Annual Update Guidelines

The 6 hour update is annual and cannot be accrued for future years. The update spans the calendar year from January to December and should be thought of in terms of a year such as 2001 and not in terms of the school year such as 2001-02. Teachers must keep their own records on their update training. A form designated for this purpose is available through the GT office or linked below.

In addition to being a state requirement, the purpose of the annual 6 hour update is to provide in-depth study after completion of the 30 hours and to keep teachers abreast of current issues and research in gifted education. Updates should clearly reflect a relationship to identifying or meeting the needs of gifted learners. Teachers should keep a balance in their updates which must always relate to one or more of the TAGT core areas of Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners, Identification and Assessment, Social and Emotional Needs, Creativity and Instructional Strategies, and Differentiated Curriculum.

Credit for all or a portion of the annual 6 hour update may be given for other AISD professional development provided:

  • The presenters are trained and knowledgeable in the field of gifted education;
  • The content would enhance services to or identification of gifted students;
  • And those offering the activity have received prior approval from the GT facilitator(s).

In addition, professional development activities that meet the outlined criteria and support campus improvement plans may be counted as the annual update or a portion of it if approved by the campus principal. A “Request for Approval” document may be obtained from the GT campus contact, cluster GT facilitator or these links:

Suggested Guidelines for GT 6-hour Annual Update 

Amarillo ISD Online Request Approval for GT Update Credit

Amarillo ISD Request Approval for GT Update Credit

Registration for Region 16 Professional Development




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