• ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gifted and Talented Program
    ​Maximizing Achievement for Gifted Students

    Contact: Palmer Gifted Resource Teacher (GRT)
    Name: Michael Chamberlin
    Email: michael.chamberlin@d11.org
    Phone: (719)-328-5079
    Address: 301 N Nevada AVE Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    Office: Room 222


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    Vision: The Gifted and Talented will maximize achievement for all gifted students.

    Mission: The Mission of the Gifted and Talented Department is to support gifted and talented students in achieving their academic, social-emotional, and creative-productive potential by providing an appropriate learning environment based on best practices in gifted education.

    Guiding Principles: We, as the Gifted and Talented Department:definiton

    Promote high academic achievement for each student

    Seek meaningful and challenging learning experiences

    Facilitate talent development

    ​Encourage social and emotional growth

    Support future planning

    Develop habits of good citizenship ​

    Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs)

    The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires that all Gifted and Talented students have an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), and state that communication between parents, educators, and students are essential in the goal setting, development, and review of a gifted student's Advance Learning Plan. In order to comply with the CDE rules, parents must review and approve the completed ALP. 

    As a gifted student you have the right to gifted programming. At Palmer High School, this entails taking honors and advanced classes, but may also involve extracurricular activities, personal and social support, and other services. The objective is to allow gifted students to learn and grow in their area(s) of strength/interest commensurate with their ability. The Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is a Colorado state requirement aimed to address this objective by means of goal attainment. All identified gifted students need to complete an ALP yearly.

    The ALP is embedded within Naviance, a school-wide management and career readiness/planning solution for students, and a system for students to complete ICAP graduation requirements. Since there is alignment between the ALP and the ICAP (e.g., both are state requirements, and both are utilized in planning for the future), using Naviance for the ALP reduces the redundancy of both. The ALP and the ICAP are graduation requirements. 

    Quick Start to the completing ALP:  
    1) From the Palmer website , under the Students tab, select  Student Resources
    2)  Select the Naviance link . "Click HERE to login", and then use the link to the "Clever" login. Username is your student username. Password is your district student number. 
    3)  Once logged in, select My Planner and Tasks Assigned to Me.  
    4)  Three GT tasks have been assigned to you: HS ALP Survey, ALP Achievement Goal, and ALP Affective Goal.
    5) Complete the survey first. The due date is December 31, 2018. 
    6) Parents - you will have your own parental portal in January 2019.  

    If you would like to make an appointment with Mr. Chamberlin, Gifted Resource Teacher, to discuss the ALP and/or other GT related issues, please make an appointment here.


    1) Science Fair - Student registration for the 2019 Pikes Peak Regional Science fair is now open on the www.pprsf.org website. We wanted to be sure to connect with teachers and mentors as they get back to school and start making plans for the upcoming year. Please share this information with your peers and encourage students to participate.

    When:  Project judging and public viewing will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at UCCS

    Awards are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

    **The fair is in February, but students should begin getting their paperwork started as soon as a topic is selected.  The science fair board members can provide help, if needed.   Our website, www.pprsf.org, is open for registration.  Please contact us at pprsf.colorado@gmail.com if you or any of your students have questions about forms or registration.

    Who:  Any secondary student (grades 6 – 12) in Elbert, El Paso, Park or Teller County.  Please note:  There is no requirement to enter or place in a school or area science fair for secondary students to enter the PPRSF.

    Why:  The PPRSF offers regional students a place to enter science, engineering, math and computer science projects of their own creation in an annual Regional Science Fair competition and a chance for project recognition and awards.  Qualified projects are invited to attend the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair.

    Awards:  In addition to the place awards (cash) in the 12-14 categories, there are more than 40 special awards (cash or prizes) presented each year.

    Resources:  We have some resources posted on the PPRSF website www.pprsf.org.  In addition, students, teachers, parents and sponsors can find rules and information on the state and international fair websites. 

    The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair website (http://www.csef.colostate.edu/ ) has links for both students and teachers, including links to forms and rules. Resources include help for classrooms and individuals in planning and executing a science fair project. 

    The PPRSF Board members would be happy to help with classroom presentations, safety issues or other questions.  You may contact us at pprsf.colorado@gmail.com

    We hope you will encourage students to participate, even if science projects are not a part of your curriculum.  If you do a science project unit, please consider scheduling it at a time that would coincide with the fair.   

    Here is a suggested timeline for completing a project for competition in the 2019 PPRSF:

       September-October - Research and topic selection           

       October-November - Narrow down project ideas;  Register on the www.pprsf.org website (no later than 1/23/19)

                             Complete required paperwork and get pre-approval for the project   

        November-December- Experimentation or Engineering Design takes place

        December-January - Analyze results / Evaluate design

                              Submit completed paper forms and fee ($15) to PPRSF (no later than 1/30/19)  

        January-February- Complete backboard & abstract        

                                February 23, 2019 - Attend the PPRSF


    2) Ready for Lift-Off! Preparing for Competitive, Merit-Based Scholarships. Palmer High School auditorium, January 15, 2019. 6:30-7:30 p.m. By Mark Hess. Learn how to apply for competive, merit-based scholarships. 

    3) Legislative Day. February 21, 2019. GT field trip to learn how the Colorado legislature works. More information coming in January. 


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