Gifted Education

"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability.
  • Specific academic aptitude.
  • Creative or productive thinking.
  • Leadership abilities.
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities.

Books and Resources for Parents and Students

They Say My Kid's Gifted. Now What?
by F. Richard Olenchak
Published by the National Association for Gifted Children

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide-For Ages 10 and Under by Judy Galbraith, M.A.
Published by Free Spirit Publishing

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide-A Teen Handbook by J. Galbraith, M.A. and J. Delisle, Ph.D.
Published by Free Spirit Publishing

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers by J. Delisle, Ph.D. and J. Gablbraith, M.A.

Characteristics of a Bright Child vs. a Gifted Child

Comparison of the High Achiever, the Gifted Learner and the Creative Thinker

Gifted Education Websites

View "Fast Facts" documents about ALPs, Early Access, and District Program Plans at:
Colorado Department of Education:
Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented parent's Corner:
Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented:
National Association of Gifted and Talented:
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