Leveraging AVID, SPED, and ESL to Improve GT Identification and Support

Leveraging AVID, SPED, and ESL to Improve GT Identification and Support


Presenter: Clint Rodriguez
Core Area: Identification & Assessment
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Are you looking for ways to better identify, support, and retain gifted students? In this course, Secondary GT Specialist Clint Rodriguez shares strategies that educators from GT, AVID, SPED, and ESL can use to partner together to support overlapping students. You’ll discover why collaboration is better than competition when it comes to providing resources to help gifted students thrive. 

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Identifying and retaining gifted students is important for helping them thrive, but some school districts have trouble identifying gifted students who come from diverse backgrounds. Clint Rodriguez, a Secondary GT Specialist in Richardson ISD, says that the key to making sure all gifted students are properly supported lies in partnering with educators in charge of AVID, SPED, and ESL

Since every student has unique needs, educators can’t use a one-size-fits-all approach to GT. 

Rather than competing with each other for resources, Mr. Rodriguez says that the best way to support students is for all educators in charge of special groups to work together to provide services.

After taking this 1-hour course presented by TAGT, you’ll discover:

  • Common challenges of identifying gifted students
  • How to partner for equity
  • Strategies for identifying gifted students
Clint Rodriguez is the Gifted and Talented and Advanced Academics Specialist for Region 11 ESC. He previously served as the district-wide secondary gifted/advanced academics specialist in Richardson ISD and taught middle school Humanities at ASPIRE Academy for the Highly Gifted in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. He holds a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. His interests include building real equity and social justice in gifted education, evidence-based best practices, replacing the gimmickry in gifted learning environments with meaningful curriculum and experiences, and developing ethical leadership and genuine critical thinking capacity in gifted learners and their teachers. 

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