Gifted and Talented/Interventions

Gifted and Talented 

Welcome to LPE's Gifted and Talented page. Here, you will find GT announcements and resources useful for parents and teachers. We will update this page with announcements, resources, and information throughout the year, so please bookmark it! Feel free to contact Legacy Point's GT Facilitator, Amy Corr if you have specific questions or resources to share. Contact information is at the bottom of this section.
Within any DCSD there are many ways to serve gifted and talented students. At Legacy Point, our belief is that students are better served through integration with like peers using a cluster model approach. Research shows this model to be most effective in meeting the needs of students. Our GT Facilitator collaborates with classroom teachers to extend the content for identified gifted learners as well as meeting with students to enrich their classroom opportunities.
A little about Mrs. Corr--I have a passion for teaching gifted learners, and am the parent of a gifted learner as well. I have experience teaching GT cluster classes at the elementary level, as well as teaching Discovery English Language Arts classes at the middle school level. I am so excited to get to spend time with your students teaching them critical thinking skills, how to ask questions, and how to tap into their interests in a way that excites them!

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding LPE's Gifted and Talented programming, testing, and/or referral process, please reach out to Amy Corr, GT Facilitator. amy.corr@dcsdk12.org
303.387.8732


Gifted & Talented Resources and Informational Links

DCSD Gifted
- Douglas County School District website
CAGT - Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
NAGC - National Association for Gifted Children
DCAGT - Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented
SENG - Supporting Emotional Needs of the the Gifted
CDE - Gifted - Colorado Department of Education (Office of Gifted Education)
Byrdseed - Ian Byrd's Blog focusing on lessons that get kids' brains sweating!
Hoagie's Gifted Education Page - I like this one for the reading lists
Cluster Model Benefits
DCSD Gifted Education News - October Newsletter
CDE Cluster Grouping  Information Link

 


Gifted and Talented Universal Screening and Referral Process


Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 5th/6th Grade Universal Screening


Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made  improvements to our Universal Screening process.  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version.  The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Additional language options are in process.)

 

As part of this process, ALL students in 5th grade, not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 10th, 11th, and 12th.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grades (5th or 6th) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.  

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  


If your child is in a grade other than 5th or 6th and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE. 


NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment.  


Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.




GIFTED CHILDREN'S BILL OF RIGHTS:


You have a right to:
Project RAP: Cluster Grouping Component - ppt download

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