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Gifted and Talented Education

Welcome to the gifted and talented education section of the CDE website. We hope that at this site, you will find answers to many of your questions and the support you need for working with highly-able students. The Office of Gifted Education is one of three offices under the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Special Education and the Office of Gifted Education).

"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability.
  • Specific academic aptitude.
  • Creative or productive thinking.

  • Leadership abilities.
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities.

Gifted Education Directors' Meeting - April 2014

Register by March 21, 2014 at:

SAVE THE DATE Gifted  Education Directors' Meeting Flyer

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Richard Cash
  • Dr. Joy Lawson Davis 

A copy of Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics will be purchased for each AU and presented at Directors' Meeting. If you would like to purchase additional copies the book is available at: and


Gifted Education Directors' Meeting Information, Handouts & Documents - April 2014

Breakout Session Handouts

Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis 


G.E.T. - Gifted Education Tuesdays

Spend some of your  Tuesday each month with fellow colleagues from around the state to focus on topics of importance to Gifted Education.  Sessions will vary and include office times with State Director, Jacquelin Medina, who will be exploring questions around the UIP Program Addendum. Check out the flyer to see the other webinars that will have selected NAGC Wow sessions including live interaction and participant conversation along with sessions focused on current state projects like the Principal Toolbox. Sign yourself up. Consider inviting a colleague or two to join you!  Look at the topics and perhaps put together a small group of interested personnel. This is a great opportunity to share professional development and spark conversation within your district.  Each session will be followed by a short reflection/evaluation and a PD certificate can be downloaded upon completion.

Courage To Risk - February 2014

Twice-Exceptional Training

Level 1 - Online Training

Level 2 - Two Day Workshops

Twice-Exceptional Project Invitation 2014-2015

Twice-Exceptional Project Invitation 2014-2015

Gifted Education Listserv

Colo-GT provides local, regional, state and national information and discussion for Colorado educators and other interested persons concerning gifted and talented student education, and is sponsored by CDE.

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