Gifted and Talented Services

Region 17 Education Service Center

Professional Development

Of Interest to G/T Leaders, Coordinators, and Administrators

Region 17 Gifted and Talented Director/Coordinator/Contact Meeting - October 4 - 2022

The Gifted and Talented Contact meetings offer an opportunity for district G/T coordinators, G/T directors, curriculum directors, and other interested educators to discuss important issues and concerns related to services for gifted students. Topics for discussion will focus on the needs of Region 17 schools and important updates from the state. Participants will have opportunities to network with colleagues who share their work and concerns.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=903219

Administrator and Counselor Training: Nature and Needs and Program Options for Gifted Students - October 26, 2022

The Texas GT State Plan requires administrators and counselors who have authority for program decisions to have a minimum of six hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and program options for gifted/talented students. (19 TAC §89.2(4))


In this workshop, we will explore the nature and needs of gifted students, learn about various G/T definitions, traits, aptitudes, and behaviors used when discussing GT students and their instructional and affective needs, and discuss options available for GT programs. We will also cover the state requirements and various procedures and instruments used for identifying GT students.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=903597

Of Interest to Advanced Academics Coordinators and Teachers

College Prep ELAR Information Session with South Plains College - September 9, 2022 (9 a.m. - Noon)

South Plains College is offering a 1/2 day informational session to all schools in Region 17.

This workshop is designed for teachers who will be providing a college prep ELA course to those high school students who have been identified at the end of their junior year as "not college ready.”


HB 5 requires that districts identify students at the end of 11th grade who are not demonstrating college readiness. Students identified are to be offered a College Prep ELA or Math course. This course is to be developed between the local district and an institution of higher education. Most, if not all, of our districts partner with SPC. Teachers of the course attend a one-day training as per the MOU agreement to discuss alignment and college prep standards.


This course can be incorporated into an existing course or scheduled as a stand-alone. Students on the Foundation High School Programs can use these courses as 4th Math and English Courses or as electives. Students on the Minimum, Recommended, or Distinguished Plan can use these courses as local electives or possibly as a state elective depending on how the school has it incorporated. Students who are identified by the local district are not required to take the course, but it is required to be offered and explained to parents and students as to the benefits of the course.


More importantly, students mastering this course can meet the TSI requirement and not be required or need to take developmental education courses at the college level. The data shows that students who are required to take developmental education courses are less likely to finish a degree plan or less likely to finish in a standard amount of time.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871960

College Prep Math Information Session with South Plains College - September 9, 2022 (9 a.m. - Noon)

This workshop is designed for teachers, administrators, and counselors who will be providing a college prep math course to those high school students who have been identified at the end of their junior year as "not college ready."


HB 5 requires that districts identify students at the end of 11th grade who are not demonstrating college readiness. Students identified are to be offered a College Prep ELA or Math course. This course is to be developed between the local district and an institution of higher ed. Most, if not all, of our districts partner with SPC. Teachers of the course attend a one day training as per the MOU agreement to discuss alignment and college prep standards.


This course can be incorporated into an existing course or scheduled as a stand-alone. Students on the Foundation High School Programs can use these courses as 4th Math and English Courses or as electives. Students on the Min, Recommended, or Distinguished Plan can use these courses as local electives or possibly as a state elective depending on how the school has it incorporated. Students who are identified by the local district are not required to take the course, but it is required to be offered and explained to parents and students as to the benefits of the course.


More importantly, students mastering this course can meet the TSI requirement and not be required or need to take developmental education courses at the college level. The data shows that students who are required to take developmental education courses are less likely to finish a degree plan or less likely to finish in a standard amount of time.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=890453

2022 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop - September 14th (8:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

During 2022 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshops (CCRWs), we’ll cover how ACT can help you:

  • achieve equity for all students;
  • understand how a connected system of assessments supports progress monitoring;
  • identify academic strengths and challenges while informing intervention and acceleration;
  • introduce and embed social and emotional learning into your curriculum;
  • identify professional development options for educators;
  • acquire tools to help you visualize and use college readiness data;
  • prepare students with key foundational job skills;
  • and much more!


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=890626

2022 College Board Program Updates - September 14 (1 - 4 p.m.)

Meet College Board staff who work in your region and learn about updates and new information on our programs. We hope you’ll join us for timely updates on College Board programs and higher education trends so you’re ready to support your students for the 2022-23 school year. Topics include:


• SAT® Program updates and information about the upcoming digital SAT

• AP® Program updates

• BigFuture® college planning resources and new features


We look forward to providing an experience to assist you throughout this upcoming school year.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=890628

SAVE THE DATE

Advanced Placement Summer Institute: June 26 - 29, 2023

The 2023 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 will be open to AP and Non-AP secondary teachers who wish to increase their content knowledge and skills teaching advanced courses. We will announce registration information and a special discount code in the coming months.

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

Texas Performance Standards Project Implementation October 18, 2022

The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to gifted/talented students and can be used for providing enhanced academic opportunities for all students. The TPSP provides a coherent package of standards, curriculum, and assessments for use in G/T programs from kindergarten through high school.

The goal of the TPSP is to provide resources for G/T teachers and students that allow students to create professional quality work in alignment with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.


In this workshop we look at ways teachers, GT leaders, and district administrators can reimagine their stale, outdated, and ineffective G/T services by using the Texas Performance Standards Project.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=903598

Going Deeper, Getting More Complex: Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons into Gifted Lessons - November 8, 2022

You are familiar with Sandra Kaplan’s 11 icons of Depth and Complexity, but you are unsure of what to do next. In this workshop, we will look at taking our lessons and activities to the next level by infusing them with Big Ideas, Details, Patterns, Trends, Language of the Discipline, Rules, Ethics, and Unanswered Questions. We will see how looking at content across disciplines over time through multiple perspectives opens up a new world of critical thinking for our students. In addition, we will combine them with the content imperatives and peek in on the new icons of depth and complexity. Teachers who are familiar with the icons of depth and complexity will benefit most from this training.


Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=903591

ONLINE SELF-PACED G/T UPDATES

COMING SOON

We are finalizing our updates on our online courses and expect them to open in October.

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

COMING SOON

We are finalizing our updates and revisions on our 30-hour online courses and expect them to open in October.

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

Advanced Academics

Annie Padilla

Gifted and Talented Support

Assessment Checkout

Attendance and Certificates