Bear Canyon Elementary

Gifted Education

Gifted Updates

Universal Screening for 2nd Grade and Gifted Referral Testing for Grades K & 1

DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February).

2nd Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of February 5.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school. 

If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process.

Kindergarten/ 1st Grade Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

Bear Canyon welcomes an additional Gifted Facilitator, Ms. Lisa Busman,  as she joins us to support our Gifted Learners for the 2023-2024 school year!  

Hello families,

My name is Mrs. Busman, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your child at Bear Canyon Elementary. I’m a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder.  I received my Master’s Degree in Education in Diverse Learners from the University of Phoenix. In 1995 I began teaching gifted and talented children in Jefferson County, Littleton, and Aurora Public Schools.  In 1999, I began teaching in Douglas County where I worked with gifted and talented students in the classroom. During my twenty four years in Douglas County, I have taught students in 2nd-6th grade at Northeast Elementary and Stone Mountain Elementary.  

Outside of teaching, I have been married for 25 years, and I love to spend time with my husband and 3 children. Kyla is attending the University of Colorado, and Kiralise will begin her senior year at eDcsd and Legacy Campus.  Jake is thriving in 8th grade at Ranch View.  In my free time, I love to read, enjoy the  outdoors, watch movies, travel, and visit friends. 

My hopes for next year are to foster a love of learning and curiosity, while nurturing the unique qualities of each child.  I look forward to meeting you and your child at our open house!


Lisa Busman


Conversations with CAGT

This season the format is a bit different as we will be presenting live CWCs on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.


We hope you can join us for this first, of many, Conversations with CAGT streaming live on our CAGT's FaceBook page.