E-Courses

The G/T E-Course Series is a set of six online professional development courses available for access via Region 13’s online delivery system – E-Campus. These courses have been developed with the intent that Education Service Centers can provide each course as additional opportunities for professional development to educators in their regions. These courses can be taken as an entire series or individually.

For more information, refer to the G/T E-Course Informational

The course titles in the G/T E-Course series are:

G/T Online: Nature and Needs of Gifted/Talented Students

In this e-course, participants will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. Participants will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share their own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through Internet investigations, investigation of district information and practices, and threaded discussions. A 10-question end-of-course knowledge test is also included. This workshop is aligned to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) teaching standards for Gifted Education and the combined standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). This workshop meets Texas state requirements for G/T basic training in nature and needs of gifted/talented students. This workshop is also appropriate for annual G/T 6-hour update.

G/T Online: Assessing the Needs of Gifted/Talented Students

In this e-course, participants 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. Participants will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. Participants will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share their own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through Internet investigations, investigation of district information and practices, and threaded discussions. A 10-question end-of-course knowledge test is also included. This workshop is aligned to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) teaching standards for Gifted Education and the combined standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). This workshop meets Texas state requirements for G/T basic training in assessing student needs. This workshop is also appropriate for annual G/T 6-hour update.

G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for Gifted/Talented Students

In this e-course, participants will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. Participants will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. Participants 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. Participants will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share their own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through Internet investigations, investigation of district information and practices, and threaded discussions. A 10-question end-of-course knowledge test is also included. This workshop is aligned to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) teaching standards for Gifted Education and the combined standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). This workshop meets Texas state requirements for G/T basic training in curriculum and instruction for gifted students. This workshop is also appropriate for annual G/T 6-hour update.

G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for Gifted/Talented Students

In this e-course, participants will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project for gifted students. Participants will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share their own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through Internet investigations, investigation of district information and practices, and threaded discussions. A 10-question end-of-course knowledge test is also included. This workshop is aligned to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) teaching standards for Gifted Education and the combined standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). This workshop meets Texas state requirements for G/T
basic training in curriculum and instruction for gifted students. This workshop is also appropriate for annual G/T 6-hour update.

G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of Gifted/Talented Students

In this e-course, participants learn about assessment used to measure student growth and the quality of a district’s services for the gifted.  Participants will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project, and how districts can use it to ensure that gifted students are achieving all that they’re capable of and that district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. Participants will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share their own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through Internet investigations, investigation of district information and practices, and threaded discussions. A 10-question end-of-course knowledge test is also included. This workshop is aligned to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) teaching standards for Gifted Education and the combined standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). This workshop meets Texas state requirements for G/T basic training in assessing student needs or curriculum and instruction for gifted students. This workshop is also appropriate for annual G/T 6-hour update.

*G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education

In this e-course, participants 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. Participants will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share their own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through Internet investigations, investigation of district information and practices, and threaded discussions. A 10-question end-of-course knowledge test is also included. This workshop is aligned to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) teaching standards for Gifted Education, and the combined standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). This course is appropriate for annual G/T 6-hour update.

Contact one of the statewide G/T ESC contacts to inquire about course offerings:

Region I (1)  Patty Rendon 956-984-6233
prendon@esc1.net
Region II (2) Lynn Dodge 361-561-8512
Lynn.dodge@esc2.us
Region III (3) Mary Lea Pfenninger 361-573-0731
mpfenninger@esc3.net
Region IV (4) Judy O'Neal 713-744-6859
juoneal@esc4.net
Region V (5) Jim Baxter 409-923-5406
jimb@esc5.net
Region VI (6) Mark Brady 936-435-8232
mbrady@esc6.net
Region VII (7) Donna Ashby 903-988-6774
dashby@esc7.net
Region VIII (8)   903-575-2737
Region IX (9) LIsa Taylor 940-322-6928
lisa.taylor@esc9.net
Region X (10) Kay Shurtleff 972-348-1756
kay.shurtleff@region10.org
Region XI (11) Renee Agent 817-740-7575
ragent@esc11.net
Region 12 (12) Gina Pasisis 254-297-1117
gpasisis@esc12.net
Region 13 (13) Janet Newton 512-919-5285
janet.newton@esc13.txed.net
Region XIV (14)   325-675-7007
Region XV (15) Beth Lehmann 325-658-6571
beth.lehmann@netxv.net
Region XVI (16) Frances Pool 806-341-7610
Frances.pool@esc16.net
Region XVII (17) Greg Reeves 806-281-5818
greeves@esc17.net
Region XVIII (18) Lucille Vaughan 432-567-3247
lvaughan@esc18.net
Region XIX (19) Christine Gleason 915-780-5012
cgleason@esc19.net
Region XX (20) Nancy Seidensticker 210-370-5443
nancy.seidensticker@esc20.net