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Gifted Education Monitoring (GEM)

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VIDEO:  GEM Program Overview - to be updated


VIDEO: GERC Relationship - to be updated



Information about the resources and how they are used will be shared during Cohort meetings and Office hours.  The Monitoring and Compliance Report is for your information only.  It will be completed by the monitoring team.

Gifted Education Monitoring (GEM) is a collaborative process that is the shared responsibility of administrative units (AUs), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and the Gifted Education Regional Consultant (GERC).  The purpose of this partnership is to increase the capacity of educators and educational systems to identify, program, and be accountable for gifted student achievement and growth.

The foundational purpose of GEM is for AUs to evaluate their gifted program plan to determine levels of implementation for each of the primary elements of Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) Rules.  The information obtained from the AU's self-evaluation identifies priority improvements for compliance and continued program growth and development.

The implementation of the key requirements outlined in ECEA Rules ensure the academic and affective needs of gifted students are addressed and a program plan is developed that leads to gifted students’ achievement and growth.

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Gifted Education Monitoring (GEM) Mission

The Department of Exceptional Student Services at CDE has developed a streamlined, cohesive, and revamped monitoring process to provide hands-on support for district Gifted Education programs throughout the state of Colorado.  Gifted Education is driven by collaboration with Gifted Education professionals, school administrators, and educators to benefit our classrooms and learners across the state.  

Our Goals at CDE are to provide a monitoring process that will allow professionals in the Gifted Education community to create a diagnostic and meaningful gifted programming for their schools.  The GEM process aims to:

  • Design a monitoring visit using input, scheduling, and sites that involve Gifted Education stakeholders
  • Utilize monitoring to celebrate victories in Colorado’s gifted education programming
  • Utilize monitoring to diagnose areas for growth and provide guidance and learning opportunities
  • Close excellence gaps in the state of Colorado through improved gifted programming
  • Provide an intentional, hands-on, and transparent monitoring experience
  • Help to create equality of opportunity for every student, every step of the way

Office Hours

The GEM Team will hold office hours beginning in the fall.  Contact Terri Loiselle or Michael Scott below for more information or for additional support regarding monitoring and professional development.   

Your GEM Team:

Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Program Administrator.