Gifted and Talented Training

  • School districts shall ensure that:

    1. prior to assignment in the program, teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students have a minimum of 30 hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students;
    2. teachers without training required in paragraph (1) of this section who provide instruction and services that are part of the gifted/talented program must complete the 30-hour training requirement within one semester;
    3. teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students receive a minimum of six hours annually of professional development in gifted education; and
    4. administrators and counselors who have authority for program decisions have a minimum of six hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and program options.
  • Required 30 Hour Core Training

    Core 1: Nature & Needs of Gifted Learners
    Gain a deep understand 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.

    Core 2: Identification & Assessment of Gifted Learners
    Examine the process for referring students for gifted services.  Understand important considerations for ensuring that all gifted students are identified.  Participants will examine and evaluate different assessment options for identifying gifted students and the importance of service design when selecting assessment instruments.

    Core 3: Differentiation in the Real World
    Like flowers in a garden, students in a classroom require different strategies to help them grow and thrive.  Learning differentiation is key on the road to becoming a master teacher.  In this course, Gifted Guru-Lisa Van Gemert, presents approachable ways you can begin to differentiate and help every student excel.

    Core 4: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Incorporating creativity into the classroom isn't just about making art projects or decorations.  It's about teaching students to approach problems creatively and become richer, deeper thinkers.  Lisa Van Gemert, award-winning educational consultant, guides teachers through an in-depth look at how to bring creative instruction into their classrooms.  This six-hour course dives deep into what creativity is and how to use it in the classroom.

    Core 5: Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
    When a gifted human brain begins firing on all cylinders from a very young age, the social and emotional needs of that child will be different from those of other students.  When you understand how GT students are different, you will begin to develop their strengths, and not just manage their gifted behaviors.