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Advanced Academics—Back to School

Advanced Academic Services provides professional development and services for teachers who work with advanced and/or gifted and talented (G/T) students. Region 4 can provide the 30-hour and 6-hour credits needed for G/T certification through a wide array of sessions. For more information, or customized services, e-mail gifted@esc4.net

 


 

G/T CERTIFICATION CREDITS

 

NATURE AND NEEDS OF GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS

Gain a deep understanding of the benefits and challenges facing gifted students.  Examine and analyze the history of gifted education, modern legal requirements, and service design options. Explore the characteristics of gifted students and the nature of gifted education through research-based, hands-on activities. This is a facilitated, self-paced online course.  Participants must submit accurate e-mail addresses to receive course access information.
  • In-Person Training Sessions:
  • Online Training Sessions:
    • Session 1: Registration begins August 29, 2016, and course must be completed by October 7, 2016 
    • Session 2: Registration begins October 24, 2016, and course must be completed by December 9, 2016  DETAILS
    • Session 3: Registration begins January 30, 2017, and course must be completed by March 10, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 4: Registration begins April 10, 2017, and course must be completed by May 26, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 5: Registration begins June 12, 2017, and course must be completed by July 28 2017  DETAILS

 

GIFTED/TALENTED CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION SERIES

 

  • Engaging Gifted Students by Adding Depth and ComplexityImprove lesson organization and purpose by exploring the elements of depth and complexity in the TEKS. Learn effective ways to encourage students to become experts and to generate advanced products and performances that address themes, problems, and issues. Acquire strategies and tools for designing a continuum of learning experiences to promote student success. For the 2016-2017 school year, our in-person session dates are:
    • ​October 27, 2016Early bird registration available through October 17, 2016
    • March 7, 2017Early bird registration available through February 23, 2017
    • June 27, 2017Early bird registration available through June 15, 2017
    • July 25, 2017Early bird registration available through July 13, 2017
 
  • Models of Differentiated InstructionExplore effective models of differentiated instruction in the classroom that address content, pacing, and/or product.  Acquire instruction and assessment tools for incorporating differentiation in workable and successful ways.  Gain a foundational understanding of differentiation and learn how to develop an array of learning experiences to build upon students' unique interests and abilities. For the 2016-2017 school year, our in-person session dates are:
    • November 8, 2016Early bird registration available through October 27, 2016
    • April 6, 2017Early bird registration available through February 27, 2017
    • June 28, 2017Early bird registration available through June 16, 2017
    • July 26, 2017Early bird registration available through July 14, 2017
 
  • Creative and Critical ThinkingLearn new tools for creating challenging learning experiences that develop students' creative and critical thinking abilities.  Gain a deep understanding of the relationship between affective and cognitive growth. Examine effective ways to develop lessons that promote higher-level problem-solving, decision-making, research skills, and innovation. For the 2016-2017 school year, our in-person session dates are:
    • November 15, 2016Early bird registration available through November 3, 2016
    • April 20, 2017Early bird registration available through April 10, 2017
    • June 29, 2017Early bird registration available through June 19, 2017
    • July 27, 2017Early bird registration available through July 17, 2017

 

ASSESSING STUDENT NEEDS FOR GIFTED/TALENTED PROGRAMS

  • In-person and online session information TBA

 


 

ONLINE SESSIONS

 

  • Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted/Talented StudentsBuild a working knowledge of the intense feelings and sensitivities of the gifted student. Learn to recognize and interpret the behaviors of gifted children and how these behaviors can affect their social growth and academic achievement. Participants will explore strategies to increase gifted students' awareness of their own social development and how it impacts their academic achievement. This is a facilitated, self-paced online course. Participants must submit accurate e-mail addresses to receive course access information.
    • Session 1: Registration begins September 1, 2016, and course must be completed by October 7, 2016 
    • Session 2: Registration begins October 24, 2016, and course must be completed by December 9, 2016  DETAILS
    • Session 3: Registration begins January 30, 2017, and course must be completed by March 10, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 4: Registration begins April 10, 2017, and course must be completed by May 26, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 5: Registration begins June 12, 2017, and course must be completed by July 28 2017  DETAILS
 
  • Differentiation: Simplified, Realistic, and Effective—Explore teacher-useful and student-effective strategies to simplify the implementation of differentiation to increase its practice through Dr. Bertie Kingore's book Differentiation: Simplified, Realistic and Effective: How to Challenge Advanced Potentials in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. Participants will be responsible for obtaining a copy of this book and will complete a reflection study guide for 6 hours of G/T credit. The study guide will be provided to participants through an online Blackboard™ format. Log-on information will be sent within five working days of registration date.
    • Session 1: Registration begins August 29, 2016, and course must be completed by October 7, 2016 
    • Session 2: Registration begins October 24, 2016, and course must be completed by December 9, 2016  DETAILS
    • Session 3: Registration begins January 30, 2017, and course must be completed by March 10, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 4: Registration begins April 10, 2017, and course must be completed by May 26, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 5: Registration begins June 12, 2017, and course must be completed by July 28 2017  DETAILS
 
  • When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the AnswersExplore general characteristics of gifted children, emotional dimensions of giftedness, and how to create a gifted-friendly classroom through a study of Dr. Jim Delisle's book When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers. Participants will be responsible for obtaining a copy of this book, and they will complete a reflection study guide for 6 hours of G/T credit. The study guide will be provided to participants through an online Blackboard™ format. Log-on information will be sent within five working days of registration date. 
    • Session 1: Registration begins August 29, 2016, and course must be completed by October 7, 2016
    • Session 2: Registration begins October 24, 2016, and course must be completed by December 9, 2016  DETAILS
    • Session 3: Registration begins January 30, 2017, and course must be completed by March 10, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 4: Registration begins April 10, 2017, and course must be completed by May 26, 2017  DETAILS
    • Session 5: Registration begins June 12, 2017, and course must be completed by July 28 2017  DETAILS
 

 

For information regarding G/T professional development, Advanced Placement® courses, state initiatives, or legal updates in gifted education, e-mail gifted@esc4.net.
 
 
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