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Recently Added Sessions
  1. Double the Fun with Twice-Exceptional Students and GT
    Students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability. The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2E,” is used to describe gifted children who have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. In this online training, you will understand the characteristics of 2E learners, develop an understanding of specific needs, examine assessment and identification process, understand service design options, and examine curriculum and instruction for 2E learners.
  2. Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for Gifted/Talented Students

    This online course will offer an overview of key resources and strategies used in TPSP implementation. Find reasonable, realistic, and doable options for implementing the TPSP at the district, campus, and classroom levels.

    This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update credit.

  3. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  4. Digging Deep with Depth and Complexity (GT 6 Hour Update)
    In this course, you will understand the elements of depth and complexity and how to engage your GT students in your classroom. Participants will dig deep into the interrelationships of Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity while walking away with tools to easily differentiate learning for their GT students. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit. Participants will learn at their own pace through this 6 hour online course.
  5. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    This training is designed for new school board members. It is an orientation to the Texas Education Code.
  6. Digging Deep with STAAR 3rd and 4th grade Reading

    In this course, participants will focus on technology resources and instructional strategies to support students in reaching mastery with understanding and analyzing informational texts. Discussion, collaboration, and critical thinking will be the focus as we learn together to help our students not only improve STAAR mastery by becoming stronger readers.

     

  7. TFAR 101
    The redesign of STAAR 2.0 is here! The current format is an online assessment with new question types, cross-curricular passages, and evidence-based writing. You know about the change but want to leverage resources for your students.
    In this online session, participants will learn how to use the TFAR, Texas Formative Assessment Resource, to create new item-type assessments and practice questions.
  8. Creating with Book Creator
    Book Creator is the simplest, most inclusive way to create content in the classroom. Come find out why 98% of teachers say this technology tool has made a postitive impact on their teaching. This online course will focus on how to infuse creativity throughout the curriculum, motivate students to become published authors and help them develop future-ready skills in ALL content areas.
  9. Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship By Google
    Be Internet Awesome is a program from Google that aims to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. It includes a robust classroom curriculum, resources for parents, and Interland, an adventure-packed game for kids. In this online training you will explore the 5 fundamental elements designed to help students stay safe on the internet!
  10. Google Workspace for Education: Google Slides
    Google Slides is a presentation program included in Google Workspace for Education. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by users with a revision history that tracks changes to the presentation. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Slides to create engaging presentations, make fewer class copies, and much more. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Slides at your own pace.
Upcoming Sessions
  1. Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship By Google
    Be Internet Awesome is a program from Google that aims to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. It includes a robust classroom curriculum, resources for parents, and Interland, an adventure-packed game for kids. In this online training you will explore the 5 fundamental elements designed to help students stay safe on the internet!
  2. 504 Committee Training- Online
    This session is for members of a 504 committee. It will dive into legal responsibilities of the committee members and types of accommodations for students with a 504 plan.
  3. 504 for Beginners-Online
    This workshop will go in depth about how to determine who gets a 504 plan, how to create one, 504 legal updates, district policies, and problem issues. It is designed for participants new to their role as a 504 coordinator.
  4. Creating with Book Creator
    Book Creator is the simplest, most inclusive way to create content in the classroom. Come find out why 98% of teachers say this technology tool has made a postitive impact on their teaching. This online course will focus on how to infuse creativity throughout the curriculum, motivate students to become published authors and help them develop future-ready skills in ALL content areas.
  5. Developing High Quality Paraprofessionals
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for classrooms, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that the State educational agency will ensure that all paraprofessionals working in a program supported with funds under Title I, Part A meet applicable State certification requirements. This session provides the framework for highly qualified paraprofessionals.
  6. Digging Deep with Depth and Complexity (GT 6 Hour Update)
    In this course, you will understand the elements of depth and complexity and how to engage your GT students in your classroom. Participants will dig deep into the interrelationships of Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity while walking away with tools to easily differentiate learning for their GT students. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit. Participants will learn at their own pace through this 6 hour online course.
  7. Digging Deep with STAAR 3rd and 4th grade Reading

    In this course, participants will focus on technology resources and instructional strategies to support students in reaching mastery with understanding and analyzing informational texts. Discussion, collaboration, and critical thinking will be the focus as we learn together to help our students not only improve STAAR mastery by becoming stronger readers.

     

  8. Double the Fun with Twice-Exceptional Students and GT
    Students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability. The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2E,” is used to describe gifted children who have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. In this online training, you will understand the characteristics of 2E learners, develop an understanding of specific needs, examine assessment and identification process, understand service design options, and examine curriculum and instruction for 2E learners.
  9. G/T Online: Administrator/Counselor Training
    In this course, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed. The objectives will be met through online research and examination of district information and practices. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students and meets Texas state requirements for 6-hour G/T administrator and counselor training.
  10. G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for G/T Students

    In this course, you will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course.

    This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.

  11. G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for G/T Students

    In this course, you will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. You will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for the design of curricula for gifted students and what best instructional practices should be followed. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course.

    This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.

  12. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
  13. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students

    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course.

    This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.

  14. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers

    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section.

    Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.

  15. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  16. Google Workspace for Education: Google Classroom
    Google Classroom is your all-in-one place for teaching and learning. The easy-to-use and secure tool helps educators manage, measure, and enrich learning experiences. This online course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Classroom with your students. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Classroom at your own pace.
  17. Google Workspace for Education: Google Docs
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Docs is a free application created by Google which allows users to create and edit files online and offline while collaborating with others. This course is a great way to get started in creating documents that allow for collaborating and student involvement. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  18. Google Workspace for Education: Google Drive
    This course is for intermediate learning of G-Suite. This course is a great way to learn new tips and tricks for Google Drive. As you progress through this course, you will complete modules and a scavenger hunt. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. Files created and edited through the suite are saved in Google Drive.
  19. Google Workspace for Education: Google Forms
    Google Forms is a survey administration app that is included in Google Workspace For Education. Google Forms allows you to create your own custom online forms and send them to others. These forms can include surveys, quizzes, sign-ups, and more. It is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Forms. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Forms at your own pace.
  20. Google Workspace for Education: Google Sheets
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Sheets is a free, web-based program for creating and editing spreadsheets. It's similar to Microsoft Excel within Microsoft Office. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  21. Google Workspace for Education: Google Slides
    Google Slides is a presentation program included in Google Workspace for Education. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by users with a revision history that tracks changes to the presentation. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Slides to create engaging presentations, make fewer class copies, and much more. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Slides at your own pace.
  22. GT Online: Identification and Assessing the Needs of G/T Students

    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course.

    This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.

  23. GT Online: Taking Care of the Needs for your ELL Gifted Students
    This online course will identify the characteristics of ELL gifted students, analyze curriculum and instructional strategies for gifted English learners, and synthesize and apply new learning to the development of educational resources. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update hour credit. As you progress through this course, you will complete discussions, quizzes, and assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit.
  24. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    This training is designed for new school board members. It is an orientation to the Texas Education Code.
  25. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  26. Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for Gifted/Talented Students

    This online course will offer an overview of key resources and strategies used in TPSP implementation. Find reasonable, realistic, and doable options for implementing the TPSP at the district, campus, and classroom levels.

    This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update credit.

  27. TFAR 101
    The redesign of STAAR 2.0 is here! The current format is an online assessment with new question types, cross-curricular passages, and evidence-based writing. You know about the change but want to leverage resources for your students.
    In this online session, participants will learn how to use the TFAR, Texas Formative Assessment Resource, to create new item-type assessments and practice questions.

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