Emerging Leaders Program

The TAGT Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to provide new (three years or less) district G/T coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with school staff, parents, students, and the community to positively impact the development of appropriate educational services for G/T students in the district.

In addition to monthly online training/meetings during the school year, program participants will come together at the TAGT giftED17 Conference and the 2018 Leadership Conference, identify a personal goal and action plan for the school year, and be partnered with a mentor. The ELP curriculum will be tailored to meet participants' specific needs, allowing for a personalized program that will hone leadership skills, expand knowledge and create growth opportunities. Sessions topics will focus on how to implement, build and nurture a G/T program, unite G/T goals with district goals, and resources covering the areas included in the state plan (student assessment, service design, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and family/community involvement).

Program Structure

  • Monthly online sessions
  • Exclusive content at TAGT events (full giftED17 and Leadership Conference registrations included)
  • Access to TAGT On Demand sessions
  • Identification of a personal goal and action plan related to the gifted program in your district
  • Mentor program
  • Exclusive TAGT Connect community for program participants and mentors
  • Exclusive resource library of templates, session notes, calendars, etc.
  • Timely discussions with collaborative solutions to current issues impacting the G/T community
Who Should Apply?
Ideal candidates include individuals who are responsible for district-wide G/T program leadership and in their first three (3) years of service in this position. District staff responsible for supervising the candidate must approve the candidate’s participation. Candidates will commit to participate in all program activities, identify a personal goal and action plan, partner with a mentor, and participate in a program evaluation. The 2017-18 ELP class will be made up of no more than 15 individuals, chosen through an application process.

Ignite your passion, hone your leadership skills and expand your personal learning community! 


Program Fee
The fee is $800 for members ($1,000 for non-members) and includes registration for giftED17 Annual Conference (3-day registration), Leadership Conference, online training and TAGT On Demand course(s) for sessions included in program participation. The fee does not cover travel expenses to conferences.

Application and Selection Process
Ideal candidates for the Emerging Leaders Program are individuals responsible for district-wide G/T program leadership and are in their first three (3) years of service in this position. To apply, please complete and submit the online application along with a district approval letter, bio and headshot.
  • 8.11.17 Application Closes
  • 8.30.17 Applicants Notified
  • 9.30.17 Payment Due


Ideal mentors are current or retired individuals, with a minimum of eight years of experience, who have/had responsibility for district G/T program leadership or are university professors working in the field of gifted education and have experience in the school setting. Mentors will be matched with a program participant based on similar district demographics and/or identified needs.