Houston Area Cooperative for the Gifted & TalentedOur 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

2014 Remaining Spring Schedule

Event Date
Rosters Due
Strand
Host
Location
Presenter
Title
Audience
Description and Notables
SPRING








3/29/2014
3/21/2014
DC
Spring Branch
Northbrook HS Auditorium
#1 Raider Circle Houston TX 77080
Laurie Westphal
Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies for the SecondaryClassroom
Tchrs, 6-12
This practical session introduces various low-prep, no-prep strategies can be used to differentiate the various aspects of the lesson cycle. The shared strategies have been specifically selected to address the diversity of skills, personalities and learning styles found in the secondary classroom. Participants should be prepared to experience each of the strategies, actively participate in discussions analyzing each activity and then brainstorm how each strategy could be implemented in their classroom for upcoming units of study.
4/5/2014
3/28/2014
SE
Channelview
Anthony Aguirre Jr High
15726 Wallisville Rd
Houston, TX 77049
Dr. Ed Amend
Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted & Talented Students
Tchrs K-12

4/26/2014
4/17/2014
IA
Aldine
Nimitz High School
Auditorium
2005 W.W. Thorne Houston,Texas 77073
Debra Taylor
Identification & Assessment of Gifted & Talented Students
Tchrs K-12

5/17/2014
5/5/2014
Update
Tomball
Tomball Intermediate Auditorium
723 W. Main St.
Tomball, TX 77375
Dr. Richard Cash
Gifted, Talented, Creative, and Advanced Learners
Tchrs K-12

2014 TENTATIVE Summer Schedule

Event Date
Rosters Due
Strand
Host
Location
Presenter
Title
Audience
Description and Notables
6/10/2014
6/2/2014
IA
Katy
Tompkins High School4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.Katy, TX 77494
Debra Taylor
Identification & Assessment of Gifted & Talented Students
Tchrs K-12

6/10/2014
6/2/2014
Update
Spring Branch
Northbrook High School
#1 Raider Circle
Houston, TX 77080
(parking and entrance at rear of building)
Patty Gatto-Walden, Ph.D.
Being Gifted is a Two Sided Coin
Tchrs K-12

6/12/2014
6/4/2014
TExES Prep
Katy
Katy ISD Education Support Complex (ESC)6301 S. Stadium Lane
Katy 77494
Judy O'Neal
Preparing for the GT Supplemental Certificate TExES
Tchrs, K-12 who are taking the GT Supplemental Certification TExES

6/13/2014
6/5/2014
SE
Pasadena
J. Frank Dobie HS10220 Blackhawk Blvd.
Houston 77089
(Auditorium is located on the backside of the building)
Lisa Meyer
Social & Emotional Needs of Gifted & Talented Students
Tchrs K-12

6/16/2014
6/6/2014
NN
Alvin
Manvel HS19601 Hwy 6
Manvel 77578
Lisa Van Gemert
Nature & Needs of Gifted & Talented Students
Tchrs K-12

6/17/2014
6/9/2014
CIS
Cypress Fairbanks
Berry Center8877 Barker Cypress
Cypress 77433
Dr. Joyce Juntune, Ph.D.
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joyce-juntune/8/15b/a37
Tchrs K-12

6/19/2014
6/11/2014
CIS
(Update)
Cypress Fairbanks
Berry Center8877 Barker Cypress
Cypress 77433
KidProv
Thinking Inside the Box

http://www.unchainedbrains.com/inservice/
Tchrs K-12

6/23/2014
6/13/2014
Update
Stafford
Stafford Civic Center1415 ConstitutionStafford 77477
Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D.
TBD
Tchrs K-12

7/14/2014
7/3/2014
DC
Deer Park
Deer Park HS, South Campus
710 W. San Augustine
Deer Park 77536
Laurie Westphal
Differentiating Curriculum to Meet the Needs of Gifted Children
Tchrs K-12
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Participating Districts and Private Schools

District/School
Contact Person
Phone
Aldine ISD
Twiana Collier, Program Director for Advanced Academics
281-985-6649
Alief ISD
Linhkieu Perez or Gayle Kenny, Administrative Assistant
281-498-8110
Alvin ISD
Jackie Caffey or Deana Burford, Administrative Assistant
281-245-3087
Angleton ISD
Antonio Corrales or Mildred Tijerina, Administrative Assistant
979-848-8990
Brazosport ISD
Jean Sanders
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
Sarah Wood or Andrea Quezada, Administrative Assistant
936-709-7827
Crosby ISD
Dr. Robert Tatman or Kim Key, Administrative Assistant
281-328-9200
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Susan Firth, Director of Advanced Academics or Keri Underwood, Secretary to Director of Advanced Academics.
Send sign-in sheets to Sandy Beehner, GT PEIMS/Special Projects.
281-517-2640 or 281-517-5777
Deer Park ISD
Lisa Meyer, Director of Social Studies and Advanced Academic Programs or Jaime Hickman, DOI Secretary
832-668-7112 or 832-668-7107
Dickinson ISD
Traci Goodwin, Director of Professional Development and Advanced Academics or Paige Hill, Secretary
281-229-6072 or 281-229-6069
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
Lynn Hobratschk or Lovie Lord, Administrative Assistant
281-482-1267
Galena Park ISD
Pam Johnson, Coordinator Advanced Academics Coordinator or Helen Tiller, Coordinator Advanced Academics
832-386-1064
Galveston ISD
Dr. Annette Scott or Gwen Jessel, 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
Carol Christ or Nicole Elmiger, Administrative Assistant
713-468-5138 ext. 203
Huffman ISD
Paige McEachern or Lisa Bramlett, Administrative Assistant
281-324-7100
Katy ISD
Alene Lindley, Director of GT & Advanced Academic Studies or Misha Gabriel, Financial Secretary
281-396-2257
Klein ISD
Cynthia Galindo, Instructional Officer-Advanced Academic Services or Shelly Getz, Secretary
832-249-4453
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
Pat Yarbrough or Roz Roach, Administrative Assistant
281-252-2025
Montgomery ISD
Sheryl Moore or Nicole Mattison, Administrative Assistant
936-582-7812
New Caney ISD
Judy Milling or Kelly Johnson, Administrative Assistant
281-577-8600
Pasadena ISD
Patricia Sermas, Director Student Assessment or Leslie Axel, Advanced Academics
713.740.5247
Rainard School for the Gifted
Krissy Venosdale, Patrinia Sandles-Baksmaty, or Marie Kornahren, Administrative Assistant
713-647-7246
Sheldon ISD
Karen Gallow, Coordinator of Advanced Academics or Marilyn Dumas, Administrative Assistant
281-727-2013
Spring ISD
Julie Hill, or Aisha Holmes, GT Specialists
281-891-6339 or 281-891-6205
Spring Branch ISD
Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., Director of Advanced Academic Studies & Secondary Counseling or Amy Ellingson, Teacher on Special Assignment
713-251-1901
Stafford MSD
Marva Rasberry or Jennifer Wade, Administrative Assistant
281-261-9220
Tomball ISD
Dr. Joan Slater, Director of Advanced Academics ; Sylvia Shidner - Secretary Advanced Academics
281-357-3100, Ext. 2033 or 2035
Waller ISD
Kelly Baehren or Jennifer Hoffpauir, or Barbara Osburn, Administrative Assistant
936-931-3685
Willis ISD
Amy Rogers
936-890-6672

Leadership Within the Co-op

President: Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., Spring Branch ISD
Treasurer: Alene Lindley, Katy ISD
Secretary: Michele Jackson, Tomball ISD
Expo Coordinators: Linh Perez, Alief ISD
Webmaster: Crystal Wilson, Fort Bend ISD