October 16-17 – Annual CAGT Conference: The Heart of the Rockies: Elevating the Gifted Connection. 

October 18 – Susanne Keeley: Encourage, Enhance and Expand Executive Functions in Your Gifted Child

September 24 – BVGT 10th Anniversary Trivia Night FUN(d)raiser

2016-17 Events

2e: Twice-Exceptional Film Viewing and Panel Discussion

A viewing of Thomas Ropelewski’s groundbreaking and award-winning documentary 2e: Twice Exceptional (54 minutes) will be followed by audience Q & A with panelists including special education experts, educators, parents, and students. Come learn more about the challenges and successes of this unique type of gifted learner. Find out how teachers and parents can engage these students’ curiosities and help them build meaningful and successful social and academic connections.

Gifted 101 For Educators

Please join BVSD and BVGT for an overview of characteristics of gifted students and discussion of TAG programming and social-emotional needs. Open forum for questions. Taught collaboratively by BVGT and BVSD.

Thursday, February 23
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Boulder Valley School District Education Center

Ian Byrd, “Creating 21st Century Innovators”

21st-century technologies have opened up new paths for success. Gifted students’ curiosity and intense interests make them uniquely suited to blaze these new trails. At the same time, gifted characteristics such as perfectionism and impostor syndrome can hold them back. We will discuss how parents and teachers can support students, empowering them to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Ian Byrd is a nationally recognized presenter and blogger on teaching and reaching gifted students. He’s the founder of the blog/website Byrdseed, an online resource for understanding gifted learners.

Jenny Hecht, “I am Because We Are: Cultivating Personal and Social Competencies”

BVGT board member Jenny Hecht, licensed clinical social worker with expertise in giftedness, is working to provide presentations on distress tolerance and giftedness and stress.  From Jenny’s website: “I have a passion for supporting the specific social-emotional needs of gifted individuals, particularly the existential dilemma so many face beginning at a very young age. My work with gifted individuals has extended to consultation and support for educational professionals who work with this population.

Brian Housand – “Today’s Technology and Gifted Students: What Parents Need to Know”

Brian Housand is an author and associate professor at East Carolina University.

CAGT Annual Conference

Membership has its benefits: BVGT is offering five scholarships for members to attend the October 10th Parent Institute at the CAGT Conference. If you are a member, and interested in attending, please email [email protected]

Gifted 101 For Educators

Please join BVSD and BVGT for an overview of characteristics of gifted students and discussion of TAG programming and social emotional needs. Open forum for questions. Taught collaboratively by BVGT and BVSD.

  • Thursday, September 22nd, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
  • Boulder Valley School District Education Center
  • Contact time is 1.50 hours. This is a free event.

Dr. James T. Webb  11 Key Issues of Giftedness At Home and At School

Gifted kids are all different in their own unique ways. However, Dr. James Webb has identified eleven key issues that are common across the gifted population. In this presentation, you will learn how a range of ability, asynchronous development, over-excitabilities and thinking styles can change the trajectory of your child’s daily life at home and at school. Find out how parents and educators can identify challenge areas and become equipped to deal with them. Stay for a book signing with Dr. Webb immediately following the lecture!

2015-16 Events

Janice Mcnally – Supporting Resilience, Grit, and Social-Emotional Skills 

Modern life presents a variety of stressors for children/youth and adults. While this can frequently leave parents feeling daunted, the good news is that we can teach our kids social-emotional skills to support their capacity (and ours) to respond to these challenges in a positive way and become stronger in the process.  Participants will examine factors unique to current day parenting and develop strategies for modeling and supporting resilience, perseverance, and grit to help families thrive. Adults only please.

Janise McNally Flyer
April 7, 2016
Broomfield Heights Middle School

TAG 101 Educator Event

Please join Boulder Valley School District Office of Advanced Academic Services and Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented for an evening designed to support area public and independent school educators.

Join us for an overview of characteristics of gifted students and discussion of TAG programming and social emotional needs. Open forum for questions. Taught collaboratively by BVGT and BVSD.

  • Wednesday, February 24th
  • Boulder Valley School District Education Center
  • Contact time is 1.50 hours. This is a free event.

Jim Delisle – Gifted and Teenage, Too:  Striking the right balance at home and school 

Intellectually gifted students have many academic strengths. However, they are also teenagers, intent on enjoying their brief years as adolescents with all the zeal they can muster. School is important, but so are friends, fun and everything electronic.  How do you, as parents, and they, as students, balance the rigors of school life with the need for relaxation and personal growth?  Come learn about some strategies and attitudes that will help make your gifted teen’s life fulfilling–academically, socially and emotionally. 

  • February 2nd
  •  Fairview High School, Boulder
  • Flyer

Most Likely to Succeed Screening

MostLikelyToSuceedScreeningMackintosh Academy, BVGT and others partner to bring you “Most Likely to Succeed,” the surprise Sundance hit that looks at the need to reinvent our education system for the innovation age.  Join us for a screening and panel discussion November 4 at Casey Middle School or November 12 at Louisville middle. Discover what you can do to prepare your student for their unique future.

BVGT & TAG Coffee Chats  

Building Positive Talented and Gifted Parent Partnerships. Events happened throughout Boulder Valley during the Fall

  • What exactly is Boulder Valley Gifted & Talented?
  • What can I expect from the TAG program?
  • How are BVGT and TAG related?
  • Is my child gifted?
  • How can I find support and a community for myself
  • and my gifted child?

Parents joined us for coffee,  a short presentation addressing these questions and time to connect!

Lisa Van Gemert – Perfectionism. The Perils of Perfectionism (and ways to make it better)

Perfectionism is an occupational hazard of giftedness, and its effects can be truly debilitating.  Learn what perfectionism looks like in gifted kids, and come away with a toolbox full of big ideas and strategies for turning this terrible master into a compliant servant.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. –  Understanding and Nurturing the ESSENCE of Adolescents and Teens.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is an internationally acclaimed NY Times bestselling author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist.  He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.   Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA.  Dr. Siegel focuses on the emerging minds of 12 to 24-year-olds and how the brain develops.   

  • April 8, 2015
  • Fairview High School,
  • Book signing at 5:15 pm.

Patty Gatto-Walden – “Being 2E – Holistic View of Twice Exceptionality”

BVGT is partnering with Mackintosh to host gifted guru Patty Gatto Walden. She will present on taking a holistic view of twice exceptionality helping parents grasp common issues like processing speed, working memory and executive function – sharing the impacts and issues from a child’s internal perspective.  

  • March 17, 2015 
  • Mackintosh Academy 

Annual Membership Meeting 

Elections will take place electronically the week before the meeting.  Please come to the meeting to help plan for the 2015-2016 year.

  • May 14th


October 2013

P. Susan Jackson, MA, RCC,  “Resilient, Calm and Deeply Engaged: 27 Strategies to Promote Optimal Well-Being in Our Brilliant, Intense, and Asynchronous Kids” 

November 2013

“What Gifted Kids Want You To Know: Understanding Your Gifted Child From The Inside Out”

presented by BVGT board member and nationally recognized, licensed psychologist Dr. Patty Gatto Walden.

April 2014

Jim Webb PH.D, ABPP-CL, “The Search for Meaning”

The topic was Webb’s latest book “Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope”. You can see the slides from his presentation, including 13 Healthy Coping Styles for gifted individuals who are “Searching For Meaning”.

December 2013, January 2014 & March 2014

Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC – “Sanctuary for the Gifted Child”

  • Session One: “The Empathic Gifted Child”
  • Session Two: “The Gifted Child in the Contemporary World”
  • Session Three: “Relationships and the Gifted Empathic Child”

March, 2014

Annette Sheely, MA – “Friends for Life”

How gifted children make and keep friends and the difficulties associated, presented by . See the slides from “Friends For Life” here.


See what you missed – our events and speakers from the 2011-12 school year and from the 2012-13 school year.

BVGT has hosted many excellent events and speakers over the past four years, including Temple Grandin, Jim Delisle, Congressman Jared Polis, Linda Silverman and Jonathan Mooney.  See past speakers.