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TAGT Announces 2021–2022 Emerging Leaders Class

AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 10, 2021 – The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) is thrilled to announce the newest members of its innovative leadership program, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). The program is designed to provide district G/T coordinators, who have three years' experience or less, 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.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – May 10, 2021 – The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) is thrilled to announce the newest members of its innovative leadership program, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). The program is designed to provide district G/T coordinators, who have three years' experience or less, 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.
 
The following outstanding district leaders were selected to join the 2021–2022 TAGT Emerging Leaders Program:
  • Amanda Daniels Ed.D., Elementary G/T Coordinator/Teacher, Melissa ISD
  • Amy Donnelly, District G/T and Testing Coordinator, School of Science and Technology
  • Jennifer Ellis, District Instructional Coach, Montgomery ISD
  • Christy Hooper, District G/T Coordinator, Ponder ISD
  • Abbee Jefferies Ed.D., G/T Specialist/Secondary Science, ESC Region 16
  • Lorra Lynch, Instructional Coach, Montgomery ISD
  • Shawna Marks, Curriculum Assessment Specialist, Amarillo ISD
  • Kenya Oliver M.Ed., Advanced Academics Coordinator, Del Valle ISD
  • Lindsay Orr, Elementary G/T Coordinator, Ferris ISD
  • Danielle Berner Peterson M.Ed., Secondary Gifted and Talented Facilitator, Katy ISD
  • Amanda Smith Ed.D., Coordinator of Advanced Academics, Alvin ISD
  • Christy Thorman, Assistant Principal/District G/T Coordinator, Venus ISD
  • Christina Wrob Ph.D., Advanced Academics Specialist, Southwest ISD 
In addition to monthly online training/meetings during the school year, program participants will come together at three TAGT professional learning events, identify a personal goal and action plan for the school year, and be partnered with a mentor. The ELP curriculum is tailored to meet participants' specific needs, allowing for a personalized approach that will hone leadership skills, expand knowledge and create growth opportunities.
 
A special thank you to ELP Partner, J. Taylor Education, for support of this program. J Taylor Education publishes products and provides training focused on the Depth and Complexity Framework, and offers workshops both nationally and internationally on the best practices for introducing and using the Framework tools to elicit high-level thinking.
 
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ABOUT TAGT:
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background who see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation. TAGT provides more than 3,000 members a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of G/T students. For more information, please visit txgifted.org.
 
CONTACT:    Lacy Compton, M.A.                                                                
                      Professional Learning & Partnerships Director                           
                      Phone: 512.499.8248
Email: lacy@txgifted.org
Website: txgifted.org
 

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