GIFTED EDUCATION

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Ashley Jakubowski - GT Contact
303-387-8125
ashley.jakubowski@dcsdk12.org


At CTE, we support our gifted and high-potential learners by:

  • Utilizing a cluster model to provide students with GT support and programming from their classroom teacher
  • Providing high-quality resources, targeted to meet the needs of GT Learners, including Junior Great Books, Jacob's Ladder, Challenge Math, and others based on students' needs and interests!
  • Ensuring classroom teachers receive ongoing professional development from state, district, and school experts in Gifted Education
  • Giving GT students the opportunity to work with our school counselor to support  their social-emotional needs and affective goals.
  • Having a Gifted Education Facilitator on staff, to support all teachers as they plan for and serve their gifted learners.



Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 2nd Grade Universal Screening


Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, we are making improvements to our Universal Screening process.  Beginning the spring of 2020, DCSD will transition 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: Language options for the Spring 2020 Testing Window are in process.) In addition, we are changing our Universal Screening grade from 3rd grade to 2nd grade as recommended by state and national guidance. 

 

As part of this process, ALL students in Grade 2 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 8) the week of February 10.  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 in 2nd grade and took the CogAT in September of 2019, you have the option to opt your child out of this testing window. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

DCSD will NOT have a second Referral Testing Window this school year (2019 - 2020). The next testing window will be in the fall of the 2020 - 2021 school year. 


If your child is in a grade other than 2nd,  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 be connect with you to discuss next steps in the process.



The Discovery Program application for the 2020-21 school year is now available HERE.

The Douglas County School District 
Discovery Program offers full day gifted programming in all content areas. This programming option is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (grades 2 -6)  who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming.

In an effort to ensure equitable opportunity for families to learn about this program we have scheduled three 
Discovery Program Information Sessions during the month of November.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. 

 Discovery Program Information Nights Flyer (English)
 Discovery Program Information Nights Flyer (Spanish)

Ashley Jakubowski - GT Facilitator
Cherokee Trail Elementary

Michelle Oslick - Team Lead-Gifted Education
Douglas County School District

Misty Burkhart - Coordinator, Gifted Education
Douglas County School District



Below, please find helpful links to Gifted and Talented identification and services within Douglas County School District.

DCSD Gifted  Douglas County School District Gifted Education
CAGT  Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
NAGC  National Association for Gifted Children
DCAGT  Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented
SENG  Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
CDE - Gifted  Colorado Department of Education
Referral Form for the gifted identification process (English)
Referral form for the gifted identification process (Spanish)