Boulder Valley School District

Gifted and Talented

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The BVSD Gifted and Talented program strives to develop our children’s greatest abilities and make possible the discovery and pursuit of their dreams which, when fulfilled, will benefit us all. We provide a comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges of their time.

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BVSD Gifted & Talented Department partnered with Boulder Valley Gifted & Talented for a FREE virtual event on supporting twice-exceptional learners in March!


“Understanding Twice-Exceptional Learners” webinar with GT experts and co-authors Wendy Behrens, Cecilia Boswell, and Matt Fugate 

presented on Tuesday, March 8th, 7:00 pm

Link to the presentation recording - available until the end of the school year

Gifted students with disabilities, known as twice-exception (or "2e") learners, are at risk when their instructional and social and emotional needs are not recognized and supported. These co-occurring conditions occur in an estimated one third of all gifted learners. While identification of these learners is challenging for even the most experienced education professional, understanding the unique strengths and challenges of twice-exceptional learners will help prepare practitioners and parents as they work to meet those needs. In this FREE virtual webinar, Wendy Behrens, Matt Fugate, and Cecelia Boswell looked at the needs and lived experiences of students who have exceptional strengths and learning disabilities. For more details, visit


The GT Department also recently hosted two other nationally-renowned, award-winning GT expert speakers in February!


“Differentiating Up: Challenging Advanced Learners Through Enrichments, Extensions & Enhancements (E3) Model with Dr. Richard Cash” webinar 

presented on Monday, February 7th, 3:00-4:00 pm

Link to Dr. Cash's presentation recording --- only available until the end of the school year

In this virtual webinar, Dr. Richard Cash shows educators how to adjust and modify their instructional practices to provide gifted and advanced students with challenging and engaging learning experiences. With more than 25 years in the field of gifted education, Dr. Cash is a published author and expert in educational programming, rigorous and challenging curriculum design for gifted students, differentiated instruction, 21st century skills, brain compatible classrooms, and self-regulated learning.


“Growing Resiliency in Times of Trauma with Dr. Jaime Castellano” live at the BVSD Education Center and simulcast online 

presented on Thursday, February 17th, 5:00-6:00 pm

Link to Dr. Castellano's presentation recording - only available until the end of the school year.

Click here to view Dr. Castellano's presentation slides - only available until the end of the school year.

A growing number of students, including gifted students, are struggling with mental health issues at increasing rates. In this live presentation, which will also be simulcast online, Dr. Jaime Castellano will provide a toolkit to educators, parents and families to support students who have lived through trauma, toxic stress, and adverse life experiences. Dr. Castellano is a nationally recognized educator, principal, author, scholar, and researcher with particular expertise on identifying gifted Hispanic/Latino students, gifted English language learners, gifted Native Americans, gifted preschoolers, and gifted students from poverty. His current research is focused on working directly with gifted students with trauma, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences. 

“Empoderando a las Familias Hispanas/Latinas en la Educación de sus Niños Dotados” Jueves 17 de Febrero, 2022, 8:45-9:30 am (en español)

Los derechos y responsabilidades que uno tiene como padre no son algo con lo que se nace sabiendo ni son constantes entre las culturas. Las escuelas deben tomar esto en consideración y en algunos casos, educar a las familias es el primer paso en el camino de educar a los niños. En esta sesión, el Dr. Castellano ofrecerá a los padres una serie de preguntas esenciales, directas, explícitas y relevantes a su contexto, que los empoderen para poder abogar por sus niños. Las familias podrán participar haciendo preguntas sobre cómo involucrarse y abogar por la educación de sus hijos,

El Dr. Jaime A. Castellano es educador, director, autor, e investigador reconocido a nivel nacional. Es una autoridad en el campo de la educación de estudiantes Hispanos/Latinos en los Estados Unidos. Es también un eminente investigador especializado en la educación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos. Actualmente su investigación está enfocada en el trabajo con estudiantes dotados que han pasado por experiencias adversas en la infancia, experiencias traumáticas o estrés tóxico.


BVSD GT Department also offered our own "Advanced Differentiation" webinar

In case you missed it or you want to view it again, click here to view the recording.

This FREE hour-long professional development reviews the characteristics and needs of gifted and advanced learners and offers advanced differentiation strategies, tools, and techniques to support gifted and advanced learners at any level in any subject area.

Contact for more information.


Contact Us

Dr. Michelle DuBois
Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Doug Alexander
Gifted and Talented Instructional Specialist

Dr. Della Palacios
Gifted and Talented Instructional Specialist