The BVSD Gifted & Talented (GT) Office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school-based programming. A wealth of information is available on the BVSD GT Webpage.
BVSD schools provide programming for GT students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification guidelines which is based on a body of evidence (BOE). Students may be identified as Gifted & Talented in one or more of the following areas:
General or specific intellectual ability
Specific academic aptitude
Creative or productive thinking
Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities
Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students. Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through the BVSD Early Access policy.
The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) or, at the secondary level, (ICAP). Programming may include academic, enrichment, and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions.
BVSD sponsors six district-wide enrichment activities. These are open to students whether they are identified as GT or not. Roy Holloway is the Director of District Events and Scheduling of Specialists. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is available at the links below.
Corden Pharma Colorado Regional Science Fair
Destination Imagination - NOCO Canyon Region
Boulder Regional History Day
Boulder Valley Regional Spelling Bee
Battle of the Books
The Gifted and Talented program at Coal Creek Elementary includes academic and enrichment programs, support for the social and emotional needs of gifted students, and follows BVSD GT policies and procedures.
At Coal Creek Elementary, the Gifted and Talented Education Advisor (GTA) is responsible for GT-related communications and consultation with the classroom teacher and parent(s). Our GTA at Coal Creek is Lori Stevens. She may be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling, 720-561-4521. Our GT Coordinator is Wendy Buffer and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Coal Creek we are very lucky to have a designated pull-out class for identified GT students to attend. This class is led by Randy Cummings. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Students are identified as Gifted and Talented using multiple criteria. You can find more information on the BVSD identification flowchart.
A student may be identified as Gifted and Talented if (s)he receives a qualifying score in three different areas:
Ability i.e. Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)
Achievement i.e. Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), i-Ready, Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS)
Classroom teachers facilitate the design of the ALP for gifted and talented students at Coal Creek, focusing on rate and level planning associated with a child’s identified areas of strength. This process normally includes differentiated activities and clustering of advanced students in the regular classroom as appropriate. The following descriptions are sample classroom and school-wide activities:
Students in Grades K-3 are clustered in reading groups that meet their instructional literacy levels.
Math activities in the classroom focus on problem solving, extensions, and application of math concepts presented within the curriculum.
Critical thinking and verbal skills are developed using the “Habits of Mind” framework as developed by Drs. Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick.
Language Arts studies include vocabulary and grammar units, and differentiated writing assignments are created by the classroom teacher.
Advanced fourth grade math students are placed into an accelerated math class that includes fifth grade math standards.
Advanced fifth grade math students are placed into an accelerated math class that includes sixth grade math standards.
Each year, a team of faculty members stages a school-wide “Science Fair” open to all students.
Coal Creek participates in both the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee and the annual National Geographic Geography Bee.
A comprehensive program exists at the school that addresses our students’ fine arts, music, and physical education needs.
Ever-expanding opportunities for the integration and utilization of technology is available for children at Coal Creek.
The social emotional programming and support for gifted and talented students and their families may include:
The school Social Worker and/or Counselor addresses affective and social/emotional topics relevant to students, including those who are designated as GT.
Information about local programs and classes about the characteristics of gifted students and specific parenting strategies is shared with families of GT students. Also available are books about parenting gifted students.
Students may also be involved in the following enrichment activities and clubs:
Elementary Spanish Classes
Student Council (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
Instrumental Music (Grade 5)
Treblemakers Choir (Grades 4 and 5)
Additional GT information can be found on the Colorado Department of Education Office of Gifted Education website. You may also find the Colorado Department of Education Gifted Identification Guidance Handbook helpful.
For additional information, please contact:
Brian Muñoz, Coal Creek Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Stevens, Coal Creek Gifted and Talented Education Advisor, email@example.com
Wendy Buffer, Coal Creek Gifted and Talented Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Cummings, Coal Creek Gifted and Talented teacher, email@example.com
Dr. Michelle DuBois, BVSD Gifted and Talented Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
To receive district gifted and talented emails and the monthly newsletter, “In the Know- GT in BVSD,” sign up here. This list is open to all who are interested and provides information about enrichment opportunities for children and parents in the local area.