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  • Over the past couple of school years, we have heard your concerns about Educator Burn-Out & Retention.  

    I attended an inspirational webinar hosted by PowerSchool entitled: Inspiring Retention in Education today and wanted to pass along some quick one-pager articles with resources/strategies.

    • Click to access Improving Teacher Support and Retention (Attached is the PDF of the miniguide)
    • Click to access 5 Ways to Support Teachers Through Stressful Times
    • Click to access Supporting the Whole Community: SEL for Teachers and Staff
    • Click to access Increase Teacher Retention with Streamlined Onboarding
    • Click to access 4 Strategies Administrators Can Deliver to Lessen Teacher Fatigue

    Empowered Teachers Resource Kit

    Whether you’re an experienced educator brushing up on the basics or a new teacher looking for a quick fundamental overview, use these resources for guidance, insights, and tips on personalized learning, student and family engagement, and social and emotional learning.

    Get the Kit

    I hope these resources are insightful and assist you in building positive habits and supports for battling educator burn-out and retention!


    Insightful artilce-Click to access Dealing with teacher bias


    Hello Gifted Education Educators, Researchers, Policy Makers, and Advocates! 

    Join us for the 2023 Gifted Education Policy Symposium and Conference: Developing Diverse Talents,  hosted by the Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. This email has information about the 2023 GEPSC: Call for Proposals, Registration, Draft Agenda, our 2023 Palmarium Awardee, Dr. Donna Y. Ford, and Call for the 2023 Marcia Gentry Influence Scholars

    The 2023 Gifted Education Policy Symposium and Conference (GEPSC; will be held virtually March 30th and 31st. This year’s theme is on Developing Diverse Talents, with the Policy Symposium focusing on the various levels (e.g., local, state, federal, etc.) of funding for Gifted Education. 

    Additionally, doctoral students are invited to submit a project application to the 2023 Marcia Gentry Influence Scholars: Call for Applications. Projects should lend toward advancing equity and excellence and have an explicit connection to Dr. Gentry’s work. Projects may take the form of a research study and/or systematic review of literature. Applications are due January 31, 2023. Selected students will be announced during the 2023 GEPSC. 

    Register | 2023 GEPSC:

    • Please email to request a graduate student discount, sponsor the conference, or donate a book as a ‘door’ prize. 

    Submit | Call for Proposal and/or Poster:

    • Proposal and/or Poster Submission Due January 16, 2023 

    Agenda | All Times in Mountain Time | Each registration ticket covers both days of the event.

    Thursday, March 30, 2023

    4:30 - 5:20 | Pre-Conference Higher-Ed Student Panel: Reflections on Talent Development 

    5:30 - 7:00 | Policy Symposium: Funding for Gifted Education 

    Friday, March 31, 2023

    1:00 - 4:50 | Presentations 

    5:00 - 5:30 | Poster Session 

    5:30 - 7:00 | Palmarium Award, Dr. Donna Ford 

    Palmarium Keynote | Equity and Culture Matter: Increasing Access to Gifted and Talented Education and Advanced Placement for Underrepresented Minoritized Students

    Please share 2023 GEPSC information widely! Questions? 


    Durango School District 9-R English language learners score high on proficiency assessment

    Durango School District 9-R English language learners scored high on the state’s Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS) testing.

    ACCESS tests students on English used in an academic setting rather than conversational English.

    “It's really measuring their understanding and use of academic English in the content areas,” said English Language Development Specialist Kira Cunningham. “It tests students on the language used in math, science, social studies and language arts.”

    Click to view this article to read more and celebrate the success of Durango


    Sending well wishes for a healthy and productive school year from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian! We look forward to serving you and your students in the coming school year and value your role in transforming teaching and learning about American Indians and the work you do each day to spark inquiry, curiosity, and learning in your classrooms. Check out our free online resources from Native Knowledge 360° (available anytime) and online and onsite programs for October. We hope to see you soon!


    • Saturday, October 1, 2022, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

    The National Museum of the American Indian is partnering with Teaching for Change to host an online teach-in with keynote speaker Rebecca Nagle and interactive workshops, including:

    • Teaching Treaties: Fort Wayne & the Coming of the War of 1812 
    • Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean 
    • Indigenous Central America 
    • The Tulsa Race Massacre & Black-Native History in Oklahoma 
    • Pipeline Protests: Putting Climate Civil Disobedience into the Curriculum
    • Exploring American Indigenous History in the 20th Century with Indian No More

    Event registration requires a $10 fee; every participant who completes a feedback form will receive a book for the classroom by mail following the event.   LEARN MORE & REGISTER


    • Monday, October 10, 2022, 1:00 p.m. ET

    Available on demand afterwards

    How is teaching a form of activism? This Indigenous Peoples’ Day program highlights Native youth who are incorporating Indigenous voices into K–12 education and promoting inclusive conversations in our nation's classrooms.  LEARN MORE & REGISTER


    NEW Student Talent Opportunity for the 2022 CAGT Conference

    CAGT needs your help getting the word out about a brand-new way to showcase gifted student talents at the upcoming CAGT Conference 2022. 

    All a student needs to do is record 10-15 seconds of a video of them performing a creative, unusual talent. 

    There are many ideas on the flyer, though the kids are not limited to what's on the flyer if they have a different talent. (By the way, we're not talking about being able to roll their tongues or wiggle their ears... we're talking about  wow!-how'd-that-kid-do-that??!!  kind of talent!! 

    The idea is to fit into this year's conference theme: "Unconventionally, Unconditionally Gifted." 

    So, we're looking for the unusual, the atypical, the jaw-dropping, the head-scratching...... you get the point. Due date is October is the flier.

    Thanks for sharing the flyer and promoting this awesome opportunity for our GT kids!

    P.S. Don't forget we also have our Student Art Contest. Click here to get all the information! Submissions are due by Monday, September 19th. Can't wait to see all of the amazing artwork!

    Thanks so much!
    CAGT Conference Planning Committee


    Durango School District 9-R is in the news!

    Topic: Student Achievement Scores Improve

    Click here to access the article for more details. 


    4th Annual Student Art Contest- CAGT Conference 2022
    Remind students before they leave your classrooms for summer break!

    Whether you submitted something in our prior contests or want to do so this year, here’s your chance to have your art displayed and viewed by educators and families from gifted communities throughout our state and nation at the 44th CAGT Annual Conference!

    CAGT would like to invite our gifted art students from around Colorado to share their artistic talents with the attendees at this year’s conference. Students who attend any K-12 school or homeschool can create their artistic interpretation of our conference theme, Unconventionally, Unconditionally Gifted and share it with us this fall at CAGT’s Annual Conference, October 16-18, 2022. 

    Click here to get all the information and have students' get a head start working on an art piece today!

    Can't wait to see all of the amazing artwork!


    Durango R9- Needham Elementary in the News!

    The Learning Pit is a learning method that helps students understand where they are in the learning process of a particular subject or assignment

    Click here to view the video 


    Leadership Award Nominations for 2022 are Now Open!

    Each year individuals are honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in our gifted community throughout Colorado.

    Leadership Awards are presented in the following categories:

    • George T. Betts Inspiration Award,
    • Jacquelin Medina Visionary Leadership Award,
    • Parent of the Year,
    • Educator of the Year,
    • Administrator of the Year,
    • Special Advocate of the Year, and
    • the Lifetime Achievement Award

    each year at our CAGT annual conference.

    If you would like to nominate someone for their extraordinary efforts in the field of gifted education, we are now accepting nominations for the 2022 conference.

    Click here to learn more about award criteria and to create a nomination.



    2022 Gifted Education Policy Symposium and Conference 

    There is still time to register for the virtual 2022 Gifted Education Policy Symposium and Conference: Reflecting on Giftedness, March 17-18, 2022, hosted by the Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Our flyer showing conference sessions and speakers is attached. Please share with anyone who might be interested in our virtual presentation.

    Attendees will receive certificates for continuing education and registrants will receive recordings of sessions. Please email to request a graduate student discount, sponsor the conference, or donate a book as a ‘door’ prize.    

    Our call for poster presentations also closes soon! Submit a .pdf of a new or previously-presented poster related to the conference theme Reflecting on Giftedness and participate in an optional Twitter Poster Presentation session on March 18, 4:55 – 5:30 pm MDT, using #2022GEPSC.

    Only a Fraction of Eligible Households Signed up for Emergency Broadband Benefit Service

    The federal government launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) in February 2021 to provide low-income households with a $50 monthly discount on their internet bill as part of a multi-pronged approach to reduce the digital divide, according to the report. Click here to access the report and details for discount on internet. 

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    5 education leaders are changing the world - World Savvy
    International Education Week celebrates the benefits of cultural and academic exchange programs around the world. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education promotes how international education programs: Prepare Americans for a global environment. Invite the world’s future leaders to exchange ideas and experiences in the United States.   Click to access the article

    These 5 education leaders are changing the world

    Very proud to have Dr. Khalifa serving on our Advisory Board!


    Discount on new book: 

    Dr. Joy Lawson Davis's new book has been released and she encouraged me to share a discount code with my network.

    Rural Schools Collaborative: 

    Upcoming Opportunity: 

    Rural Teacher FB Group:

    Rural K-12 educators and NASA aficionados out there! Sign up for our season finale of 3D Thursdays for rural educators on:

    • May 6th at 7pm CT to chat with legendary NASA scientists Dr. James Green and Dr. Caitlin Ahrens to learn about their journeys from rural America to careers at NASA!
    • This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12 and any educator/parent who wishes to support rural students in their STEM journeys to NASA!

    Register here:




  • Stories from the Field

    Improvement Science 

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