CCGT January Update

CCGT January Update
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Interested Parents Needed!

Cherry Creek Gifted & Talented – the Cherry Creek affiliate of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented – is a community of parents, family, and educators of gifted students.  We would like to invite you to join us for informative events and fun networking opportunities!  Our chapter is growing quickly and we welcome your parent and family engagement. 

Please email us if you’d like to become involved in our efforts to support gifted students, their teachers, and their families. We need your voice!  Contact us at

Upcoming Events & Conferences

Gifted and Talented Parent Council Featuring “The Imagine Project”

The Office of Gifted and Talented Services is hosting the Gifted and Talented Parent Council for the 2019/20 school year. This meeting is open to all parents/guardians of Gifted and Talented students.  This meeting will feature Imagine Project – a practical, effective and profound tool which empowers kids to rise above drama, trauma & stress. Come meet the author and experience the power of the Imagine Project.

Dianne Maroney is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. She is the founder of the Imagine Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps kids, teens, and adults overcome challenging life circumstances through expressive writing. Dianne is a thought leader in the area of stress and trauma in children. Her simple, yet profound 7-step writing tool, now used by schools across the US and internationally, gives kids and teens the opportunity to rewrite a challenging personal story and Imagine new possibilities in its place. 

  • Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, January 30th, 2020, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC), 14188 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial [map]

Cherry Creek GT Parent Meet & Greet at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

After the Gifted and Talented Parent Council meeting at SARC, join us around the corner at our CCGT Meet & Greet after the CCSD GT Parent Council.  Drop in and meet other parents of gifted students and your Cherry Creek GT affiliate board members!  There is always plenty of great conversation and lots of parents find answers to their gifted-related questions.

  • Wednesday, January 29th,  11:45 a.m
  • Thursday, January 30th, 7:15 p.m

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is located at 14455 E Arapahoe Road at S Jordan Road.  [map]

CCGT Speaker Series: Dr. Colleen Urlik, CAGT president-elect, on Parent & School Collaboration

  • March 2, 6:00 p.m. (location to be announced)
  • Seats are limited. Reserve your free spot on our CCGT Events page. 

Dr. Colleen Urlik’s life revolves around giftedness and the specialized instruction gifted learners require. She began in education as a classroom teacher, where she quickly discovered her passion for gifted learners through working with them within her classroom and in the school as the GT Building Coordinator. She now holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Gifted Education from the University of Denver. Dr. Urlik is the President Elect for the Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented, Colorado’s statewide advocacy and education group and the state affiliate for the National Association for Gifted Children, and is the Principal at Hulstrom K-8, Adam 12 Five Star School District’s magnet school for advanced and gifted education. She is also the mother of two gifted children and loves nothing more than exploring and adventuring through the world with them and her husband.

Other Events of Interest

Celebrating Gifted Education:  Reflecting on our Past & Impacting Our Future
10th Annual Gifted Education Conference, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver

  • Thursday, Jan 30, 8:00 AM –Fri, Jan 31, 5:00 PM 
  • Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd Denver, CO
  • Policy Symposium and Conference: $175

Designed for teacher leaders, building and district leaders, researchers, parents, mental health professionals, and education service providers, the conference is intended to provide specific topical information about selected areas in gifted education. 

More info at

Beyond Giftedness XXVII General Conference

  • Friday, February 28, 8:00AM to 4:00PM 
  • Arvada Center for the Arts 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003 
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch
  • College credits available
  • Certificate for 7.5hrs Professional Development
  • Registration: $130 – General Conference,  $60 – Parent Conference, $50 – Students

Keynote Presentations:

  • Donna Ford, Ph.D. Recruiting and Retaining UnderRepresented Students in GATE: A Focus on Equity, Not Equality:
  • Andi McNair, The Possibility of the Unexplored

Conference web site [link]
Download the conference flyer

This Month’s Articles of Interest

If you missed our last speaker, Dr Nancy Lee’s Talk “Performing Under Pressure- The Relationship Between Giftedness and Stress” be sure to check out the PowerPoint slides and a detailed article summarizing Dr Lee’s presentation, written by our Co-VP Colleen Chan, to learn all about how to help your gifted child cope with stress in his or her life!!

How Do You Teach Parents to Advocate for their Child?

Supporting Your Gifted Child & Communicating with School: A Positive Approach

National Association for Gifted Children Tip-sheets.


The Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented is the statewide organization with many affiliates all over Colorado. CAGT is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of parents, educators, and others interested in promoting suitable education, including creative stimulation, for gifted and talented children, while also seeking public recognition and aid for the special needs of these children.