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Office of 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 Facility Schools).



All Gifted students will accomplish challenging post-secondary work/force goals and become productive, creative citizens capable of succeeding in their area of strength.


Ensure gifted student growth and achievement through systems of support, programming and advocacy.


"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.

What's New

  • Handouts from Trainings
      • Courage to Risk, February 2014
      • Gifted Education Directors' Meeting, April 2014
  • Gifted Education Tuesdays (G.E.T.)
    Spend some of your uesday 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.


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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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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