Previous Events

2015-16 Events

Supporting Resilience, Grit and Social-Emotional Skills 

Modern life presents a variety of stressors for children/youth and adults. While this can frequently leave parents feeling daunted, the good news is that we can teach our kids social-emotional skills to support their capacity (and ours) to respond to these challenges in a positive way and become stronger in the process.  Participants will examine factors unique to current day parenting and develop strategies for modeling and supporting resilience, perseverance, and grit to help families thrive. Adults only please.

Janise McNally Flyer

Presenter:  Janise McNally
April 7, 2016
7-8 pm
Broomfield Heights Middle School

TAG 101 Educator Event

Please join Boulder Valley School District Office of Advanced Academic Services and Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented for an evening designed to support area public and independent school educators.

Join us for an overview of characteristics of gifted students and discussion of TAG programming and social emotional needs. Open forum for questions. Taught collaboratively by BVGT and BVSD.

Wednesday, February 24th, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Boulder Valley School District Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, Colorado 80303


  • BVSD educators can register via Avatar ( TAG 101 Course #6372.9263)
  • Independent school educators can register by email:

Contact time is 1.50 hours. This is a free event.

February 4, 2016 – Jim Delisle – Gifted and Teenage, Too:  Striking the right balance at home and school 

Intellectually gifted students have many academic strengths. However, they are also teenagers, intent on enjoying their brief years as adolescents with all the zeal they can muster. School is important, but so are friends, fun and everything electronic.  How do you, as parents, and they, as students, balance the rigors of school life with the need for relaxation and personal growth?  Come learn about some strategies and attitudes that will help make your gifted teen’s life fulfilling–academically, socially and emotionally. 7 – 8:30 pm, Fairview High School, Boulder, Flyer

November 4th & November 12th: Most Likely to Succeed Screening

MostLikelyToSuceedScreeningMackintosh Academy, BVGT and others partner to bring you “Most Likely to Succeed,” the surprise Sundance hit that looks at the need to reinvent our education system for the innovation age.  Join us for a screening and panel discussion November 4 at Casey Middle School or November 12 at Louisville middle. Discover what you can do to prepare your student for their unique future.  Purchase tickets here 

BVGT & TAG Coffee Chats 

Building Positive Talented and Gifted Parent Partnerships

  • What exactly is Boulder Valley Gifted & Talented?
  • What can I expect from the TAG program?
  • How are BVGT and TAG related?
  • Is my child gifted?
  • How can I find support and a community for myself
  • and my gifted child?

Join us for coffee,  a short presentation addressing these questions and time to connect!

*Events happened throughout Boulder Valley during the Fall*

October 20, 2015 Lisa Van Gemert, Perfectionism.

The Perils of Perfectionism (and ways to make it better)

Perfectionism is an occupational hazard of giftedness, and its effects can be truly debilitating.  Learn what perfectionism looks like in gifted kids, and come away with a toolbox full of big ideas and strategies for turning this terrible master into a compliant servant. 7:00pm  – 8:30pm Fairview High School, Boulder. (Lisa VanGemert- Flyer)

Spring 2015 Events

May 14th, 6-7 PM.  Annual Membership Meeting Horizon West condominiums Community Room. 1850 Folsom, Boulder.  Elections will take place electronically the week before the meeting.  Please come to the meeting to help plan for the 2015-2016 year.

April 8, 2015 —  Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.,: Understanding and Nurturing the ESSENCE of Adolescents and Teens.  Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed NY Times best-selling author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist.  He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.   Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA.  Dr. Siegel focuses on the emerging minds of 12 to 24 year olds and how the brain develops.   Fairview High School, 6 pm – 8pm.  Book signing at 5:15 pm.

March 17, 2015  — Being 2E – Patty Gatto-Walden BVGT is partnering with Mackintosh to host gifted guru Patty Gatto Walden. She will present on taking a holistic view of twice exceptionality helping parents grasp common issues like processing speed, working memory and executive function – sharing the impacts and issues from a child’s internal perspective.  Mackintosh Academy 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm    Thursday, 

What We Did During The 2013-14 School Year

April, 2014 — “The Search for Meaning” presented by Jim Webb PH.D, ABPP-CL. The topic was Webb’s latest book “Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope”. You can see the slides from his presentation, including 13 Healthy Coping Styles for gifted individuals who are “Searching For Meaning”.

March, 2014 — “Sanctuary for the Gifted Child”, session three: “Relationships and the Gifted Empathic Child” with Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC.

March, 2014 — “Friends for Life”, how gifted children make and keep friends and the difficulties associated, presented by Annette Sheely, MA. See the slides from “Friends For Life” here.

January, 2014 — “Sanctuary for the Gifted Child”, session two: “”The Gifted Child in the Contemporary World”” with Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC.

December — “Sanctuary for the Gifted Child”, session one: “The Empathic Gifted Child” with Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC.

November, 2014 — “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.

October, 2014 — “Resilient, Calm and Deeply Engaged: 27 Strategies to Promote Optimal Well-Being in Our Brilliant, Intense, and Asynchronous Kids” presented by P. Susan Jackson, MA, RCC. See the slides of Susan Jackson’s presentation here. Also, the Second Annual BVGT Honored Educators Awards were presented prior to Susan Jackson’s talk.

See what you missed – our events and speakers from the 2011-12 school year and from the 2012-13 school year.

BVGT has hosted many excellent events and speakers over the past four years, including Temple Grandin, Jim Delisle, Congressman Jared Polis, Linda Silverman and Jonathan Mooney.  See past speakers.


Boulder Valley Teachers Earn Credit By Attending BVGT Events

BVSD educators may receive CDE credit for attending BVGT events and presentations. Educators must register ahead of time in AVATAR and sign in at the event. All courses begin with TAG, followed by the course title (for example, “TAG-Surging Ahead or Falling Behind.”) Questions? Email the BVSD Office of Advanced Academic Services.