DCSD Gifted Education News

November 2015

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.

November Update from the DCSD Office of Gifted Education

Welcome to the beginning of the holiday season!

Although this is a time for celebration, giving thanks, and making memories, we know that this time may trigger stress in both adults and children. Please see the following resources for some possible ways to support your gifted children through the holidays:

Parenting Gifted Students Through the Holidays - SENG

Reducing Holiday Stress - Exquisite Minds

Managing Your Child's Stress During the Holidays - Raising Lifelong Learners

A Recipe for a Peaceful Holiday Season - SENG

We are thrilled by the learning opportunities many of us experienced over the past few months, both with our students and as professional teams. I was encouraged by the participation of so many parents at the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented Conference and the evening for parents with Dr. Bertie Kingore in October. Listening to the stories about your children both in and out of school motivates me to continue to strive to meet the unique needs of all of our gifted learners and their families. We continue to work together to provide engaging and relevant collaborative opportunities. Please see THIS LIST for some upcoming events in the Denver Metro Area.

Please remember that students may be referred for identification for gifted programming at any time by parents, teachers, support staff or themselves! Please visit our website HERE and look under the tab labeled: Who We Serve for more detailed information.

If you have questions about gifted identification or programming, please contact the gifted education facilitator at your child's school.

Best regards!

Natasha Straayer

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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
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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.
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.

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World Affairs Challenge

We call youth the next generation of leaders, yet young people are already creating significant change of the world. WAC youth in 2016 and beyond will harness their passion and skills to challenge global poverty. We are excited to announce WAC themes for next three years - Smart Villages, Smart Cities, Smart Planet. Click here to get involved!

Click HERE to see WAC 2015 stories of success!

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



Hoagies Blog Hop: Ages & Stages of Giftedness

Giftedness looks unique across the lifespan, yet most of what you find on the subject addresses the K-12 school years. But are we any less gifted as toddlers? As adults? As parents? As senior citizens? Giftedness affects every part of our human development. Join us to explore those ages and stages!

Click here to read!

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Institute for the Development of Gifted Education Conference (IDGE Conference)

  • February 3rd at the University of Denver

  • HERE is the website for additional information


Dr. James Delisle has worked on behalf of gifted children and teens for more than three decades. Dr. Delisle was a professor of education at Kent State University (Ohio) for 25 years and was selected by faculty and students there as a "Distinguished Professor." He is the author of 18 books, including his newest Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds and his bestselling Parenting Gifted Kids and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide.