Gifted & Talented Education @ LEISD

Professional Learning Requirements for K-12 Educators

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WHO MUST COMPLETE GT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING?

All K-5 Teachers, Honors, AP Teachers, and Teachers of advanced academics courses are required to complete the initial 30 Hour Gifted and Talented Foundation course within one semester of working with students. Beginning Teachers and K-3 Teachers who are also completing TEA Reading Academies will have one full school year to complete the initial 30 Hour GT Foundation course.


Counselors and Administrators who make academic decisions for students who may be Gifted must complete the GT for Administrators (Counselors) 6 hour course.


The 30 Hour Foundations course is comprised of 5 Parts:

Part/Day 1: Nature & Social/Emotional

Part/Day 2: Identification, Assessment & Service Design

Part/Day 3: Models of Differentiation

Part/Day 4: Depth & Complexity (or Strategies for Instruction)

Part/Day 5: Advanced Products and Performances (or Research & Creativity)


The 30 Hour GT Foundation course can be completed through Region 10 FREE of charge.


Once the initial 30 Hour GT Foundation course is complete, educators listed above must update their learning yearly with a district approved 6 hour GT update.


All 6 Hour GT Updates can be completed through Region 10 FREE of charge.

GT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR ADMIN & COUNSELORS

Following the Texas State Plan for the Gifted, Administrators, Counselors, and those who make hiring and scheduling decisions for GT programs, must complete a 6 hour GT for Administrators professional learning module. This is not a yearly requirement.

WHERE CAN I COMPLETE THIS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING?

Little Elm ISD is a member of the Region 10 Advanced Academics Consortium. LEISD educators can attend any Advanced Academics professional learning, online and face-to-face, through Region 10, free of charge!

Region 11 currently offers GT professional learning for free as well. Never pay out of pocket for professional learning! Please ask before registering if you are not sure!
ADULT LEARNING FAQs in LEISD

Find answers to commonly asked questions regarding adult learning and GT hours in LE.

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOURS THROUGH REGION 10!

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO UPDATE YOUR HOURS THROUGH REGION 10. FREE, QUICK, ONLINE, & ENGAGING.

30 HOUR OPPORTUNITY through REGION 11

New! Region 11, our Service Center, is now offering Full 30 Hour Foundation courses free of charge. Things change rapidly in education (as you know) so pay close attention when registering! Never pay out of pocket! Always reach out with questions!

WHAT ELSE CAN QUALIFY FOR GT UPDATES?

Often, professional learning sessions can qualify toward yearly required GT updates. Some of these include Advanced Placed Summer Institutes or Seminars and sessions facilitated by presenters experienced in the nature, needs, instruction, and assessment of students identified as gifted.


Prior to registering for a 6 Hour Update, be sure to check with your GT Specialist or the Director for Advanced Academics to ensure your update meets the qualifications.

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TEXAS STATE PLAN FOR THE EDUCATION OF GIFTED/TALENTED

Read about new state guidelines in the updated Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students by clicking on this button!