Gifted & Talented

Gifted and Talented Programming for Advanced Learners


Warder Elementary believe in high expectations for ALL of our learners, including those identified as having a Advanced Learning Plan (ALP).  These students receive curriculum above grade-level standards and have multiple assessment results that show advanced performance.

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinators, work alongside the regular classroom teacher so enrichment and acceleration can be provided for students on ALPs as well as students that show advanced learning potential. Often, advanced learning potential is identified with an advanced score on one or more of the CoGat or State assessments.

The district directive is to provide support for students displaying advanced work, or the potential for advanced work, to be provided with additional support within the classroom.  Our teachers, through the work of professional learning communities (PLCs), provide instruction that meets the needs of all learners, including our advanced learners.

If you have specific questions about how Warder serves our advanced learners, please reach out to Matt Hilbert, principal, at (303) 982-0202, or by email,  

GT Spotlight:

Week 1: 

In the August 2020 issue of Brain Science Journal, researchers found that executive functions correlate with empathic attitudes and prosocial behaviors. People with higher levels of executive functions, as a whole, may better regulate their emotions and reduce perceived distress during the empathetic processes. What can we do to help support the growth of empathy, resilience and optimism in kids that will have a positive impact on their ability to develop strong executive functioning skills?

One positive first step is learning more about the 9 Habits of Empathetic Children according to educational psychologist and author Michelle Borba.

  • Which of these habits are most intriguing to you and your family?  Why?
  • What can you identify as ONE way to build empathy together as a family?

Weeks 2-4:



We all get derailed in our efforts to be positive when we engage in negative thinking. Here are some easy and effective Kid Negativity Cures (great for adults, too) from Michelle Borba. Number 3 is fun...Identify Stinkin’ Thinkin’! Which of these can you work on as a family?


This short video clip from the movie INSIDE OUT helps us recognize the difference between sympathy and empathy. Empathetic listening is one way we can practice empathy towards others. What did you see and hear from the character who listened and responded with empathy? Consider these indicators of people who listen and respond with empathy. What can you improve on?


Use this guide to 100 Kid Movies That Nurture Empathy (coded for age and suitability - but please preview to be sure!) and have a family movie night! After the movie, use some of these questions to have a discussion. Enjoy!