GT & Advanced Academics

GT & Advanced Academics

LEADERSHIP

Advanced Academics Road Trip: Traveling Along the Data Super Highway

Audience: 9th - 12th Grade AP/IB Teachers, Campus Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Secondary Advanced Academics Specialists

Course Description: This journey will take participants through the highways and byways of current AP and IB data. We will use a protocol to explore data, set goals, and consider instructional moves to enrich instruction and support students.  The intended audience is AP/IB teachers. This session does not count for GT Update hours.

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College Testing: Crossing the Finish Line for Future Success

Audience: 9th - 12th Grade AP and IB Teachers, Campus Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Secondary Advanced Academics Specialists

Course Description: This session will jump start participant knowledge about the varied college tests available to students.  Additionally, they will engage in activities that help them provide support for students so they can succeed in any race they choose for their futures. The intended audience is teachers in grades 9-12. This session does not count toward GT Update hours

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GT Update: Lifting Gifted Leaders

Audience: Teacher of GT Students KG-12

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Amy Gresham, Instructional Specialist Advanced Academics

Course Description: Gifted and Talented leadership is not just about blowing hot air! What does gifted leadership look like? How do educators develop and serve our gifted and talented leaders?  Utilizing the the State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented, AISD's Leadership Definition, and research regarding GT Leaders, teachers will engage in activities to help discover students with a remarkable leadership capacity in a variety of environments. However, before we gradually release students to soar, educators will participate in designing differentiated opportunities to develop leadership potential that includes critical thinking, creativity and real-world problem solving.

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GT Update: Mythbusters: The GT Episode

Audience: Teachers of GT Students KG-12

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Amy Gresham and Jeanne Maxwell, Instructional Specialists Advanced Academics

Course Description: There are many misconceptions about GT learners.  In this episode we won't just tell the myths we will put them to the test.  Using the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented and research, educators will discover the truths about a variety of profiles of gifted learners.  Participants will engage in activities to analyze, discuss and determine facts and blow up the misconceptions.

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GT Update: K-5th GT Cluster Collaborative Teaching and Portfolios  (3-hours)

Audience: GT Cluster Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Amy Gresham

Course Description: Collaborative teaching involves careful planning, communication and implementation. Participants will acquire strategies for co-planning, documenting progress with students and ensuring collaboration between the GT Cluster Teacher and the GT Lead Teacher. Teachers will share strategies for successful GT portfolio implementation in the K-5th grade classrooms. In addition, educators will examine multiple pathways to implement differentiated instruction to have a various samples of authentic work to include in the student portfolio. This is for new GT Kindergarten through 5th grade cluster teachers who have not taken any GT Co-teaching or GT portfolio update courses.

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LITERACY  

GT Update: Differentiation by Design (Secondary)

Audience: Secondary AP, PreAP and IB teachers; Campus Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, Instructional Specialist Advanced Academics

Course Description: This session will help teachers of advanced learners refine the learning experiences they design for students by exploring components of differentiation such as complexity, depth, and pacing.

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GT Update: Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Leadership

Audience: KG - 6th Grade Teachers of GT Students

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Amy Gresham, AISD Advanced Academics Specialist and GT Cadre Members

Course Description: GT Students with leadership potential need opportunities to define and refine what it means to be a leader in and out of the classroom. Participants will explore literature that models leadership skills and supports the social and emotional needs of gifted learners.  Through socratic seminars, and collaborative discussions about the literature, educators will engage in activities designed to encourage the development of positive leadership qualities. Participants will also explore strategies for giving students access to complex texts to become a literacy leader.

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GT Update: GT Literature Circles, Grades 2-6

Audience: 2nd - 6th Grade Teachers of GT Students

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): GT Cadre Members (Amy Gresham is contact)

Course Description: Participants will explore the GT Literature Circle resources and learn how to facilitate GT literature circles in the classroom for gifted language arts students. Participants will engage in and practice critical thinking, create high-level questions and encourage comprehension skills through collaboration and Socratic Seminar style discussion. Participants will also create a choice board, and evaluate a rubric to encourage rigor and relevance and successful literature circle implementation.

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GT Update: Keys to the Kingdom - Strategies for Comprehending Complex Texts in All Subjects

Audience: Secondary Teachers of All Content Areas of AP, PreAP and IB; Campus Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Secondary Advanced Academics Specialist

Course Description: There are times all readers, even high achievers and GT students, feel as if they are trapped on one side of a door when all they need is a key to get through to comprehend information.  This session is full of keys! Participants will learn strategies that they can explicitly teach students to use when they are working with particularly complex texts.

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