DCSD Gifted Education News

March 2016

Douglas County School District Gifted Education

The Douglas County School District provides world-class educational opportunities for gifted learners who have demonstrated abilities that require differentiated programming to reach their full potential. Please visit our website for more information.

The Many Faces of the Gifted

Gifted and talented students are those students between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted students include students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:

  • General or Specific Intellectual Ability
  • Specific Academic Aptitude
  • Creative or Productive Thinking
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical or Psychomotor Abilities

For more information, please visit the DCSD Gifted Education Page.

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Parenting Your Gifted Child (Study/Discussion Group)

Join SENG Parent Support Group facilitators Kim Servia and Fatim Klinker, as well as your

fellow parents for an in depth, 8week study group discussion about supporting the social

and emotional needs of your gifted child. Based on the SENG Model, A SENG Parent Support Group consists of 1520 interested parents who read a chapter from A Parent’s Guide to Raising Gifted Children by SENG founder, Jim Webb, and meet every week for 90 minutes to discuss the recommended strategies from the book and share parenting tips with each other.

Find out more information and register HERE.
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DCSD Students to represent Colorado in the American Regions Mathematics League Competition!

Read more about the competition HERE

Congratulations to the following DCSD students who will represent Colorado at the 2016 ARML Competition! The national contest will take place June 3-5, 2016, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Colorado A1 and A2 Teams

Aaron Lou Highlands Ranch High School

Sonia Chu Rock Canyon High School

Luke Zhang Rock Canyon High School

Colorado Alternates

Cynthia Lin Fairview High School

Amber Liu Rock Canyon High School

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Douglas County Affiliate for CAGT (DCAGT)

The Douglas County Affiliate of the Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented (DCAGT) aims to provide education, advocacy, and a community for families with gifted children in Douglas County.

Gifted Education State Advisory Committee has Vacancies

The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee (GE-SAC) seeks applications from individuals in all of Colorado's congressional districts who are interested in providing input about issues around gifted education. The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee is a council appointed by the State Board of Education. The committee provides the board recommendations and information about ongoing and emergent needs related to the education of gifted learners.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Tara Rolfe
Exceptional Student Services / Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: rolfe_t@cde.state.co.us

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Center for Bright Kids

The mission of the Center for Bright Kids is to provide access and opportunities for K-12 students with high interest and/or high ability in quality enrichment and acceleration programming that encourage self-growth, social responsibility, and a positive view toward lifelong learning. See more details by visiting the website HERE.
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The Math Revolution The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged. Why?

“For American students who have an appetite to learn math at a high level, something very big is happening.”

Read the article HERE

Colorado Math Circle

Interested in broadening your mathematical knowledge and sharpening your analytical thinking? Join the Colorado Math Circle for exciting math talks and problem solving sessions hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Speakers will include math professors and mathematicians from around the state. Topics are expected to include number theory, combinatorics, probability, and geometry.

Click HERE for more information and/or to join!

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​Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination is an international creative problem-solving competition with challenges heavily anchored in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Last year DCSD Gifted Education Funds supported over 75 teams of Kindergarten through High School students with ten teams earning an invitation to Global Finals. To learn more about how to support DI teams at your school please contact:

Connie Ackerman

Douglas County Destination Imagination Coordinator



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My Smart Kid is So Emotional - Am I a Parenting Failure

Your child is emotional. Anxious. Melting down. Telling you that you’re the worst parent. Ever. Not in so many words, necessarily. But still. You know that you’re the worst parent. Ever.

“How can such a smart kid behave this way?” you wonder. “How did I screw up so badly?”

Read more here:


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