Gifted Education State Advisory Committee (GE-SAC)
In 1984, the Colorado State Board of Education (SBE) created the Gifted Education State Advisory Committee (GE-SAC) to assist in the improvement of gifted education. The GE-SAC advises the SBE concerning all aspects of gifted student education. The GE-SAC was further codified into law in 2014 and is referenced in the Colorado Revised Statutes [C.R.S. 22-20-203(3)].
Gifted Education Forum
The Gifted Education Forum consists of gifted educators who represent their region of Colorado. The membership includes 1) one Director/Coordinator from each region, 2) Gifted Education Regional Consultant from each region, and 3) Colorado Department of Education staff. This group meets bimonthly to collaborate and give feedback on issues pertaining to the direction of Gifted Education.
- Facilitate two-way communication about gifted-education between CDE and leaders in gifted-education in the educational regions.
- Provide regional reports on gifted-education programming and issue from the educational regions
- Facilitate informal feedback from district coordinators in the educational regions on important forum topics
- Provide input to the agendas for the Gifted-Education Coordinators' meeting
- Provide input to CDE on gifted-education guidelines, procedures, communication, dissemination, or monitoring plans
- Support the integration of gifted-education with statewide networks and initiatives for professional development, instructional improvement, and student achievement.
Gifted Education Regional Network
Each region in Colorado has a Gifted Education Regional Consultant (GERC) who provides technical assistance to Gifted Directors and districts, facilitates networking meetings, and provides training for the region. The GERCs also serve as representatives on the Gifted Forum and State Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education.
- Promote the statewide vision and mission of Gifted Education
- Support the integration of gifted-education with statewide networks and initiatives for professional development, instructional improvement, and student achievement
- Recognize the current status of the region
- Determine next steps to help the region fully develop quality program design
- Definition, identification, programming, accountability, personnel, budget and reports
- Collaborate with the Directors in the regional network on decisions for Professional Development, needs or materials
- Utilize funds to benefit the region as determined by the regional network
- Facilitate informal feedback from district coordinators in the educational regions on important Forum topics
For more information, please contact the GERC in your region.
Twice-Exceptional Training Cadre
The Twice-Exceptional (2e) Training Cadre consists of educators from across the state who have special experience and training in the needs of twice-exceptional students – gifted students with disabilities. This group meets three times annually to plan and develop materials for trainings and collaborates on trainings and development throughout the year.
Trainings about Gifted Students with Disabilities:
Statewide online Level 1 training acquaints general, gifted, and special educators with the characteristics and needs of 2e students. Participants conduct a case study on their own student during the 7-week class. (3 times each year)
- Statewide online Level 1 training acquaints general, gifted, and special educators with the characteristics and needs of 2e students. Participants conduct a case study on their own student during the 7-week class. (3 times each year)
- Statewide Level 2 trainings are 2-day workshops held in different parts of the state. They focus on collaborative problem-solving, planning, and strategies for 2e students. (3 times each year)
- Summer Institute is a 5-day intensive training opportunity to participate in both Level 1 and Level 2 training, as well as to learn information on specific topics.
- Administrative Unit Projects are available each year to those AUs that want a focused opportunity for their own educators to be trained as a group and to develop their own plan for recognizing and serving their 2e students. (Projects last for 2 years.)
- Further information about twice-exceptionality, resources, and trainings may be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/gt/twice-exceptional.
Twice-Exceptional Coordinator: Wendy Leader, 303.866.6414, firstname.lastname@example.org