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


Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 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 9th. 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 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.


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.

 

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.


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.


Meet Mrs. Jakubowski


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)