March 13, 2015

DCAGT Parent Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who responded to the 2014-15 DCAGT Parent Survey! We received a total of 165 responses from the 500+ people (a 33% response rate) who are on the DCAGT mailing list and we received responses from all over Douglas County.

View the survey results.

Filipina Pate from DCAGT and Natasha Straayer from Douglas County School District's Office of Gifted Education met this week to review how the two organizations will respond to the results from the survey. Here's a summary of our recommendations:

Recommendations for the School District

  • Share better information about who is the gifted and talented contact at each school and the kinds of gifted programming options are available at each school.
  • Add information about how to identify and obtain support twice exceptional students to the DCSD website, specifically on the Gifted Education and Special Education pages.
  • Host parenting support and student support groups to address the social and emotional needs of students. Consider offering a SENG Parent Support Group at your school or feeder area.

Recommendations for DCAGT

  • Develop and maintain a community website with information and updates about gifted services and programming available within the school district, state and region. 

  • Coordinate efforts to inform the community about legislation and policy changes at the district, state and national level that impact gifted students.

  • Collaborate with the school district to offer parent information events and online resources about how to address the needs of the gifted, specifically how to:
    • build a body of evidence to request gifted services
    • identify the gifted teaching strategies supported at school
    • design and write advanced learning plans with teachers
    • coordinate the support for twice exceptional students
    • enhance social and emotional development 
    • plan coursework and activities for high school and college  
Have questions or suggestions about these recommendations? Come to the upcoming DCAGT Board Meeting on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sweet Tomatoes  Panera Bread in Lone Tree. The meeting is open to all. Updated 3/19/2015.