Gifted & Talented at Coyote Creek

Coyote Creek Gifted & Talented Facilitator: Jenn Bruns

jlbruns@dcsdk12.org

303-387-6175

Coyote Creek Gifted & Talented Administrator: Kirsten Sola

kasola@dcsdk12.org

October 6th, 2021 GT Update:

DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).

 

6th Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 6th grade students not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 16th, 2021.  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 missed their regular universal CogAT screening last year, they will be assessed during this window.  This would pertain to students currently in 3rd and possibly 6th or 7th grade (depending on the last grade in elementary).

 

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 grades 3, 4, 5 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. 

 

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

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

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 

As part of the Douglas County School District’s Universal Screening Process, ALL students in Grade 2 and Grade 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities test 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.  Please see detailed information on Universal Screening for grades 2 and 6 here:  Universal Screening Information.  

 

Gifted Identification Referrals

If you believe your child 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.

Si cree que su hijo necesita una evaluación para la Identificación y Servicios para Dotados, y aún no lo ha hecho, inicie el Proceso de Referencia para la Identificación Dotada completando el formulario de referencia vinculado AQUÍ.

Talent Pool & GT Interventions

Gifted & Talented also has an important role in our Interventions at CCE. These groups are flexible in order to give students the opportunity to flex in and out of groups as appropriate. Students who are not on an Advanced Learning Plan but have data showing potential for giftedness can be a part of these groups. While these groups are often academic (reading, writing, and math), there are also groups to support students showing characteristics of giftedness in areas of creative or productive thinking and leadership. Please view our Interventions at CCE page for more information on Intervention groups. 

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