DCSD Gifted Education News

February, 2021

Douglas County School District Gifted Education

Equity of Access

Opportunity ~ Agency ~ Empowerment


We seek out, surface, and nurture the potential in each student from all races, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.


We partner with staff, students, families, and our community to design/refine/implement equitable and culturally responsive systems of identification and programming for high potential/advanced/gifted students from all demographic groups in all schools.

Parenting Gifted Children

Questions Every Teenager Needs to Be Asked

Laurence Lewars | TEDxDhahranHighSchool

The world is not a fair place and not everyone gets to live out their dreams, but should this stop us from dreaming? Early on teenagers have their dreams beaten out of them by life. This talk attempts to revive this lost dream in teenagers across the world. As a student with a very diverse ethnic background, Laurence is a true embodiment of the international nature of Dhahran High School - where he is now a junior. He is a leader in his school's Model United Nations Club as well as a member of his school's student council. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Watch the video HERE.​

Black History Month and Your Emotionally Intense Child

From Raising Lifelong Learners

I sat down recently to begin planning out what all we’d learn about for Black History Month. The more I read, the more excited I felt to share such a rich heritage with my children, and the more grateful I felt to live during a time when our education is only limited by our number of questions and not by the color of our skin. I also began to sense the heaviness, the sorrow, and turmoil and hatred that so many prominent figures of color rose from.

Slavery, segregation, redlining, riots… so many painful, heartbreaking landmarks in black history that cannot (and should not) be avoided.

Continue reading the article HERE.

District News

Early Access Application Window Open

Early Access is designed for “highly advanced gifted” 4 or 5 year old children. It allows early access to kindergarten or first-grade for students who are academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature, in the top 2% or less of the gifted peer group, motivated to learn, ready for advanced placement, and who have exhausted the resources of preschool or home schooling.

Deadline to apply is April 1, 2021

No late applications will be accepted.

Click on the 3 steps below for the Early Access Process:

Step 1) Application Process for Early Access 2021-22
Step 2) EA Family/Student/School Information, Consent to Test 2021-22
Step 3) EA Parent/Guardian Observation Inventory & Survey 2021-22

El proceso de acceso temprano para el año escolar 2021-2022 ya está ABIERTO.

La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el 1 de abril de 2021.

No se aceptarán solicitudes tardías.

Haga clic en los enlaces a continuación para comenzar el proceso:
1) Información de la escuela /estudiante/familia de acceso temprano, consentimiento para la prueba 2021-22
2) Inventario y encuesta de observación de padres/tutores de 2021-22

Discovery Program Applications Round 2 Open Now! DUE March 12, 2021!

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming.

Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch

Pine Lane Elementary South (K-3) and Pine Lane Elementary North (4-6) in Parker

Renaissance ELOB Magnet Elementary in Castle Rock

Want to learn more? Please join our district team and a panel of parents, students and teachers for Discovery in DCSD during DCAGT's Facebook Live session Wednesday, November 11, from 6:00 to 7:00pm

Discovery Program Flyer

Discovery Program Application and Process

We have information now available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian.

Folleto del Programa

Discovery Solicitud y Proceso del Programa Discovery

Discovery 資優班申請和流程

Подача заявки и процесс программы Discovery

Connect with Other Familes of Gifted Children

Gifted and Talented Leaders of Color and Allies

Gifted/Talented Initiatives for the Support and Advancement of Gifted Students of Color

Black Family Night - Part 2, February 11, 5:30-6:30pm MT.

Families are welcome to attend even if you did not catch part 1.

Register: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScnpcQehyM6pM.../viewform

Black History Month Library Collection

The first Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner

(Photo courtesy of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

A Tlingit illustrator is the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature

Find out more HERE.

Who we are: The Gifted and Talented (GT) Leaders of Color and Allies started in late 2019 with a few educators of Color collaborating with advocates for the support, connection, and empowerment of Gifted Students and Educators of Color.

Follow/Join Us at: Gifted & Talented Leaders of Color and Allies on Facebook

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented (DCAGT) Upcoming Events

Join DCAGT on our Facebook page on Monday, February 8, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.

During this session we will be talking about

The Early Access to Kindergarten or First Grade Process and Giftedness in Young Children

On Wednesday, February 24, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. we are excited to host Dr. Kate Bachtel as she talks with us about parenting our gifted children in this turbulent time.

Have you missed our previous Facebook Live sessions? Find archived videos HERE.

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented (DCAGT) is the DCSD affiliate for CAGT. We want to reach and connect the gifted community with opportunities to share experiences and exchange information. We hope that you will join us in our community events.

DCAGT Newsletter February 2021

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Calendar of Events

Family Resources

For Middle and High School Students

In case you missed it...

College Board Will No Longer Offer SAT Subject Tests or SAT with Essay

See details HERE.

We expect updates in the coming weeks from College Board about AP testing in spring. You can find information HERE.

Specific Interest Resources

Civil Discourse

By Elizabeth Felix, COSLI 2017

Americans are divided by just about everything under the sun. This should be what makes our country so exciting to live in--it should be a good thing that we all have different ideas about how to be better. It should allow for productive debates and conversations that lead everyone to greater understanding. However, a recent condemnation of violence that should have been uncontroversial instead sparked an outcry on one side of my campus and nothing from the other. While this event occurred on the grounds of Western Colorado University, I am compelled to believe that the problem demonstrated here lies in the heart of every institution from schools and businesses to government agencies to the kitchen table.

The problem is the lack of civil discourse and the failure to give every individual respect. Far too many times I have heard someone say, “Of course, I respect everyone, except for those who believe…” Shouldn’t we respect everyone and treat them with dignity even if we do not agree with their opinions? If we fail to do so, some people will end up shouting their beliefs and others will be too afraid to speak up.

All of this begs the question: how do we practice and promote civil discourse? First, there needs to be intellectual humility – the understanding that we can all learn from each other. This might seem like a tall order for academia, but it is necessary for us to get anything accomplished. Intellectual humility and honest discussion allow us to give people with opposing opinions the chance to speak and be heard. We may or may not change each other’s minds, but the ability to respectfully “agree to disagree” has been lost, and with that, so has the opportunity to deepen our own understanding. We all seem to avoid any discussion, perhaps for fear of being “incorrect” or somehow embarrassing ourselves. This dogmatism is inherently dangerous for everyone and for the greater good.

Additionally, we need a willingness to listen attentively to those who challenge us. We need to practice an openness of mind for everyone, even those whose opinions we’ve already deemed reprehensible. We need to oppose any action that silences the voice of another, even if we disagree with what they have to say. We would be outraged if our voice was silenced, so we should not silence others. “Cancel Culture” only encourages groupthink and censorship. Our academic institutions should be the first to embrace what our society cannot seem to: listening and truth-seeking.

There is truth in the expression, “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another” (Proverbs 27:17). We have so much to learn from each other, so why don’t we start listening? Too often we jump to the “hot topics” and decide we dislike someone for their opinion without ever knowing who they are. It is easier to attack under the mask of anonymity than to disregard someone we truly know. So here’s the challenge: get to know people. As simple as this may sound, this is the foundation of civil discourse. And--bonus--you might have something in common.