Gifted and Talented: 30-Hour Foundational Training
The goal of a Gifted and Talented program is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication that are advanced in relation to other students. This course will show you how we identify students who will benefit the most from program services. We will also explore various instructional strategies that provide the structure and challenges that advanced students need in order to be successful.
Topics included in this course:
- Foundational understandings of the needs of gifted students
- Nature and needs of diverse student populations
- The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
- Differentiated instruction
- Creative and critical thinking of gifted students
- Depth and complexity in instruction
- The Texas Performance Standards Project
This is a five day in-person training located at the service center. There are limited seats available on a first come, first serve basis. Participants must attend all five days in order to receive credit for the training.
This training meets the state requirement for 30 hours of initial training for teachers who serve gifted and talented students. Teachers who already serve gifted and talented students have one semester to complete this course work to be in compliance with state law. This training includes the required topics of nature and needs of gifted learners and assessment procedures for the gifted program.
Participants should bring a laptop or other device to use for the training.