Required Professional Development
Teachers working with identified GT students are required to have 30 hours of gifted and talented staff development, along with an annual 6-hour update. Texas law requires that educators providing services to gifted/talented students have the following qualifications as stated in the Texas Administrative Code §89.2:
TAC §89.2: Professional Development
School districts shall ensure that:
(1) prior to assignment in the program, teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students have a minimum of 30 hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students;
(2) teachers without training required in paragraph (1) of this section who provide instruction and services that are part of the gifted/talented program must complete the 30-hour training requirement within one semester;
(3) teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students receive a minimum of six hours annually of professional development in gifted education; and
(4) administrators and counselors who have authority for program decisions have a minimum of six hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and program options.
KISD Professional Development
Kennedale ISD will offer 30-hour training and 6-hour updates each summer for district personnel. Professional development offerings will be provided in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Teachers may also earn these hours through KISD-approved trainings with external vendors, including ESC 11. All trainings must be approved by the district GT Specialist before they may be used to fulfill the GT staff development requirement.
Teachers should submit documentation of GT hours to their campus GT Coordinator no later than the first Monday in August. If a teacher in unable to complete their required training by the first Monday in August, they must submit a professional development plan for obtaining the required hours to their campus GT Coordinator and campus principal.