Do you need 30 hours of G/T professional development?
According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, teachers are required to obtain 30 hours of G/T professional development before they provide services to an identified G/T student. Professional development must include topics related to the nature and needs of gifted students, assessment and identification of gifted students, and curriculum of gifted students.
After the initial 30 hours of G/T foundational training, teachers are then required to obtain a 6-hour G/T update training annually when they provide services to G/T students.
Some districts require their teachers to follow the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented (TAGT) guidelines as they fulfill the 30 hours of G/T professional development. The areas of core knowledge include nature and needs of the gifted, assessment and identification of the gifted, social and emotional needs of the gifted, differentiated instruction, and creativity.
Region 4 offers many opportunities to help you complete your G/T foundational training.
Visit the Region 4 Professional Development webpage and type "Gifted and Talented" in the search option in the middle of the page.
If you do not see the classes you are looking for, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.