Teachers who provide instruction and services as part of the district’s GT services (which includes any classroom teacher who provides instruction in the four core content areas or in a PreAP or AP class) with a GT student assigned to their class, are required to receive a minimum of 30 clock hours of professional development prior to their assignment to provide GT services and instruction. This 30 hour training must include nature and needs, identification and assessment, curriculum and instruction, differentiating curriculum, and the social and emotional needs of gifted students. Teachers without required training must complete the 30 –hour training within one semester of assignment to provide GT services and instruction. Teachers must also receive a minimum of six hours annually of professional development in Gifted Education.
Administrators and counselors who have authority for service decisions for GT students are required to receive six hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted students and/or service options for gifted students.
Teachers should contact their campus GT Specialist for information regarding face-to-face and online training opportunities in GPISD. GT sessions are offered in the district in the fall and spring semester as well as each summer. Online opportunities for GT training are also available through TAGT On-Demand and Region 10.