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: 

“The most beautiful experience in the world is the experience of the mysterious.”

-Albert Einstein

Art Costa and Bena Kallick have written extensively about sixteen different Habits of Mind which are, simply put, a set of thinking dispositions that help people develop their critical and creative thinking skills.  One of these is RESPONDING WITH WONDERMENT AND AWE.  As a family, talk about the attributed to Albert Einstein above.  What can we find that is mysterious in our everyday lives? Learn more from Edutopia here.

Weeks 2-4:



The ability to brainstorm options and ideas and then evaluate our thinking to align with purpose are important executive function skills. Curiosity naturally plays a part in both brainstorming and evaluating. Try this process at home to cultivate curiosity (you can read more from Lynn Henwood here):

  • Exposure and Inquiry - As a family, take a walk or plan an activity that provides a rich experience of the world. Have a free flowing discussion about what you did and saw.
  • Brainstorm and Evaluate Ideas - Next, see how many questions you can generate about your experience. Sort the questions into categories. Choose an unanswered question from the bunch. This process encourages both divergent and convergent thinking.
  • Identify Resources for Learning More -Use the internet, your local library, books, primary documents, magazines, experts in the field, or local organizations to learn more about the particular topic. Learning more should be focused on a researchable question. Develop one together!
  • Organize, Set a Goal & Share - The final step in the process is to organize manageable steps toward a desired outcome and prepare to share learning. Together, enjoy seeing your discovery and learning come to life.


Watch this PBS video about Curiosity and Wonder as a family. Then, discuss:

  • What is the BIG IDEA of curiosity? What does it mean?
  • What DETAILS are important when defining curiosity and wonder?
  • How are your ideas about curiosity and wonder different and the same as the ideas presented in the video? Can you compare and contrast them?


Think about the ways your family can commit to curious habits in the coming months. Here are some ideas about how to do that from Valerie Kirk. How will your family make RESPONDING WITH WONDERMENT AND AWE a family habit? Enjoy the world around you...