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

2016 Summer Schedule

NNPOCy-Fair
Event Date
Rosters Due
Strand
Host
Location
Presenter
Title
Audience
Description and Notables
6/7/2016
05/31/2016
Update
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy, 901 Yorkchester,
Houston 77079
Joy Esquierdo
The Bilingual Gifted Child: What are the Charactieristics Educators should be Looking for?
Tchrs K-12
In this workshop, Joy will present the unique characteristics of gifted bilingual Latino students and provide suggestions for ways districts can best identify them for gifted services.
6/8/2016
5/31/2016
IA
Deer Park
Deer Park HS South, 710 W. San Augustine, Deer Park 77536
Judy O'neal
Identification and Assessment of GT Students
Tchrs K-12
The purpose of gifted and talented programs is to identify students who exhibit characteristics of high general intellectual ability and to meet their special learning needs. This session will focus on the Identification and Assessment of students for qualification into gifted programs.
6/11/16
6/3/16
NNPO
Cy-Fair
Berry Center8877 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
NuMinds
Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner-Includes Program Options
Tchrs
K-12
In this presentation, we delve into the world of IQ, including social/emotional IQ, and the evolution of Binet's original IQ test.

6/13/2016
6/6/2016
SE
Alvin
Manvel HS,
19601 TX-6
Manvel 77578
Lynette Breedlove
Social and Emotional Needs
Tchrs K-12
This workshop highlights the current research in social/emotional categories, including gifted profiles, over excitability, perfectionism and growth mindset. We'll focus on things that teachers can say, do, and read to better acknowledge, support, and nurture students with these heightened social/emotional needs.
6/14/2016
6/6/2016
NN
Cy-Fair
The Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress,
Cypress 77433
GT Innovators
Nature and Needs: Advocating for the Gifted
Tchrs K-12
Teachers will discuss the different needs of the gifted student and the programming options that best serve gifted learners. Teachers will synthesize their knowledge in order to be advocates of the gifted on their own campuses.
6/16/2016
6/9/2016
DC
Cy-Fair
The Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress 77433
GT Innovators
Differentiated Curriculum
Tchrs K-12
This session will explore the why and how of differentiation of instruction. Gain a basic understanding of the differentiation process, examine the five variations of differentiation and learn how they play out in the classroom, discover how to build differentiation into a regular class assignment,explore a variety of strategies that can be applied in the content area classroom to make
differentiation happen, and learn strategies to manage differentiation in a classroom setting.
6/23/2016
6/16/2016
CIS
Katy
Tompkins HS(Commons), 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd, Katy 77494
Judy O'Neal
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Tchrs K-12

7/14/2016
7/1/2016
NNPO/NN
Aldine
Hall Center for Edu., 15014 Aldine Westfield, 77032
Joyce Juntune
Nature and Needs with Program Options
Tchrs K-12

7/21/2016
7/14/2016
Update
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy, 901 Yorkchester, Houston 77079
Andi McNair
SESSION FULL: NO WALK IN REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED.

Meaningful Technology for the GT Classroom
Tchrs K-12
Teaching gifted students requires us to be creative and provide meaningful learning experiences even when they are not in our classroom. In this fast-paced session, I will share how I integrate technology that focuses on the Four C's +1R (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and reflection) to challenge my gifted students both inside and outside of the gifted classroom. Educators will leave this session astounded by the variety of tools that can be used immediately to make learning more meaningful for their gifted students. Please bring a tablet or laptop



















7/28/2016
7/21/2016
Update
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy, 901 Yorkchester, Houston 77079
Lisa VanGemert/Laurie Westphal
SESSION FULL: NO WALK IN REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED.
Double Take-A Deeper Look at GT Students
Tchrs K-12
This session will feature 2 three-hour courses. One will focus on the social and emotional needs of the gifted and one will focus on differentiation.

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 Keri Gough, Secretary to Director of Advanced Academics.
Send sign-in sheets to Sandy Beehner, GT PEIMS/Special Projects.
281-517-2640 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 RoseAnn Rapp, 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
Helen Tiller, 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
Greenwood Christian
Preschool
Nita Schnitzer, Director, Teresa Cox GT Coordinator
281-444-8747
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

Katy ISD
Alene Lindley, Director of GT & Advanced Academic Studies or Lisa Aigner, Financial Secretary
281-396-2257
Klein ISD
Harleigh Jones or Kara Czepiel, 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 Roz Roach, 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