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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 June 2019), 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!

The Texas Education Agency has published the Gifted/Talented Education Guidance document on the TEA COVID-19 Support: Special Populations page.

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.

 

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.

G/T Challenge and Inspire

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. 

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 Gifted/Talented specialists, Donna Ashby and Carla Cheshire, are here to help!

  • 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 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 Face

    Please note: COVID-19 Update: In an abundance of caution, Region 7 ESC face to face/in-person workshops have been cancelled until further notice.  Sessions are now being offered in a virtual format via webinar/Zoom and in an online format via Canvas.

    See the Canvas online schedule below.

    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 session number or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net.  Unless otherwise indicated, the sessions are being held at Region 7.

    G/T Face-to-Face
    30 Hours / 5 Day Basics

    Date
    Click Session Number to Register



     

    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 Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net  

    G/T Online
    30 Hours 5 Day Basics

    Date
    Click Session Number to Register
    G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner
    September 8 , 2020 - September 20, 2020
    147974
    G/T Online Day 4: Models of Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners
    September 14 , 2020 - September 27, 2020
    151538
    G/T Online Day 2: Assessment and Identification of Gifted Learners
    September 21 , 2020 - October 4, 2020
    151044
    G/T Online Day 5: Critical and Creative Thinking
    September 28, 2020 - October 11, 2020
    151570
    G/T Online Day 3: Engaging Gifted Students: Depth & Complexity October 5, 2020 - October 18, 2020 160404 Contact Melinda Coop to register.
    G/T Online Day 1: Understanding the Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner October 12, 2020 - October 25, 2020
    160366

  • 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 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.

    Please note: COVID-19 Update: In an abundance of caution, Region 7 ESC face to face/in-person workshops have been cancelled until further notice.  Sessions are now being offered in a virtual format via webinar/Zoom and in an online format via Canvas.

    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 sessions. To register, click on the session number provided or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net.  The sessions are held at Region 7 unless otherwise indicated.

    Please note: COVID-19 Update: In an abundance of caution, Region 7 ESC face to face/in-person workshops have been cancelled until further notice.  Sessions are now being offered in a virtual format via webinar/Zoom and in an online format via Canvas.

    G/T 6 Hour Update Sessions:  Webinar/Zoom
    Date Email Melinda Coop to Register
    G/T: Stretch Their Minds With Picture Books: K - 5
    September 24, 2020 157125
    G/T:  Exploring the Texas Performance Standards Project:  K - 3
    September 28, 2020
    157587
    G/T:  Exploring the Texas Performance Standards Project:  4 - 8
    October 2, 2020 157621
    G/T:  Economically Disadvantage Gifted/Talented Students
    October 22, 2020 157927
    G/T:  Artfully Articulate Amazing Animations While Creating Captivating Curriculum Connections Through Sensationally Satisfying Stories 4 - 8
    October 26, 2020 157944

     

    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 provided or email Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net, if you have trouble registering.

    G/T Online 6 Hour Update Sessions Date Click Session Number to Register


    G/T Online: Motivating Underachieving Gifted Students
    September 1, 2020 - September 27, 2020 155904
    G/T Online: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
    September 28, 2020 - October 25, 2020 160044
    G/T Online:  Reinforcing Effort, Providing Recognition
    October 25, 2020 - November 29, 2020
    160079
    G/T Online:  Providing Choice and Challenge
    November 30, 2020 - December 16, 2020
    160120
    G/T Online: Brain Research Supports Differentiation
    January 4, 2021 - January 31, 2021
    160133
    G/T Online: Motivating Underachieving Gifted Students
    February 1 2021 - February 28, 2021 160142
  • 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 Melinda Coop, mcoop@esc7.net.

    G/T Administrator/Counselor Sessions Date Click Session Number to Register

     

     

    Topics of Interest for Administrators and Counselors

    Session Date Click Session Number to Register

     
  • 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 email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net. 

    Training Workshops for Teachers

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

    • This training is intended for novice teachers who have never sponsored Model United Nations before.  If you are an experienced MU sponsor, you will attend MUN Teachers' Meeting

      Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net
      (903) 988-6893

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

       
    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session 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 session number or email Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

    • Location:

      Region 7 ESC
      Kilgore, TX

      Session Registration:

      Contact Kellie Henley
      khenley@esc7.net 
      (903) 988-6893

  • 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 students 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:

    • “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

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.

2020 Fall Competition Information Coming Soon!
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 Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.
  • G/T: Teaching Skills Through Storytelling 1 - 3

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893
  • Location:

    TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893
  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session 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 Information Coming Soon!

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 Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.

  • G/T:   Innovative Inventions:                 The Inventor's Workshop

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893
  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    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.

  • Location

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location

    Smith County Courthouse
    Tyler, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location

    Smith County Courthouse
    Tyler, TX

    Session Registration

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

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.

2021 Spring Competition Information Coming Soon!

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. 
  • G/T: Go International - Model United Nations NEW Teacher Training

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Planning Meeting for Teachers/sponsors of Model UN Teams

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1: 

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893



    Day 2:  

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1: 

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893


    Day 2:  

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1: 

    Location:  TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893



    Day 2:  

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1:  

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893


    Day 2: 

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • You must register for both days.  See below.

    Day 1: 

    Location: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893


    Day 2: 

    Location: TBD

    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 Information Coming Soon!

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 Kellie Henley, khenley@esc7.net.  

  • Location

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893
  • Location

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893
  • Location

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net
    (903) 988-6893

Teacher Workshops

Region 7 hosts robotics training workshops to help teachers learn how to build and program LEGO® Education WeDo™ Construction Set robots.  The skills learned in these trainings can be taken back to the classroom to prepare students for the showcase in the spring.

First, second, and third grade teachers learn how to actively engage their students in robotics by spending the day building and programming Lego Education WeDo 2.0 Construction set robots.  The focus is on cross-curricular activities that encourage higher-order thinking while building language and literacy. 

To register, click the green toggle button.
  • G/T: Robotics in the Elementary Classroom: Grades 1 - 3

    Location

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    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 Coming Soon!

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 Kellie Henley at khenley@esc7.net

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

     
  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

Teacher Workshops and Meetings

Region 7 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 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.

  • Date: TBD

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Time: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Date: TBD

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Time: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

     
  • Date: TBD

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Time:  TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Date: TBD
    This is Day 1 of a 2-Day Event

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Time: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

  • Date: TBD
    This is Day 2 of a 2-Day Event

    Location:

    Region 7 ESC
    Kilgore, TX

    Time: TBD

    Session Registration:

    Contact Kellie Henley
    khenley@esc7.net 
    (903) 988-6893

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

Brooke Kinsman, M.Ed.
Coordinator
bkinsman@esc7.net
(903) 988-6912

Kellie Henley
G/T Secretary
khenley@esc7.net
(903) 988-6893

Donna Ashby, M.Ed.
G/T Specialist
dashby@esc7.net
(903) 988-6774

Melinda Coop
G/T Secretary
mcoop@esc7.net
(903 988-6784

Carla Cheshire, M.Ed.
G/T Specialist
ccheshire@esc7.net
(903) 988-6984

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