Gifted & Talented Update

All sessions in the basic 30 hour training are aligned to the Texas standards for gifted education and help to prepare teachers to take the TExES test for the Gifted and Talented Supplemental certificate. Sessions are designed for teachers K-12, but can be modified for particular grade levels or content areas. Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner This six hour workshop is part of the basic 30 hours of Gifted and Talented staff development training required in Texas. In this course teachers receive an overview of the history of gifted education including important research, legal requirements and the Texas State Plan for Gifted and Talented Students. Teachers will learn the characteristics of gifted students and how they differ from high achievers.

Vehicles to Differentiate the Curriculum

This six hour workshop is part of the basic 30 hours of Gifted and Talented staff development training required in Texas. Teacher will learn how to apply activities in breadth, depth and complexity to encourage students to think critically. Activities include learning how to apply test out, independent/mini study, creative thinking skills, integration of content areas, real world issues, forecasting, and many others to the content areas.

Assessment of Gifted Students

This six hour workshop is part of the basic 30 hours of Gifted and Talented staff development training required in Texas. This course focuses on how to assess students for a gifted program. An overview of the assessment requirements in the Texas State Plan for the Gifted and the legal requirements for teachers and school districts are reviewed. The history of the development of assessment of gifted students is discussed including: the bell curve, ability vs. achievement testing, teacher/parent/student qualitative checklists, multiple intelligences, and collection of student work samples or portfolios.

Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

This six hour workshop is part of the basic 30 hours of Gifted and Talented staff development required in Texas. Teachers receive an overview of the social emotional needs of students including an understanding of their sensitivities, Dabrowski’s Over excitabilities, perfectionism, underachievement, and asynchronous development. Activities are included to help students better understand their gifts and talents.

Inspiring Creativity in the Gifted Student

This six hour workshop is part of the basic 30 hours of Gifted and Talented staff development required in Texas. It also can be counted as an advanced curriculum workshop. This workshop focuses on the theory of creativity and important researchers in the field. Teachers are exposed to the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking and learn how to encourage creativity in their students. The critical thinking skills of fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration, Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and SCAMPER are discussed.

Perfectionism and Underachievement – How to Help the Gifted Student – Level II

This six hour update training is in the area of social and emotional needs. The morning session focuses on the research on perfectionism, how to recognize a perfectionist and how to help a perfectionist become an achiever of excellence. The afternoon session focuses on underachievement and the crisis it can create in the classroom and at home. Both sessions offer practical tips on how to help students overcome these issues.

Curriculum Differentiation – Advanced Level for Teachers

This six hour update training is in the area of curriculum and expands on the basic level of training. Sandra Kaplan’s theory on differentiating the curriculum is introduced and applied to content areas. Activities by other noted experts, such as Roger Taylor and Bertie Kingore are shared.

Curriculum Differentiation – Advanced Level for Content Area Teams

This training focuses on helping teams of teachers integrate content for gifted students. The research on curriculum is quite clear that gifted students are able to quickly make connections across content areas and that an integrated curriculum is best to challenge their critical thinking skills. In this session or series of sessions, teachers will take their six/nine weeks scope and sequence and integrate with other content areas. The culminating activity will be to develop an integrated project for each six/nine weeks or semester

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