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Gifted & Talented

Testing and Identification:

  • Testing Periods:

            Fall- Raven Screenings and K & 5th grade nominations

            Spring- K-5th grade nominations

  • Identification Instruments:
    • Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT3):  The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test is a nationally norm-referenced test that measures general reasoning ability.  This test can be administered to students in grades K-12.  The test scores are not influenced by a student’s verbal or quantitative knowledge, which makes the test useful for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
    • Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT):  The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) is a nationally normed standardized test which measures a student’s creativity through the components of fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.  Artistic ability does not factor into this test.  The TTCT consists of three tasks, each designed to tap somewhat different aspects of creative functioning.
 

Elementary Gifted and Talented Program:

  • Enriched Pull-Out Classes for Grades K-5: Elementary students who are identified as Gifted and Talented are served by a Gifted and Talented Facilitator in a weekly pull-out class on the student’s home campus. This program is designed to challenge and equip gifted students for maximum growth. Students participate in a variety of enriched activities designed to challenge the learner to cultivate problem solving capacity. Students work on thinking, reasoning, teamwork and developing social and emotional skills. The GT program has a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning. Students are provided opportunities to work with other GT students on their home campus and throughout the district.
  • Field Trips: Gifted and Talented students are provided the opportunity to enhance their learning by participating in field trips with other GT students throughout the district.
 
Elementary Career Exploration:
  • Gifted and Talented Elementary students are provided an opportunity to interact individually and within groups on a career focused project. Students will think critically and develop media literacy, research skills, public speaking skills, and written communication skills to help prepare for college and modern careers.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of a chosen career through extensive research and engaging educational activities.
 

Resources:

Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented   http://txgifted.org/

National Association for Gifted Children   http://www.nagc.org/

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children   http://world-gifted.org

Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities   http://lamar.edu/texas-academy-of-leadership-in-the-humanities

Texas Academy of Math and Science   https://www.unt.edu/pais/insert/utams.htm

Gifted Guru   http://giftedguru.com

Mensa for Kids http://mensaforkids.org

Khan Academy   http://khanacademy.org

Birdseed   http://birdseed.com

Hour of Code   http://hourofcode.com

Contact
 
Administration:
Robin Arceneaux Beaty, Chief Education Reform Academic Officer

Gifted and Talented Teacher Facilitator:
Christine Collazo and Pamela Mahan - Phone Number: 409.989.6171
Emails: ckcollazo@paisd.org and pmahan@paisd.org