Gifted and Talented 

Definition of Gifted & Talented

In Colorado, gifted and talented students are included in the legal definition of exceptional students (CRS 22-20-103; CRS 22-26-101-104, 1CCR 301-8). Aurora Public Schools recognizes the obligation to provide instructional and support services to all exceptional students K-12.

Gifted and talented students are those students between the ages of five (5) and twenty-one (21) whose learning capacity and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational and affective needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of advanced learning and performance in any combination of the following:

High Potential Learners

In our classrooms we have many students who may not be eligible for gifted services, but who demonstrate high potential as learners, leaders, and producers.  These students also  need appropriate programming; including the opportunity to work with rich and demanding curriculum that can bring potential and promise to the surface. Close monitoring of these students may lead to gifted identification.

The Gifted & Talented Identification Process

The purpose of the Gifted & Talented identification process is to match students’ academic and affective needs with services that will afford them the opportunity to demonstrate academic growth. The emphasis should not be on the “gifted” label, but on student learning needs. The nomination and assessment process is as follows:


How do I refer a student for GT?

If you would like to initiate the GIFTED IDENTIFICATION process for your student, please complete this form.  Be advised, you will need approximately 30  minutes to complete the entire document.  There is not a way to save your progress in this form.  

Once this form is complete and submitted, your school's Gifted Education Facilitator will be notified.  They will then gather additional necessary evidence/data to complete the process.

Your facilitator will be in touch with you within 30 school days of receipt of this referral to update you on the process.

Gifted and Talented FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Gifted & Talented

1. What are some characteristics of a gifted child?

A gifted child may show strengths in many of the following areas: communication, motivation, humor, inquiry, insight, interests, problem solving, memory, reasoning, imagination/creativity, leadership, and language acquisition.

2. Can a child be both learning-disabled and gifted?

Yes. A “twice-exceptional” child exhibits remarkable talents or strengths in some areas and disabling weaknesses in others. Special considerations are made for these students when designing appropriate services.

3. If one of my children is identified as gifted, does that mean that his/her brothers or sisters will be too?

When one child from a family has been selected to receive gifted services, it is recommended that all children from that family be considered for Gifted & Talented nomination.

4. How will my child’s education be different if they are identified as advanced or gifted?

Instruction may be at a more advanced level, quicker pace, more in-depth and require students to think at higher levels. Students may participate in special projects, special classes, interest-based research, as well as, have opportunities to work with other high potential/gifted students.

When appropriate educational programming for gifted students is provided, you can expect the following:

5. What kind of training do teachers of gifted students receive?

Teachers have access to in-district training as well as outside district conferences and workshops.  The APS Advanced Academic and Gifted Services Department works directly with Gifted & Talented leaders in every school to provide classroom teachers with necessary training and support.

6. What can I read that will help me learn more about gifted?

Gifted and Talented Resources

About Your GT Facilitator

My name is Erika Powers and I am excited to join the APS community. I was a classroom teacher for nine years in Virginia and Colorado. I taught in kindergarten to third grade classrooms. Last year, I left the classroom and became the Gifted and Talented Facilitator and Intervention Specialist. I am excited to continue working for Gifted and Talented students as a facilitator in APS. 

I grew up in Connecticut and went to college at James Madison University in Virginia. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 2012 and completed my Master’s degree in teaching the following year. 

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is