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The Gifted and Talented Program provides multiple seminars and presentations for parents throughout the year. See below for parent resources, documents, and useful links.

As a parent or caregiver, you may understand that the differences your child exhibits relate to her giftedness, but your child/learner likely does not. When children notice and feel different from their peers, they seek explanations. See this resource from NAGC, Talking With Your Child About Giftedness for some great tips and strategies.

Spotlight on GT Learners 

September 15, 2021 GT Info Night

If you were not able to attend our Sept 15 GT Info Night presentation, please see these slides and/or video to learn more about gifted identification and programming, including info on Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) and GT Center Schools!

October 5, 2021 GT Parent /Family Learning Night

If you were not able to attend Catherine Zakoian’s presentation on “The Shadow and Light of Being Gifted” on Oct 5, you can access this video and enter the password ZF.H@3+N  You can also view her presentation slides

December 8, 2021 Understanding the CogAT Assessment for Parents and Students

January 26, 2022 Parent/Family Learning Night

 

ADVOCATE

Advocating for Your Child

Parents often wonder when and how to approach their child's teacher if their child seems unhappy or not challenged in the classroom. This NAGC TIP sheet on Classroom Advocacy offers some suggestions on starting this conversation to partner with your child’s teacher.

Deb Douglas  -  The Power of Self-Advocacy 


FAMILY LEARNING & MEETINGS

GT Parent Info Night

September 15th
This seminar will be held at the following locations:
Jeffco Ed Center 5th floor BoardRoom, Ken Caryl Middle School, Evergreen Middle School, North Arvada Middle School, and Virtually.
Save the dates for the remaining 21-22 school year Parent Learning Seminars
October 5, 2021
January 26, 2022
March 9, 2022

All seminars are held at the Jeffco Ed Center 5th floor BoardRoom from 6:15-8:00 pm. Visit our website for more information prior to each events

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

 Jeffco’s Mental Health & Wellness Hub: During this stressful and uncertain time, it is essential to address and tend to the mental health and wellness of ourselves, our family, and community.  Jeffco’s Mental Health & Wellness Hub has numerous resources and supports on a variety of social-emotional and mental health topics for families and students, including a monthly focus and seminar series!

SENG BOOK STUDY

Jeffco’s GT Social Emotional Learning Counselors (GT SELCS) hold monthly parent book clubs/family book study groups. These groups provide an opportunity for families to learn about their GT child(ren) and to connect with other parents/families who understand the unique joys and challenges of raising GT kids. There is no cost to these sessions, but families are responsible for buying the relevant book for each session, and must sign up. Parents/family members may register for more than 1 session, as each session is offered at a different day/time, but families are expected to purchase the appropriate book for each session.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SENG BOOK GROUP

SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is a nonprofit organization that empowers families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals:intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

EXPLORE SENG

USEFUL LINKS
ACADEMIC/SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
  •  Center for Bright Kids(CBK) Locally-based organization that provides the Western Academic Talent Search (WATS), providing opportunities to take above-level testing to recognize outstanding academic ability, as well as CBK Summer Programs for high-interest, high-ability students.
  • Davidson Institute  Check out the Davidson Institutes Free Guidebooks for info on Advocacy, College Entrance, Twice Exceptionality, Mentorships and other great family resources
  • UNC Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP): overnight summer camps that provide unique learning experiences addressing the intellectual and affective needs of gifted learners at the University of Northern Colorado - Greeley.
  • Yunasa Summer camps offered by the Institute for Educational Advancement, including one in Colorado.
Social Emotional

 Letting Go: Managing Anxiety and Perfectionism

Letting Go: Managing Anxiety and Perfectionism - How does anxiety mainfest in gifted children? Come learn how anxiety can mix with over-excitabilities, social challenges and perfectionism. We will talk about how anxiety can lool in gifted children as well as how to help manage and develop effective coping strategies.

Jenny Hecht - GT Social-Emotional Learning expert Jenny Hecht presented at our Parent/Family Seminar on November 18 in the Ed Center Board Room.  Over 120 people were in attendance.  You may see the slides for Jenny's presentation on "A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships: Building Resiliency and Creativity" here.

Executive Function

 Executive Function

Executive Function - Support your child in building their executive functioning skills. We will share both classroom and home resources. These easy to use tools help build the habits necessary to be successful in life.

Miscellaneous Resources

 Collaborative Panel: JAGC & Jeffco GT A panel of the Jeffco Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) Board members and GT Resource Teachers, Social-Emotional Counselors and the Director from Jeffco’s GT Department collaborated to answer a variety of questions that had been submitted by a previous survey.  The questions and resources cited in answering those and providing further guidance from that evening are available on these slides.

The ABC’s of ALPs

Post Secondary Search & Transitions

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