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In 1987, The Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts and charter schools must identify and serve Gifted and Talented (G/T) students at all grade levels, and in 1990, the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (Revised June 2019), was adopted by the Texas State Board of Education. To that extent, the Region 7 ESC G/T staff is committed to assisting districts and charter schools in achieving the standards outlined for gifted education through comprehensive services including:

  • Offering professional development on best practices, developments, and achievements in G/T education
  • Developing materials and assisting districts in the development and implementation of local programs 
  • Providing personalized technical assistance 
  • Delivering student seminars designed around the four foundation curricular areas 
  • Assisting districts and charters in providing out-of-school options for gifted students through student seminars and summer scholarship opportunities
We invite you to learn more about our services and programs by browsing our G/T web pages. We look forward to serving you and your students!

SY-20-21 G/T Education GuidanceSY-20-21 G/T Education Guidance

 
 
Providing Program Services for gifted students in a remote learning environment, Identification, Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Learning, and Family and Community Involvement were all addressed.
 
Here are a few highlights from each category.  Keep in mind, this is just a brief overview.  You are encouraged to take time to study the document in its entirety as it provides the answers you need to ensure G/T service requirements are met with fidelity in your district for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
As always, if you have questions, the Region 7 ESC G/T staff is here to assist you in any way!
 

Program Services

District Comprehensive Manual Update:
 
Per House Bill 3, Sec. 29.124, each district shall annually certify to the commissioner that the district has established a program for gifted and talented students, that the program is consistent with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, and the use of funds on the district's program for G/T students.
 
  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs), school districts, will continue to follow the certification process implemented in 2019-2020.
  • The agency will roll out the next phase of the certification process as a pilot with LEA trainings for full implementation in 2020-2021.
Remote Learning Plans for G/T Services: 
  • LEAs should take into consideration the Asynchronous Rubric and Synchronous Attestations outlined in the G/T Education Guidance document when planning G/T services in a virtual venue.
  • LEAs must document the services provided to the student as well as the contact between the G/T teacher and student via phone or online.  A log of services provided to students must be maintained.
 
G/T Identification
  • The TEA is working on identification of students for G/T student guidance for review by the Commissioner's Advisory Council (CAC) prior to posting on the agency COVID-19 information page.
  • LEAs must offer the identification process virtually in addition to in-person and offer them on non-school days.
  • LEAs may modify the assessment process for remote learning.  LEAs are to provide the same accommodations and modifications through remote instruction.
 
 Curriculum and Instruction
  • Texas Home Learning 3.0 (THL 3.0) will include G/T education strategies and support.  The Texas Performance Standards Project will be linked to the THL 3.0 as an optional resource to meet the State Plan standards as outlined in Section 4 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4).
 
Professional Learning
  • The TEA is not considering a waiver of the G/T professional development requirements at this time.
  • Region 7 ESC is still providing online and virtual training sessions to support our districts with the professional development requirement.  Please visit the Region 7 ESC G/T website to see the schedule of workshops and to register. 
 
Family and Community Involvement
  • LEAs must communicate the identification process for new assessments and continuation of administration from the spring of 2020, especially to families of students referred for G/T identification who have not yet been assessed.
  • LEAs must provide information pertaining to the continuation of services through the LEAs' approved instructional plans.

Resources for Teachers and Parents

In an effort to support our districts, charters, and parents as they plan for instructional continuity during this time of social distancing and school closures, Region 7 Education Service Center’s Gifted/Talented department has created a Symbaloo of resources to challenge and inspire gifted students. Gifted learners may have a strong foundation in reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Therefore, they may need alternative learning opportunities that enrich and extend the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. School staff, be sure to follow your district guidelines for content delivery and access. Parents, please use discretion as you incorporate these resources in the lessons assigned by your child’s school.
 
To access the Symbaloo, G/T Challenge and Inspire, click on the image below.
 

HB 3 and the Revised State Plan

Have you heard the news?

House Bill 3 changed the way districts receive funding for their Gifted/Talented programs.   In addition, the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented, which is located on the TEA Gifted/Talented web page, was revised and approved in June by the State Board of Education.Access the approved revised plan by clicking here. 
Access the approved revised plan by clicking here.
 
You may also access the state plan on the TEA Gifted/Talented Education website.
 
Many districts are now reviewing their district G/T services and rewriting their district G/T plans to meet the new "Accountability" requirements outlined in HB 3 and the approved state plan.
 

How are you preparing?

TEA released a video with information on how the changes from House Bill 3 to the Texas Education Code will affect the way districts service gifted/talented students.  If you have questions or need assistance, the Region 7 ESC Gifted/Talented specialists, Donna Ashby and Carla Cheshire, are here to help!
 

Professional Learning

Do you need your 30-Hour Basics of G/T Professional Learning?
 
According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, teachers are required to obtain 30 hours of G/T professional learning before they provide services to identified G/T students. Professional Learning must include topics related to the nature and needs of gifted students, assessment and identification of gifted students, and curriculum of gifted students.
 
Region 7 ESC offers two different types of training to meet the varied professional staff development needs of schools, face-to-face or online in the Canvas Learning Management System.
 

Face to Face

Workshops provide teachers with research-based information in an integrative, collaborative environment.
 
Below is the list of the current 30 hours of G/T professional learning. To register, click on the workshop number or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net. The 5 Day Basics/30 Hours workshops do not need to be taken in numerical order.
 
G/T Face-to-Face
30 Hours / 5 Day Basics
Date Click Session Number to Register
G/T Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners June 11, 2021 174797
G/T Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners June 18, 2021 174799
G/T Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity June 25 2021 174802
G/T Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners June 24 2021 174804
G/T Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking July 8, 2021 174805
 

Canvas Online

Region 7 ESC online courses serve as a venue for teachers and administrators to collaborate and learn together in a virtual world at their convenience at any time, day or night, within a designated time frame. To register, click on the workshop number or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net
 
G/T Online
30 Hours 5 Day Basics
 Date Click Session Number to Register
G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners May 3, 2021 - May 16, 2021 165668
G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking May 17, 2021 - May 31, 2021 165671
G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner June 1, 2021 - June 13, 2021 174656
G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners June 7, 2021 - June 20, 2021 174661
G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity June 14, 2021 - June 27, 2021 174667
G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners June 21, 2021 - July 5, 2021 174669
G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking June 28, 2021 - July 11, 2021 174670
G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner July 6, 2021 - July 18, 2021 174679
G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners July 12, 2021 - July 25, 2021 174681
G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity July 19, 2021 - July 31, 2021 174687
G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners July 26, 2021 - August 8, 2021 174691
G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking August 2, 2021 - August 15, 2021 174693
G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner August 9, 2021 - August 22, 2021 182501
G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners August 16, 2021 - August 29, 2021  182502
G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity September 1, 2021 - September 12, 2021 182503
G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners September 7, 2021 - September 19, 2021 182504
G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking September 13, 2021 - September 26, 2021 182505
Do you need your 6-Hour G/T Update?
 
According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district's defined gifted/talented services receive 6 hours annually of professional learning in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher education standards.
 
Region 7 ESC offers three different formats of training to meet the varied professional staff development needs of schools, webinar via Zoom, online in the Canvas Learning Management System, and face to face at the service center. We also offer a few workshops that are a combination of two formats, either Canvas/Zoom or face to face/Zoom.
 
 

Webinar via Zoom

Workshops, hosted either at the Region 7 ESC or on-site in your district, provide teachers with research-based information in an integrative, collaborative environment.
 
Below is the list of current 6-hour update workshops. To register, click on the number provided or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net. The workshops are held via webinar in Zoom unless otherwise indicated.
 
G/T 6 Hour Update Workshops:  Webinar/Zoom Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T and Technology: Whimsical Rigor
June 10, 2021
Canvas LMS PreWork
Webinar/Zoom 
 
181729
G/T: Economically Disadvantaged Gifted/Talented Students
June 24, 2021
 
181738
G/T and Technology: Whimsical Rigor 2.0
July 15, 2021
Canvas LMS PreWork
Webinar/Zoom
 
181730
 
 

Canvas Online

Region 7 ESC online courses serve as a venue for teachers and administrators to collaborate and learn together in a virtual world at any time, day or night, within a designated time frame.
 
To register, click on the workshop number provided or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net if you have trouble registering.
 
G/T Online 6 Hour Update Workshops Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T Online:  Providing Choice and Challenge
May 3, 2021 - May 30, 2021
 
164653
G/T Online: Motivating Underachieving Gifted Students
June 1, 2021 - June 27, 2021
 
174695
G/T Online: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
July 5, 2021 - July 31, 2021
 
174697
G/T Online: Reinforcing Effort, Providing Recognition
August 2, 2021 - August 29, 2021
 
174699
G/T Online: Providing Choice and Challenge
September 1, 2021 - September 26, 2021
 
182547
G/T Online: Brain Research Supports Differentiation
October 4, 2021 - October 31, 2021
 
182548
G/T Online: Motivating Underachieving Gifted Students
November 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021
 
182549
G/T Online: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
 
182550
 
 

Face to Face

G/T:  Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators:  Day 1 of 2
June 3, 2021
Innovate, Region 7 ESC
 
174375
G/T:  Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators:  Day 2 of 2
June 4, 2021
 Innovate, Region 7 ESC 
 
174379
G/T:  Stretch Their Minds With Picture Books
June 8, 2021
 Innovate, Region 7 ESC 
 
185339
G/T: Artfully Articulate Amazing Animations While Creating Captivating Curriculum Connections Through Sensationally Satisfying Stories
June 10, 2021
 Innovate, Region 7 ESC
 
181721
G/T: Escape the Conference! Engaging Gifted Students
June 15, 2021
Region 7 ESC
 
166917
G/T: Creativity Flows When Curiosity is Stoked: STEAM at its Best!
June 18 , 2021
Collaborate, Region 7 ESC
 
161171
G/T: Overlooked and Underserved: The Gifted/Talented English Learner
July 15 , 2021
Dogwood, Region 7 ESC
Webinar/Zoom

 
181769

Administrators / Counselors

Are you an administrator or counselor who is responsible for implementing and directing your district's gifted/talented program? According to the State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, administrators and counselors who have authority for service decisions are required to complete a minimum of six hours of professional learning that includes nature and needs and service options for gifted/talented students. (19 TAC §89.2(4))
 
Region 7 ESC offers workshops and training specifically designed for your needs with workshops that are conducted several times throughout the year. To register, click on the workshop number or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net.
 
G/T: Administrator Workshops Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T: Training for Teachers and Administrators with Supervisory Duties
May 18 , 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 
181638
G/T: Training for Teachers and Administrators with Supervisory Duties
June 28, 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 

181639

G/T: Training for Teachers and Administrators with Supervisory Duties
July 20, 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 

181640

 
G/T: Counselor Workshops Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T: Gifted/Talented Counselor Training
May 20, 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 
181644
G/T: Gifted/Talented Counselor Training
June 21, 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 
181645
G/T: Gifted/Talented Counselor Training
July 22, 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 
181646
 
 

Topics of Interest for Administrators and Counselors

Workshop Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T: Economically Disadvantaged Gifted/Talented Students
June 24, 2021
Webinar/Zoom
 
181738

Student Seminars Workshops

Region 7 ESC offers informational workshops for teachers and students participating in the various competitions.
 
Teachers will learn how to coach/guide their students. Tips and techniques will be shared, and novice coaches will have the opportunity to connect with experienced coaches/sponsors to learn strategies on how to best prepare their students.
 
Students will learn how to prepare for their leadership roles in the Model United Nations and Mock Trial seminars.
 
Teachers must register themselves to attend either the teacher or student workshop. Select the training, and click on green toggle button and then the workshop number to register or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
 

Training Workshops for Teachers

G/T: Teaching Skills Through Storytelling 1-3
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

September 21, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
MUN New Teacher Training
 
This training is intended for novice teachers who have never sponsored Model United Nations before. If you are an experienced MUN sponsor, you will attend MUN Teachers' Meeting
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

September 10, 2020
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
MUN Teachers' Meeting
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

September 10, 2020
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Mock Trial Teacher Meeting
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC, Zoom
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
January 22, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Innovative Inventions: The Inventor's Workshop
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
February 11, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
Robotics Teacher Meeting Design Specifications
 
Location:
 
Online Course
 
Date:
 
September 21 - November 13, 2020
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Robotics Teacher Meeting Competition Details/Materials Distribution
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
February 9, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Robotics in the Elementary Classroom Grades 1-3
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
February 23, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
 

Training Workshops for Students: By Invitation Only

Students who have been selected for a leadership role in Model United Nations or who are part of a team competing in the Mock Trial will attend these trainings in order to prepare for the competition. Teachers will accompany their students and need to register to attend by clicking on the green toggle button and selecting the workshop number or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
 
Model UN Leadership Training
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

December 10, 2020
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Mock Trial Clinic
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 

District Support

You have just received the honor of being in charge of your district’s G/T program. Some coordinators are lucky enough to be only a G/T Coordinator, but in most cases, G/T coordinators have many other hats to wear. Our Region 7 ESC G/T web pages and program resource links offer a great deal of information that can be helpful to coordinators, so we encourage you to keep these pages bookmarked. Here are a few more tips to help you get started on your new job.
 

Tips for New Coordinators

  1. Read through the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. Make notes, ask questions, and reflect on your district’s gifted/talented services.
  2. Be sure you have the contact information for the Region 7 ESC G/T specialists handy. There is no such thing as a silly question when you are new, and you will have many of them! Donna Ashby and Carla Cheshire are the Region 7 ESC G/T specialists are ready to answer all of your questions. They will be happy to help you as you get started as a new coordinator!
  3. The State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students states, “Teachers as well as administrators who have supervisory duties for service decisions are required to complete a minimum of six hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and service options for gifted/talented students (19 TAC §89.2(4))."  Region 7 ESC offers this training as a face-to-face session to meet the diverse needs of our districts and charter schools.  To register, click on the G/T Professional Development tab and click on Administrators/Counselors for a list of workshops being offered.
  4. Begin to look at your district or charter's G/T program. Find out how each of your campuses is providing services. For example: Pull-out, Push-in, Full-time gifted only, Full-time inclusion, Special day school
  5. On each of those campuses, find out who is coordinating and delivering G/T services. Be sure there is documentation to support that each of the assigned G/T teachers has the required G/T training. View the Region 7 ESC's professional development offerings for teachers who need training by visiting the G/T Professional Learning tab and clicking on 30 Hour Basics or 6 Hour Updates.
  6. Talk to the administrators on each campus and find out if administrators and counselors have had the required G/T training in nature and needs, service options, and social emotional learning.
  7. Look at your list of identified gifted students at each campus. Confirm that they are in class with a G/T trained teacher and are receiving services.
  8. Look at your district or school's assessment and identification procedures. Find out how your students are identified. Is data being collected from multiple sources for each area of giftedness served by the district?  Look at your demographics to see if your gifted program reflects the district's demographics. Does your assessment process allow for student exceptionalities? Are students being assessed in languages they understand or with nonverbal assessments?
  9. Ask each campus principal to recommend a classroom you could visit to observe challenging curriculum and instruction. After visiting several classrooms, review your district or school's G/T curriculum framework. Did you see evidence of that framework on your visits?
  10. Review your district's G/T comprehensive manual or program guide. Compare it to the district's Local EHBB. Are these two documents aligned? Do they reflect what is happening on your campuses?
Well, you are assigned to teach gifted students! Now what?
 
Get ready to embark on what might be the greatest and most rewarding job you've ever had!
 

10 General Tips for a New G/T Teacher

  1. Connect, connect, connect with others in the field of gifted education. Oftentimes, especially in smaller districts, you might be the only teacher of the gifted. 
  2. Become familiar with State law regarding gifted education by reviewing the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
  3. Know what it means to be gifted. Who are the gifted? Are all kids gifted? What do you think? The State defines gifted students as “… 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: a) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, and/or artistic area; b) possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or c) excels in a specific academic field.
  4. Become an advocate for your students. Stay current in research and best practices regarding gifted education.  
  5. Complete (if you haven’t already) the required foundational 30 clock hours of professional learning that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, identification and assessment of gifted/talented students’ needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students.
  6. Understand the curriculum and instructional policies regarding gifted education. Section 4 of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted encompasses curriculum and instruction. In fact, the section header states, “Districts meet the needs of gifted/talented students by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the curriculum and instruction ordinarily provided by the school.” 
  7. Differentiate! Do you know what can be differentiated? How? For a quick reference, visit The Differentiator. You’ll like the Differentiation Central website, too!
  8. Provide opportunities for your gifted students to shine and accelerate in their areas of strengths. Region 7ESC offers many opportunities for gifted students through our student seminars.
  9. Read this article…it’s worth your time. 
  10. Be flexible! Programs and services for gifted students are designed to meet the needs of the students. Students should not be made to conform to a “set” program. In fact, the State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students mandates that gifted students are assured an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with their abilities and that out-of-school options relevant the their areas of strength are provided.

We hope you find this information helpful! And as always, you have help right here at Region 7 ESC. Be sure to contact us if you have questions or need assistance!

These are some recommended websites that can guide you and help answer questions you may have regarding a district's responsibilities in identifying and serving gifted/talented students. Please know that the Region 7 ESC G/T staff is always here to provide support and clarification. Feel free to contact us.
 
Clicking on the links will navigate away from the Region 7 ESC G/T website.
 
Do you need to know about the Texas requirements for educating G/T students and where to access information about it?

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students forms the basis of GT services and accountability. It includes standards for programs that are defined as:

  • “Accountability”   These standards reflect actions required in state law or SBOE rule.
  • “Exemplary”  Provides viable targets that districts may strive toward.
 
Click on the images below to access the TEA's Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You may also visit the TEA Special Student Populations webpage for more information.You may also visit the TEA Gifted and Talented Education webpage to learn more.
 

Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students

Student Seminars

A gifted learner 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:
  1. exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  2. possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  3. excels in a specific academic field (TEC 29.121) .

The Region 7 ESC G/T staff strives to assist districts in meeting the unique, diverse needs of these gifted learners through Student Seminars. Each of the seminars is designed to offer gifted students an array of appropriately challenging learning experiences that are commensurate with their abilities and opportunities that allow them to accelerate their strengths in a variety of areas. Student Seminars also allow gifted students throughout the Region 7 ESC to work with one another, as well as independently.

Imagination Fair

The Imagination Fair provides gifted students in grades 1 - 3 the opportunity to showcase storytelling in an interactive format. Prior to the event, these students research various forms and genres of storytelling, learn about stories from other cultures, and discover the impact of storytelling throughout history. They then either choose a story or create their own story to tell during the Imagination Fair. A professional storyteller will begin the day telling interactive stories and later will work with a select group of students to help them develop and refine their storytelling skills to share with the Imagination Fair participants. To culminate the event, students participate in a hands-on creative problem solving activity.
 


2021 Fall Competition


Region 7 ESC offers several choices in various locations for schools to attend. Select the date that best fits your schedule. Click the green toggle button. Then click on the session number to register, or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
 
Storytelling Teacher Workshop Grades 1 - 3
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC, Zoom
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

September 21, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Imagination Fair
 
Location:

Region 7 ESC, Zoom
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

October 11, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Imagination Fair
 
Location:
 
Date:

October 26, 2021
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893

Innovative Inventions

Innovative Inventions for grades 4 – 8 provides gifted students with an opportunity to participate in the inventive process. As a result, these students will gain an understanding of the processes of innovation and creative thinking and develop an appreciation of the inventive process through the creation of an original, feasible idea. The investigation will culminate in a student invention showcase held annually at Region 7 Education Service Center. During the event, students will also participate in Contraption Construction. Contraption Construction encourages creative problem-solving and cooperation among teams of students to solve a simple task by designing a complicated contraption.
 

2021 Spring Competition

Region 7 ESC offers several different events. Select the date that best fits your schedule. Click the green toggle button. Then click on the session number to register, or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
 
Please note: The 2021 Innovative Inventions competition will be conducted in an online format via Zoom. Information and details will be shared at the Innovative Inventions Teacher Workshop on February 11. You may also contact Donna Ashby with questions. dashby@esc7.net
 
Innovative Inventions Teacher Workshop
 
Date:
 
February 11, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Division 1: 4-5 Grades
 
Date:
 
April 27, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Division 1: 4-5 Grades
 
Date:
 
April 29, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Division 2: 6-8 Grades
 
Date:
 
April 30, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
   

Mock Trial

Thousands of students in grades 9 - 12 from across the state participate each year in this highly motivating, energetic, and challenging academic competition! The program provides a great way for students to gain an “insider’s view” of our judicial system, plus, they gain confidence speaking in front of others and have a lot of fun at the same time. The competition is open to all high school students - public, private and home school. 


How does the competition work?

A team of 6 -10 high school students are gathered by a team advisor - this can be a teacher, an attorney, or even student leaders; and once registered, the team will begin preparing to compete against their peers in an organized Regional Competition meet. In October of the current school year, teams will be able to download information related to a fictional case. Each team must learn both sides of the case study (Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense) and students must play the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a 'mock' trial.  Members work together to learn the facts of the case and create strategies for trial and then compete in local-area meets. The Regional meets are usually held on a week/end between January 15-February 15 at a local courthouse or legal institution within the region. The winners of these meets will then advance to the State Competition in Dallas, TX held the first weekend of March during the current school year. The final champion team will then represent the Great State of Texas at the National High School Mock Trial Competition held in May (usually the first or second week/end).  For more information, please visit the Texas High School Mock Trial web page. 
 
 
How does a team get started?

A team advisor - a teacher, an attorney, or even student leaders – will need to register his or her team online and pay the registration fee by the deadline, December 15. Early registration is encouraged even before all team members are gathered, so that current members can be ready/prepped before the case materials launch in October. Important: There can only be one team of 6-10 members per high school. Therefore, if many students are interested, please have an internal competition, or try-outs, to determine who is on the Varsity team. Also, please notify the school principal and others at the school who may be interested in starting a team of your participation, so that more than one team does not register. Once the team is registered for the competition, teams are provided with a copy of the case materials for the year (included in the registration fee) and these contain the rules, procedures, and the case problem itself. The case for the year is usually released each October. Teams should secure assistance from a local attorney or judge to help with courtroom decorum and trial skills – even for one day this is helpful! Also, helpful materials and links are provided to new teams via this website.   
 
Please note: Each team will bear its own expense to all competitions - this mainly includes transportation and food/beverage.
 

Competition 2020 - 2021 Information Coming Soon!

To bring a team to compete, teachers register for the teacher meeting, clinic, and competition by clicking on the green toggle button. Then click on the session number, or you may email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
 
Mock Trial Teacher Workshop Grades 9 - 12
 
Location
 
Region 7 ESC, Zoom
 
Date
 
October 5, 2021
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Mock Trial Clinic
 
Location
 
Smith County Courthouse
Tyler, TX
 
Session Registration:
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Mock Trial Competition
 
Location

Smith County Courthouse
Tyler, TX
 
Date
 
TBD
 
Session Registration
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893

Model United Nations

The Region 7 ESC Model United Nations is a long-term simulation in which gifted students in grades 6-12 can research the social, political, and economic factors and issues that determine the identity of a sovereign state. The research culminates in a two-day Model United Nations meeting in which these students serve as delegates from their chosen nation. Debates, resolution writing, student products, decision making, collaboration, problem solving, and persuasive, impromptu, and formal speaking all play a significant role in the success of each delegate and in the Region 7 ESC Model UN itself. All resolution content is student researched and written under the guidance of district personnel and reviewed by committees made up of participating districts. Students are also provided with myriad opportunities during the event to showcase their research through issue collages, maps, and a digital documentary and multimedia presentation. Region 7 ESC facilitates this event to help districts meet the requirement of the Texas State Plan for Education of Gifted/Talented students in meeting out-of-school options relevant to students' areas of strength.
 
 

2021 Spring Competition

We offer five events in two different locations for students to participate. This is a two day event. You will need to register for both days. Select the grade level, location, and date that best fits your schedule. To register, click on the session numbers or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net
 
Model UN NEW Teacher Training
 
G/T: Go International - Model United Nations NEW Teacher Training
 
Date:
 
September 2, 2021
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
G/T: Model United Nations Teachers' Meeting
 
Planning Meeting for Teachers/sponsors of Model UN Teams
 
Date:
 
September 9, 2021
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Middle School 1
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
 
Date:
 
January 14, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Day 2:
 
Date:
 
January 15, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
High School 1
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
 
Date:
 
January 11, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Day 2:
 
Date:
 
January 12, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Middle School 2
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
 
Date:
 
January 21, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Day 2:
 
Date:
 
January 22, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
Middle School 3
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
 
Date:
 
January 25, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Day 2:
 
Date:
 
January 26, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
High School 2
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
 
Date:
 
January 28, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Day 2:
 
Date:
 
January 29, 2021
 
Location: Virtual, Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
   

Robotics Grades 1 - 3

Region 7 ESC offers robotics opportunities for teachers and gifted students in grades 1 – 3 using the LEGO® Education WeDo™ Construction Set. Robotics at this level provides these students with opportunities to explore and investigate simple machines, learn iconic programming, design schematics, incorporate math, literary, language, and science, solve problems through creative problem solving strategies and design and create working robotic models. Students can showcase their skills and design during the WeDo™ Celebration held annually.
 
 

Primary Celebration 2021

Region 7 ESC offers four different dates for students to participate. Select the date that best fits your schedule. To register, click the green toggle button. Then click on the workshop number or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
 
May 4, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
May 5, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
May 6, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893

Robotics Grades 4 - 12

Region 7 Education Service Center offers robotics programs for gifted students in grades 4 – 12. At this level, students are afforded opportunities to explore concepts associated with robotics through cross curricular connections. There are two different competitions, a design competition in the fall and an arena competition in the spring. Participation in the design competition is not required to compete in the arena competition. Teams may choose to participate in the spring arena competition but not submit a competition board for the fall design competition.
 
The fall design competition, consisting of 2 divisions, 4-8 and 9-12, engages students in the exploration of the state standards to create a multi-disciplinary theme which incorporates tasks for the robot to complete on the board. The design competition is aligned to the state goal for gifted/talented students giving them opportunities to demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products.
 
The spring arena competition features the winning designs from the fall competition. Grades 4 - 12 are divided into three divisions where teams compete head-to-head, navigating their way around formidable obstacles and performing complex tasks.
 
 

2020 - 2021 Competition Information

Robotics Competitions are divided into three divisions. This year, the competition will be held virtually via Zoom. To learn more, click on this link or contact Kellie Henley.
 
  • Intermediate: Grades 4 - 5
  • Middle School: Grades 6 - 8
  • High School: Grades 9 - 12
 
To register, find your division below, and click on the Workshop Registration number, or you may contact Kellie Henley at khenley@esc7.net.
 
Intermediate: April 7, 2021
 
Date:
 
April 7, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Intermediate: April 15, 2021
 
Date:
 
April 15, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Middle School: April 8, 2021
 
Date:
 
April 8, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Middle School: April 16, 2021
 
Date:
 
April 16, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
High School: April 23, 2021
 
Date:
 
April 23, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
 

Teacher Workshops and Meetings

Region 7 ESC hosts robotics training workshops and meetings to help teachers learn how to build and program Lego Education EV3 robots.
 
Fourth through Twelfth grade teachers have two different opportunities to learn more about EV3 robots. The first is a 2 day event held during the summer that engages participants in hands-on programming and challenges as they work with other teachers across the region. The morning of the first day is spent building robots. The rest of the time is spent collaborating in groups programming and preparing for a mock competition held during the afternoon of the second day.
 
The next opportunity occurs in the fall. Teachers meet one day in September to learn about the upcoming Region 7 ESC robotics design and arena competitions. In the afternoon, teachers collaborate with other teachers from the region to develop strategy, programming and engineering skills.
 
Click on the green toggle button to register to attend.
 
Fall 2020: G/T: Robotics Design Competition / Online Teacher Training
 
Date:
 
September 21 - November 1, 2020
 
Location:
 
Online
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
Spring 2021: G/T: Robotics Competition Teacher Meeting
 
Date:
 
February 9, 2021
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Time: 1:00 p.m.
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
 
 
Summer 2021: G/T: Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators Day 1 of 2-Day Event
 
Date: June 3, 2021
This is Day 1 of a 2-Day Event
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Time: 8:30 a.m.
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Summer 2021: G/T: Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators Day 2 of 2-Day Event
 
Date: June 4, 2021

This is Day 2 of a 2-Day Event
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Time: 8:30
 
Session Registration:
 
 
Contact Kellie Henley
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893

Region 7 G/T News

Occasionally, the G/T staff sends out information regarding upcoming sessions, important changes happening on the state level, and other pertinent information regarding gifted education. Make sure you are in-the-know about all things gifted at Region 7 ESC and Texas! Subscribe to the G/T email lists, Gifted and Talented and G/T Co-op. All you have to do is click on the green button!
 

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Contact Us

Brooke Kinsman, M.Ed.
Coordinator
bkinsman@esc7.net
(903) 988-6912
 
Donna Ashby, M.Ed.
G/T Specialist
dashby@esc7.net
(903) 988-6774
 
Carla Cheshire, M.Ed.
G/T Specialist
ccheshire@esc7.net
(903) 988-6984
 
Kellie Henley
G/T Secretary
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893
Melinda Coop
G/T Secretary
mcoop@esc7.net
(903 988-6784