FTE Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented


District Information

This link will take you to the DCSD webpage for additional information.

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 2nd and 5th Grade Universal Screening

Universal Screening

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made improvements to our Universal Screening process. In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version. The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Additional language options are in process.)

As part of the DCSD Universal Screening process and our commitment to equitable identification for gifted programming, DCSD will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) during November for 5th grade and February for 2nd grade. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. Please see below for specific information based on your child’s current grade.

5th and 2nd Grade Universal Screening at FES

  • As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd or 5th grade who have not been identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in November or February respectively. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.

  • If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with more detailed information about this process.

Gifted Identification Referral Testing

  • If your child is in grades K, 1, 3, 4 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.

  • NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification.

  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE.

NOTE: Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment.

  • Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.


Families with students currently enrolled in eLearning will receive detailed information about their CogAT testing options and logistics directly from the DCSD District Team/eLearning Administration. If you do not receive this information, please contact the DCSD Gifted Education Team at: [email protected].


Please see the following for additional information linked below:


Franktown - DCSD Gifted Identification Referral Form -
Consent to Evaluate, Parent/Guardian Survey & Student Survey

Click here for more information, contacts and the application process.

Gifted and Talented Information
Franktown Gifted and Talented Information

What is Gifted & Talented?
If a student is identified as GT, they may go to their neighborhood school (Franktown) or
apply for the Discovery Program that is at another school. The Discovery Program is designed for those students who have needs so intense that they cannot be met in a regular classroom. All students in Douglas County are given the CogAT, Cognitive Abilities Test, in 3rd & 5th grade (unless the school has 6th grade) as a universal screen for early intervention. If there is a need for a student to take the CogAT in another grade due to teacher recommendation or parent request, that is possible at grades 1 ,2, 4 & 5. Testing at these levels is solely for the purpose of possible GT identification. At this time, the CogAT is given each September.

What is an ALP?

An ALP is an Advanced Learning Plan. All students that are identified as GT have an ALP whether they go to their neighborhood school (Franktown) or a Discovery School. The decision to create an ALP comes from an identification process that looks at a body of evidence that includes many data points including CogAT, classroom work/assessments, other standardized measures, input from classroom teacher, parent(s), and student.

What does GT look like at Franktown?

At Franktown, we create ALP plans for students that have gone through a GT identification process and qualify. The ALP is written by the GT Facilitator (me) in collaboration with classroom teachers, students, and parents. The ALP formalizes the differentiation that the classroom teacher does for the students in their identified area(s) as well as affective needs. At Franktown, we value and support the depth and complexity of knowledge, not just what grade level a concept may be. All students in our building read and write at their highest independent level. Sometimes additional grouping is needed in the area of mathematics. Our MTSS team collaborates to make the best determination of what that looks like year to year. Some strategies that we use to meet needs at our building are: Flexible Grouping in reading and math, Content Acceleration, Grade Level Acceleration, Independent Study, Curriculum Compacting, and Blended Learning.

What will this look like at Sagewood Middle School?

Sagewood has many options for different levels of learning. Teachers will recommend placement based on their knowledge of the student and the choices that are offered. Parent and student input is taken as well.

What is my role?

My role as the GT Facilitator is to collaborate with our assessment coordinator during CogAT testing, coordinate the identification process as well as facilitate writing the ALP. If a parent is interested in applying for the Discovery Program, I help with that process as well. I also collaborate with teachers in writing the goals, gathering support materials, analyzing data and adjusting plans as needed. Franktown has a long history of highly capable students and our teachers are well versed in differentiation for all students. When needed, I work with students on specific projects or affective goals that need individualization.

Parent Resources
Useful Links

DCSD Gifted Education Webpage

Colorado Association for the Gifted and Talented (CAGT)


Douglas County Association for the Gifted and Talented (DCAGT)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Colorado Department of Education Office of Gifted Education

Kahn Academy

iReady Family Center


Hoagies Gifted Webpage

Bridges Math Online Learning Resources

Gifted Guru

Raising Life Long Learners

Davidson Gifted

Gifted Ed Resources by Live Binders

UCONN Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development

Recommended Websites

Activities and Lessons for Students:


Meditation for Kids

Gratitude Paper Chain

Calming Sequence

Mindfulness activities

Mindfulness crafts including Glitter Jar

28 activities that promote social emotional growth during remote learning

Social Emotional Choice Board

How to build your child's self-esteem from Box Out Bullying

Kindness Curriculum- Family Engagement Assignments

Coping Calendar


Best Outdoor Games of 2020

Physical and creative at home

Board Games with a Healthy Twist

Creative Indoor Ideas for Kids


The Best MATH games with a deck of cards

Noetic Math Problem of the Week Challenge Math for Gifted Elementary students

The Giant Sculpture Gallery Problem

10 Math Strategies Poster Try to do your math using as many different strategies as possible.

Healthy Habits for a Growth Mindset in Math

Learn a card trick... explain the math.

Online Math Games by Education.com

KenKen puzzles

Memorize your Multiplication Facts

Math in the Workplace. Explore a Shark Tank Video, math lessons, and webinars from icons in different industries

Supporting Mathematical Processes Through Questioning Poster

Math Challenges

Real World Math: 10 investigations to do at homeMoMath Museum of Modern Math Daily Math Puzzles

Beyond Sudoku: Kakuro and Futoshiki

Minus Mission subtraction game

Alien Addition game

Meteor Multiplication game

Demolition Division game

Ratio Martian identifying ratios

Ratio Blaster finding equal ratios game



Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Challenge

Awesome books for kids who love nature

Challenge Pack for Advanced Readers

Explore new ideas and new books by watching Reading Rainbow

Read this newspaper called Six Feet of Separation written by students during COVID-19 OR submit your own stories, comics, etc.

Book and movie pairings- A great way to enjoy books as a family!

Why and HOW to memorize a poem

Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Challenge

Engaging books to keep gifted young learners learning at home

TED connections with discussion questions for higher level thinkers by Mensa for Kids

7 Little Words vocabulary and spelling game

Online crossword puzzles

Word Jumbles

Up and Down Words Use the clue to find the connection between the words

Vocabulary Word Games by Dictionary.com

Verb Viper Subject/Verb Agreement game by Mensa

Coconut Vowels game

Word Roundup a word search game using word part/definition clues

Word Frog synonym, antonym and homonym game

Word Invasion parts of speech game

Read (of course) different genres by checking out books on the Sora App


Using Dialogue- Writing lesson

How to make your own Zine (or small magazine). Then fill it with your great stories or comics!

How to write a comic strip!

How to write great beginnings with author Chris Tebbets

Try to write some Tom Swifties like Madelyn Rosenberg

Character Traits lesson with author Chris Tebbets. Notes HERE.

Writing and Drawing Prompt: Meet your character

Writing lesson: Writing a didactic cinquain.

Using notebooks in the writing planning process with author Erin Entrada Kelly

Create animated stories on Scratch

Science/Social Studies:

How to celebrate Earth Day while sheltering in place

Video: Top 10 Incredible Alternatives to Alternative Energy

Starting a garden with your children

Be a soil scientist

37 Cool Experiments by PrepScholar

Learn how to code for free

Explore weekly science news with Twig Science

Science in the Kitchen

Kitchen scrap gardening

Explore your family history on Family Search Yes, it's free!

Origami Algorithm: How to be a coder

STEM activities by National Inventors Hall of Fame

Activities to find DIY projects, slideshows about space, games and links to other things you can do and see with NASA.

Paper Airplane Science

Stuck at Home science activities

Capital Penguin game about States and Capitals

Learn about the CIA on the CIA's Kid page

More coding resources by Codeacademy.org

Country Toad countries and capitals game

What do sugary drinks do to your teeth? science experiment

Podcasts from NPR Code Switch about race issues in student language for family discussions

Learn coding. Check out these links Tynker or Code.org

Take virtual tours of museums.

Virtual tours of historical sites.

Create a Rube Goldberg.

Check out some of these nature documentaries.

Science resources including links to live animal cams and more virtual field trips.

Science experiments that you can eat!

Creativity/Problem Solving:

12 Ways to beat boredom with LEGO bricks

Drawing and writing videos with Jarrett J. Krosoczka- author and illustrator

Stimola Literary Studio - videos about journaling, crafts, yoga, illustration lessons, read-alouds, and more. Even though the dates have passed, you can still view the videos by clicking on the sessions you are interested in.

Finish the Comic and other Jarrett Lerner activities

Origami for Kids

How to make Unicorn Slime

Build your dream LEGO home

Make your own no sew tote bag

Tube Owls

How to make Mash-Up Slime

You too can do the Rubik's Cube!

Online puzzles- You can use your own pictures!

Inside Out Fun activities including a recipe for homemade sidewalk paint

Try Zentangle Art

Summer arts and crafts by moms at gluesticksblog.com


Learning a foreign language at home

Learn American Sign Language online


Backyard Fitness Circuit

For Parents/Families:

2E- Twice Exceptional Resources

Gifted with ADHD


The Non-STEM Gifted Kid