Innovation in Giftedness Award
About the TAGT Innovation in Giftedness Award
This award is given to a school district, campus, class, private group or individual to enhance and/or continue an exemplary project, program, or idea that addresses the unique needs of gifted students in innovative ways. The statewide recognition includes a $5,000 award to support the continued implementation or expansion of the efforts or the development of new innovations.
Recipients will be honored at the giftED17 (Annual Conference) in Houston. One designee from each award-winning entity will be provided with a complimentary two-day registration to the conference and a two-night hotel stay. Award recipients were required to complete a rigorous application and provide a short video as well as photos highlighting their work.
2017 Innovation in Giftedness Recipients
Math and Clustering With Gifted/Talented Students, Northside ISD
Piloting an initiative at five elementary campuses, Northside ISD’s Math and Clustering With Gifted/Talented Students pilot clusters identified G/T students into general education classrooms with high-ability math students. Although the idea of clustering gifted students is certainly not new, it is innovative to Northside ISD, whose G/T department worked with the mathematics department to create new advanced-level coursework. They have also recently established a team of G/T specialists to work on designing a plethora of enrichment resources for these cluster classrooms, and plan to use the TAGT Innovation Award to help purchase high-quality math tools to meet their high-ability cluster groups’ needs.
Robotics Innovation Challenge, Prosper ISD
The Robotics Innovation Challenge at Prosper ISD incorporates a unique collaboration of fifth- and eighth-grade students as they work together in teams to enter a robotics competition that consists of creating a robot that works autonomously and in conjunction with rescue workers to help the victims in a small town after a natural disaster has struck. The elementary students partner up with middle school students to find each other’s strengths during this challenge and learn to solve problems in teams while creating mastery of their coding, building, and programming skills. With this award, Prosper plans to extend this program to other grade levels, increasing the number of G/T students receiving hands-on, real-world programming experience.
- Alpha Digital Learning Commons, McKinney ISD
- The Journey School of Houston
- ASPIRE Academy: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
- Genius Hour: Ed White E-STEM Elementary, Clear Creek ISD