Gifted and Talented
Welcome to the Gifted and Talented team for Denver Public Schools! We are looking forward to supporting your educators and students in reaching our vision: to lead the nation in providing equitable, high impact gifted programming.
School Leader Resources
- School Leader Guidance for Gifted and Talented Education
- School-based Interview Questions Guide: A useful tool for school administrator use when hiring a GT teacher (.3 or higher)
- Equity Practices in DPS Gifted and Talented
Resources for Educators
- GT Teacher/Point of Contact Manual
- Schoology Course (Gifted and Talented Training, Curriculum and Instruction Resources: 2020-2021)
Access Code: XQ9FX-M732T
- Identification Overview
- GT Teacher / Point of Contact: Past Weekly Communication
- Gifted and Talented Scaffolding Guide (this is a basic guide to share with general education teachers on how to increase the rigor and depth for GT students)
- GT Enrichment and Extension Ideas (this is a document that includes a wide variety of resources for teachers as well as students).
- Charters Needing Help with DPS Systems
- DPS is offering 3 PD courses to become internally certified, which allows educators to teach GT or HGT classes. Course 1: Instructional Strategies for Gifted and Talented Learners is offered in the fall; Course 2: Programming and Assessment for Gifted and Talented Learners offered in the spring; and Course 3: Curriculum and Practicum offered as a yearlong course with prerequisites of Course 1 and/or Course 2.
- Please complete the google form to be placed on the email list about the courses. Once we have dates they will be communicated.
About Universal Screening
In the fall, the DPS Gifted and Talented Department will be conducting universal assessment screenings for all students in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade. For the 2021-22 Universal Screening year, you may see students in 1st, 3rd, and 7th grade also rostered. With the obstacles that came with the 2020 testing year, we had many students who were unable to test because of issues with access to technology, internet connectivity, or attendance. We want to ensure that students are not denied opportunities due to complications of an unforeseen pandemic, so we WILL have students who will need to be tested with the NNAT in “off” grade levels. You will be informed if this situation pertains to students at your school.
Students will be tested using the online Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT-3), which takes, on average, less than 30 minutes to complete for most students.
- 6th grade universals/7th grade makeups: September 7th-October 1st*
- 2nd grade universals/3rd grade makeups: September 28th-October 26th
- Kindergarten universals/1st grade makeups: October 19th-November 19th (note: testing assistance will not be available November 11th and 12th).
*Note: subject to change based upon district guidance regarding COVID restrictions.
The Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT3) is a 30-minute online assessment used for the universal assessment. Your site assessment leader will receive training in administration of the NNAT3. Classroom teachers who know and have a relationship with their students should administer. Your gifted and talented teachers will be responsible for completing all Magnet testing. During the testing window, they may need to adjust their schedules to complete testing.
Exceptional Children's Education Act rules require administrative units to identify gifted learners. The use of a universal assessment is one way DPS ensures all students are considered for gifted services.
Application Based Testing
Students not participating in the Universal Screening may be nominated for testing with the Cognitive Abilities Test. To nominate a student go to http://gt.dpsk12.org (look for the red button at the top).
- CogAT nomination deadline: Friday, October 15th
- CogAT nomination testing for schools: October 25th- December 3rd
- Weekend testing for Out of District/Homeschool/Private School students: December 4th