Helping educators meet the unique needs of gifted learners.

Volume 1 Issue 2

Welcome to #r12giftED

This digital newsletter will be sent once per month and will contain relevant resources, activities, and information that can be implemented immediately with your gifted and talented students. Additionally, we will provide information and tools to ensure that your campus/district meets state compliance standards.

Our belief is that ALL students, including gifted, deserve meaningful learning experiences that will empower them to continually seek to innovate for themselves and the world around them.

We welcome feedback on the resources and will gladly look for information that you need to serve the students!


GT Tuesdays

Zoom Update Meetings facilitated by TEA's Monica Brewer for District Level GT Coordinators.

First meeting will be held October 1st at 9am. The first meeting will discuss "Best Use of Funds" and "Stabilizing the Foundation".

Please contact jtorres@esc12.net for Zoom login information.

HB 3 in 30: Gifted and Talented Funding

Did You Know???

College and Career reimbursement (HB3) Reimbursement is provided once per high school student for any of the Industry-Based Certifications in A-F accountability; Reimbursement is provided once per high school student for SAT/ACT/TSIA. Reach out for more information or clarifications.

New Trainings on the Horizon!

Keep an eye out for new training for administrators, counselors, and depth and complexity for secondary students.

Service Design & Instructional Resources

Todd Talks - Teaching Creativity

Todd Talks - Teaching Creativity

We ask students to be creative all of the time but are we explicitly teaching our students how to be creative by giving them assignments that lets them access their creative thinking? This Todd Talk will provide 5 practical strategies that can be used in the classroom that allows students to tap into their creativity.

The Kid Should See This

The Kid Should See This connects busy teachers and parents to a growing library of smart, short, and super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom or together at home.

Resources for Parents & Community

How to Prepare a Week Before the PreACT

Stressed about getting into college? College Admissions Playbook, authored by Varsity Tutors, offers prospective college students advice on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, SAT and ACT exams and the college application process. https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/articles/2019-09-02/how-to-prepare-a-week-before-the-preact?utm_source=usn_tw

Student Opportunities

Nominate Outstanding Students for the Lone Star Leadership Academy!

Your nomination indicates your nominees demonstrate scholastic merit and leadership ability. To participate, students must:

  • Be in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade during the current school year
  • Have a B (85% or 3.5) grade average or higher
  • Show commitment to community or school involvement
  • Demonstrate leadership ability

There is no limit to the number of students you may nominate.

Nominee’s names and addresses remain confidential and are not made available to third parties.


Professional Development

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GT Advisory Council

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 9am

ESC Region 12, West Loop 340, Waco, TX, USA

G/T campus and district coordinators from Region 12 schools meet to discuss issues related to gifted education and advanced academics in their districts and across the state. This session counts as three hours of continuing G/T credit. Register for the event at escworks.net, Session #174409
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