DCSD Gifted Education News

February 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.

Advocating for the Needs of Your Gifted Children

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

As leaders in gifted education we share your passion for creating optimal learning opportunities and environments to meet the needs of our gifted/high potential learners. To that end, we encourage you to reach out to the gifted education facilitators at your child's school to increase communication and collaboration. We encourage you to explore the many opportunities to partner with your school in supporting gifted programming. Following are links to resources that may help you begin:

Basic Recipe for Parent Advocates

NAGC - Advocating for High Ability Learners

Tips for Advocacy - Working with Your Child's School

Knowledge is Key: Advocating for Your Gifted Child

Advocacy for Gifted Students

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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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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.

Personalized Learning Resources Fair

Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

Chaparral High School - 15655 Brookstone Dr - Parker

Special Education, Gifted Education, Literacy, English Language Development

Please join us for an evening of connecting and sharing resources for students and families.

Community Partners and Support for:

Mental Health

General Special Needs

Sibling Support Groups

Support by disability - Epilepsy, Autism,

Rare Chromosome Disorders, Deaf/HOH Groups

Service Dog Groups

...and many more!

  • Meet local and national groups who provide a variety of support services to families with children with disabilities
  • Connect and network with district specialists and representatives in gifted, special education, literacy and English Language Development
  • Connect and network with other families in our community with whom you share a commonality with your gifted and special needs child
  • Get answers to “what’s next?” for your child or “what can I do” to help your child be successful in school and in the community

Please RSVP to rsvp@dcseac.org to help us plan for attendance numbers. Of course, walk ins are always welcome. For more information about DCSEAC, please visit www.dcseac.org; and for more information about DCAGT, please visit www.dcagt.com.

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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.

Colorado Legislative Day

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7am-3pm

Scottish Rite Masonic Hall 1370 Grant Street Denver, CO

Legislative Day 2016 at the Capitol: Celebrating Excellence will be held on Thursday, February 18. This will be the 17th year of providing this unique opportunity for students and adults to experience first hand how state government works. Due to the overwhelming success of past years, we will be limiting the number of participants this year. Please submit your registrations/applications early so you don't miss out!

There are two major components to the day:
1. The students involvement whether it be shadowing a legislator or being part of a group, and
2. The morning advocacy session for adults and students to learn particulars of current legislative issues.

This program is designed for 8th through 12th graders only who are ready to have an individualized experience with other students and adults. No two experiences are the same!

For more information and the application visit the CAGT website HERE.

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Beyond Giftedness Conference

Friday, Feb. 19th, 9:15am-12:30pm

Arvada Center for the Arts Arvada, Colorado

PARENT HALF-DAY CONFERENCE $50 per person; $90 per couple

9:00 AM Registration 9:20 - 12:10

Parent conference will address topics such as gifted characteristics, executive function, advocacy and social/emotional issues.

12:10 – 12:50 Lunch with full-conference attendees

12:50 – 2:20 Parents are welcome to stay for afternoon keynote presentation by Dr. Susan Daniels

Register at www.ourgifted.com or write to conference@ourgifted.com for more information

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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Some Do's and Dont's for Raising Your Gifted Kids

"Many parents, like their own parents before them, figure that someone in the schools will tell them if the child is gifted; therefore, if they are the only ones thinking something is amiss, something must be wrong with them (or their kid). Fortunately, sometimes the parent has enough confidence and courage to persevere on behalf of the child despite all the apparent odds. It is a good sign if you are a parent reading this article. You have taken some important steps to learning what you can about what ails your child, and about what you might do to make it better. Here are some ideas to get you started."

Read the full article here:


Twice Exceptional Learners: Identify, Plan, Serve

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 6-7:30pm

13524 Acres Green Drive

Littleton, CO

Please join us for an informational discussion about Twice Exceptional Learners. Led by parents, school psychologists, teachers, and district support staff, this interactive session will help build understanding about to meet the needs of our gifted learners who also have a disability.

A twice-exceptional student is one who is formally identified as having

  • a learning disability, emotional disorder, communication disorder, and/or physical disability


  • is also formally identified as gifted in one or more areas including intellectual ability, specific academic ability, or is recognized for extraordinary talent in creative and/or artistic areas or leadership.


Click here to download a pdf version of the distinguishing characteristics.