Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented (Discovery) Program 

Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District recognizes that:

  • all children are entitled to a program of educational experiences which provide opportunities to maximize the development of their capabilities, and
  • some children possess talents and abilities which need to be fostered, guided, and developed.


Gifted & Talented defined

Texas Education Agency

Gifted & Talented defined

A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who

  • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)



The Texas State Plan 
for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students
 - revised 2009

Click on the links below for more information:

English Version (PDF, 160 KB)  

Spanish Version (PDF, 181 KB) 

Parent Resources

Parent Resources

Click the links below for more information:
 

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
NAGC's mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. We aim to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.

Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT)
TAGT strives to provide parents with tools and resources that will assist them in understanding and meeting the unique needs of their gifted and talented children through awareness, advocacy and action. It is important for parents to be good advocates for their gifted child and for gifted education in general. Depending on the circumstances and the specific needs of your child this may require a number of different strategies. 

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
Founded in 1981, following the suicide of a gifted student in Michigan, SENG has worked to offer support and guidance to the gifted community, through education, research, and connection. With the right intellectual and emotional support, gifted people can accept themselves and fulfill the potential of their incredible capabilities. And, perhaps more importantly, they can learn to work with their high sensitivities to feel balanced, happy, and at peace.

Thanks to your generosity, SENG is able to offer a wide variety of services. With the goal of further expanding its activities and reaching more people, SENG also accepts contributions of all sizes from individuals and organizations. Please join us in our work to empower, support, and connect gifted people.

Equity in G/T Education
The goal of the Equity in Gifted/Talented Education project is to encourage equitable representation of student populations in G/T programs throughout the state. This site provides tools and resources for districts that can be used to inform local policies and assess and modify current services to meet community needs. Texas school districts can provide learning opportunities that build bright futures for all students through assuring access to G/T assessment, identification, and services for students from diverse populations.

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources
 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Teacher Supports
Strengthening the teacher-student bond is the focus of our K-12 Education strategy. With our partners, we are working to ensure all teachers have the goals, tools, and skills they need to form that bond and to help students thrive. Teachers are the experts on teaching, and they know the most about what works best in the classroom. We are working to make sure tools, curriculum, and supports are designed using their insights. 


Texas GT program Implementation resources


 

Texas G/T Program Implementation Resource  (outside source) 
The Texas Guide to Gifted/Talented (G/T) Program Implementation website provides customizable resources to assist districts in designing and implementing high-quality G/T programs.  The strategies, best practices, and templates provided are aligned to meet the needs of various campus/district stakeholders, including: 

  • G/T Coordinators
  • G/T Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Board of Trustees

 GT Equity 
Equity in G/T Education (outside source)
The goal of the Equity in Gifted/Talented Education project is to encourage equitable representation of student populations in G/T programs throughout the state. This site provides tools and resources for districts that can be used to inform local policies and assess and modify current services to meet community needs. Texas school districts can provide learning opportunities that build bright futures for all students through assuring access to G/T assessment, identification, and services for students from diverse populations.




Click here for more information on the following Gifted and Talented programs: Discovery, Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment. 
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