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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!

Resources for Teachers and Parents

In an effort to support our districts, charters, and parents, 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.
 
 
 
 Texas State Plan Gifted Talented Students

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, [email protected] The 5 Day Basics/30 Hours workshops do not need to be taken in numerical order.
 
 
 
 
 

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, [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 
 
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, online in the Canvas Learning Management System and face to face at the service center. We also offer a blended format with pre-work completed in Canvas and culminating in a face-to-face at the Region 7.
 
 

Blended in Canvas and In-Person

G/T 6 Hour Update Workshops:  Webinar/Zoom Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T and Technology: Whimsical Rigor
 
Canvas LMS PreWork-2 Hours
June 3 - 7, 2022
In-Person-4 Hours
June 8, 2022
 
216739
G/T and Technology: Whimsical Rigor 2.0
 
Canvas LMS PreWork-2 Hours
June 22 - 29, 2022
In-Person-4 Hours
June 30, 2022
 
216740
 
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, [email protected] if you have trouble registering.
 
 
 
 
 

Face to Face

G/T:  Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators:  Day 1 of 2
June 2, 2022
Innovate, Region 7 ESC
 
212378
G/T:  Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators:  Day 2 of 2
June 3, 2022
 Innovate, Region 7 ESC 
 
212379
G/T: Grades K - 5: Creating Rigor Through Depth and Complexity
June 6, 2022
 Elm, Region 7 ESC 
 
216562
G/T: Grades 6 - 12: Creating Rigor Through Depth and Complexity
June 7, 2022
 Innovate, Region 7 ESC
 
213616
G/T: Rhyme, Rhythm, Alliteration and More! Grades 1 - 3
June 13, 2022
Collaborate, Region 7 ESC
 
213623
Stretching Mathematician’s Mindset - Grades K-5
June 14, 2022
Magnolia, Region 7 ESC
 
223103
G/T: Grades K - 5: Do Your Part for Art Across the Disciplines!
 
June 17, 2022
Pine, Region 7 ESC

213619
G/T: Stretching Even More with Picture Books - Grades 4 - 8
June 21, 2022
Innovate, Region 7 ESC
213799
G/T: Attending to the Affect: Addressing the SEL Needs of G/T Learners
June 24, 2022
Elm, Region 7 ESC
216625
G/T:  High School Students and Products/Performances of Professional Quality Using TPSP
June 27, 2022
Collaborate, Region 7 ESC
213808
G/T: Using Brain Breaks to Boost Cognitive Performance and Unleash Creative Thinking
June 28, 2022
Elm, Region 7 ESC
216727
G/T:  The Independent Investigation Method Research Model (IIM):  Grades K - 12
June 29, 2022
Magnolia, Region 7 ESC
213925
G/T:  Texas Performance Standards Projects - Grades K - 4
July 7, 2022
Cypress, Region 7 ESC
214025
 
 
 
G/T Conference: renewED 2022!
July 12, 2022
Cedars, Region 7 ESC
209437
 
 
 
G/T: Cultivating Creative and Critical Cross-Curricular Cognition Using the Works of Chris Van Allsburg
July 20, 2022
Cypress, Region 7 ESC
224671
G/T: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
July 29, 2022
Elm, Region 7 ESC
216705
Administrators as well as teachers who have supervisory duties for service decisions related to gifted/talented are required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and service options for gifted/talented students according to the State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (19 TAC §89.2(4)).
 
Region 7 ESC offers 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, [email protected]
 
G/T: Administrator Workshops Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T: Training for Teachers and Administrators with Supervisory Duties
June 21, 2022
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
215984
G/T: Training for Teachers and Administrators with Supervisory Duties
July 7, 2022
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 

215990

 
Counselors
Counselors who work with gifted/talented students are required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, service options for gifted/talented students, and social-emotional learning (19 TAC 89.2(4)).
G/T: Counselor Workshops Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T: Gifted/Talented Counselor Training
June 9, 2022
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
216523
G/T: Gifted/Talented Counselor Training
July 21, 2022
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
216526
 
 

Topics of Interest for Administrators and Counselors

Workshop Date Click Workshop Number to Register
G/T: Attending to the Affect: Addressing the SEL Needs of G/T Learners
June 24, 2022
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
216625

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 Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 

Training Workshops for Teachers

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

September 20, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
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 8, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]  
(903) 988-6763
 
 
MUN Teachers' Meeting
 
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

September 1, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected] 
(903) 988-6763
Mock Trial Teacher Meeting
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC, Zoom
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
Contact Vanessa Spann for more information.
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
Innovative Inventions: The Inventors' Workshop
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
February 7, 2023
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
 
Robotics Teacher Meeting Design Specifications
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
September 13, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
Robotics Teacher Meeting Competition Details/Materials Distribution
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
February 2, 2023
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Robotics in the Elementary Classroom Grades 1-3
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
February 14, 2023
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
 
 

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 Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 
 
Model UN Leadership Training
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

December 6, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Mock Trial Clinic
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
TBD
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
 

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!

Resources
 
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

 Texas State Plan Gifted and 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.

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.
 
Region 7 ESC offers several choices in various locations for schools to attend. Select the date that best fits your schedule. Then click on the workshop number to register, or email Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 
 
G/T: Teaching Skills Through the Art of Storytelling - Grades 1-3
 
 
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:

September 20, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
G/T: Kick-Off to Imagination Fair: Virtual Session: A.M.
Select either the morning or afternoon session.
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Date:

September 29, 2022
9:00 - 11:00 A.M.
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
G/T: Kick-Off to Imagination Fair: Virtual Session: P.M.
Select either the morning or afternoon session.
 
Location:
 
Virtual via Zoom
 
Date:

September 29, 2022
12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
G/T: Imagination Fair
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
October 18, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
G/T: Imagination Fair
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
October 19, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
G/T: Imagination Fair
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date:
 
October 27, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
G/T: Imagination Fair
 
Location:
 
Pitser Garrison Civic Center
Lufkin, TX
 
Date:
 
October 25, 2022
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
 

Innovative Inventions

Innovative Inventions for grades 4 – 5 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.
 

2023 Spring Competition

Region 7 ESC offers several different events. Select the date that best fits your schedule. Then click on the workshop number to register, or email Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 
Innovative Inventions
 
G/T: Innovative Inventions - The Inventors' Workshop
Teacher Training
 
Date:
 
February 7, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
G/T: Innovative Inventions - Student Seminar
Grades 4 - 5
 
 
Date:
 
March 29, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC 
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
G/T: Innovative Inventions - Student Seminar
Grades 4 - 5
 
Date:
 
March 30, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC 
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763

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.
 

2022- 2023 Competition 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 Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 
Mock Trial Teacher Workshop Grades 9 - 12
 
Location
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Date
 
TBD
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
Mock Trial Clinic
 
 
Location
 
Smith County Courthouse
Tyler, TX
 
Date
 
TBD
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
Mock Trial Competition
 
 
Location

Smith County Courthouse
Tyler, TX
 
Date
 
TBD
 
Workshop Registration:
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763

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.
 
 

2023 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 Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 
G/T: Go International - Model United Nations NEW Teacher Training
 
Model UN NEW Teacher Training
 
Date:
 
September 8, 2022
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
G/T: Model United Nations Teachers' Meeting
 
Planning Meeting for Teachers/sponsors of Model UN Teams
 
Date:
 
September 1, 2022
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Middle School 1
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
Date:
 
January 9, 2023
 
Location: 
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
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Day 2:
Date:
 
January 10, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
Middle School 2
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
Date:
 
January 19, 2023
 
Location: 
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
   *********************
Day 2:
Date:
 
January 20, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Middle School 3
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
 
Day 1:
Date:
 
January 23, 2023
 
Location: 
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
213661
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
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Day 2:
Date:
 
January 24, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
213654
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
High School 1
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
Date:
 
January 17, 2023
 
Location: 
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
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Day 2:
Date:
 
January 18, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
High School 2
 
You must register for both days. See below.
 
Day 1:
Date:
 
January 30, 2023
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Day 2:
Date:
 
January 31, 2023
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
   

Robotics Grades 1 - 3

Region 7 ESC offers robotics opportunities for teachers and gifted students in grades 1 – 3 using the LEGO® Education Construction Sets. 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 Primary Robotics Celebration held annually.
 
 

Primary Celebration 2023

Region 7 ESC offers four different dates for students to participate. Select the date that best fits your schedule. To register, click on the workshop number or email Vanessa Spann, [email protected]
 
 
May 2, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
May 3, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763

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.
 
 

2022 - 2023 Competition Information

Robotics Competitions are divided into three divisions. This year, the competition will be held in-person at Region 7 ESC. To learn more, click on this link or contact Vanessa Spann.
 
  • 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 Vanessa Spann at [email protected]
 
Intermediate: April 18, 2023
 
Date:
 
April 18, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Intermediate: April 19, 2023
 
Date:
 
April 19, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Middle School: April 20, 2023
 
Date:
 
April 20, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Middle School: April 21, 2023
 
Date:
 
April 21, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
High School: April 25, 2023
 
Date:
 
April 25, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
 
 

Teacher Workshops and Meetings

Region 7 ESC hosts robotics training workshops and meetings to help teachers learn how to build and program Lego Education robots.
 
Fourth through Twelfth grade teachers have two different opportunities to learn more about programming 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 workshop number to register to attend.
 
Fall 2022: G/T: Robotics Design Competition / Online Teacher Training
 
Date:
 
September 13, 2022
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
Spring 2023: G/T: Robotics Competition Teacher Meeting
 
Date:
 
February 2, 2023
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
 
 
Summer 2022: G/T: Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators Day 1 of 2-Day Event
 
Date: June 2, 2022
This is Day 1 of a 2-Day Event
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Time: 8:30 a.m.
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763
Summer 2022: G/T: Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators Day 2 of 2-Day Event
 
Date: June 3, 2022
This is Day 2 of a 2-Day Event
 
Location:
 
Region 7 ESC
Kilgore, TX
 
Time: 8:30
 
Workshop Registration:
 
 
Contact Vanessa Spann
[email protected]
(903) 988-6763

Region 7 G/T News

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