Gifted and Talented ALP Resources

What is an ALP, and how did my child end up on one?

ALP stands for Advanced Learning Plan. This plan is a legal document that is a result of HB 1244 that requires all school districts to identify and program for advanced learners. If your child has an ALP, a body of evidence was used to determine eligibility. The body of evidence may have included such things as cognitive scores (CoGat), achievement scores (MAP, CMAS, etc.), academic profiles, and referrals from teachers and parents.

What is the purpose of an ALP?

The ALP is a guide designed to enhance instruction and meet the needs of students who have outstanding potential. It builds on a child's strengths and supports advanced levels of performance within the core subjects taught in the classroom to better meet the unique needs of gifted students.

What does this mean for my child?

Once an ALP is in place, your child will work with both the classroom teacher and parents to set meaningful SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely) goals. The goals will help your child take control of his or her learning, gain a deeper understanding of individual learning styles, and develop a greater sense of personal abilities and strengths. Goals will be set in both an academic strength area (verbal, non-verbal, quantitative) as well as affective needs (social-emotional). Teachers will monitor the goals throughout the year and review your child's progress during regular conferences to ensure that your child is continuing to grow and develop.

News and Events

GT Parent/Family Learning Night
The Shadow and Light of Being Gifted
An Event for Parents and Caregivers
of Gifted Children
October 5, 2021
6:15 - 8:00 pm

Catherine Zakoian, a national certified and licensed counselor, will be presenting. The event will be held over Zoom. An RSVP is required by October 1 using this form. Please go to the Parent Resource page to learn more about this event

Fliers for events can be found on the Parent Resources page.

What does it mean to be Gifted and Talented?

"Students between the age of four and twenty-one years whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs." ~ Jefferson County School District

What have you always wondered about people who are gifted and talented? Take a peek at this video to learn more and dispel common misconceptions.

Top 10 Myths of Gifted Education

For questions or additional information, contact your one of Mortensen's GT Liaisons:

* Lori Despain
Miranda Adams