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ALL HPISD teachers are required to take a one time 6 hour Nature and Needs course, which also counts as the first foundations' course for 30 hours.

Kindergarten, first grade, and TAG teachers (all subjects) must have a minimum of thirty (30) clock hours of staff development that includes the Nature and Needs of the Gifted, Assessment, and Identification, and Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Students. The 30 hours is now known as the Foundations courses. To maintain certification, a minimum of six clock hours of continuing education in gifted education is earned annually. In addition, TAG program staff are involved in planning, conducting, and evaluating present and future staff development activities.

As part of the Region 10 Advanced Academics Cooperative, HPISD teachers may attend any session for free. All designated Gifted and Talented courses through Region 10 will be counted for TAG hours (30 hours or Update, depending on the course).

Schedule of face to face courses, see tabs on the bottom for Fall, Spring, and Summer-https://www.region10.org/programs/advanced-academics/events-calendar/

HPISD faculty may sign up to attend workshops hosted by other districts, if interested. Check back for additional offerings each semester.

Schedule of online courses, including a choice for 6-hour updates and book clubs- https://www.myprofessionallearning.com/visitor_class_catalog/search?phrase=Advanced%20Academics

If there is a password required, email Kim Brooks, brooksk@hpisd.org.

After registering and attending a training, the faculty member is responsible for submitting the certificate and hours into Eduphoria under the appropriate TAG label. Please see Judye Gremm’s guide for submitting an outside workshop for detailed instructions. Be sure your Region 10 profile is set to Highland Park ISD to register for free (there should never be a charge). Approval for attendance and substitute coverage will follow campus protocol.

Additional HPISD in-district course offerings will be added to Eduphoria as they become available. When attending an in-district TAG course, please sign in, even if it is a choice session.