Archive for January 2016



The “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County is a drop-out prevention and career and college preparation program for low-income youth in the St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley School Districts. The children, called Dreamers, participate in a year-round program of mentoring, tutoring, cultural enrichment, and community service activities from elementary school through high school. Upon high school graduation, each Dreamer is eligible to receive up to $10,000 to use towards college or post-secondary education.
While there’s no cost to attend, in lieu of ticket sales, you will be asked to make a donation to help launch
a new Dreamer Class at Thunder Valley K-8 in Carbon Valley and fulfill the dreams of 50 children. The entire community prospers when children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Please register today to save your spot for this exciting Inaugural Dream-Maker Dinner!
Donations of $250 or greater will also qualify for a Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit, meaning you have the opportunity to receive over 50% of your donation back on your taxes!

Parenting for Potential

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Dr. Jim Delisle Presentation

Dr. Jim Delisle Presentation

“Gifted and Teenage, Too: Striking the right balance at home and school”

Tuesday February 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fairview High School Auditorium 

This talk is for parents and students, ages 11 and up.

Tickets are available here:

Dr. Delisle’s Bio:
Dr. James (Jim) Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 38 years.  Jim retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service there as a professor of special education.  Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots”, volunteering as a 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade teacher in 1991, 1997 and 2006.  In addition, Jim taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998-2008 in the Twinsburg, Ohio Public Schools.  Currently, Jim works part-time with highly-gifted 9th and 10th graders at the Scholars’ Academy in Conway, South Carolina.
The author of more than 250 articles and 19 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media, such as The New York Times, People Magazine, and on Oprah!  Jim’s newest book, Dumbing Down America: The War on our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (and what we can do to fight back), was published in 2014. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Greece, China, Oman, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Jim is currently on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Educational Advancement, a California-based nonprofit offering a variety of services and scholarships to gifted youth, and previously served as a Board member on the National Association for Gifted Children and the Roeper School for the Gifted.  In his retirement, Jim plans to walk as many beaches as possible and to write children’s picture books where the main characters are based on young people he has taught or counseled during his career.
Session Synopsis:
Gifted and Teenage, Too: Striking the right balance at home and school  (60-90 minutes)
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.


Beyond Giftedness XXIII Parent Session

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