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Professional Development

All personnel involved in the planning, creation, and delivery of services to gifted/talented students possess the knowledge required to develop and provide appropriate options and differentiated curricula.
FAQ about GT Professional Development

30 Clock Hours – Foundation Training

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 thirty (30) clock hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students. (19 TAC 89.2(2))

Teachers without required training who provide instruction and services that are part of the gifted/talented program must complete the thirty (30) hour training within one semester. (19 TAC 89.2(2))

Classroom teachers who have clusters of gifted learners are required to have the 30 Clock Hours in GT and the annual 6 Hour GT Update.

The 30 Clock Hours is comprised of the following five strands:

  • Nature and Needs of Gifted and Talented Learners
  • Creativity and Instructional Strategies for Gifted and Talented Learners
  • Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted and Talented Learners 
  • Identification and Assessment of Gifted and Talented Learners
  • Differentiating with Depth & Complexity 

For current offerings of the 30 Hours, click here.

6 Hour GT Annual Update

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. (19 TAC 89.2(3))

NISD will provide multiple opportunities (face-to-face and virtual) for the GT Update during the summer and fall semester of each school year. The GT Update will be designed based on service design and curriculum needs. Teachers who wish to get their GT Update outside of Northwest ISD should obtain approval from the Advanced Academics Department first.

Please visit GT Update for NISD Educators for professional learning opportunities.

Administrators and Counselors

Administrators and Counselors who have authority for service decisions are required to complete a minimum of six hours of professional development that includes nature & needs and service options of gifted learners.