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New G/T Coordinators

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. This specialist is ready to answer all of your questions. 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. This G/T Specialist 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. Visit our G/T workshops page 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 our G/T workshops page.
  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!

Contact Us

Rhonda McCallie, M.Ed.
(903) 988-6808

Lori Salinas
G/T Secretary
(903) 988-6784

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

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

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