Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Professional Development

Districts are highly encouraged to provide professional development training on recognizing the characteristics of culturally, linguistically diverse students to staff prior to the nomination period and share information to ALL parents regarding:

  • G/T Student Assessment process
  • Referral process and timeframe
  • G/T characteristics which include SES and G/T considerations.

Texas law requires that educators providing services to G/T students have the following qualifications as stated in the Texas Administrative Code §89.2.

Professional Development
School districts shall ensure the following regarding professional development:

  • (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.

The following resources and professional development materials were created based on the TEA Equity Task Force findings. Please note: the PowerPoint presentations and workshop preparation materials marked (*) are for Education Service Center personnel and require a username and password to download.

Additional PD Resources: