Boulder Valley School District

Gifted Education

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BVSD gifted education services strive to develop our student'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.

BVSD Gifted Education Dept. online asynchronous courses for anyone
Winter/spring 2024 registration is open through the end of February

Boulder Valley School District Gifted Education department

is offering three winter/spring online asynchronous courses: 

The Gifted Learner
Using Depth & Complexity for Gifted Learners
Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

Courses run February 12th through April 14th, 2024

Winter-spring 2024, we are offering three courses to help you learn about and how to support gifted student needs. Our multi-week courses are entirely online and asynchronous (basic computer/ online skills are required). Anyone is welcome to join; you do not have to be an educator nor do you have to be in the Boulder area. We welcome everyone from anywhere. Act fast, though, as space is limited!

Colorado educators may earn instructional seat time that count toward recertification requirements. Alternatively, Adams State University (ASU) is offering graduate credit; if you want ASU’s graduate credit, then email Doug.Alexander@bvsd.org first - before registering. NOTE: You may sign up for instructional seat time credit --OR-- ASU graduate credit, BUT NOT BOTH. Our courses also count toward Metro-area gifted education endorsement credit.

New (and new-to) BVSD educators, we have a special offer for you! Do not register before you contact Doug.Alexander@bvsd.org for details about the special offer.

 
The Gifted Learner is a six-week course about the basics of gifted education.
Registration fees:
  • BVSD employees: $15 for instructional seat time credit; $55 for ASU graduation credit  -  BVSD employees register through MyPassport (course #18735)
    • New (and new-to-BVSD) employees receive induction professional development credit for taking this course, but do NOT register in MyPassport; instead email Doug.Alexander@bvsd.org for a special offer).
  • All others: $40 BVSD fee; $55 for ASU graduation credit
 
USING DEPTH & COMPLEXITY for Gifted Learners is an eight-week course about how to ADVANCED DIFFERENTIATION TO ENGAGE GIFTED LEARNERS.
Registration fees:
  • BVSD employees: $20 for instructional seat time credit; $55 for ASU graduation credit  -  BVSD employees register through MyPassport (course #18349)
    • New (and new-to-BVSD) employees receive induction professional development credit for taking this course, but do NOT register in MyPassport; instead email Doug.Alexander@bvsd.org for a special offer).
  • All others: $60 BVSD fee; $55 for ASU graduation credit
 
ADDRESSING THE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF Gifted STUDENTs is an eight-week course about how SUPPORTING GIFTED LEARNER AFFECTIVE NEEDS.
Registration fees:
  • BVSD employees: $20 for instructional seat time credit; $55 for ASU graduation credit  -  BVSD employees register through MyPassport (course #18734)
    • New (and new-to-BVSD) employees receive induction professional development credit for taking this course, but do NOT register in MyPassport; instead email Doug.Alexander@bvsd.org for a special offer).
  • All others: $60 BVSD fee; $55 for ASU graduation credit

 

Registration for courses is open.  
Questions? Contact Doug.Alexander@bvsd.org.

 

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Project Talent Showcase 2024!

Attention BVSD students and staff: It's time to showcase your talent! 

Take a picture or make a short video showing off your talent. Then enter the BVSD Gifted Education Department Virtual Talent Showcase 2024.

Your adventure begins with a virtual entry that will be posted on the Project Talent web page . Every student who submits a Project Talent portfolio will also be invited to present at the live, in-person showcase on Saturday, May 4th, 2024, at 1:00pm at Southern Hills Middle School (1500 Knox Dr. in Boulder). Our community will select the top entries from each category who will be spotlighted in the live showcase at Southern Hills Middle School.  This event is open to every student, K-12, as well as staff in BVSD. 

Click here to fill out the Project Talent entry form.
***Entries will close on February 22, 2024.  The videos will be posted on the Project Talent Website in March.***  

Entry Categories:   
Leadership,   Visual Arts,   Performing Arts,   Music,   Athletic Agility,   Videography/Filmography,   
Culinary Arts,   Academic Achievement,   Public Speaking and Debate,   Other Displays of Creativity

Click here to see pictures and videos of last school year's (2022-23) Project Talent Showcase event.

 

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Other opportunities for students, families, and parents/caregivers

Familias Latinas de Estudiantes Dotados de BVSD - GT Latinx Families

Invitamos a las familias Latinas de Estudiantes dotados cursando la escuela primaria e intermedia en BVSD a conocer otras familias latinas una vez al mes. Tendremos una breve presentación en español e inglés. ¡Los esperamos!  Para mayor información puede escribir a Rosa.Medina@bvsd.org

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BVSD Gifted and Talented (GT) Latinx Families 

Families of BVSD Latinx students in Elementary and Middle School are invited to meet other Latinx families once a month. We will have a brief presentation in Spanish and English. For more information please contact Rosa.Medina@bvsd.org

Resources

 

Planning an engaging summer for your gifted child?

Check out our Gifted & Talented Youth-Friendly Summer Camps & Opportunities 2024 list!

 

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Click the large resource image below to access valuable tips and information about how educators provide gifted education services in BVSD.

Resource

First page of the PDF file: BVSDGiftedEducationflyerforeducators

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Subscribe/opt in to our BVSD Gifted Education Department email listserv and newsletter to receive periodic email updates and announcements about gifted education events in our area. Click here to fill out a brief form to add your name to the list.

In the Know  is our e-newsletter sent out via the opt-in BVSD Gifted Education Department email listserv for anyone who wants to up-to-date announcements about gifted education in BVSD. In case you missed it, here are some recent gifted education department newsletters:

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"Let's Talk 2e"  - This is a series of information sessions about how to support twice exceptional (or 2e) learners (students who receive both special education and gifted education services).

Additional resource for twice exceptionality:   BVSD's 2e resource website

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Printable resource: Gifted Education flyers (general information) 

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If you are looking for specific information about a school's gifted education services or if you are interested in referring a student for gifted identification evaluation, then please contact the Gifted & Talented Advisor / GT Teacher at your school.

 

Contact Us

Dr. Michelle DuBois
Gifted Education Coordinator
720-561-5067

Doug Alexander
Gifted Education Instructional Specialist
720-561-5178

Dr. Della Remack
Gifted Education Instructional Specialist
720-561-2636