Gifted Education

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The Gifted Director for the Mountain BOCES region is Jane Toothaker.
Her contact information is:

Jane Toothaker

Serving as the Administrative Unit for four member school districts, Mountain BOCES is responsible for applying, accounting, and reporting on state-level funds for students identified as gifted learners.  While member districts identify and address programming, Mountain BOCES provides leadership and some oversight regarding identification, programming, and services. The Gifted Education Leadership Team consists of representatives from each district and meets regularly to share information and expertise regarding the education of gifted learners.

What Does It Mean To Be Gifted?


"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.

Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities

Talent ID Process


Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented

CDE Office of Gifted Education

CDE Office of Gifted Education Technical Assistance

Center for Bright Kids

National Association for Gifted Children

Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Early Access to Kindergarten or First Grade
Mountain BOCES member school districts have agreed to a process to allow early access to kindergarten or first grade for gifted children. The process can be found in the Files pod below.