GT Staff Development

  • In Pearland ISD, all teachers of gifted or advanced students must participate in 30 hours of G/T foundational training before their first gifted or advanced teaching assignment. The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students requires hours in the following:

    • Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners
    • Identification and Assessment of Gifted
    • Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted

    Pearland ISD also recommends hours in the following:

    • Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
    • Creativity

    Pearland ISD provides a free week-long professional learning opportunity in August of every year for teachers seeking their foundational hours for either a specified teaching assignment or in anticipation of teaching advanced and gifted learners in the future.

    For every subsequent year teaching advanced and/or gifted students, teachers are required to receive 6 hours of G/T update training in any of the above five areas.  Pearland ISD provides a district in-service day for teachers to receive this 6 hour update at the beginning of every school year.

Summer Staff Development

  • Pearland ISD provides a 30-hour G/T foundation training each summer at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center at no charge to in-district employees and in-district student teachers/interns. For the staff development schedule, email Lupe Silva or call Advanced Academics at 281-485-3203.


  • Teachers may receive GT credit for attending a conference if they obtain approval from Advanced Academics prior to the conference. Please send a copy of the course description and conference title to your designated Advanced Academics specialist or Lupe Silva. After attending the conference, you must send a copy of your certificate of attendance to Advanced Academics to receive G/T credit.

Campus Staff Development

  • Campus staff development may count for G/T credit if before the staff development an agreement has been made between the campus administrator and the Advanced Academics grade-level specialist. After completion of the training, send a copy of the sign-in sheet, course agenda, and presentation to Advanced Academics.

    Note: Participation in curriculum development, vertical alignment, or lesson planning will NOT receive GT credit hours.

Out-of-District Staff Development

  • For a list of out-of-district staff development opportunities, email Dr. Heather Block or call Advanced Academics at 281-485-3203.