwest U.S. This partnership between PSD and Global Explorers has developed into a great opportunity for 7th - 9th grade GT students to travel and learn with other gifted students. Participants explore Canyon De Chelly in Arizona and raft the San Juan River in Utah as they experience what culture, leadership, conservation, and service really mean. Visit the Global Explorers website to learn more about this non-profit organization in Fort Collins.
The 2011 PSD/GT Canyon Skies team has been selected! Congratulations to all twenty students!
Beyond Giftedness Conference in Arvada, CO: February 25, 2011.
This is a great 1-day conference for both parents and educators. Jim Delisle, the keynote speaker, is an exceptional advocate for gifted children. Click on the link for registration information.
When: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Location: Mountain View High School in Loveland, CO
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Understanding the Gifted Child: A Holistic Perspective”
Presented at Stargate School
Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden, Psychologist and Consultant for the Gifted
When: Tuesday, January 18th, 6:30- 8:00pm
*See flyer for more details: Stargate_presentation_GT.doc
No RSVP is necessary.
All children are personally complex and being gifted adds unique dimensions to one’s inner experience. Dr. Gatto-Walden will discuss the characteristics and temperament of the individual gifted child from a holistic and developmental perspective. The everyday challenges at home and school and how one can nurture the whole child and embrace their sensitivities, intensities, strengths and vulnerabilities will be enumerated. Learn ways to respond to your child’s multifaceted individual needs and concerns, and how to support her/his growth and wellbeing.