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Gifted and Talented

Ralston’s Gifted & Talented (GT) program


Jeffco GT website

 


Ralston Contacts:


Stephanie Mitchell, stephanie.mitchell@jeffco.k12.co.us

Ms. Mitchell is Ralston’s GT Building Liaison and 5th grade STEM teacher. Marilyn is here as an advocate for your GT learner. She is here to connect you with Jeffco information and to be a bridge with the people you need to contact to promote your child’s progress.  


Paula Jacques-Bonneau, paula.jacques-bonneau@jeffco.k12.co.us

Ms. Jacques-Bonneau is our school area GT Resource teacher. She is currently covering these schools: Evergreen Middle, Evergreen High, Wilmot Elementary, Ralston Elementary, Bergen Meadow K-2, Bergen Meadow Intermediate, Prospect Valley Elementary, Great Work Montessori, and New America.

Paula serves Ralston as an advocate for all GT students and to help clarify the district’s expectations. She comes to Ralston as needed and meets with teachers and students to discuss ALPs. 
Please contact Stephanie Mitchell or your child's teacher to get in contact with Paula.


Karina Keyes, kwkeyes@gmail.com or 720-428-0123

Ms. Keyes is Ralston’s GT parent advocate. She is available as a listening ear for feedback on the program or how it's going with your child; she can suggest resources, and get answers to questions. She provides an additional, informal interface with the GT program.


The GT Process:


CogAT


The CogAT is the Cognitive Abilities Test and it measures cognitive abilities, reasoning skills, and problem-solving aptitude. It is a standardized, multiple-choice test and is given in 9 sections over the course of 3 days during school hours. New this year, the test is given on computers. For more information, see www.cogat-test.com.


Second grade students take the CogAT in October. Results are shared with parents as soon as the district makes them available for sharing. You can also schedule to take this test during other, scheduled times.


Body of Evidence


Jeffco began using a comprehensive “Body of Evidence” to support a child’s “giftedness” as opposed to only CogAT scores beginning in 2016.


The MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test is given three times during the school year to students in grades 2 - 6 and measures a student’s progress in reading and math. It is a computerized, adaptive test. For more information, see www.nwea.org.


The GT program also uses the SIGS, the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students Survey when considering giftedness. Parents fill out a narrative survey from the Jeffco GT website to support this. Formerly, the program utilized a “15 traits of giftedness” survey that parents and teachers filled out. It has been replaced with SIGS.


The “body of evidence” incorporates test scores, SIGS, teacher input, and parent input. A student needs a qualifying score of 95%+ twice in a calendar year in one content area of MAP, plus a minimum of one qualifying data point of 95%+ in one CogAT strength area.


ALP (Advanced Learning Plan)


An ALP is initiated for a student after a body of evidence supports the findings of a need for accelerated learning. The ALP is used to challenge students within the classroom environment. The ALP should incorporate challenging extensions of what students are learning in class and ensure the student is engaged and progressing.


Parent Resources


The Jeffco GT program has resources throughout the year to support GT students and families. Click here to access a Parent Resource Page containing informational meetings and seminars, GT presentations, useful links and more.



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