Gifted and Talented/Interventions

Gifted and Talented 

Welcome to LPE's Gifted and Talented page. Here, you will find GT announcements and resources useful for parents and teachers. We will update this page with announcements, resources, and information throughout the year, so please bookmark it! Feel free to contact Legacy Point's GT Facilitator, Jill Beyer if you have specific questions or resources to share. Contact information is at the bottom of this section.
Within any DCSD there are many ways to serve gifted and talented students. At Legacy Point, our belief is that students are better served through integration with like peers using a cluster model approach. Research shows this model to be most effective in meeting the needs of students. Our GT Facilitator collaborates with classroom teachers to extend the content for identified gifted learners as well as meeting with students to enrich their classroom opportunities.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding LPE's Gifted and Talented programming, testing, and/or referral process, please reach out to Jill Beyer at

Gifted & Talented Resources and Informational Links

DCSD Gifted
- Douglas County School District website
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 the Gifted
CDE - Gifted - Colorado Department of Education (Office of Gifted Education)
Byrdseed - Ian Byrd's Blog focusing on lessons that get kids' brains sweating!
Hoagie's Gifted Education Page - I like this one for the reading lists
Cluster Model Benefits
DCSD Gifted Education News - October Newsletter
CDE Cluster Grouping  Information Link


Gifted and Talented Universal Screening and Referral Process

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

Recently, you received a score report explaining your child’s performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).  In alignment with recommendations and guidance from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Douglas County School District uses the CogAT as a “Universal Screening” tool to help find indicators of exceptional need in all student groups. 

“Universal Screening” means the systematic assessment of ALL students within a grade level for identifying students with exceptional ability or potential, especially students from traditionally underrepresented populations; and/or screening in conjunction with the creation of each student’s individual career and academic plan (ICAP).  A universal screener is a tool that allows students to show their ability and potential in areas such as reasoning, perception, creativity, motivation and problem solving. Universal screening supports cultural fairness and non-biased testing in identification assessment (Gifted Identification Guidebook, CDE, 2016)

Your child’s performance on the CogAT indicates a need to gather more information in order to support the school team in making instructional decisions.  Student scores in the 95th percentile or above initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process, which includes gathering additional achievement, performance, and behavioral data for a comprehensive body of evidence.    

In order to help us understand your child better, please complete the Parent/Guardian and Student Surveys through the following link: LPE CogAT referral form

NOTE: Please set aside approximately 30 - 45 minutes for you and your child to thoughtfully respond to these questions.  

Once you have submitted the survey form, I will be in contact within 30 school days to discuss next steps.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and/or refer to the following resources for more information about this process and Gifted Education: 


DCSD Gifted Education Page

CDE Gifted Identification Fact Sheet 

CDE Gifted Education Parent’s Corner


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Project RAP: Cluster Grouping Component - ppt download

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