State and District GT Professional Learning Requirements (←click to read detailed information about our learning requirements):
I. Thirty Hour GT Foundation Online Training:
Prior to assignment of an elementary GT cluster class, Pflugerville learning extensions (Pflex) intervention, Accelerated/Pre-AP/ and or AP class, teachers who provide instruction and services that are part of the gifted services have a minimum of thirty (30) clock hours of professional learning. Learning includes:
1. 6 hours - nature and needs of gifted/talented students,
2. 6 hours - identification and assessment of gifted/talented students’ needs,
3. 18 hours - curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students.
Teachers without required training assigned to provide instruction and services that are part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services are required to complete the thirty (30) hour training within one semester.
Summer 2019 ONLINE training is now available:
Access the online GT (30) thirty hour foundation training by completing this Google Form (←click). Registration information and the code to access the TAGT on-demand modules will appear once the form is complete. Follow the instructions to gain access to the Responsive Learning, TAGT on-demand 30 hour training modules.
Contact Shirley Bachus, with questions about the training or access information. Send all training certifcates to Shirley Bachus upon completion.II. PD Documentation - 30 hour training:Teachers who have thirty (30) hours of GT Foundation training awarded outside of district should submit copies of training certificates to Shirley Bachus, Coordinator Advanced Academics/GT. Submit documentation with the GT PD Documentation Review Form. Upon review and acceptance of documentation, hours will be recorded in the GT training records maintained by the district. Training certificates are also placed in the employee Human Resource file. Employees are required to maintain record of their GT foundation training hours and annual updates. Proof of training can be requested at any time. Teachers using the district online training will also need to submit certificates of training upon completion.
III. Six Hour GT Update Requirement for Professionals Currently Serving Gifted Learners:Pflugerville ISD's training cycle for GT Professional Development is June 1 - May 1. Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional learning in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher education standards.
Teachers providing GT service include: elementary GT cluster teachers, (Pflex) intervention, Accelerated/Pre-AP/ and or AP core content teachers. Six-hour updates are for teachers who have already completed the thirty-hour required training.Recommended: campus instructional leaders partner with teachers to create learning plans targeting campus and/or teacher GT needs. This can be included in the campus improvement plan (CIP).
IV. Six Hour GT Update Process:
Prior to leaving for summer break 2019 (beginning of school year for new hires), teachers of the gifted will:1. Create an individual GT Professional Learning Plan (←click)This menu of approved GT training options (←click) can help create a plan. Teachers may locate their own training options as well. The first item on the menu is the online TAGT on-demand professional library paid for by the district. Please consider using these modules to fulfill training needs. Books suggestions can be accessed at Hoagies Gifted (←click).2. Save copy of the plan. Complete and document the learning by May 1, 2020: A copy of the plan will be sent to respondee's email upon completion of the form. Administrators will have access to the google form to review teacher plans.
Save documentation of training once completed. Documentation may include one or more of the following depending on training type:1.) Transcript;2.) Certificate;3.) Letter or documentation stating training received;4.) Sign in sheets and agenda/notes from PLC / book study meetings.3. Complete Professional Learning Reflection (<click) by May 1, 2020: To submit form for Professional Learning Reflection, all questions must be answered and documentation of training must be attached to the end of the form.
IV. State GT Information: Additional information for GT services in Texas can be found at Gifted and Talented Education in Texas.V. Out of District Training: Training opportunities outside of district are available. Campuses or teachers are responsible for covering associated fees: Outside of District Training Providers. Submit training certificate with GT PD Documentation Review Form. All teachers attending NMSI or AP trainings must submit training certificates to, Shirley Bachus, Advanced Academics/GT.VI. Additional Questions: FAQ's GT Professional Learning (←click)- additional questions about GT training and documentation should be directed to Shirley Bachus.