The Elizabeth School District sent participants and presenters to this year’s Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. The district gifted coordinator and all building liaisons attended two full days of learning from national experts in the field of gifted education and state leaders in practical applications for meeting the needs of gifted students in the classroom. Leanne Cook, EHS teacher and gifted education liaison submitted a proposal to the CAG/T board and was accepted to present a prestigious Signature Series workshop entitled Following the Sun: Ensuring High Schoolers See Life in a New Light. Mrs. Cook, EHS Principal Bret McClendon, numerous high school students and Jeffco Open Space School Principal Scott Bain led the presentation.
The topic revolved around travel as a unique and integral part of learning for gifted students. Elizabeth’s focus was on the learning experience in August when G/T students from EHS viewed the Solar Eclipse in Northwest Nebraska. The Eclipse was fortified/integrated with archaeology, geology and history during the week-end adventure. The session focused first on the lessons of life and the difficulty of authentic study discovered by the students, as shared through their personal reflections and a documentary film.
The CAG/T conference was held at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado on October 16 and 15, 2017. The annual conference is held about the same time each year and is open to teachers, administrators, parents and students. For more information about the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented visit their website at http://www.coloradogifted.org/