Houston Area Cooperative on the Gifted and Talented

Our goal is to provide teachers and parents in participating districts with quality professional development by experts in gifted education.

Who We Are

Public school districts and private schools that work together to offer professional development in gifted education. Scroll to the bottom to see a list of participating districts and private schools.

How It Works

Participating districts take turns hosting workshops. Teachers and parents from participating districts and private schools register for sessions within their schools/districts. Only teachers and parents from participating districts may attend (see the list at the bottom of this page). Most districts use their district online professional development systems for registration. If you are unsure of how to register, contact the leader of the GT program in your district/private school. Contact information is available at the bottom of this page. Registration closes two weeks before the workshop. Districts/private schools send their rosters of registered participants to the host district.

Teachers who do not register with their districts/private schools at least two weeks before the workshop will not be listed on the roster. They are welcome to try to attend the workshop as walk-ins. Walk-ins will be given available seats on a first-come, first-served basis immediately before the workshop begins. If a walk-in is given an available seat, he/she will be able to sign in on the appropriate district/private school's roster.

Sign-in at the workshops always begins at 8:00 a.m. The workshops always begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is usually from 11:30 to 1:00. The Coop has a very strict late policy. This is due to the clock hour requirement for GT training described in the Texas Administrative Code, the size of the sessions, and the many districts participating. Teachers sign in when they arrive in the morning and when they return from lunch. We understand that things don't always work out the way we plan. Unforeseen complication can result in a responsible person being late. If you arrive late, we will document the time you arrived. The sign-in sheet will be sent to the person responsible for the GT program in your district/school. That person will work with you to make up the time you missed so you may receive full credit or determine if partial credit it appropriate. Only the GT contact person in your district/school can make that decision. Workshop attendees are provided a certificate at the end of the workshop to document they stayed to the end. Be sure to send a copy of the certificate you receive to the GT contact person in your district so credit for attendance may be awarded.

At the workshop, we ask that all attendees wear their district issued identification badges. Parents will be asked to make a name tag.

Please take a moment to review the professional expectations of professional development attendees: Professional Expectations.pdf

2017 Summer Schedule

Event Date
Rosters Due
Strand
Host
Location
Presenter
Title
Audience
Description and Notables
06/1-6/12/2017
05/23/2017
Update
Coop
Online
Responsive Learning
Building Critical Thinking and Infusing Creativity& Creative Thinking into the GT Classroom
Tchrs K-12
Online through Responsive Learning (limit 30 teachers)
06/1-6/12/2017
05/23/2017
NN
Coop
Online
Responsive Learning
Nature and Needs of GT Students
Tchrs K-12
Online through Responsive Learning (limit 30 teachers)
6/5/2017
5/26/2017
Update
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy, 901 Yorkchester, Houston 77079 (park in North lot, enter where you see pink GT signs, class in auditorium)
JTaylor Educ
Developing Rigor and Empowering Critical Thinking in the pre-AP/AP classroom (Depth and Complexity)
Teachers 6-12

6/6/2017
5/26/2017
DC (MS/HS)
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy, 901 Yorkchester, Houston 77079 (park in North lot, enter where you see pink GT signs, class in auditorium)
Teach the Future
Bringing the Future to GT Students through Differentiation in the Classroom (may be used as an update)
Tchrs
6-12
District registrations limited to 25 participants
6/7/2017
5/26/2017
NNPO
Katy
Katy ISD Educational Support Complex
6301 S. Stadium Ln
Katy 77494
Judy O'Neal
Nature and Needs of Gifted Students
Tchrs 6-12

6/08/2017
5/26/2017
Update
Alvin
Manvel HS
19601 Highway 6
Manvel 77578
GT Innovators
Perfectionism, Underachievement, and Overexcitabilities of Gifted Students
Tchrs K-12

6/12/2017
6/5/2017
NNPO
Cypress Fairbanks
The Berry Center
8877 Barker Cypress Rd
Cypress 77433
Christine Fonseca
Nature and Needs with Program Options
Administrators, Counselors,
Tchrs K-12

6/12/2017
6/5/2017
Update
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy
901 Yorkchester
Houston 77079
Joyce Juntune
Building Capacity in Primary Students Raised in Poverty
Tchrs K-5

6/12/2017
6/5/2017
DC/Update
Elem
Spring
Westfield HS of Performing Arts Center
15713 Ella Blvd
Houston 77090
GT Innovators
Practical Approaches to Differentiation
Tchrs K-5

06/13/2017
06/5/2017
Update
Cypress Fairbanks
The Berry Center
8877 Barker Cypress Rd
Cypress 77433
Timothy Gangwer
Twice Exceptional: Brilliant Chaos-The Competition of Strengths vs. Weaknesses
Tchrs K-12

6/13/2017
06/05/2017
Update
New Caney
New Caney ISD Annex Bldg22500 Eagle DriveNew Caney 77357
Christine Fonseca
Nature and Needs
Tchrs K-12

6/15/2017
6/05/2017
SE
Fort Bend & Stafford
Stafford Civic Center
1415 Constitution Ave
Stafford 77477
Carrie Simpson
Design DI: Differentiating for Overexcitabilities
Tchrs K-12

6/29/2017
6/19/2017
CIS
Pasadena
J Frank Dobie HS
10220 Blackhawk Blvd
Houston 770889
Timothy Gangwer
Critical/Creative Thinking Skills and The Six Methods of Visual Learning: Pedagogy and Imagery
Tchrs K-12

7/10/2017
6/26/2017
DC & Update
Katy
Katy ISD-Educational Support Complex
6301 S. Stadium Ln
Katy 77494
Judy O'Neal
Essentials of Differentiation for Gifted Students in All Classrooms
Tchrs K-12

7/13/2017
6/26/2017
IA
Aldine
Hall Center for Education
15014 Aldine Westfield Houston, TX 77032*Parking is located in the back of the building*
Joyce Juntune
Identification and Assessment of GT Students
Tchrs K-12


Participating Districts and Private Schools

District/School
Contact Person
Phone
Aldine ISD
Twiana Collier, Program Director for Advanced Academics
281-985-6649
Alief ISD
Tracy Scholz or Gayle Kenny, Administrative Assistant
281-498-8110
Alvin ISD
Jackie Caffey or Deana Burford, Administrative Assistant
281-245-3087
Angleton ISD
Angela Neal or Mildred Tijerina, Administrative Assistant
979-997.7317 ext. 8899
Brazosport ISD
Dedee Willson
979-730-7050
Channelview ISD
Heather Gilpin or Pam Latiolais, or Rebecca Cochran, Administrative Assistant
281-860-9825
Clear Creek ISD
Jo Beth Brizendine, Ed.D., Director of Advanced Academics and Gifted & Talented Program
281-284-0080
Conroe ISD
Christina Reichelt or Monica SalasAdministrative Assistant
936-709-7836
Crosby ISD
Carolyn Duda, District GT Teacher
281-328-9200
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Susan Firth, Director of Advanced Academics or Stephanie Plant, Advanced Academics Curriculum Coach.
Send sign-in sheets to Sandy Beehner, GT PEIMS/Special Projects.
281-517-2640, 281-897-4162 or
281-517-5777
Dayton ISD
Leanne Strickland K-5 GT or Shanna McCracken, 6-12 Advanced Academics
936-258-2667 ext. 1154
Deer Park ISD
Lisa Meyer, Director of Social Studies and Advanced Academic Programs or Laurie Graham, DOI Secretary
832-668-7112 or 832-668-7103
Dickinson ISD
Julie Abram, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Lee Courville, Director of Elementary Curriculum or Alaina Pugh, Secretary
281-229-6072 or 281-229-6069
Faith West Academy
Jeanne Bickerstaff

Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson, GT Coordinator or Becky McGuire, Secretary to Director of GT/Academy programs
281-634-1121 or 281-634-1129
Friendswood ISD
Dr. Stacy Daugherty or Yvette Camarillo, Administrative Assistant
281-482-1267
Galena Park ISD
Dr. Kareen Brown, Director College and Career Readiness, or Robert Seibert, Coordinator Advanced Academics
832-386-1064
Galveston ISD
Dr. Annette Scott or Sylvia Andrews-Hughes, Administrative Assistant
409-776-5123
Goose Creek ISD
Carol Mitchell or Sharon Stults, Administrative Assistant
281-420-4456
Holy Spirit Episcopal
School
TBD or Nicole Elmiger, Administrative Assistant
713-468-5138 ext. 203
Houston Quran Academy
Hamed Ghazali or Shamima Khalid, Secretary
281-717-4622 or 832-762-9212
Huffman ISD
Trina Gore or Lisa Bramlett, Administrative Assistant
281-324-7100
Humble ISD
Charles Ned, Director

Katy ISD
Alene Lindley, Director of GT & Advanced Academic Studies , Nancy Hess,GT Instructional Officer, or Lisa Aigner, Financial Secretary
281-396-2257
Klein ISD
Chris Winkler or Romeo Yatar, Program Coordinators or Kristine Gonzalez, Secretary
832-249-4705
Lamar Consolidated
ISD
Valerie Anderson, Director of Advanced Studies or Adriana Janda, Secretary
832-223-0144
LaPorte ISD
Linda Wadleigh or Maria Arizpe, Administrative Assistant
281-604-7025
Magnolia ISD
Lynn Blair or Carol Griffin, Administrative Assistant
281-252-2025
Montgomery ISD
Lenora Barnes, GT Coordinator or Patty Mahler, Administrative Assistant
936-582-7810
New Caney ISD
Judy Milling or Kelly Johnson, Administrative Assistant
281-577-8600
Pasadena ISD
Patricia Sermas, Director Advanced Academics Leslie Axel, Coordinator Advanced Academics
713.740.5247
Rainard School for the Gifted
Tara Tomicic, or Rebecca Moore, Administrative Assistant
713-647-7246
Sealy ISD
Madeleine Peace or Teresa Jaloway, Secretary
979-885-3516
Sheldon ISD
Karen Gallow, Director of Advanced Academics or Adriana Lugo, Administrative Assistant
281-727-2063
Spring ISD
Julie Hill, or Aisha Holmes, GT Specialists
281-891-6339 or 281-891-6205
Spring Branch ISD
Pam Johnson, Director of Advanced Academic Studies or Amy Ellingson, Facilitator
713-251-1901
Stafford MSD
Marva Rasberry or Jennifer Wade, Administrative Assistant
281-261-9220
Tomball ISD
Nefertari Mundy, Dir. of Professional Development and Academic Services or Michel Jackson, Content Specialist Alicia Rodriguez, Asst.
281-357-3100, Ext. 2033 or 2035
Waller ISD
Kelly Baehren or Scotty Johnson, or Barbara Osburn, Administrative Assistant
936-931-3685
Willis ISD
Amy Rogers
936-890-6672

Leadership Within the Co-op

President: Pam Johnson, Galena Park ISD
Treasurer: Alene Lindley, Katy ISD
Secretary: Michele Jackson, Tomball ISD
Webmaster: Crystal Wilson, Fort Bend ISD
Expo Coordinator: OPEN
  • Vendors: Twiana Collier
  • PR: Jackie Caffey
  • Location: Cynthia Galindo
  • Volunteers: Crystal Wilson
  • Scholarship Presentations: Marva Rasberry