Gifted & Talented Quarterly

First Quarter

You are receiving this newsletter because you have a child

or children that have been identified as gifted.

Meet the District GT Team

The World of Gifted & Talented

What is Gifted & Talented?

The Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as: Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.

Each state has its own rules for gifted programming and identification. In Colorado, we look for qualifying scores and a strong, robust body of evidence to support a gifted ID. Qualifying scores are:

  • 95th percentile or higher on a standardized nationally normed test or

  • 95th percentile or above on a nationally normed observation scale or

  • A rating on a performance assessment that indicates exceptionality/distinguished compared to age mates

How do we know who is gifted? Throughout the school year, we track student scores on various assessments. Our Multi-Tiered System of Supports teams review this data and makes recommendations for further assessing when students reach the 95th percentile in any given area. We also screen all of our 2nd grade students in the spring with a cognitive assessment. Once a student is identified, an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is put in place. The ALP includes goals, both academic and affective, along with instructional support. As students move into high school, support for postsecondary plans is included through the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).

Advanced Learning Plan or ALP? Huh?

We spend a good portion of the first quarter setting up Advanced Learning Plans. At the elementary and middle school this takes place at a parent/teacher/student conference. If you have a student at these levels then you have been a part of this process already.

At the high school, students use Advisory time to set up their goals in the Xello program as part of their ICAP. If you have a high school student, ask them to share their goals through the Xello app on their school iPad. They have been writing some amazing goals! We also have set up Levels of Service to differentiate the support that students at this level need. Check out the link below to learn more.

Estes Park High School Levels of Service FINAL

Goals for our Gifted Programming

Recently, our district went through a rigorous review process with the Colorado Department of Education called Gifted Education Monitoring or GEM. You can visit the CDE website to learn more about this process. It takes place every five years. From this review, we are currently working on the following multi- year district wide goals:

  1. Identify underrepresented populations for gifted identification.

  2. Develop meaningful Advanced Learning Plans at the high school that are embedded into the Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP).

  3. Provide professional development for teachers to support gifted students.

Parents Night

Gifted Guru, Lisa Van Gemert

Join us for two evening presentations this school year. They will both be hosted on Zoom in both English and Spanish.

Check out the flyer below for more info and the Zoom link.

  • October 25th 6:00-7:15 pm: Underachievement in Gifted

  • January 10, 2023 6:00-7:15 pm: Perfectionism

This event is sponsored by the Gifted North Central Region through the Colorado Department of Education.

If you’d like to learn more about Lisa Van Gemert, check out her website.