Secondary GT in RISD

September 19-23


Rebecca Gray, 7th grade GT ELA teacher at FMJH, asked me about the TPSP this weekend and it reminded me that with our upcoming planning in many areas, it might be time to revisit this wonderful resource that is offered to you free of charge in partnership with TEA.

The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to gifted/talented (G/T) 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.

At each grade level, the TPSP provides guidelines for independent learning experiences and research projects that teachers can adapt and use with their G/T students. The projects, or “tasks,” are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and focus on the foundation content areas of English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies with interdisciplinary connections.

The TPSP can be used to design or enhance your G/T programming, and resources can be incorporated into any existing class.

How do students benefit from participation in the TPSP?
Students who participate in the TPSP:

  • develop confidence in their abilities to complete an independent research project;
  • use their own research to produce an innovative, discipline-based product;
  • are stretched to discover what they are capable of doing academically;
  • learn to accept challenges in order to perform at a high academic and intellectual level;
  • explore an area of interest and passion;
  • perform research outside of the traditional curriculum; and
  • improve communication and presentation skills.

Visit the TPSP website to see what might work for you in differentiating your GT class.

Can you Escape? Our First Secondary GT Enrichment Opportunity

Encourage your students to get their GT friends and join us on Saturday, October 15 for the Escape Room Challenge. The flyer is below. If you are available.....please join us! It's going to be amazing!

This is FREE to all GT Secondary students. They may bring a sack lunch. Registration is done on-line at>UpcomingEvents

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Dates to Remember...

Thursday, September 22, GT Physics, 8:00-4:00 @ PDC Science Office

Tuesday, September 27, Richardson Gifted Family Picnic, 6:30 @ Heights Park

Wednesday, September 28, GT Physics, 4:15-6:00 @ Berkner HS, room E233

Wednesday, October 5, GT Physics, 8:00-11:00 @ PDC Science Office

Wednesday, October 5, GT Science 7, 1:00-4:00 @ PDC Science Office

Tuesday, October 11, GT Investigations, 4:30-6:00 @ PDC Library

Thursday, October 13, GT ELA 7, 4:15-6:15 @ PDC A105

Wednesday, April 12, District-wide GT Showcase, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ PDC

GT Teacher Feature.....

Congratulations to Jessie Cramer, 7th grade GT Science and 8th grade GT Physics teacher, at FMJH, for being one of the 2016 TI STEM Award recipients! Jessie was honored at a banquet last week at TI for her accomplishments. Congratulations, Jessie!
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Jennifer Valentine, GT Physics Teacher at RWJH

Congratulations to Jennifer for competing with the RISD Swim Team in the Corporate Challenge. The RISD team won the Silver Medal! Great job, Jennifer!
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Leigh Ann Hushfield represents RISD at NASA

Congratulations to Leigh Ann for working at NASA this summer in the High School Aerospace Scholars program. What a great opportunity!
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Competition Opportunity

Annual MEANT MATH OLYMPIAD in partnership with UTD will be held on Oct 29th, 2016 at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson. Math Olympiad is a competition in mathematics to encourage young America to learn Mathematics and Engineering and promote math skills among students. Any student currently enrolled in Grade 1 through 11 can participate in the event.

Registration can be done at

Flyer is given below for more information.
Check the following link for additional info and updates.

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