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Grants Information

Gifted Education Universal Screening and Qualified Personnel Grant

Submission Window:

April 16, 2018, by 11:59 pm - Submissions received on April 16 are ensured a portion of available funds

April 17-18, 2018, by 11:59 pm - Submissions received April 17-18 may receive funding if funds remain after April 16, 2018


Application for the 2018-19 Gifted Education Universal Screening and Qualified Personnel Grant

Please read all directions in the following guidance document prior to completing the application.  Another helpful resource located below is the Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Universal Screening/Qualified Personnel Grant Directions and Application

Note:  There are three (3) required parts to complete the application.  All documents are scanned and an electronic copy in PDF form is emailed to the CDE Grants Department.  No faxes will be accepted.

  1. Part I:  Cover Page with Signatures and Assurances Page:  (Access document in one of two ways)
  1. Part II:  Complete Part IIA and IIB (Excel)
  1. Supplemental Documents: 
  • Evidence of degree or endorsement or letter verifying work toward endorsement
  • Salary Schedule showing the amount on the schedule for the qualified person or a letter from the AU in regard to salary needs

Universal Screening and Qualified Personnel Grant Resources


Javits - Right 4 Rural (R4R)

Right 4 Rural is a project with great promise to increase the identification of gifted students from underrepresented populations. Right 4 Rural provides services to selected administrative units (AUs) so that the proportionality of diverse student groups in their respective gifted populations becomes more similar to that of their total school community and to the state total gifted population average of 7%. To this end, leaders and teachers within the administrative units receive professional development tailored to reframing their gifted program and instructional practices to address unique local needs and resources.

Right 4 Rural Team

From left to right: Andrea Berghoff, EdD (Grant Director), Cahit Polat (DU Doctoral Student), Justine Lopez (DU Doctoral Student), Kristina Hesbol, PhD (DU Faculty and Leadership Director), Norma Hafenstein, PhD (DU Faculty and Co-Principal Investigator), Jacquelin Medina (State Gifted Director and Co-Principal Investigator)


R4R & Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT)

Right 4 Rural Presentation: CAGT

CAGT Conference Presentation


R4R & National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

R4R Poster Presentation


Coaching Strand

Coaching Resources


Right 4 Rural Professional Development Module





ANNOUNCEMENT:  AP/IB Exam Fee Program Discontinued

ESCAPE: Eliminating Student Costs for Advanced Placement Exams, also called the Advanced Placement Exam Fee Program, under Title I, Part G of the No Child Left Behind Act will be discontinued. Colorado will not receive an individual federal grant for the 2017 AP or IB exams through Title I, Part G.  The Colorado Department of Education will not be collecting ESCAPE grant applications from high schools requesting funds to offset costs of the 2017 AP or IB exams.

The funds from the AP Exam Fee Program will fold into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funding primarily through Title IV and Title I funds, and other Title programs specific to achievement of particular students. Local districts will have flexibility under ESSA to use funds for AP and IB exams taken by low income students.  A Special Rule in the ESSA regulations will permit districts to use 2017-2018 ESSA funding for the 2017 exams even after the tests are taken.

Districts are highly encouraged to support discussions about how and from where resources might be sought to offset costs of low-income students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. CDE will include the topic of “advanced exams taken by low-income students” in ESSA guidance.

Thank you for support of the AP Exam Fee program over the course of 14 years. It has been a worthy benefit to low income students. For questions, please contact Jacquelin Medina,  in the Office of Gifted Education.



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