Gifted and Talented Services

Region 17 Education Service Center

Professional Development

NEED A G/T UPDATE???

Remember that "teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services receive a minimum of six (6)hours annually of professional development in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher gifted/talented education standards (19 TAC §89.2(3) and TAC §233.1).

Face-to-Face G/T Update Opportunities

Nature and Needs of Migrant Students who are Gifted with Dr. Cecelia Boswell: June 21. 2022

This session addresses the characteristics of gifted learners who are identified as migrant students. Gifted students are found in all communities and in all socioeconomic circumstances. Children of migrant workers express their giftedness in ways different from their peers who do not migrate. Participants will leave with an understanding of characteristics of the gifted and how to see these characteristics in their migrant students.



Dr. Cecelia Boswell, former president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, will lead the training.


Dr. Boswell is an independent consultant and founder of Austin Creek Educational Systems. She is working throughout Texas with schools and ESCs, writing online courses for Texas Education Agency, consulting for the Florida Department of Education, and working on projects for TEA. She is a former migrant and gifted teacher.



Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859438

The Rural Gifted: Influences and Challenges with Dr. Cecelia Boswell: June 22, 2022

Rural gifted services are as unique as each rural community. Understanding what is rural and the nature of identification and services for rural gifted students is essential to meeting this unique population’s needs. This session explores the intersection of gifted characteristics and rural culture as well as the challenges of providing gifted services in rural settings. In addition, the strengths students of poverty, those who may be Twice Exceptional, and multicultural students bring to the school is explored for its impact on identification and services.


Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., served as the Gifted/Talented consultant for the Education Service Center in Abilene and as Executive Director of Advanced Academics in Waco ISD. She is an independent consultant working nationally and throughout Texas for professional learning opportunities and auditing gifted services. She has provided multiple products for the Florida and Texas Education Agencies. Dr. Boswell has served as President of TAGT and the CEC-The Association for the Gifted. She is the co-author of six books.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859465

Advanced Placement Summer Institute: June 27 - 30, 2022

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The 2022 Advanced Placement Summer Institute from Texas Tech Public Media and Region 17 Education Service Center offers new and experienced AP teachers the chance to grow and be inspired in their content area. Our College Board endorsed institute brings together top-rated certified AP presenters, dedicated to helping you and your students succeed. This institute will take place in-person at the Region 17 Educational Service Center in Lubbock, Texas.


The Institute is open to AP and Non-AP secondary teachers who wish to increase their content knowledge and skills teaching advanced courses in:


Art and Design 2D, 3D, and Drawing

Biology

Computer Science A

English Literature and Composition

US Government and Politics

Spanish Literature


Register today at www.PBSapsi.org and use the promo code pbslovesteachers.


The cost of the institute for Region 17 teachers is only $80 with the code!



After attending this summer institute teachers will be able to:


- Align instruction with the goals of the specific AP course.


- Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.


- Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.


- Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.


- Connect with other new and experienced teachers in your content area.


- Utilize new resources to enhance your instruction.


- Receive a certificate of completion.

Depth and Complexity for the Secondary English Classroom: July 7, 2022

This training will introduce the elements of Depth and Complexity—meaningful, inclusive thinking tools that enrich what teachers and students are doing in high school English classes. We will explore practical ways to become familiar with and utilize the elements of Depth and Complexity and focus on the process component of differentiation.


The training will explore:

What is the depth and complexity framework?

How does this framework help students and teachers?

What are some quick and efficient ways to get started utilizing depth and complexity in my high school English class?

How can we use multiple elements of depth and complexity to complete an academic task?


Participants will receive 6 hours of G/T update credit.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871397

Teaching the Holocaust presented by Holocaust Houston Museum: July 13, 2022

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a one-day educator workshop on teaching the Holocaust. Educators will learn approaches to teaching the Holocaust through interactive activities and resources designed for the classroom.

Educators will be introduced to the Holocaust through a virtual tour of HMH’s Holocaust Gallery and gain instructional strategies and resources to support Holocaust education in their classrooms. Participants will receive HMH’s Holocaust Remembrance Toolkit containing lessons plans, primary sources, and student worksheets to utilize in their classroom. Lesson plans included in the Toolkit will be modeled and educators will obtain more information on free school programs and resources available through the Museum. Attendees will earn CPE and GT credits at the conclusion of the program.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871858

Depth & Complexity for the Secondary G/T Learner: July 13, 2022

This training will introduce the elements of Depth and Complexity—meaningful, inclusive thinking tools that enrich what teachers and students are doing in secondary classes.


We will explore practical ways to become familiar with and utilize the elements of Depth and Complexity and focus on the process component of differentiation.


The training will explore:


What is the depth and complexity framework?

How does this framework help students and teachers?

What are some quick and efficient ways to get started utilizing depth and complexity in my secondary class?

How can we use multiple elements of depth and complexity to complete an academic task?


Participants will receive 6 hours of G/T update credit.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=870398

The 'R' Word: Using Depth and Complexity in the Elementary Classroom - July 14, 2022

Rigor is a favorite buzzword in education these days, but the problem is that the word lacks common meaning from district to district, campus to campus, and classroom to classroom. The reality is that if students are not challenged to think in deep, complex, and meaningful ways, they begin to equate smart with easy, and begin to resist challenges and hard work. In this session, we will review the elements of depth and complexity, noting how they are used to increase student expectations, teacher support, and quality products and performances. Finally we will explore what rigor really looks like in the classroom from a student, teacher, parent, and administrator point-of-view.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871542

Gifted at the Movies: Landfill Harmonic: A Symphony of the Human Spirit - July 18, 2022

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.


In this half-day session, we will watch the 2016 SXSW and AFI audience award winning film directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley with a discussion of the documentary.


We will also examine teaching strategies that stimulate higher level and imaginative thinking that are critical in the development of gifted students as well as discuss the effects of poverty on low socioeconomic gifted children.


If you are interested in seeing the film and discussing strategies for teaching gifted students from poverty, please join us on July 18th by registering here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871568

Teaser of the upcoming documentary film "Landfill Harmonic"

Thinking Maps - Two Day Training: July 18 and 19, 2022

Teachers will learn several maps that students can use to make their thinking visual.


Teachers are required to have official Thinking Maps training binders for this two day face to face training. The charge for this training covers the cost of each binder of materials.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871889

Attending to the Affect: Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students July 19, 2022

In this workshop, participants will examine the characteristics and qualities of educational environments that impact social and emotional strengths and needs of gifted students. Participants will also explore strategies to empower gifted learners to effectively deal with challenges that may be attributed to social and emotional characteristics they possess. This session counts as a GT 6-hour Update.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871530

Literacy and Social Studies with the National Ranching Heritage Center and Region 17: July 25-27, 2022

Join us for three days of learning how to combine literacy and social studies with Hank the Cowdog, the National Ranching Heritage Center, and the Portal to Texas History! Particpants will receive 6 hours of G/T update credit.


Day 1: Meet John R. Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog and walk through how to use the Ranch Life Learning books and activities in your classroom. NRHC staff will walk educators through the entire set of curriculum, demonstrate activities. Mr. Erickson will visit with teachers and answer questions. All attendees will receive a complete set of Ranch Life Books and an activity binder. A chuckwagon lunch will be provided. Ranch Life Learning materials are aimed at 3rd – 5th grades, but can be easily adapted to older and younger grade levels.


Day 2: Porch Talk: A Conversation about Archaeology in the Texas Panhandle. Aimed at 7th grade, this new book by John R. Erickson and Douglas K. Boyd provides an opportunity for educators to use this one of a kind book in the social studies classroom. All attendees will receive a copy of the book and learn how to access TEKS aligned social studies activities that accompany it. John R. Erickson and Douglas K. Boyd will be special guests at the session to discuss the book, why they wrote it and answer any questions from educators. A chuckwagon lunch will be provided.


Day 3: Connecting Social Studies Process Skills to Texas History. Join us at Region 17 for day 3 of this training. We will be focusing on our social studies skills and... The Portal to Texas History folks from the University of North Texas will be debuting their new Texas History resource, Texas History for Teachers, TH4T, and will show all the great resources in the Portal.

Join us for all three days or do a combination of Day1/3 or Day2/3, depending on what grade level you teach!


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=864140

ONLINE SELF-PACED G/T UPDATES

Online Self-Paced G/T Update - Multiple Intelligences - May 30 - June 26, 2022




Multiple Intelligences and Meeting the Gifted Student's Needs

This online self-paced course will be conducted in Canvas and once completed will satisfy the 6 hour GT update required the state of Texas. Once you have registered in ESCWorks, you will receive the link to the Canvas course within 24 hours. The course will be open from May 30, 2022 through June 26, 2022.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=882439

Online Self-Paced G/T Update - Depth and Complexity Differentiation for Gifted Students: August 1 - September 11, 2022

This self-paced online course will take a deep dive into the use of the elements of Depth and Complexity. The course is designed to provide teachers the tools they need to differentiate their instruction for their gifted learners. This course will count for your 6 Hour GT Update


The course is being conducted through Canvas. Once you have registered in ESCWorks, you will receive the link to the Canvas course within 24 hours. The course will open on August 1, 2022 and run through September 11, 2022.

NEED 30 HOURS G/T QUALIFICATION TRAINING???

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talent Students (G/T State Plan) requires teachers who provide instruction and services for gifted students must have "a minimum of thirty (30) clock hours of professional learning that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, identification and assessment of gifted/talented students, and curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students" (5.1).


"Teachers without required training who are assigned to provide instruction and service that are part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services are required to complete the

thirty (30) hour training within one semester" (19 TAC §89.2(2)).

30 Hours Online June 6 - August 28, 2022

Online Gifted and Talented 30 Hours Foundation Course Summer 2022 with Sabrina Blankenship

This online course fulfills requirements for all 30 hours of the 5-day foundations training for teachers of the gifted and talented. It is designed to be part of the entire 30-hour training mandated by Texas Administrative Code, and should not be used as a 6-hour GT update. This professional development session is open to educators whose districts are members of the Region 17 Gifted and Talented Cooperative.


GT 30 Hours- Runs June 6 - August 28, 2022

Follow the link to register for the online course: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=869977

30 Hours Face-to-Face July 25 - 29, 2022

Face-to-Face G/T 30 Hour Seminar Series with Greg Reeves

Join Region 17 G/T specialist, Greg Reeves, for this week-long dive into Gifted and Talented Education. This five day, 30-hour training series is designed to qualify teachers to work with gifted students.


July 25: G/T 30 Hour Seminar Series Day 1 - Nature and Needs of the Gifted, Register for Day 1 here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859468


July 26: GT 30 Hour Seminar Series - Day 2 - Identification & Assessment of the Gifted; Register for Day 2 here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859469


July 27: G/T 30 Hour Seminar Series - Day 3- Models of Differentiated Instruction/ Texas Performance Standards; Register for Day 3 here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859470


July 28: GT 30 Hour Seminar Series - Day 4 - Engaging Gifted Students by Adding Depth and Complexity; Register for Day 4 here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859471


July 29: GT 30 Hour Seminar Series - Day 5 - Creative and Critical Thinking; Register for Day 5 here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=859472

Gifted/Talented Education Guidance

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan)

The State Plan provides requirements for and guidance to districts as they meet the unique needs of the gifted/talented population in Texas.

G/T Funds and Expenditures

Monica Brewer from TEA recently provided important information on G/T funding available to districts. You can see her presentation here: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/gt-funds-and-expenditures.pdf


If you have any questions, please contact Greg Reeves and he will be happy to help.

Guidance for Interpreting the Expectations of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students provides the standards for G/T education in Texas. The guidance on this page was developed from frequently asked questions and best practices in the field. The G/T Education FAQs have been reformatted for usability and updated with current State Plan standards. https://tea.texas.gov/academics/special-student-populations/gifted-and-talented-education/guidance-for-interpreting-the-expectations-of-the-texas-state-plan-for-the-education-of-gifted/talented-students

Texas G/T Program Implementation Resource

In this resource you’ll find:

  • Implementation strategies for gifted/talented (G/T) programs with information for various roles on the campus and in the district
  • Customizable templates and resources for implementing G/T programs
  • Best practices related to the five sections of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students

http://www.texasgtresource.org/

Texas Performance Standards Project

The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) comprises a set of performance standards, curricula, and assessments for differentiating instruction and deepening academic learning. TPSP enhances gifted/talented (G/T) programs from kindergarten through high school.


Contact Greg Reeves to discuss ways to implement the Texas Performance Standards into your Gifted and Talented Services.

Equity in Gifted/Talented Education

As the state grows and the population changes, educators need to continually evaluate how best to serve all learners, including those who need G/T services. Ensuring equitable access to G/T services is a critical charge for Texas educators. G/T students come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds and might also be twice-exceptional, both G/T and learning disabled. These factors need to be considered in assessing if G/T identification processes include or exclude nontraditional students.


Many nontraditional G/T students can be overlooked when traditional assessments provide the sole basis for placement in G/T programs. Despite adoption of the Texas State Plan for the Education of G/T Students in 1996, Texas school districts have made little progress in achieving the goal of section 1.6E. Discrepancies still exist between the percentage of underrepresented populations in the total student population versus the percentage of underrepresented populations identified for G/T services.


https://gtequity.tea.texas.gov/

Ask Greg a G/T Question

What counts as a G/T Update?


Ultimately, it is a local district decision. The annual update should be based on individual teacher needs related to the district’s G/T program services' objectives. The six-hour update intends to provide G/T students' teachers with training that will enable the teacher to differentiate and adjust the depth, complexity, and pacing of lessons to meet the needs of G/T students. (State Plan 5.6) The teacher and his/her supervisor may collaboratively decide based on the needs identified in campus and district improvement plans (TAC §89.2(3); State Plan 5.4).

Meet Our Gifted and Talented Team

Gregory Reeves

Region 17 Gifted and Talented Specialist

G/T Compliance, Assessment, and Services

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