The Gifted and Talented Academy (G/T Academy) at Heartland AEA is a five-year professional development opportunity for teams of K-12 teachers of gifted education and instructional leaders from individual districts.
Year 1: Comprehensive Gifted and Talented Programming
Participants learn to audit, develop and improve their written Comprehensive Gifted and Talented Program Plan and programming. Teams meet throughout the year to study their current plans, consider best practices in gifted education and analyze data.
Before the Academy
Prior to the first session of the Academy, team members need to complete the survey and establish a Gifted and Talented Advisory. Please bring your advisory membership list and a copy of the survey to Session 1.
■ Establishing an Advisory (PDF)
Year 2: Curriculum and Instruction
Participants overview gifted program models and develop curriculum framework documents that include student goals/outcomes, strategies, resources and assessment approaches.
Year 3: Program Evaluation
How do we know gifted and talented programs are working, that they're doing what they are designed to do and that they're making a difference for the students they serve? These questions and more point to the need for quality gifted and talented program evaluation. This course will assist participants in developing their own program evaluation questions, identifying the stakeholders and data sources most likely to provide insight into the answers and determining the most effective ways to organize, analyze, communicate and use those data. Must have taken Years 1 and 2 to participate.
Year 4: Comprehensive Gifted Programming in a Continuous Improvement Framework
The focus of this course will be the identification of program development area(s) from the other Academy years where gaps between intended and enacted programming exist. Teams will develop a communication plan, conduct a gap analysis, set goals and develop, implement and consider the impact of their plan for filling gaps. Must have taken Years 1-3 to participate.
Year 5: Professional Learning in Gifted Programs
This course will deal with planning, designing and delivering gifted and talented professional learning to 1) benefit gifted and talented children and 2) equip teachers and administrators to meet the learning needs of this student population. The intended audience is teachers of gifted, program coordinators and administrators overseeing gifted programming. The class aims to raise awareness of adult learning theory, standards for professional development, gifted and talented programs, teacher preparation in gifted education and presentation/facilitation techniques.
Comprehensive Gifted and Talented Programming Model