GT Newsletter from ESC Region 12 - Sept. 2020

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Welcome Back!

We realize that everyone is headed back to school this year in uniquely different ways. Please know that the gifted education team of ESC Region 12 is here to support you in a variety of ways. Our aim is to send this newsletter monthly with updates, critical information pertaining to gifted education, and resources for teaching gifted students. This year is going to be a different year, but in the world of gifted, different simply means unique. Unique opportunities provide us the chance to break the mold and produce something greater than ever before!

Updates from TEA

GT Tuesdays with Monica Brewer

G/T Tuesdays will resume for the 2020-2021 school year. Below are the meeting dates and links for September and October. You can find the 2019-2020 recordings and resources on the G/T Education Resources page. These sessions are hosted by Monica Brewer, Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Education

Upcoming Meetings

09/15/2020 (3pm) - https://zoom.us/j/99968392074

10/13/2020 (9am) - https://zoom.us/j/95514443059

10/27/2020 (1pm) - https://zoom.us/j/99968392074

11/10/2020 (9am) - https://zoom.us/j/95514443059

Articles/Resources of Interest

Destination Imagination

Consider starting a Destination Imagination team! Start a team and give students the chance to explore, collaborate, and create together. Begin the creative journey for the young people in your life today. Check out this blog post: 3 Ways DI Will Change—And 3 Ways It Stays The Same—For The 2020-21 Season

Designing Meaningful Learning Experiences

"This school year will be unlike anything we've known or experienced before. Instead of knowing what to expect and how to plan, many educators are still trying to imagine what any of this will look like and remain uncertain how to even begin planning." - Andi McNair

Andi has designed a framework for those that are designing in-class and/or at-home learning experiences. This framework takes into consideration both meaning for the student and manageability for the educator.


To SHARE with Students & Families

Gifted Education Family Network

Families of GT students statewide are invited to join a new network for Texas GT families!

The Gifted Education Family Network (GEFN) is a new opportunity for GT families to receive support, information, and connections with other families, facilitating positive advocacy for Texas GT programs, GT funding, and excellence in gifted education. GEFN is committed to equity and diversity in gifted education. We support the annual GT Parent Conference at the Baylor Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and other low-cost opportunities for parent engagement across the state.

GT parents from all regions of Texas are invited to join us for free, to subscribe to our e-mail news (https://giftededucationfamilynetwork.org/subscribe/), to explore our website, and to follow us on social media (please visit our site for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram links: https://giftededucationfamilynetwork.org/).

Professional Development

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