CPE Credit Hours: 12
GT Hours: 6 (satisfies required six hours)
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Understanding and Teaching Gifted Learners
This online, self-paced course examines various factors impacting gifted education in today’s classroom. The course provides engaging strategies and resources you can use to create a rigorous classroom environment that challenges and grows your gifted and talented students, as well as all students, in a variety of learning situations.
In this course, you will develop a deep understanding of what it means to be gifted, learn how to effectively identify students who would benefit the most from gifted services, and meet the needs of gifted students in the classroom with an array of methods to enhance instruction.
As a bonus, this course meets the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students six (6) hours of annual professional development (19 TAC §89.2(3) and TAC §233.1). Based on local district approval, you can use this course to satisfy this requirement. TCEA also offers 12 hours of CPE credit for this course.
Why Learn with TCEA?
- Our courses are streamlined for efficient and lasting learning.
- We share ideas and resources that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
- We also offer ideas and techniques based on years of experience in professional development, integrating educator feedback to always meet the needs of course participants.
Self-Paced, Online Course
Understanding and Teaching Gifted Learners is a self-paced, online program. Participants can begin anytime and go at their own speed throughout the program. Upon enrollment, you will receive a program invitation email from TCEA’s learning management system that will give you access to the self-paced course. Within the course, you will find modules that must be moved through in sequential order. The modules can be found below.
|Module 1||Nature and Needs||Understanding the nature and needs of gifted students empowers teachers to better meet their needs and prepare them for success. In this module, you will develop an understanding of what being a gifted learner is and who possesses certain characteristics and behaviors that require accommodations in the general education program.|
|Module 2||Identification and Assessments||Often, students with advanced abilities or the potential of advanced capabilities go undiscovered in our classrooms. But with accurate identification, many of these students will reach their full potential and benefit from the great resources available in effective gifted programs. In this module, you will take a deep dive into the state requirements for gifted education and explore tools and methods for identifying gifted students.|
|Module 3||Curriculum and Instruction||Gifted children require differentiation in the classroom to meet their unique needs and ensure that they are adequately challenged. In this module, you will explore the Texas Performance Standards Projects curriculum and examine various strategies to help gifted students grow their knowledge and talents.|
|Module 4||Dimensions of Depth and Complexity||The Depth and Complexity framework contains research-proven strategies that will help grow all students, especially high-achieving gifted students. The framework includes 11 depth and complexity thinking prompts that support student learning. In this module, you will explore classroom-tested procedures and activities for introducing the Dimensions of Depth and Complexity, along with their related icons.|
|Module 5||The Content Imperatives||The Depth and Complexity framework also contains the five Content Imperatives: Origin, Parallel, Contribution, Convergence, and Paradox. These are the icing on the “enhanced learning” cake. In this module, you will explore the five Content Imperatives and learn how to combine them with the 11 Depth and Complexity prompts to increase rigor in the classroom.|