The purpose of the 3-year Javits project was to implement U-STARS in eight Colorado sites, supporting teachers in the early recognition and nurturing of potential in children from economically disadvantaged and/or culturally/linguistically diverse families and children with disabilities in order to improve achievement and provide access to the advanced educational opportunities. Project U-STARS refers to Using Science Talents and Abilities to Recognize Students.
The Jacob K. Javits Program and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation founded the original model, U-Stars (1999-2002). Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., serves as the director and is the developer of the U-STARS program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
The resources available from the U-STARS grant and resources available through Colorado statewide regional assistance allows Colorado to develop a support system that can be modeled and sustained in local schools and regions within the state.
Facilitate change of teacher practice in supporting the educational needs of gifted students
Increase gifted achievement as a result of implementing innovations of practice or curriculum
Increase identification of gifted students in low-income and high minority schools.
- Goals (PDF)
- Graphic of Purpose (PDF)
- Commitments (PDF)
- School Sites Map (PDF)
- Institutes (PDF)
- Resources (PDF)