Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted and Talented Information  The Douglas County School District uses a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework to guide instructional decisions in order to meet the needs of all learners, including those with advanced learning needs. Through a Multi-Tiered System of Support, Prairie Crossing provides a continuum of programming for Gifted and Talented learners. Programming options include, but are not limited to accelerated/differentiated content, flexible groupings based on abilities and interests, and independent study and projects. Programming delivery is within the regular classroom setting and may possibly include small pull out groups.


On this page you will find gifted and talented resources for parents and teachers. Feel free to contact PCE's GT Facilitator, Amy Camp at acamp@dcsdk12.org, if you have specific questions or have resources to share. 

What is an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan)?

An ALP is an Advanced Learning Plan. All students that are identified as Gifted Learners will have an ALP. The decision to create an ALP comes from an identification process that looks at a body of evidence, which includes many data points including: CogAT, classroom work/assessments, other standardized measures, input from classroom teachers, parents and the student. 

At Prairie Crossing, we create ALPs for students that have gone through the gifted identification process and qualify. The ALP is written with the Gifted and Talented Facilitator, Amy Camp, in collaboration with classroom teachers, students, and parents. An ALP formalizes the differentiated programming the student will receive in their identified area, as well as affective needs. 


Gifted identification can begin with a referral form from a parent, teacher, or student. If you believe your child may be a Gifted Learner, please use this referral form to begin the process of gifted identification.


What does Gifted Programming look like at PCE?

At Prairie Crossing, we create ALPs for students who have gone through the Gifted Identification process and qualify as a gifted learner. The ALP formalizes the differentiation the classroom teacher does for the student in their identified area(s), as well as affective needs. 
Students on ALPs may meet regularly in small group enrichment opportunities with Mrs. Camp in their area of strength. These groups will focus on the academic areas, affective skills, and also on developing critical thinking skills, collaboration, and creating connections with peers. These enrichment opportunities will be in addition to the differentiation already happening in the classrooms. 


Mrs. Camp will be meeting with students in virtual and in person settings.


What is role of the Gifted and Talented Facilitator?

My role as GT Facilitator is to meet with students on Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) to provide enrichment opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting. My role also includes coordinating the gifted identification process as well as facilitate writing the ALPs. If a parent is interested in applying for the Discovery Program, I am able to help with that process as well. Please feel free to contact me with questions. Please know that I am work part time.
Please feel free to contact me via email acamp@dcsdk12.org.


Discovery Program Application Process

The application process for the Discovery Program is now open.  Applications are due December 4, 2020. The Discovery Program is designed for highly advanced gifted learners in grades 2 - 6 whose needs will be best met in a center based program.

Discovery Program Flyer

Discovery Program Application and Process

Want to know more about DCSD's Discovery Program? Join parents of Discovery students and staff from our district's Advanced Academics and Gifted Education team to learn more about this programming available through Discovery.

Join DCAGT (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented) on their Facebook page on Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 to 7:00pm

Proceso de Solicitud del Programa Discovery

El proceso de solicitud del programa Discovery está abierto. Las solicitudes se vencen el 4 de diciembre de 2020. El programa Discovery está diseñado para estudiantes superdotados altamente avanzados en los grados 2 a 6 cuyas necesidades se cubrirán mejor en un programa basado en el centro.

Folleto del Programa

Discovery Solicitud y Proceso del Programa Discovery

¿Quiere saber más sobre el Programa Discovery del DCSD? Únase a los padres de los estudiantes de Discovery y al personal del equipo de Educación para Dotados y Académicos Avanzados de nuestro distrito para aprender más sobre esta programación disponible a través de Discovery.

Unase a DCAGT (Asociación del Condado de Douglas para Dotados y

  Talentosos) en su Página de Facebook el miércoles 11 de noviembre de 6:00 a 7:00 pm



What is the CogAT?

 

All students in the Douglas County School District in second and sixth grade (or fifth grade if an elementary does not have a sixth grade) are given the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) as a universal screen for early intervention. Please see detailed information about this assessment here. If there is a need for a student to take the CogAT in another grade due to teacher recommendation or parent request, it is possible for students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 to take the CogAT. Testing outside the universal screening (grades 2 and 6) is solely for the purpose of Gifted Identification. At this time, the CogAT is only given to sixth grade and students in the Gifted and Talented Referral process in fall. Second grade will take the assessment in the spring. If you would like to begin the gifted identification process, you may access the Prairie Crossing Referral Form here.



Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 5th/6th Grade Universal Screening


Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made improvements to our Universal Screening process.  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version.  The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Additional language options are in process.)

As part of this process, ALL students in 6th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 9.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grades (5th or 6th) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.  

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  


If your child is in a grade other than 5th or 6th and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE


NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment.  


Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.




Gifted Education Resources
Visit Mrs. Camp's Remote Learning Opportunities Here
DCSD Gifted Education Newsletter
Douglas County School District Gifted Programming Website
Douglas County Association of Gifted and Talented (DCAGT) Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT) National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Colorado Department of Education- Gifted Information

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