The Talented and Gifted (TAG) program provides identified TAG students with challenging academic experiences based on their abilities and needs.
District Level Talented and Gifted Programming, Policy, and Activities
BVSD schools provide programming for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy, which is based on a body of evidence. Student may be identified as talented and gifted in one or more of the following areas:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities
Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students. Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through the BVSD Early Access policy.
The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student’s Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) or, at the secondary level,(ICAP). Programming may include academic, enrichment, and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions.
BVSD sponsors four district-wide enrichment activities. These are open to students whether they are identified as talented and gifted or not. More information is available at the links below.
The BVSD Advanced Academic Services office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school based programming. A wealth of information is available on the BVSD TAG Webpage.
Columbine Elementary School Talented and Gifted Programming and Activities
At Columbine Elementary, the TAG Specialist and TAG Educational Advisor are the primary advocates for students, communications, and programming in the school. The TAG Specialist is Michelle Du Bois and the TAG Advisor at Columbine Elementary is Rosa Medina. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 720-561-2521 or email@example.com 720-561-2538. School wide office hours are Wednesday from 3:00 – 3:30.
The academic programming for talented and gifted students includes:
- Differentiated Instruction
- Flexible Grouping
- Subject Acceleration
- Grade Acceleration
- Advanced 3rd-5th Grade Math Groups
- Curriculum Compacting
The social emotional programming and support for talented and gifted students and their families include:
- Social/Emotional Counseling
- Peer/Friendship Groups
- SENG- Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. http://bvsd.org/tag/Pages/parenteducation.aspx
- BVGT- Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented- monthly presentations during school year. http://bvgt.org
The Gifted Child: Superachiever or Underachiever – Parents and Teachers Make the Difference (Sylvia Rimm)
Understanding Overexcitabilities – The Joys and the Challenges (Susan Daniels, PhD)
Asynchronous Development: A Paradigm for Parents and Professionals.(Dr. Jean Goerss)
Giftedness and Learning Disabilities (Paul Beljan)
Students may also be involved in the following enrichment activities and clubs:
- Chess Club
- Lego Robotics
- Girls At the Museum Exploring Science
- Memory Book
- Destination Imagination
- English and Spanish Spelling Bees
- Talent Show/Show
For additional information, please contact the BVSD Office of Advanced Academic Services or join the BVSD TAG Listserv -an email list open to all who are interested which provides information about opportunities for children and parents in the local area. The Listserv also published the Gray Matters Newsletter, and posts information about interesting events that may be of interest to students and their parent/guardians. To subscribe to the low-medium volume list, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.