Gifted Education

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Natasha Straayer
Director, Personalized Learning 
Misty Burkhart
Coordinator, Gifted Education
Christina Levesque
Administrative Assistant


The Douglas County School District uses a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework to guide instructional decisions in order to meet the needs of all learners, including those with advanced learning needs. Through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports we provide a continuum of programming for Gifted and Talented learners including Neighborhood Schools Programming at the elementary and secondary levels and the Discovery Program Magnet in grades two through six. For students whose needs are so extensive that they cannot be met in the traditional classroom setting, the Discovery Program Magnet for gifted learners may be an appropriate placement.

Colorado MTSS Components (circle graph): Shared Leadership, Data Based Problem Solving and Decision making, Layered Continuum of Supports, Evidence Based Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment Practices, Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring, Family-School-Community Partnerships


Colorado Department of Education

Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented

Center for Bright Kids

National Association for Gifted Children

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)


Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

Ricks Center

Gifted Development Center

Douglas County Association of Gifted and Talented (DCAGT)

DCSD Whole Child Report

Download the DCSD 2017-18 Whole Child Report (PDF)