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  • Finding the time to get new G/T teachers trained can be challenging. This 30-hour package was created to get your new teachers started as quickly as possible! It’s five courses in one, taught by one of the leading minds in gifted education, and available online 24/7.
  • This bundle contains five 6-hour courses by Lisa Van Gemert, each addressing a different core area and aspect giftedness.
     
  • Presenter: Andi McNair
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    If what we’re teaching isn’t meaningful to our students, it’s a waste of our time and theirs. This is one of Andi McNair’s core beliefs, and in this lesson she invites you to join her in exploring what matters most to our students, why it matters to them, and how we can change the way we teach in order to ensure we reach them before it’s too late. 

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Small group instruction is something that all teachers are expected to do but that few feel they were taught to do effectively — especially at the secondary level. This course from Lisa Van Gemert teaches practical small group strategies you can easily implement in your classroom, allowing you to embrace small group instruction with excitement and confidence. 

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.2
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Let’s be honest — when it comes to helping students reach their full potential, social capital matters. The fear of losing it can be a serious barrier for some students, especially students of color. In this course, Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, lays out engaging and provocative strategies for addressing this critical issue.
  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    What if you could help your students use their unique teenage brains to change the world? Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, believes you can. In this course, Mr. Seale walks you through how to transform the critical thinking dispositions of your students, enabling them to funnel their risk-taking tendencies into opportunities for activism, examine situations and consequences from different perspectives, and develop nuanced thinking. 

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  • Presenter: Ashleigh Murphy &; Nancy Bryant, Katy ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    , Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary
    Hours: 1

    Are you ready to create an out-of-the-box literature program? Using children’s books in the classroom isn’t just a good way to increase vocabulary and teach literacy. There are other ideas that can be taught through literature too

    The course “Creation Stations: Engaging the Primary G/T Learner,” will teach you how to create a literature program that will help students engage in creative thinking, critical thinking, and communication skills.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    While we have spent energy on finding and implementing a variety of procedures to ensure that gifted children from poverty are identified for our gifted programs, much less energy has been put into building the skills for success that will enable them to flourish in the gifted program. In this course, Dr. Juntune explores strategies to change the way we work with low-SES students.

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  • Presenter: Andi McNair, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    If teaching is 10-percent asking students questions, and 90-percent inspiring them to ask questions, then you’re going to need to make your technology use 100-percent meaningful. Who has time for busy-work anyway, -even if it’s done on an Ipad? Learn how to maximize technology and apps to engage your students and prepare them for life after graduation.

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Critical thinking skills are vital for today’s students, but many don’t have the tools they need to cultivate them. In this 1-hour course presented by thinkLaw, educators will discover strategies for enhancing critical thinking and student engagement in their classrooms. As both an educator and a lawyer, Colin Seale brings a fresh perspective to this subject.

     


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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Planning 1.2, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.5
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Have your critical thinking and deeply engaging learning activities left you feeling discouraged? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. In this 1-hour course, “Planning for Critical Thinking - The Practical Tools to Avoid Disaster,” lawyer and educator Colin Seale shares practical tools you can use to avoid a critical thinking disaster in your classroom. Discover how to use SMART goals and check for understanding in every critical thinking lesson while nurturing higher order thinking in your students.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area:
    Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Leave behind the glitter and glue dots. Creativity in the classroom is less about art projects and more about helping students develop creative thinking skills. In this six-hour course, “Creativity and Instructional Strategies,” Lisa Van Gemert guides teachers through an in-depth look at how to bring creative instruction into their classrooms. Discover resources, inspiration, and knowledge that will make educators excited about teaching with creativity.

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  • Presenter: Birdie Chesanek
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    Negative stereotypes are often associated with those raised in generational poverty. Of all these stereotypes, one of the most damaging in education today is that students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be gifted. Low verbal skills often mask true giftedness. It’s time to get past the stereotypes and begin uncovering giftedness in our low-SES students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Kristina Janeway
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level:
    Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Students thrive when they have the opportunity to dive deep into a successful project. Are the projects you assign meeting the needs of your students? In this 1-hour course, “What's Your Problem? Project Based Learning in Middle School GT ELAR,” Kristina Janeway shares the difference between giving students projects and developing a project-based learning program. Learn the best tips and tricks to develop project-based literature circles that encourage teamwork and growth. 

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Does your classroom environment spark joyful learning? Do you need some ideas to help make your class more fun? In this 1-hour course, “The Creativity Prescription,” Lisa Van Gemert shares practical ideas to help educators create an exciting and enjoyable classroom experience. Learn creative tips that Van Gemert uses in her own classroom.

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  • Presenters: Dr. Emily Mofield,  Sumner County Schools in Tennessee & Dr. Megan Parker Peters,  Lipscomb University, TN
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1  

    With the world at their fingertips, why does your gifted child shy away from challenges? Learn how you can help your children stretch out of their comfort zones, take risks, and reach new heights and potential.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1
     

    Are great teachers born or made? In this 1-hour course Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., answers this question and offers inspiration that will pump you up to become the best teacher you can be. Spoiler alert: you have what it takes!

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum/Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondar
    y
    Hours: 1  

    In “Differentiation Made Easy Low Prep Potpourri,” Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., offers a variety of activities to help you differentiate across content areas in your classroom. From listening centers to more organized activities like Sociograms, which help students connect ideas in books, each option is low-prep and easy to execute!

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  • Presenters: Amy Willerson & Tara Nyikos, University of North Texas
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Glue! Paint! Glitter! And tiny scraps of paper everywhere! If those images give you anxiety, this 1-hour course will provide a framework for creativity in the classroom that will put your mind at ease. Not all creative learning activities have to be about arts and crafts. Discover how to activate and support your students’ creativity, and learn how to grade the process, not the end result.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    Do you want your students to listen to the voices in their heads and carry around toolboxes? It sounds crazy, but active, independent readers do just that! Join trainer Katie McKnight, Ph.D., and learn how to fill those literacy-toolboxes with skills that will open up a world of meaning for your students.


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  • Presenter: Nicole Shannon, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    What makes a student, or anyone for that matter, successful? You might be surprised to find that it isn’t social intelligence, physical health, good looks, or even IQ. The one trait that sets apart the mediocre from the truly exceptional: Grit. But grit can be a tough concept to teach to your gifted students. Get tips and strategies to encourage perseverance and growth-mindsets in your class.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Imagine this vibrant learning scene: groups of students, working busily to accomplish tasks within their groups, all listening and engaging together. That is the utopia of small group learning. However, it takes more than arranging a few desks and handing out instructions for this ideal learning situation to occur. Planning and strategy are necessary. In this course, you will learn how to set up groups for success and how to assess their effectiveness.


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  • Presenter: Jennifer Leal, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Students begin their journey as readers with simple phonic lessons, but even with the apparent ability to read, many grow and struggle to garner meaning from text - a skill that goes far beyond identifying words. Learn how to recognize reading skill gaps and how to teach your gifted students to think critically about the texts they read.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Brian Housand, Ph.D., East Carolina University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Technology is everywhere and for many teachers, understanding technology can be like trying to understand a new language. It can be difficult to learn, let alone know which tech tools are worth using in the classroom and how to use them. In “60 Tech Tools in 60 Minutes,” Dr. Housand gives us a crash course on tools that you can use in your classroom. It only takes an hour to figure out which tools you can use for your classroom. Just imagine being able to leverage one of these tech tools and what it can do for your classroom. Your students will get more out of their experience and your teaching career can be even more fulfilling!

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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