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Fall ESSU Directors' Meeting, September 14 - 15, 2023

Strategy Spotlight: Specially Designed Instruction and Differentiated Programming.

The conference will feature a smartphone app that will hold the entire agenda, presentation materials, and evaluation opportunities that will be provided after registration.  Attendees will be able to pre-select desired sessions before the event using the app.  For attendees who may require accommodation, please carefully note this on your registration.

Registration is closed

CDE will no longer reimburse travel expenses for this event. Reimbursements must be submitted to individual districts.

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Read Act Training Requirement

The READ Act requires districts to ensure that all teachers who provide literacy instruction to students in grades K-3 fulfill the READ Act teacher training requirement.  Therefore, if a teacher regardless of title has a responsibility for teaching literacy in grades K-3 they are required to complete the training.  If a gifted teacher provides consultation or literacy enrichment in K-3 that is a critical role in literacy. This gifted teacher would need to take the training as they impact literacy in the classroom.

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Elements of the Gifted Program Plan

The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) is Colorado's primary law with requirements for the implementation of specific elements and procedures for gifted education. The State Board of Education is responsible for promulgating rules that local districts use to follow Colorado education laws. Administrative Units (AUs) oversee and provide educational services to gifted students and professional development opportunities for educators. AU is defined as a school district, a board of cooperative services (BOCES), or the state Charter School Institute.

The elements below guide the AU Gifted Education Director/Coordinator in developing provisions for the implementation of the gifted program plan.

Click the links below to access information for each of the ECEA program elements.

*Legislation allows AUs to determine if Early Access is provided as a gifted programming option.

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Additional Resources


Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Program Administrator