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Terry Bradley is a gifted education consultant specializing in the social and emotional aspects of giftedness.

Terry works with elementary, middle and high school grades (K-12) and specializes in:

  • Training educators to form and lead student discussion groups (upper elementary through high school)

  • Training parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and mental health professionals on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness

Terry is a presenter at schools and school districts on:

  • Affective needs of the gifted

  • Stress management and coping mechanisms

  • Parenting gifted kids


Terry provides services to many schools and school districts in across Colorado from Sterling to Durango, primarily in Boulder and metro Denver, and various cities around the USA. She presents on gifted education (K-12) with a focus on social and emotional needs of students. She leads district in-services, facilitates student discussion groups, and is a presenter at local, state, national and world gifted conferences.

Terry Bradley's Experience and Background


  • Terry has a Master's Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

  • She is the past Gifted and Talented (GT) Coordinator at the high school from which she graduated: Fairview High School in Boulder.

  • Her career began as a first grade classroom teacher. 

  • She is past President of the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT). She has served on the CAGT Executive Board, CAGT Board of Directors, and was Conference Chair for the 2013 and 2014 CAGT State Conferences.

  • Terry was a founding member of Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented (BVGT), an affiliate of the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT), and served as BVGT's first president for seven years.

  • She is a nationally recognized facilitator/trainer for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) and a SMPG (SENG Model Parent Group) facilitator.

  • Terry was given a 2015 The Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Award.

  • She received the "Parent Of The Year" award from CAGT in 2005.

  • Terry served for four years as the Chair on the State Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education for Colorado.

  • A Boulder, Colorado resident since 9th grade, Terry graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a K-8 teaching certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received a Masters Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

  • Terry and her husband raised two gifted children who are now happy, successful adults.



My philosophy on giftedness and my goal for workshop attendees:


"Gifted individuals not only think differently, they feel differently too." In my presentations, I talk about the various ways gifted students "feel" differently from the rest of the student population. Knowing these differences can help us best support and guide them.  It is important to understand the reasons for the heightened sensitivity and intensity in gifted students, and the ways in which that can manifest itself in an academic setting.


I explain the unique social and emotional attributes of giftedness and go over many characteristics and issues that they have in common.  Gifted students often experience stress, perfectionism, procrastination, and underachievement, along with other challenges that can make them at-risk. It is imperative to learn specific strategies that will help parents, educators, and counselors effectively support gifted students.


It is my goal to encourage a better understanding of why gifted students feel the way they do and what adults in their lives can do to help them understand themselves, and to succeed. By looking at GT students through the lens of giftedness, we will be better able to understand what it is that our gifted students really need. Without utilizing the gifted lens, it is more likely that gifted students will be viewed through a lens of pathology and misdiagnosis. 


Creating and Facilitating Discussion Groups for Gifted Students - workshop that includes learning how to set up groups and going through binder activities. (full day)


Counseling Gifted Students:  The Most Important Things to Know -presented at the Colorado School Counselors Association Conference (CSCA) in 2017.  (2 hours)


A Gifted Child Is More Than Just A Brain: The Affective Aspects of Giftedness - presented at the CSCA conference in 2016. (2 hours)


Parenting Gifted Youth (2 hours)


Stress and the Gifted Child: Turning Down The Heat (2 hours)


Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness (2 hours)


What Does It Mean To Be Gifted? (2 hours)


5 Things I'm Glad I Did as the Parent of Gifted Children (1 hour)


Peer to Peer Mentoring: Training Older GT Students to Support Younger GT Students (half day)


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Gifted and talented education/gifted consultant in Boulder, Colorado.

Gifted and talented education/gifted consultant in Denver, Colorado.

Social and emotional gifted support, education and awareness.

Speaker to teachers, educators, administrators and parents.

School districts including Boulder, Denver, St. Vrain, Brighton, Adams 12, Adams 14, Jefferson County, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Arapahoe, Larimer, Poudre, Roaring Fork, Durango,

Akron, Fort Morgan, Brush, Sterling, Steamboat Springs, Granby, Grand County, Fort Collins, Greeley.

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