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GIFTED & TALENTED

 
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 2009) was adopted by the Texas State Board of Education. To that extent, the Region 7 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!

  • Do you need your 30-Hour Basics of G/T Professional Development?

    According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, teachers are required to obtain 30 hours of G/T professional development before they provide services to identified G/T students. Professional development 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 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.  The Canvas online options are below the Face to Face.

    Face to FaceWorkshops, 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 the current 30 hours of G/T professional development.  To register, click on the session number or email Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.  Unless otherwise indicated, the sessions are being held at Region 7.

    *Sessions in blue are free to all Region 7 Districts.

    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 Summer June 3, 2019 080381
    G/T Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners Summer  June 7, 2019  078549
    G/T Day 2: Identification and Assessment of Gifted Learners Summer  June 11, 2019  078553
    G/T Day 2: Identification and Assessment of Gifted Learners Summer June 12, 2019 080383
    G/T Day 3: Engaging Gifted Learners with Depth and Complexity Summer  June 14, 2019  078557
    G/T Day 3: Engaging Gifted Learners with Depth and Complexity Summer June 21, 2018 080385
    G/T Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners Summer June 25, 2019 078991
    G/T Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners Summer June 27, 2019 078921
    G/T Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners Summer July 1, 2019 080387
    G/T Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Summer July 8, 2019 080389
    G/T Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Summer July 9, 2019 078927
     G/T Day 2: Identification and Assessment of Gifted Learners Summer July 11, 2019 078999
     G/T Day 3: Engaging Gifted Learners with Depth and Complexity Summer  July 17, 2019 079005
    G/T Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners Summer July 22, 2019 080393
     G/T Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners Summer July 23, 2019 079015
     G/T Day 2: Identification and Assessment of Gifted Learners Summer July 24, 2019 080397
     G/T Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Summer July 25, 2019 079019
    G/T Day 3: Engaging Gifted Learners with Depth and Complexity Summer July 26, 2019 080401
    G/T Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners Summer August 1, 2019 080403
    G/T Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Summer August 2, 2019 080407



     

    Canvas Online

    Region 7 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 session number or email Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net. 

    *Sessions in blue are free to all Region 7 Districts.

    G/T Online
    30 Hours 5 Day Basics

    Date
    Click Session Number to Register
     G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Spr May 13, 2019 - May 26, 2019 078401
    G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking Spr May 20, 2019 - June 2, 2019 080274
     G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner May 28, 2019 - June 9, 2019 078521
     G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner May 28, 2019 - June 9, 2019 080114
    G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners June 10, 2019 - June 23, 2019 078523
    G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners Sum June 10, 2019 - June 23, 2019 080082
    G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity Summer June 24, 2019 - July 7, 2019 078527
    G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity Summer June 24, 2019 - July 7, 2019 080084
    G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners July 8, 2019 - July 21, 2019 078529
    G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners July 8, 2019 - July 21, 2019 080086
    G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking  July 22, 2019 - August 4, 2019 078531
     G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking July 22, 2019 - August 4, 2019 080088
     G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner Fall August 5, 2019 - August 18, 2019 078533
     G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners Fall August 19, 2019 - August 31, 2019
    078539
    G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity Summer September 3, 2019 - September 15, 2019 078541
    G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners September 16, 2019 - September 29, 2019 083087
    G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking September 30, 2019 - October 13, 2019 083349
  • 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 development in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher education standards.

    Region 7 offers two different formats 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, 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 sessions. To register, click on the session number provided or email Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.  The sessions are held at Region 7 unless otherwise indicated.

    *Sessions in blue are free to all Region 7 Districts.

    G/T Face-to-Face 6 Hour Update Sessions
    Date Click Session Number to Register
    G/T: Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators June 4 and 5  (This is Day 1 of a 2 day session.) 078937
    G/T: Robotics: Explore, Experience, and Engage for Educators June 4 and 5 (Day 2 of a 2 day session.) 078939
    G/T: Reasonability and Research Using Rubik's Cubes  June 6, 2019 078943

    G/T 2019 Annual Conference: Empowering Educators - Inspiring Minds

    June 17, 2019 084621
    G/T: Genius Hour: Embolden and Empower Students and Inspire Student Led Inquiry June 19, 2019 082855
    G/T: Texas Performance Standards Project K - 12 June 19, 2019  078967
    G/T:  Attending to the Affect: Social and Emotional Learning of G/T Learners
    June 20, 2019 078945
    G/T: Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners June 21, 2019 082406
    Coding and G/T: The Language of Creativity June 24, 2019 079120
    G/T: The Independent Investigation Method Research Model (IIM) K - 5 June 25, 20109 078953
    G/T: Investigating the Intrepid Peregrination of Lewis and Clark June 26, 2019 078323
    G/T: The Independent Investigation Method Research Model (IIM) 6 - 12 June 27, 2019 078957
    G/T: Overlooked and Underserved:  The Gifted/Talented English Learner July 11, 2019 082174
    G/T and Technology: Whimsical Rigor! July 15, 2019 084567
    G/T: Creative Arts in the Content Classroom?! Of Course!  K - 5 July 15, 2019 078969
    G/T: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt You CAN Breakout! July 16, 2019 082171
    G/T: Economically Disadvantaged Gifted/Talented Students July 18, 2019 082476
    G/T: Creative Arts in the Content Classroom?! Of Course!  6 - 12 July 19, 2019 078971
    G/T: Creative, Analytical, and Practical:  Empowering Critical Thinking for ALL July 22, 2019 082218
    G/T Training for Administrators and Counselors July 23, 2019 078959
    G/T: Practical and Purposeful Differentiation in the Science and Social Studies Classroom July 24, 2019 079179
    G/T Go International - Model United Nations NEW Teacher Training 6 - 12 September 5, 2019 082480

     

    Canvas Online

    Region 7 online courses serve as a venue for teachers and administrators to collaborated and learn together in a virtual world at any time, day or night, within a designated time frame.  

    To register, click on the session number provided or email Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net if you have trouble registering.

    Sessions in blue are free to all Region 7 Districts.

    G/T Online 6 Hour Update Sessions Date Click Session Number to Register
    G/T Online: Motivating Underachieving Gifted Students April 29, 2019 - May 26, 2019 078354
    G/T Online: Motivating Underachieving Gifted Students June 3, 2019 - June 16, 2019 080327  This session is full.
    G/T Online: Reinforcing Effort, Providing Recognition June 3, 2019 - June 30, 2019 084535  This session is full.
    G/T Online: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving July 1, 2019 - July 28, 2019 084545
    G/T Online: Brain Research Supports Differentiation June 17, 2019 - June 30, 2019 080320  This session is full.
    G/T Online: Providing Choice and Challenge July 1, 2019 - July 14, 2019 080316  This session is full.
    G/T Online: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving July 15, 2019 - July 28, 2019 080311  This session is full.





  • 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 development that includes nature and needs and service options for gifted/talented students. (19 TAC §89.2(4))

    Region 7 offers workshops and training specifically designed for your needs with sessions that are conducted several times throughout the year. To register, click on the session number or email Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.

    *Sessions in blue are free to all Region 7 Districts.

    G/T Administrator/Counselor Sessions Date Click Session Number to Register
    G/T: Training for Administrators and Counselors July 23, 2019 078959
    G/T: Training for Administrators and Counselors October 21, 2019 082540

     

    Topics of Interest for Administrators and Counselors

    Session Date Click Session Number to Register
    G/T: Attending to the Affect: Social and Emotional Learning of G/T Learners  June 20, 2019 078945
    G/T: Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners
    June 21, 2019 082406
    G/T: Overlooked and Underserved: The Gifted/Talented English Learner July 11, 2019 082174
    G/T: Economically Disadvantaged Gifted/Talented Students July 18 2019 082476
    G/T: Designing and Implementing Exemplary Gifted Programs (Part 1 of a 3 part series.) September 26, 2019 082498
    G/T:  Coordinators' Meeting October 2, 2019 082508
    G/T: Overlooked and Underserved: The Gifted/Talented English Learner October 28, 2019 082542
    G/T: Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings (Part 2 of a 3 part series.)
    November 4, 2019 082548
  • Student Seminars Workshops

    Region 7 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 session number to register or contact Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.

    Training Workshops for Teachers

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Session 082496

      or contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

    • This training is intended for novice teachers who have never sponsored Model United Nations before.  If you are an experienced MU sponsor, see session 082482 to be held on September 9.

      Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Session 082480

      or contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Session 082482

      or contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Session 082506

      or contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net

       
    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

       
    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net 

    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 session number or by contacting Lori Salinas at lsalinas@esc7.net.  

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Session 082572

      or contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Session 082930

      or contact Lori Salinas
      lsalinas@esc7.net

  • 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 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 G/T specialist handy. There is no such thing as a silly question when you are new, and you will have many of them! Donna Ashby is the Region 7 G/T specialist and is ready to answer all of your questions. She 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, “Administrators and counselors who have authority 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 offers this training as a face-to-face session or online 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 sessions 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 Program, Special Schools within a School, Cluster Groups of G/T Students in Regular Classrooms, Self-contained classrooms, etc.
    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 Region 7's professional development offerings for teachers who need training by visiting the G/T Professional Development 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 and Program options.
    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 student’s are identified. Look at your demographics to see if your gifted program reflects your district or school's demographics.
    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 or school's G/T Handbook for Parents/Teachers/Students. Does it reflect what is happening on your campuses?

    These are 10 Tips to get you started in your new leadership role as a G/T Coordinator or Director. You always begin a new position collecting information and learning. As always, find other G/T leaders with whom you can consult, and let our Region 7 staff know how we can assist you!

     
  • 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 development 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 3 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 7 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. Be sure to contact us if you have questions or need assistance!

  • 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:

    • “in compliance”   These standards reflect actions required in state law or SBOE rule.
    • “recommended”  Provides viable targets that districts may strive toward.
    • “exemplary”         Builds on the recommended standards and merits an exemplary designation.

    Click on the images below to access the TEA's Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students in English and Spanish. 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

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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 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 Region 7 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.

2019 Fall Competition
Region 7 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 Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.
  • Location:

    Green Acres Baptist Church
    Tyler, TX

    Session Registration:

    Session 082510

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Session 082514

  • Location:

    Pitser-Garrison Convention Center
    Lufkin, TX

    Session Registration:

    Session 082528

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Session 082524

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.

2020 Spring Competition

Region 7 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 Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

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 2019 - 2020

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 Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.

  • October 3, 2019

    Location

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Session Registration:

    Session 082506

    or Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019

    Location

    Smith County Courthouse
    Tyler, TX

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Session Registration:

    Session 082930

    or Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020

    Location

    Smith County Courthouse
    Tyler, TX

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Session Registration

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

Model United Nations

The Region 7 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 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 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.

2020 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 Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net. 
  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1:  January 14, 2020

    Stephen F Austin University

    Baker Patillo Student Center
    222 Vista Drive

    Nacogdoches, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 


    Day 2:  January 15, 2020

    Stephen F Austin University

    Baker Patillo Student Center
    222 Vista Drive

    Nacogdoches, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1:  January 16, 2020

    Stephen F Austin University

    Baker Patillo Student Center
    222 Vista Drive

    Nacogdoches, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 


    Day 2:  January 17, 2020

    Stephen F Austin University

    Baker Patillo Student Center
    222 Vista Drive

    Nacogdoches, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1:  January 23, 2020

    Region 7 ESC

    Kilgore , TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 



    Day 2:  
    January 24, 2020

    Region 7 ESC

    Kilgore , TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1:  January 27, 2020

    Region 7 ESC

    Kilgore , TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 


    Day 2:  
    January 28, 2020

    Region 7 ESC

    Kilgore , TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1:  January 30, 2020

    Region 7 ESC

    Kilgore , TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 


    Day 2:  
    January 31, 2020

    Region 7 ESC

    Kilgore , TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net 

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 2020

Region 7 offers three 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 session number or email Lori Salinas, lsalinas@esc7.net.  

  • Location

    Region 7 ESC

    Session Registration

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net
  • Location

    Region 7 ESC

    Session Registration

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net
  • Location

    Region 7 ESC

    Session Registration

    Contact Lori Salinas

    lsalinas@esc7.net

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. 

2019 - 2020 Competition

Robotics Competitions are divided into three divisions.

  • Intermediate:  Grades 4 - 5
  • Middle School:  Grades 6 - 8
  • High School:  Grades 9 - 12 


There are five different events from which to choose.  Select the grade level and date that best fits your schedule.  To register, contact Lori Salinas at lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Lori Salinas
    lsalinas@esc7.net

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 in Region 7 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!
 

Contact Us

Rhonda McCallie, M.Ed.
Coordinator
rmccallie@esc7.net
(903) 988-6808

Lori Salinas
G/T Secretary
lsalinas@esc7.net
(903) 988-6784

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

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