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
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.