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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 13, 2023 GT Center Information Night

October 3, 2023 Parent/Family Learning - An Evening with Jenny Hecht

December 6, 2023 Understanding the CogAT Assessment for Parents and Students

January 24, 2024 Parent/Family Learning-Virtual

March 6, 2024 Parent/Family Learning-Virtual

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 13, 2023
This seminar will be held virtually from 6:00-7:30pm.  Click here for more information and to RSVP.

October 3, 2023
An evening with Jenny Hecht.  More information to come soon.

December 6, 2023
Understanding the CogAT Assessment for Parents and Students. More information coming soon.

January 24, 2024
  Multiple topic pre-recorded video.  Click here to see the videos.

March 6, 2024
  More inforamtion coming soon.

 

All seminars will be held virtually.  Meeting links are emailed the day of the seminar at 3:00pm.

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!

BOOK STUDY

Jeffco's GT Social Emotional learning Counselors (GT SELCs) are happy to support families through various offerings.  These opportunities allow families to learn about their GT children and/or to connect with other parents/families who understand the unique joys and challenges of raising GT kids.  There is no cost for any of these offerings, but families need to sign up to participate.  Interested families may sign up for one or more of the opportunities listed below.

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents Book Study          

What: 6 week long GT Elementary Parent Night group with a book study of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents by Wilson and Lyons. This book study will be led by Jeffco Schools GT Social Emotional Learning Counselors.  

When: 6:00-7:00 pm on the following days:   10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 

Where: Westridge Elementary School library 

To sign up for Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents Book Study, click here

Families are responsible for buying the book.

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise  Courageous and Independent Children (Anxiety Series): Wilson, Reid, Lyons  LICSW, Lynn: 9780757317620: Amazon.com: Books

Unique opportunities of 1 time sessions led by Jeffco Schools GT Social Emotional Learning Counselors are also available.  Click here for descriptions and sign up.

 

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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