Gifted and Talented

Discovery Program Application Process

The application process for the Discovery Program is now open.  Applications are due November 19th, 2021. 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.

 

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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 Tuesday October 25th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm

 

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Proceso de Solicitud del Programa Discovery

Proceso de Solicitud del Programa Discovery

El proceso de solicitud del programa Discovery está abierto. Las solicitudes se vencen el 19 de noviembre de 2021. 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 25 de octubre de 6:00 a 7:00 pm

 

Noches informativas del Programa Discovery

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 5th Grade and 2nd 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 5th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 8. All students in 2nd grade will take CogAT in February.  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

If your child is in a grade other than 5th 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 CogAT Referral Testing

If your child is in grades K, 1, 3, and 4 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process. NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. 3rd and 4th grade referrals will take CogAT during the November testing dates.  K and 1st grade referrals will be given CogAT in February 2022.

Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE. 

Who are the Gifted and Talented?

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 socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, and/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

What does it mean to be identified as Gifted and Talented in Douglas County School District?

If a student is identified as Gifted and Talented (GT), they may go to their neighborhood school (Wildcat Mountain Elementary) or apply for the Discovery Program. The Discovery Program is designed for those students who have needs so intense that they cannot be met in a regular classroom. All students in Douglas County are given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in 3rd and 5th grades, for the Rock Canyon High School feeder area, as a universal screen for intervention. If there is a need for a student to take the CogAT in another grade due to teacher recommendation or parent request, that is possible at grades K, 1, 2, and 4. Testing at these levels is solely for the purpose of possible GT identification. At this time, the CogAT is given each September.

What is an ALP?

An ALP is an Advanced Learning Plan. All students that are identified as GT have an ALP whether they go to their neighborhood school (Wildcat Mountain Elementary) or a Discovery School. The decision to create an ALP comes from an identification process where a team of teachers and interventionists looks at a body of evidence that includes many data points including CogAT, classroom work/assessments, other standardized measures, input from classroom teacher, parent(s), and the student.

What Does Gifted and Talented Look Like at Wildcat Mountain Elementary?

At WME, we collaboratively create ALP plans for students that have gone through a GT identification process and qualify. The ALP is written by the GT Facilitator in collaboration with classroom teachers, students, and parents. The ALP formalizes the differentiation that the classroom teacher provides for the students in their identified area(s) as well as affective needs within the classroom setting. At WME, we value and support depth and complexity of knowledge, not just what grade level a concept may be. All students in our building read and write at their highest independent level and are differentiated for based on need. Sometimes additional grouping is needed in the area of mathematics. Our Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team collaborates to make the best determination of what that looks like year to year. Some strategies that we use to meet needs at our building are: flexible grouping in reading, writing, and math, content acceleration, grade level acceleration where appropriate and necessary, independent study, and curriculum compacting, a process by which students are pre-assessed to determine what parts of the curriculum they have already mastered.

What Will This Look Like at Rocky Heights Middle School?

Rocky Heights Middle School has many options for various levels of learning. Teachers along with the GT Facilitator will make recommendations based on their knowledge of each student and the choices that are offered when making class placement decisions. Parent and student input is also taken into consideration throughout this process.

What is My Role?

My role as the GT facilitator is to coordinate CogAT testing with our school assessment coordinator, to collect data, to coordinate the identification process as well as to facilitate the writing of the ALP. I also support teachers in planning for differentiation and instruction to meet ALP students' needs and goals. If a parent is interested in applying for the Discovery Program, I assist with that process as well. I also collaborate with teachers in writing goals, gathering support materials, analyzing data and adjusting plans as needed. Wildcat Mountain Elementary has a long history of highly capable students, and our teachers are well versed in differentiation for all students. When needed, I work with students on specific projects

GT Resources:

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Jolie Pinke
japinke@dcsdk12.org
GT Facilitator