Gifted and Talented

  

Welcome to LES's Gifted and Talented site page. Here, you will find GT announcements and resources useful for parents, students, and their teachers.

 

Our GT liaison, with the district, is Mrs. JoAnna Dietz. Mrs. Dietz comes to us with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and over 17 years, working with elementary aged students. If you have specific questions or resources to share with her, you can contact Mrs. Dietz at jdietz@dcsdk12.org


DCSD Gifted Programming Website

Douglas County Association of Gifted and Talented (DCAGT)  Mrs. Dietz

Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Colorado Department of Education - Gifted Information

Referral Form to begin the gifted identification process (teacher and/or parent may fill out)

January 13, 2021


Dear
Larkspur Parents/Guardians,


As part of the DCSD Universal Screening process and our commitment to equitabl
e identification for gifted programming, DCSD will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) during the weeks of Feb. 8 - March 5, 2021. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. 

The CogAT is comprised of three subsections: 

The Verbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval, and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning. 
The Quantitative Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking. 
The Nonverbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content. 

Additional information can be accessed HERE. Please see below for specific information based on your child’s current grade. 


 Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade, and students in grade 3 (who have not been identified for gifted programming), will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the weeks of February 8 through February 19, 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 is already identified for gifted programming, or completed all components of
the CogAT in grade 2, they will not participate in this universal screen testing.

Gifted Identification Referral Testing
If your child is in grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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. Thank you for your continued support of all learners at Larkspur Elementary School. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this Universal Screener for gifted programming identification, please complete the attached Excusal Form.

Sincerely,


JoAnna Dietz 
Gifted and Talented Facilitator/RTI Academic Interventionist

Larkspur Elementary


Juli Nieto

Assistant Principal and School Assessment Coordinator

Larkspur Elementary


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