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Gifted and Talented Education

Erin Hastedt

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

GT Lead Teacher for MVHS Feeder

Phone: 303-387-6600


About Me

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year, I am excited to see the students again and begin our work together.  If your child has an ALP you will be hearing from me the first week of school to make an appointment to set goals for the year.  If you want to get ahead, please contact me to set up a time or Click here to book an appointment.  If your child has been referred for testing you will also hear from me in August to sign a permission form.  All 3rd and 6th graders will be tested as part of our universal screening. If you would like to refer your child to be tested and they are not in grade 3 or 6, please contact me with your child's name, grade, teacher and gifted characteristics they are displaying by August 18th. You will also need to fill out these forms for referral testing.  I am looking forward to another fun and productive school year!!

GT in MVHS feeder

We're joining the other schools in the Mountain Vista feeder area in the philosophy of aiding the classroom teachers with resources and strategies to help differentiate instruction to better meet the needs of all learners. Research supports the idea that by keeping our learners together, they all benefit socially as well as academically. We want all students to feel connected to everything that goes on in their classroom community. This includes mastery of the grade level curriculum, building positive relationships with peers, and gaining knowledge that comes from shared experiences and discussions with a diverse group. From the gifted and talented perspective, we want to meet the needs of the learner everyday, all day, rather than on Tuesdays at 10:30 or a few scheduled pull out times. Our  teaching teams will work to meet each learner's needs on an on going basis in the classroom. Some specific strategies you might see are tiered lessons, mixed groups, independent learning projects or opportunities, curriculum compacting, or challenge menus that allow the student to choose enrichment activities that extend the general lesson. By working closely with the teachers, we hope to maximize every student's potential. The ultimate goal is that every child, whatever the extent or limit of his or her gifts, is challenged and encouraged to pursue the potential of his or her own possibilities.

That being said, there are students at Sand Creek who need extra challenges, extension and enrichment beyond the classroom.  We have made it a priority to also meet that need within the school day by offering small pull-out groups in literacy, STEM and math.  Please click this link for specifics to our building.


Giftedness is the manifestation of performance or production that is clearly at the upper end of the distribution in a talent domain even relative to that of other high-functioning individuals in that domain. Further, giftedness can be viewed as developmental, in that in the beginning stages, potential is the key variable; in later stages, achievement is the measure of giftedness; and in fully developed talents, eminence is the basis on which this label is granted. Psychosocial variables play an essential role in the manifestation of giftedness at every developmental stage. Both cognitive and psychosocial variables are malleable and need to be deliberately cultivated.

Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally. (The Columbus Group, 1991).

Words from a gifted child...