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Regional Representatives (Capitol)

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Capitol Region

Includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba Counties



Kari Lofing
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Julie Hull
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Welcome to the regional page for the Capitol region of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). The Capitol region includes the Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.

Regional Representatives: About Us

Educator Representative

Kari Hanson-Smith is a tireless advocate for advanced learners. Eminently qualified, she has more than fifteen years of experience working in gifted education. Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment Triad Model, and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Kari’s breadth of expertise includes GATE program design, talent development, differentiating instruction at the K-8 level, the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, working with students from diverse populations, and gifted education theory.  In addition to serving on the CAG Board as the Capitol Region Education Representative and Legislation Chair, she is the Coordinator for GATE and AP Programs at Sacramento City Unified School District. Kari has also worked as a GATE Resource Teacher and as a classroom teacher. Kari is passionately dedicated to urban gifted education and advocating for the academic and emotional needs of gifted and high ability learners in public school systems.

Parent Representative

Julie Hull has worked in the field of education for over twenty years in various capacities.  As a secondary classroom teacher, Julie taught GATE and Advanced Placement classes, as a master and mentor teacher, Julie worked with credential candidates and new teachers in classroom management and pedagogy, and  as a site GATE coordinator, she assisted in identification and GATE program development.  Julie currently works at the Orange County Department of Education and serves on the board of two educational non-profits which gives her the opportunity to advocate for gifted education in Orange County through professional development and parent education events. Additionally, Julie is the parent of three children who are gifted.


Membership in CAG supports advocacy efforts for gifted students in the state legislature, continued educator training opportunities, direct access to the Gifted Educator Communicator, and discounted conference fees.

CAG Regional Meetings  

CAG Regional Meetings provide opportunities for administrators, educators, parents, and policymakers to gather to discuss gifted education in response to the diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs in their region of California.

1st Meeting Time: November 5th 9:30 AM Location: Sacramento City USD, Serna Center
2nd Meeting Time: Location: Sacramento City USD, Serna Center
3rd Meeting Time: Location: Sacramento City USD, Serna Center
4th Meeting Time: Location:

RSVP for a CAG Regional Meeting by contacting your Educator Representative and Parent Representative.

Professional Development and Conferences

58th Annual CAG Conference

Palm Springs, California

February 21-23, 2020

For more information, visit the CAG Conference section of our website.

Educational Opportunities and Upcoming Events

The Capitol Region has an array of opportunities to keep you informed about the latest in gifted education in our local area, statewide and at the national level.

County Office Of Educational Links

CAG collaborates with county offices of education to support the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted students in the state of California.

El Dorado
San Joaquin

Regional Events

The following regional events are not hosted or sponsored by CAG, however, we would like to provide you access to information in your region that supports gifted education.

No regional events are available at this time.

Regional Resources

Academic Talent Search; Sacramento State Univ. https://www.csus.edu/coe/ats/