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BVGT & Community Gifted Resources

Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented provides excellent local in-person programming events featuring expert speakers in the field of gifted education throughout the school year. We also offer a variety of resources to help you learn more about supporting and advocating for children who are gifted.

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Local Groups Online

Colorado Association of Gifted & Talented & Affiliates

Local affiliates often host events that might be of interest to our visitors. Click on the links for more information and events happening around Colorado.

CAGT Testing & Counseling Resources

The sources listed on CAGTs website are intended for reference purposes only. The inclusion of any person or entity on the list shall not be deemed to imply a recommendation, endorsement or approval of the services provided by such person or entity.

CAGT provides this Resources List to help parents of gifted children find providers of counseling and testing services for their children.  In order to be placed on this list, CAGT must receive at least two independent parent recommendations for a service provider, who must then meet certain professional criteria (credentials, training, liability coverage, etc.). If your gifted child has received services from a professional that you would like to recommend, please click on the link above for the submission form on CAGT’s website.

Jefferson County

Web Sites & Videos About Gifted Education 

One of Our Favorite Gifted Blogs

Gifted 101

What is giftedness?

According to the Colorado Department of Education, “Gifted and talented children” means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.  Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability.
  • Specific academic aptitude.
  • Creative or productive thinking.
  • Leadership abilities.
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities”

Current best practices for gifted and talented education incorporate definitions of gifted that use the multi-criteria approach – they have broadened from the very narrow basis of intellectual performance to a much wider basis that encompasses many areas of human achievement.

Why Identify Gifted Students?

It is important to identify gifted students so that teachers and staff can properly meet their educational needs. It is important to recognize the unique abilities and interests of all children.  While some children require ESL services, some literacy support, gifted students require instruction at a different level and pace as their age mates.  By identifying gifted students, schools are able provide for their special needs.  Identification is actually a needs assessment so that schools can provide proper opportunities to help students develop their gifts and talents.

Asynchronous Development

  • gifted children may appear to be many ages at once
  • motor skills, especially fine-motor, often lag behind cognitive conceptual abilities
  • may know what they want to do, construct, or draw; however, motor skills do not allow them to achieve the goal
  • become frustrated by asynchrony and emotional outbursts may result
  • it can be hard for the to find and maintain friendships due to differences in development

An Often Asked Question: Is My Child Gifted?

Is your child bright or gifted? What are the learning and creative characteristics of a gifted child? Does your child differing from children of the same age connote gifted?  Read Is My Child Gifted?

Where to Start – What Books Should I Read First?

Check out this blog post by Terry Bradley. If you are a BVGT member you can check out these books and many more in our Gifted Lending Library.

Choosing The Right School

 Additional Resources

Around Town

The following is provided for your information and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. As always adults are responsible for determining the appropriateness of any activity or website for children.  Please direct any questions directly to the host organization.

Events for Parents

Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented’s 2nd Annual Trivia Fundraiser

Join us for great food and a little friendly competition to support Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented! Sunday, January 27 join us at Tilt Pinball. This event is for adults only. Find details and register at the links below.

GT Parent Support Initiative

  • GT in BVSD: September 27, 2018
  • GT-Student Social and Emotional Needs: October 25, 2018
  • Twice Exceptional (2e) Students: January 24, 2019
  • View the flyer and RSVP here!

Identity, Difference and Allyship: Raising our Awareness and Challenging Stereotypes through Reflection and Conversation

February, 27, 2019. Research shows that throughout early childhood, children become aware of cultural identities such as gender, race, ethnicity and ability. They also begin to absorb society’s messages about these forms of identity, which often subtly reinforce stereotypes and bias. How can parents work to actively counter these pervasive messages in order to foster children’s anti-bias development? The goal of this workshop is to provide parents and caregivers with language and proactive strategies for addressing children’s questions and misconceptions around difference and modeling how to be an ally through action and dialog. Participants will be asked to engage in thoughtful reflection and discussion around personal identity.  Presented by Randi Reinhold, BCD’s Coordinator of Equity & Inclusion.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

PEN Speaks Educational Series

Feature local to internationally renowned thought leaders on topics central to parents, professionals, and community members

Events for Students and Families

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Middle School

The benefits of an International Baccalaureate (IB) program are well known within the high school realm, but what are the benefits of IB during the middle school years? Join us as a panel of representatives from three Boulder-area middle schools offering the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) (BCD, Sunset Middle School, and Mackintosh Academy) and IB Consultant, Lou Marchesano, discuss how the MYP is implemented and the benefits to young adolescent students.  This event is free and open to the public. RSVP through Boulder Country Day School.

Boulder Maker

We are growing this community, first, in support of the incredible Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest every Spring, and more broadly in support of hands-on, experiential learning.

CU Wizards

 For over three decades, the CU Wizards program has presented free monthly shows that entertain and inform children about the wonders of science.

CU Science Discovery Events

STEAM Events at the Boulder Public Library

Minecrafteroons at Meadow’s Library (Boulder)

Join us for cooperative challenges and gameplay every Friday afternoon! We have room for 16 players every session on a first-come first-served basis. Fridays from 3:30-5 pm. Recommended for ages 7 and up. No meetings in August.

Go Club for Kids & Teens at Boulder Library

Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Developed 4000 years ago in China, the rules are so simple they can be taught in a few minutes–but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Go boards are provided and take-home sets made of cardboard are available for free. Ages 5 and up.

More events at the Boulder Library

Book Reviews

BVGT book reviews are written by Jocelyn Gebhardt. Jocelyn is a founding board member of BVGT as well as an employee of the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver. She works in the Children’s Books section and runs Story Time every Tuesday at 10:30 am — Please feel free to stop by!

December 2016

Hand in Hand cover

Hand in Hand, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells

for ages just born on up
This loving picture book describes the nurturing relationship between parent and young child. Wells uses her brightly drawn illustrations to match her gently rhyming text to create a cosy narration that will calm the most unsettled among us. It starts with “Be my sky, my moon, my sun” and ends with “Be my lighthouse, my north star”. A perfect gift for anyone, big or small, who has guided or been guided in the past or has that adventure in their future. A real treasure.

Yesterday cover

The Girl Who Saved Yesterday, written by Julius Lester, illustrated by Carl Angel

for ages 7ish on up
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday is a richly illustrated picture book, telling us a folk tale of Silence, a young girl raised by jungle trees, being returned to the village to find Yesterday. Although she does not understand her quest, she bravely climbs the mountain to find it. Trees do her bidding, she works to uncover the mystery, and together with the villagers such ends up celebrating their ancestors–their Yesterday. At the Tattered Cover, we shelve this book in the Folk and Fairy Tales–Africa section. At home it goes on the shelf I reserve for books intended for children old enough to let stories enter their ears and be heard. So well done!

shy cover

Shy, written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman

for ages 4 and up
When one is shy, it is much easier and safer to sit at home reading, and that is just how Shy has lived his life–up until he heard a REAL bird trilling–it was beautiful, then gone! Shy left home in search of his bird- and the land “was far more
wondrous than it ever looked in pictures”. Just the perfect book to encourage the hesitant ones you know, who perhaps need a gorgeous book to boost them over the sill. A great conversation starter for the doubters!

Here are a few suggestions of terrific new mid-grade titles for those in the older-than-picture-book crowd. (Though you do know picture books are for everyone, right?)

New Mid-grade suggestions

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
  • Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Secret Keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart (author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series)
  • Greenglass House, by Kate Milford, now in paperback

And two Young Adult suggestions, both being SO SO GOOD!

The Sun Is Also A Star
, and Everything, Everything–both by the amazing Nicola Yoon

September 2016
Box by Min Flyte, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, 2015

This charmer of a book will engage your young kids from the front cover. There is something about kids and boxes; now add flaps that let you see inside- with foldouts and fold-ups — and questions to pique your curiosity!

Beautifully illustrated with large, easy to understand pictures, I can imagine Box will become a fast favorite with the 2 to 6 years old crowd. Really clever and fun.

Ned the Knitting Pirate by Diana Murray, illustrated by Leslie Lammle, 2016

Told in clever rhyme, this picture book is the story of Ned, a fierce and strong pirate who just happens to love to knit. The pirate captain is infuriated with Ned’s favorite pastime and finally puts his foot down, forbidding it.

Oh no! That very night the briny, ocean beast attacks- the one who loves to snack on pirate ships!

How does Ned save them all?

I guess you’ll just have to read this book to find out.

Irresistible rhyme and illustrations will draw you in, me hearties, so don’t try to resist its charms. Perfect for all who love a fun tale of not too scary action-packed adventure- and for those who do things a little differently than the crowd.

For ages 4 or 5 to 7 or so. Wonderful!

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, 2016

The Uncorker of Bottles had just one job — and it was “of the utmost importance”. His job was to open any bottles found in the ocean and deliver the letter within.

Listen to the language the author uses- “Sometimes the messages were written by a quill dipped in sadness. But most of the time they made people quite happy, for a letter can hold the treasure of a clam-hugged pearl.”

The Uncorker secretly wished there would be a letter for him- but how could that happen, when he had no friends?

Find out how he successfully delivers a letter that isn’t addressed to anyone!

Rarely does a picture book come along that hits the sweet spot combination of story line and illustrations, and this is one of those books. Truthfully, it is as popular with adults as it is with the picture book crowd. I’d have to say the age span of this book goes from about 5ish to adult if you know an adult who has a yen for a happy ending.

Whittling down this list from many to three was especially hard this go-round.

So many good picture books from which to choose!

I did it, but only after deciding to leave you with three more titles I hope you enjoy on your own…and they are:

Dragon Was Terrible, by Kelly DiPucchio

All My Treasures: A Book of Joy, by  Jo Witek

You Are My Best Friend by Tatsuya Miyanishi

Happy reading!