Jeffco Public Schools GT

JAGC is pleased to have a collaborative relationship with the Jeffco GT Department as they work to support the needs of gifted learners at the district’s schools. Lots of information on their website.

The Jeffco Gifted and Talented Staff is composed of the director, resource teachers and support staff who serve all 154 schools (K-12) in the Jefferson County Public School District.

Each GT Resource Teacher is assigned to particular schools, providing individual, whole staff, and small group staff development, as well as consultation to teachers and administrators regarding meet the needs of gifted students through:
• Identification of gifted and talented students
• Co-planning and co-teaching
• Assistance in developing programming and clustering
• Assistance with record keeping and goal setting

A student's teacher works with parents and students to set ALP goals. Each school has a GT Building Liaison, a member of the school staff who disseminates info from the GT Department to the individual school's community. Click here for links to determine who the Building Liaison and the GT Resource Teacher are for your Jeffco school and their contact info.

GT Parent Seminars are offered throughout the school year and you can sign up for informative emails from the GT Dept here.

Blanche Kapushion Dr. Blanche Kapushion Director
Shannon Rood-Wright Shannon Rood-Wright Secretary to Director
Krista Corthell Krista Corthell GT Technician
Trevor Robinson Trevor Robinson Office Support
Diana Caldiera Diana Caldeira Resource Teacher
Marla Cariness Marla Caviness-French Resource Teacher
Jenny Frederickson Jenny Fredrickson Resource Teacher
Cindy Fitorb Cindy Gifford Resource Teacher
Tonyia Heffley Tonia Heffley Resource Teacher
Penelope Heinigk Dr. Penelope Heinigk Resource Teacher
Ben Hershelman Ben Hershelman Resource Teacher
Jessica Howard Jessica Howard Resource Teacher
Paula Jacque Bonneau Paula Jacques-Bonneau Resource Teacher
Jan Martin Janet Martin Resource Teacher
Ben Reed Ben Reed Resource Teacher
Lindsey Reinert Lindsey Reinert Resource Teacher
Mark Mishou Mark Mishou Resource Teacher
Rick Shade Dr. Rick Shade Resource Teacher
Matt Wilkinson Matthew Wilkinson Resource Teacher
Alicia Brown Alicia Brown GT Center Counselor
Lisa Fiess Lisa Fiess GT Center Counselor
Laurie Perea Laurie Perea GT Center Counselor
Erin Shea Erin Shea GT Center Counselor





Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA] – Signed / Impact to GT Students

As President Obama signs the ESSA legislation, we get to say good-bye to the No Child Left Behind Act that started out as a good intentioned bi-partisan piece of legislation (Kennedy and Bush) but eventually took on a life of its own. Hopefully, ESSA will have a different legacy.

There is some wonderful news in ESSA for gifted students. One area I am particularly excited about is that states and districts will now have to report on achievement (and hopefully growth) related to our gifted and talented students:

On the state report cards:
States must include student achievement data at each achievement level that is disaggregated by student subgroup. Previously, states provided detailed information for students performing at the proficient level and below. Now, states also will have to include information on students achieving at the advanced level.

In applying for Title II professional development funds, states must include information about how they plan to improve the skills of teachers and other school leaders that will enable them to identify gifted and talented students and provide instruction based on the students' needs.

And on the District level:
Districts ("local education agencies" in ESSA) must collect, disaggregate, and report their student achievement data at each achievement level, as the states are required to do.

Districts that receive Title II professional development funds must use the money to address the learning needs of all students. ESSA specifically says that "all students" includes gifted and talented students.

I believe, since GT is a categorical in Colorado set under the Exceptional Child Act, and since we already have data broken out for our ALP children, this is more of a district requirement that we will need to clearly report on the growth / achievement of our ALP students.

We still have a bit of work to do at the state level, to advocate for competency based discussions to clearly include our advanced learners, and their above grade level performance and how we take that into our competency based policies.

The NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) four page overview can be seen here for your reading pleasure.

I am very hopeful for ESSA, turning to a new chapter in honoring and challenging our GT learners. It's great for our state economy, employers and most importantly, our ALP students.

All the best,
Susan Miller
President, JAGC

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