Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented Support During the 2020-21 Remote Learning Phase
We hope you are doing well during this unique and challenging time. There has been a great deal of information changing and evolving as plans have started to take shape.
- DPS Return to School
- 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
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-based Interview Questions Guide: A useful tool for school administrator use when hiring a GT teacher (.3 or higher)
Resources for Educators
- 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.
Schoology Course (Gifted and Talented Training, Curriculum and Instruction Resources: 2020-2021)
Access Code: XQ9FX-M732T
About Gifted and Talented Testing
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 as soon as in-person learning resumes. 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. The testing will occur from October (or when in-person learning occurs) through January 31, 2021.
- Magnet testing (application only for grades 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7) is available following the October 14th nomination deadline and will run through mid-December. We are looking into remote testing options.
- We have created a document of sample testing scenarios.
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.