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Professional Development for Gifted Education

Office of Gifted Education Professional Development Goals 

The Colorado Department of Education's Office of Gifted Education strives to achieve the following goals for all professional learning:

  • Application:  Educators use knowledge and skills from the professional learning to address the needs of gifted students in underrepresented populations.
  • Student Outcomes: Educators are prepared to help students successfully attain academic and affective goals commensurate with their abilities. 
  • Cultural Competence: Promote educator cultural competence through the use of images, videos, language, anecdotes or informational data related to Colorado's demographics.
  • Technology: Model the integration and utilization of appropriate, available technology in instruction to maximize student learning.
  • Customer Service: Provide a variety of topics and formats based on the needs of educators across the state.

The following professional development opportunities have been created by gifted professionals across the state.  To learn more about each option click on the title or other additional resource links.

Web-based Professional Development

Online Modules and Hybrids Course registration closes one week prior to start date and caps at 20 participants!

Fall online registration will begin August 1, 2019

The Office of Gifted Education online modules are offered annually statewide.

New! Gifted and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse This course is designed to introduce educators to the unique characteristics and needs of gifted students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations.  In addition, they will investigate teaching strategies used to develop talent, multiple pathways to gifted identification and best practices for increasing cultural competence within schools and systems.


Online Interactive Tutorials

Focus on Best Practices in Gifted Education

2018-2019 G.E.T.T. sessions:

3 Presentations on Elementary ALPs GETT April 11, 2019

Video: Elementary Advanced Learning Plans Prototypes Part 1

Video: Elementary Advanced Learning Plans Prototypes Part 2

Adapting Instruction for All Students: Getting the most out of your CogAT Scores: Thursday December 11, 2018 (You Tube recording)

Advance Learning Plan Prototypes: Thursday October 11, 2018 (You Tube recording)

Professional Development Resources

Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs)
Resources to support implementation of standards-aligned ALPs

Directors' Meeting Breakout Sessions
A listing of previous Directors' Meeting breakout sessions

Empowering Students to Think & Learn using the Depth & Complexity Framework Support Materials

Gifted Education Summer Symposium 2018
Gifted Identification Assessment 
Access guidance and resources on gifted identification.

Right 4 Rural Professional Development Presentation

Regional Offerings

Professional development is offered in regions across the state based on the needs of its Administrative Units (AUs).  The Gifted Education Regional Consultants (GERC) work collaboratively with their regions to provide professional development and technical support that is relevant to their diverse needs and interests. 

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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

Educator Licensing 

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